Earn Your Bachelor's Degree in 2.6 Years & Master's in 4

Year-Round Campus is a one-of-a-kind college career option that lets you achieve your bachelor’s degree in 2.6 years and your master’s in four years.

By adding a full summer semester to the school year, our innovative Year-Round Campus gives you the opportunity to study throughout the year so you graduate sooner and get a head start on your life and career.

The Net Result? A sweet deal. 

  • You’ll pay less…residence halls cost 1/3 less in the summer semester.
  • You’ll still work…summer jobs are available—Work Campus is coming soon!
  • You’ll see the world…Study Abroad options are available in the summer.
  • You’ll get ahead…in your career and finances.
  • You’ll have fun…there’s no better place than North Dakota in the summer!

What is Year-Round Campus?

Mary’s Year-Round Campus offers you the same course load as our traditional full-time degree programs. What’s different is that instead of taking summers off you’ll continue your studies for eight consecutive semesters. You receive the same education and formation, but in much less time.

Another perk of Year-Round Campus is our career-oriented Work Campus offering where you can earn spending money, help pay for your student loans and jump-start your career in the process.

A lifetime of added earnings

Mary’s Year-Round Campus not only addresses the challenges of time, cost and debt—it also dramatically increases your long-term earnings and savings potential.

Because you’ll graduate earlier, you will enter the workforce sooner. This speeds up your career path and expands your earning and investment years, all of which gives you more choices and options for your future.


You have an opportunity to be a part of higher education history. If Year-Round Campus sounds like the fit for you, we invite you to get started.

You can either start the application process online (see the "Apply Online Today!" button on the top right) or give us a call at (800) 288-MARY (6279). You can also email us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.

Still have Questions?  We've Got Answers!

Do traditional scholarships still apply?
Yes. All merit-based scholarships may still be received for 8 semesters, allowing students to maintain their aid for their entire academic career.

Does this affect financial aid disbursement cycles?
Year-Round Campus students will be placed on a Borrower-Based Academic Year, meaning that they will receive financial aid disbursement every two semesters. 

Additionally, students who qualify for Pell grants or SEOG funding will now spread the funds over three terms per calendar year. But the financial benefits of early completion would far exceed the present limitations of the way some federal aid is distributed. We are ready to help with this analysis for every individual case.

Can you tell me how I will benefit from this quick completion program?
There are many ways that students will benefit from this program and save money. While the long-term, overall lifetime financial benefits are best described using our total financial benefits chart (see infographic on the right sidebar) or calling us for a quick consultation, here are some quick points to consider:

1.  Early completion adds an extra year in the workforce, meaning an extra year of salary.
2. That extra year produces incredible value in terms of annual “cost of living” increases during employment, as well as compound interest in 401k contributions.
3. Students benefit by not incurring an extra year of tuition increases, as they complete their degree under two annual tuition adjustments rather than three.
4. With more open summer beds as the program grows, Year-Round students will take advantage of discounted housing costs and priority choices, along with many other benefits.
5. Plus, our Work Campus program offers employment opportunities for all students to earn money working right on campus!

Year-Round Campus savings when compared to the standard semester:

  Standard Fall '17/18  YRC Summer '16/17 
 Tuition & Fees $9,112  $8,797 
 Housing $1,580  $1,025 
 Meal Plan $1,760  $1,212 
 Savings $1,418  11.39% 

However, there are some points to consider. Year-Round students finish more rapidly but that also compresses the total payment time for themselves and their families from 4 to 7 years of study to 2.6 years (see infographic on the right sidebar); so the sticker price is less but the payment time is shorter. For many, this will require careful planning, and the University is working with our partners in the financial community to achieve innovative solutions.

What’s the summer schedule? 

Unlike the traditional sleepy summer semester, YRC enables you to take a full load of classes while enjoying a vibrant campus life just like fall and spring--complete with outdoor activities, excursions, guest speakers and visiting scholars, and employment opportunities.

Do Year-Round students have to sacrifice all of their vacation?

Students in the Year-Round Campus will still enjoy vacations throughout the year. In addition to an extended Christmas break and built-in breaks at times such as Easter and Thanksgiving, there will be generous breaks on either side of the summer semester, as well as the week of the 4th of July holiday!

In addition, summer courses will be constructed in block format, resulting in added flexibility for students who have important events in the midst of the summer term.

Am I locked into Year-Round Campus?

No. We have “on-ramp” and “off-ramp” options to meet your specific needs. No matter what, we will work with you to develop a degree plan that minimizes your time to completion.

I’m a student athlete. How does this affect me?

NCAA has given its stamp of approval to the University of Mary’s one-of-a-kind Year-Round Campus (YRC) initiative. This decision now allows Mary student-athletes the option of completing their degree in 2.6 years or getting their master’s degree in four years without negatively impacting any athletic eligibility. Click here to read the full press release.

How will this benefit student athletes already planning on being at Mary during the summer?

Due to the highly competitive nature of Division II athletics, many student-athletes already stay at Mary over the summer, working out with their respective teams and taking a class and working a part-time job. This program will allow these student- athletes a more robust and vibrant experience!

Will I still have fun?

Absolutely! The summer term will have a particular “sparkle” and it is hard to find better weather than a North Dakota summer! While many campuses offer sleepy “summer school” classes, the University of Mary is doing something far better. Our campus life will be vibrant, with intramural sports, music concerts, outdoor activities, and other events for students to enjoy.

Where will I live? Eat?

The summer semester will be treated just like the fall and spring, offering students full housing and meal plans to meet their needs—and best of all, it comes at a discounted rate.

What work will be available on campus over the summer?

We anticipate many of our students working on our campus—or perhaps in a meaningful work or internship experience in the Bismarck-Mandan community—over the summer term.

Does this program only start at fall semesters?

Most year-round campus students will still begin their coursework in September following their final year of high school. While some students may begin in spring due to various circumstances, our advisors will work with them individually to set up a degree plan that best utilizes the year-round campus model and decreases time to completion.

Can I still travel abroad?

Yes! Students in Year-Round Campus will absolutely have the opportunity like all other students to encounter history and faith in the Eternal City of Rome or mission and service in the mountains of Peru.

How is this different from summer school?

Unlike traditional summer school, YRC offers a full semester of classes. As a student in the Year-Round Campus program you will carry an average course load of 15-16 credits for nearly every term. 

Will all of my required classes be available?

To ensure that the summer courses have sufficient numbers, the courses offered will be high-demand courses in the liberal arts or those required for multiple academic programs.

If I chose Year-Round Campus can I still double major?

Our dedicated advisors will work with each individual student to achieve the soonest completion date possible based upon their chosen majors and circumstances. Nonetheless, the reduced time to completion will definitely benefit the student.

Can transfer students participate?

Many students will benefit from the Year-Round Campus model, including transfer students. While a transfer student may not be able to complete in less than three years, nearly any student could utilize this program to reduce their time to degree completion and receive financial benefit!