The Nation's Most Affordable, Serious Catholic University.

University of Mary Newman Guide RecommendedWhen the Benedictine Sisters of the Annunciation founded what is today North Dakota's only Catholic university, they placed their small college under the patronage of Mary, the Mother of God. The Sisters' hope was that generations of students would find inspiration in the beautiful wisdom and courage of the maiden from Nazareth. 

Prepare for your career with a strong liberal-arts base

  • 54 undergraduate majors
  • 14 master's degrees
  • Three doctoral degrees
Attend a flourishing university
  • More than 3,000 students
  • Locations in North Dakota, Arizona, Montana, Minnesota, Kansas, Rome and Peru
  • Vibrant online offerings
Join a strong community
  • Education for leadership and moral courage
  • Challenging academics
  • NCAA Division II Athletics, with 17 varsity sports
  • A caring environment

Endorsed in The Newman Guide for Choosing a Catholic College!   

Catholic Studies

This exciting academic program examines the rich intellectual and cultural traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and its impressive contributions to human thought and culture -- past and present. Learn more about Catholic Studies.

Rome Campus

Rome is the heart of the Catholic Faith and the site of the University of Mary's Rome campus. Study abroad in the shadow of the Vatican: tuition, room, and board cost the same as at the home campus.

Vocation-based Residence Halls

Saint Joseph's Hall for Men is a 36-bed facility with a chapel. Spiritual direction is provided by the Diocesan Vocations Director, Father Joshua Waltz, who has an apartment within the hall.

Saint Scholastica Hall for women once served as the home of our sponsoring community and features 38 beds. Spiritual direction for the women is provided by two Benedictine sisters (including the Director of Vocations from Annunciation Monastery) who live with the residents in apartments located in the hall.

Catholic Scholars Program

Eligible graduates of Catholic high schools can receive free room and board at the University of Mary, thanks to some donors who love Catholic schools.


Our excellent university ministry program is partnering with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students as we reach out to our students with the Gospel.


Our “campus pub” is a tribute to literary heroes like J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and G.K. Chesterton!

Catholic Culture at Mary

Our Sisters, Mass & Adoration, Praise & Worship, Bible studies, summer programs, the "Knights of Virtue" and "Vera Forma" -- there's a lot going on! Learn More about Catholic Culture at Mary.


Imagine yourself at the nation's most affordable, serious Catholic university.

Come to Mary!

"Set against personal struggles, moral confusion, and fragmentation of knowledge, the noble goals of scholarship and education, founded on the unity of truth and in service of the person and the community, become an especially powerful instrument of hope."

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, speaking on the mission of a Catholic university

"The instinct of a Christian, Catholic, Benedictine institution is to resist the fragmentation of knowledge. We stand convinced that there can be a deep harmony between faith and reason. ... At a place like the University of Mary, reason is at home in a culture of faith"

 Msgr. James P. Shea
Msgr. James P. Shea, inaugural presidential address