Mary College at ASU is an unprecedented partnership between the University of Mary and Arizona State University. Through this domestic exchange program, ASU students are able to take courses in Catholic Studies to fulfill general studies requirements – or even major or minor – all taught by University of Mary faculty in the beautiful and newly-renovated Old St. Mary’s on the corner of College and University in Tempe.

Thanks to this partnership between the University of Mary and ASU, students from ASU are able to take these courses for no additional tuition charge, paying only a membership fee to Mary College that includes access to courses, extended hours at our beautiful library, an exclusive members’ loft, and a variety of semesterly retreats and excursions. Students from the University of Mary, on the other hand, are given the opportunity to spend a semester at ASU, having access to the opportunities and resources of a research-one university.

I chose the University of Mary first and foremost because of a huge desire in my heart to study theology. Not only was Mary able to provide an authentic Catholic education, but a solid Catholic community. It is easy to get lost in the midst of a huge, secular campus like Arizona State, but with the University of Mary, I felt like I was at home. I will forever be thankful for ASU and University of Mary's partnership and the impact it had on my academic and spiritual life.”

Halie York headshot.
Haley York, Class of 2018 


Mary College at ASU is housed in Old St. Mary’s, which is the oldest-standing Catholic structure in the Valley, having been completed in 1903. As home to both Mary College and the All Saints Catholic Newman Center, which provides spiritual and pastoral support to students at ASU, the corner of College and University provides formation for the whole of life.


This unparalleled partnership allows ASU students to fulfill their humanities requirements by entering into the great tradition of Catholic thought and culture. Students will develop their minds and foster their faith as they participate in activities and classes with University of Mary faculty and students. ASU students will continue to pay their regular tuition rate to ASU, in addition to a semesterly membership fee giving them full access to the courses, amenities, and excursions of Mary College at ASU.


High School Students

Arizona State University consistently ranks as one of the best and most affordable universities in the nation, offering top-tier programs spread over 350 undergraduate majors. Now, through this unprecedented partnership with the University of Mary, students can continue their Catholic education as they pursue their degrees at ASU. From fulfilling all their humanities general studies requirements at ASU to majoring or minoring in Catholic Studies, ASU students have the opportunity to take classes and engage in Catholic Studies in the beautifully renovated Old St. Mary’s Church on the corner of College and University in Tempe.


Why would an ASU student take courses from Mary College?

Mary College offers ASU students a unique opportunity – while remaining students at a renowned and rapidly-growing research university, ASU students can further their education in Catholic thought and culture. An ASU student can fulfill all their humanities (HU) general studies requirements through Catholic Studies courses at Mary College.

Furthermore, although students register for Mary College courses through the University of Mary, Mary College courses count toward an ASU student’s credit total in terms of fulltime status and financial aid.

What does it cost to take courses at Mary College?

ASU students do not pay additional tuition to take courses through Mary College, but rather continue to pay regular tuition to ASU. Instead, ASU students pay a semesterly membership fee to belong to Mary College, which comes with unique academic and residential opportunities.

What does membership at Mary College include?

In addition to access to our courses, Mary College members are given exclusive access to our member’s loft, extended-hours in our beautiful study space for evenings and weekends, a semesterly immersion retreat, and additional excursions throughout the year.

Can an ASU student major or minor in Catholic Studies?

In addition to fulfilling ASU general studies requirements and various elective requirements, ASU students have the opportunity to major in minor in Catholic Studies. For a minor, a student would receive a credential on their University of Mary transcript upon completion of the Catholic Studies minor requirements and his or her ASU degree. For a major, a student would be issued a joint degree upon completion of the Catholic Studies major requirements and his or her ASU degree. In addition to graduating with a bachelor’s degree from ASU, the student would receive a BA in Catholic Studies from the University of Mary.

What does Mary College have to offer other than courses?

Members of Mary College have access to unique opportunities and amenities at our campus in Old St. Mary’s. Additionally, our study space is open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm weekdays throughout ASU’s academic year.

Each Thursday evening throughout the academic year, Mary College hosts Convivium in Old St. Mary’s, which is open to the public. Following 6 pm Mass at the All Saints Catholic Newman Center, we open our doors and invite the public to enjoy community over a meal and hear a talk from faculty and staff of the University of Mary and ASU, or engage in Disputatio, a medieval classroom experience.

Catholic Studies is an exciting interdisciplinary program focused on formation for the whole of life. By examining the Catholic tradition’s contributions to human thought and culture, Catholic Studies courses deepen students’ knowledge of the Catholic faith and themselves. In Catholic Studies courses, students:

  • Integrate faith and reason within different disciplines and professions, joining faculty and students from a variety of programs to discover how all knowledge is united.
  • Explore the essential harmony of faith and reason and what that means for every student in relation to their major area of study and future profession.
  • Learn how to apply the Catholic faith to every facet of life and experience its transformative effects.

Catholic Studies courses are not only academically stimulating, but also help to build a community of scholars who seek to incarnate the Catholic intellectual, moral, spiritual, and cultural tradition throughout the whole of life. The University of Mary is committed to a high level of faculty-student interaction both inside and outside the classroom, sponsoring and encouraging a full range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for students, faculty, and staff.

University of Mary Students

Mary College at ASU is an ideal opportunity for students from University of Mary’s main campus who have a missionary heart to take the Catholic life they have experienced out into the world. While remaining closely connected to the life of University of Mary through events and courses at Mary College, students will enjoy the academic opportunities offered by the nation’s largest research university. University of Mary students will continue to pay their regular tuition rate to the University of Mary, but will pay room, board, and student fees to ASU for their semester in Tempe, in addition to the Mary College membership fee.