October 10, 2013
The University of Mary in Bismarck continues to grow. The official fall census data shows Mary's overall enrollment number growing to 2,910 with the biggest jumps coming from a near-record freshman class and increase in transfer students.
Mary's freshman class numbers spiked more than six percent to 426 students, while the transfers number climbed more than five percent to 205 students.
On campus, the University of Mary's undergraduate enrollment jumped seven-and-a-half percent – evidenced by filled-to-capacity residence halls and the construction of two new apartment buildings (Subiaco and Monte Cassino) that opened at the start of this school year in August.
Mike McMahon, director of admissions at Mary, says there are several factors luring students to Mary and driving the higher enrollment numbers.
"The University of Mary has consistently been recognized on a local and regional level as being an exceptional value in private education, and Mary's a place where students of all faiths come and experience a liberal arts curriculum centered around Christian beliefs," commented McMahon. "But now word is getting out on a national level that Mary is one of the most affordable Catholic universities in the nation. Much of our growth has been from this national exposure."
This year's freshman class — the Class of 2017 — and transfer students came to the University of Mary from all over the world anxious to pursue more than 50 degrees in fields such as arts and sciences; business; health sciences; and education and behavioral sciences. Students are also excited about the chance to study at University of Mary's Rome campus, participate in 16 NCAA Division II sports and numerous clubs and activities while receiving a faith-based education.
"This generation of students and their parents from outside the region are hearing about our strong academic reputation and at the same time recognizing there's a beautiful campus here in a safe and growing community where there are many things to do and be involved in — on and off campus," explained McMahon. "Our programs are rigorous.
Our scholarships and financial aid are plentiful and attractive to parents. And, our faculty and staff bend over backwards to see that our students succeed in the classroom and that our graduates get the jobs they are looking for in their career field."
Given the University of Mary's attractiveness on a local, regional and national level and the upward population trend in Bismarck-Mandan and surrounding communities, it's realistic to expect the growth to continue into the near future. McMahon says the University of Mary will take all the necessary steps possible to plan for future expansion in order to continue to make the student experience at Mary fun, successful and world-class.