University of Mary Accreditation

The University of Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The University of Mary Department of Education is accredited by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board.

The six departments and one division within the University of Mary School of Health Science have all earned national accreditation through their respective accrediting agencies.

Programs within the Gary Tharaldson School of Business are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

The Social Work Program is accredited by the National Council on Social Work Education.

Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.


Academic program are approved by:

  • North Dakota Board of Nursing
  • North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board
  • Project Management Institute


 Total Enrollment for Fall 2019          3,779
 Undergraduate Enrollment          2,523
 Undergraduate Transfer-In Enrollment              136
 Graduate Enrollment          1,256

Retention and Graduation Rates

First-time students pursuing bachelor's degrees entering in Fall 2018 and returning in Fall 2019: 80% 

Overall graduation Rates (for first-time freshman entering 2013): 60%

Transfer Out Rate (for first-time freshman entering in 2013): 22%

Licensure Pass Rates

Accounting:Aggregated licensure pass rates are unavailable.

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SARA Approved InstitutionThe University of Mary is a member of the National Council for State Authorization and Reciprocity (NC-SARA) which provides comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs.

NC-SARA defines a complaint as: “a formal assertion in writing that the terms of this agreement, or of laws, standards or regulations incorporated by this agreement, are being violated by a person, institution, state, agency or other organization or entity operating under the terms of this agreement. “

A copy of the NC-SARA agreement can be found at

Student complaints related to the University of Mary’s online programs not resolved through the University’s academic grievance procedures as described in the University Catalog or the General Grievance Policy for Students may be filed within two years of the incident about which the complaint is made to the North Dakota University System Office. These complaints can be mailed or emailed to:

Cheryl Thompson, M.S.Ed.
Outreach Manager, Core Technology Services of the North Dakota University System
2000 44th St. SW, Suite 301
Fargo, ND 58103
[email protected]