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
Attend a flourishing university
  • More than 3,800 students
  • Locations in North Dakota, Arizona, Montana, Kansas, and Rome
  • Vibrant online offerings
Join a strong community
  • Education for leadership and moral courage
  • Challenging academics
  • NCAA Division II Athletics, with 18 varsity sports
  • A caring environment

Endorsed in The Newman Guide for Choosing a Catholic College!  


Catholic Studies

College of Distinction Catholic BadgeThis 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 guidance and direction is provided by the priests of the university, and the Diocesan Vocations Director has an apartment in St. Joe's.

Saint Scholastica Hall for Women is housed in the university’s newest residence hall and features a capacity of 45 beds and a beautiful chapel for Eucharistic prayer and the common recitation of the Divine Office. The women of Saint Scholastica have frequent time together with the Benedictine Sisters who live on campus and many other Sisters who lead retreats and days of reflection.

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.

Catholic Scholars Program


Our excellent St. John Paul II Center for University Ministry has partnered for more than a decade with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students as we reach out to our students with the Gospel.  We have eight FOCUS missionaries serving our campus, we host FOCUS’ staff training on our campus each June, and our president, Monsignor Shea, serves on the FOCUS Board of Directors.


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.

Faithful, Affordable, Flexible Graduate Programs

Explore our world-class, cutting-edge master’s and doctoral programs, including a well-respected Master’s in Bioethics and an MBA in Virtuous Leadership! See our exciting new portfolio of impactful programs for the Catholic Professional here!

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

Come to Mary!



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