The Mary Difference

Your education is about much more than a diploma. It’s about becoming the person and professional you are called to be—for Life.

So while you have plenty of schools to choose from, what makes the University of Mary different is that we will help you combine your experiences and passions with a degree program that positions you to succeed professionally and personally. At Mary you will acquire the knowledge and skills you need to thrive in your career while being steeped in timeless values like service, respect and community that will benefit you and those you serve for a lifetime.

Learn from the best

At Mary, your teachers are respected experts, scholar-practitioners who work in the fields they teach and bring real-world insights into the classroom. Our student-faculty ratio is 13:1, which allows our faculty more time for mentoring, helping you to grow academically, professionally, and spiritually. Mary provides you all the academic opportunities of a large university with the personal attention of a small college. At Mary you'll get much more than career preparation—you’ll get an education for life.

Daniel Bielinski & Marek Dojs

Marek Dojs

Professor Daniel Bielinski (front left), New York City actor and HBO co-star, and Professor Marek Dojs (center), Communications Program Director and documentary filmmaker, work with students to shoot the trailer for the production of Agatha Christie’s “Mousetrap.”

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Dr. Billie Madler

Dr. Billie Madler

Dr. Billie Madler was honored as the 2020 recipient of the Outstanding Rural Educator and Mentor Award by The Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health and the Center for Rural Health.

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A private school that's affordable

Before you think, "I can't afford a private education," take a look at the facts. The University of Mary is one of the most affordable private universities in the nation. Beyond that, we offer numerous scholarships—many of them stackable—including unique options for nursing majors and graduates of qualifying parochial high schools. At Mary, we partner with you to secure all available funding sources, including scholarships, grants, and financial aid.

99% of undergraduate students receive financial aid - a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, or work study.

Compare for yourself!

compare for yourself

The University of Mary is one of the most affordable private universities in the nation. This chart compares the cost of attending Mary with the cost of attending other universities from across the country and in our region. Take a look!

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Serious about faith

Grounded in faith and service to others, Mary offers you a unique experience to explore some of life's biggest questions. Whether it's our Catholic Studies program, two vocation-based residence halls, campus in Rome, or our active University Ministry serving students of all faiths and backgrounds, Mary prepares you to be a leader in service of Truth.

As a Lutheran I had some reservations about attending a Catholic university. At Mary I discovered a community that is not only serious about faith, but one that enabled me to grow within my own tradition. Because of Mary I have a greater sense of who I am and of God’s direction for me."

Kayla Cummings
Kayla Cummings, Exercise Science Major

Through fruitful community and the rich sacramental life on campus, I have grown to love Christ more and become more fully the person I ought to be. My time at the university has not only been conducive in forming the mind in knowledge but also in forming the soul to be conformed to Christ."

Benjamin Helget
Benjamin Helget, Psychology and Catholic Studies Major

Something for everyone

You know that college prepares you for the future, but what about the life you lead while you’re preparing? At the University of Mary, campus life is much more than a feature, it is a central part of who you are.

Nestled atop the hills overlooking the Missouri River, Mary's campus is like a small international city with approximately 2,220 students from 47 states and 24 countries—each of whom brings unique and meaningful contributions to bear on your everyday life and learning.

With 35-plus student organizations, the Emerging Leaders Academy, the University of Mary Honors Program, University Ministry, student recreation, and one of the nation’s first 24-7 dining experiences with our new Crow's Nest Campus Restaurant—among a multitude of other offerings—Mary provides you with a vibrant, flourishing campus community.

18 NCAA Athletic Teams

17 NCAA Athletic Teams

Whether you’re watching, cheering, or playing for the Marauders in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, athletics are an important part of life at the University of Mary. As members of the NCAA Division II, the Marauders perform at a high level of competition. 

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Student Life: 35+ Organizations

30+ Organizations

Under the direction of New York City actor and HBO co-star Professor Daniel Bielinski, Mary’s Theater program produced Agatha Christie’s classic murder tale, “Mousetrap.”

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The best of both worlds

Mary offers you all the advantages of traditional university life with all the attractions of a vibrant and growing urban setting. With quick and easy access to Bismarck-Mandan, Mary students can take advantage of a wide and expanding array of events and entertainment in one of the most vibrant and fastest growing communities in America.

What to Do in Bismarck-Mandan


Bismarck-Mandan is easy to get around and offers everything from a growing selection of restaurants, shopping, and movie theaters to concerts, museums, the Bismarck Event Center, and an energetic downtown.

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For Those Who Love the Outdoors!

Outdoor Activities

It’s a great place for those who love the outdoors, boasting more than 89 miles of recreational trails, as well as seven golf courses, parks, softball diamonds, bike paths, a zoo, historical Fort Lincoln and, of course, the Missouri River.

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The world is your campus

With programs in Rome and Milan, Italy, service-learning trips to Guatemala and Peru, and a variety of faculty-led study abroad trips, you have a variety of affordable, life-changing travel and learning opportunities.

Innovative opportunities

Unlike an accelerated degree, Year-Round Campus offers classes during the summer so you learn throughout the year and get your bachelor’s degree in 2.6 years or your master’s in 4 years.

Preparing for your future

How do you measure success? Is it job placement and career opportunities, or life goals that go beyond a job? At the University of Mary we prepare you for both, whether you choose our standard four-year program or our innovative Year-Round Campus program.

By combining leadership training, internships, and service learning with cutting-edge professional programs grounded in a solid liberal arts tradition, Mary prepares you to live a full and radiant life.

Explore our schools for programs of study

Gary Tharaldson School of Business


Learn more about our innovative programs designed to prepare you to positively contribute to your profession and community.

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Liffrig Family School of Education & Behavioral Sciences

School of Education

Our programs develop competent and principled professionals who lead in their career, school, and community. 

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School of Health Sciences

School of Health

The premier academic institution in the region for preparing health care professionals who demonstrate Benedictine values in serving patients and their families, the local community, and the various professional societies.

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School of Arts & Sciences


The School of Arts and Sciences focuses on illuminating the world, sharpening the mind, and elevating the senses in service of Truth with moral courage.

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School of Engineering

School of Engineering

The University of Mary's School of Engineering is designed to meet the growing needs of this region for highly skilled and culturally educated engineers. Our School of Engineering, with state-of-the-art labs, was created in collaboration with more than 35 top-level engineering companies to train students in electrical, mechanical and civil engineering, and construction management.

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