St. John Paul II called for a New Evangelization, “new in its ardor, methods, and expression.” The University of Mary is answering the call for a New Evangelization by partnering with Arizona State University to serve their Catholic students. The University of Mary has worked with Arizona State to form an unprecedented new program: Mary College at ASU, a domestic exchange program in which University of Mary students will have the opportunity to take classes at ASU, one of the top ranked public universities in the country, while also taking Catholic Studies classes taught by University of Mary faculty at Mary College, its satellite campus in Tempe adjacent to ASU’s main campus. In exchange, ASU students will have the opportunity to explore their Catholic faith by enrolling in the Catholic Studies courses taught at Mary College and participating in the activities and events sponsored by the program.

This unprecedented and revolutionary partnership between the University of Mary and ASU is designed as a domestic exchange. Students will pay their normal tuition and fees to their respective Home Institution, and will take classes at the respective Host Institution for credit that will be transferred to their transcripts at their Home Institution, with no additional tuition cost to students to experience these transformational courses.

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 


The home of Mary College at ASU is the beautiful St. Mary’s Church on the corner of University Dr. and College Ave. This historic church, built in 1903, has served the spiritual and educational needs of the community of ASU since its founding at the turn of the century. This is a place where students can form their mind and heart alongside the pastoral support of the Newman Center encouraging an integrated life, one where faith informs all aspects of being a young person today.


This unparalleled partnership allows students at Arizona State University to be part of a tremendous Catholic atmosphere in the middle of a large research university. Students will grow and foster their faith as they participate in activities and classes with University of Mary faculty and students. ASU students continue to pay their tuition rate at ASU, in addition to the $250 membership charge to attend Mary College at ASU. 


University of Mary Students

The partnership between the University of Mary and ASU is an ideal opportunity for students from University of Mary’s main campus who have a missionary heart. While studying at a large research university, students will connect with peers and share their joyful Catholic faith. Students are encouraged to take the community they found in Bismarck and create this same sense of community at a large university, so ASU students feel the connections. During their studies at ASU, University of Mary students pay the same tuition rate as they would pay if they were studying on the main University of Mary campus in Bismarck, in addition to the $250 membership charge to attend Mary College at ASU. University of Mary students will also be billed by ASU for room and board.


Catholic Studies is an exciting interdisciplinary program relevant to the whole of a student’s life. It examines 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 divine faith and human reason are two complementary, not competitive, orders of human knowledge.
  • Learn how to articulate the essential harmony of faith and reason and its application in your primary major and future profession.
  • Learn to apply the Catholic faith to every facet of your life, and experience how this faith can transform every aspect of ordinary life.

Catholic Studies courses are not only academically stimulating, but they are much more. Catholic Studies builds a community of scholars who seek to incarnate the Catholic intellectual, moral, spiritual, and cultural tradition in the whole of their lives. 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, staff, and faculty.