The University of Saint Mary (USM) is a private, Catholic liberal arts university located in Leavenworth, Kansas. Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1859 as an all-girls college called Saint Mary’s Institute, the school moved to its current location and was renamed Saint Mary’s Academy in 1870 and Saint Mary’s College in 1923. In 1932, the college became a four-year institute and started accepting boys who enrolled in certain areas of study. In 2003, the college officially adopted the name University of Saint Mary or USM.
Today, USM continues to pursue its mission “to educate students of diverse backgrounds to realize their God-given potential and prepare them for value-centered lives and careers that contribute to the well being of our global society.” It offers 26 bachelor degree programs including six accelerated evening degree-completion programs; six master’s degree programs, and online classes for the busy working professional through its University of Saint Mary Online distance learning program.
Online progrrams offered by USM are all fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Programs offered online include Master of Arts in Teaching; RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Cost of tuition at USM varies according to the program chosen and whether the program is taken on-campus, online, or evening and weekend. Financial aid is extended in the form of loans, grants and scholarships for qualified students.
The University of Saint Mary has been named a “Best Midwestern College” by The Princeton Review for six consecutive years in recognition of the school’s high standards of academic excellence.