See what students say:


Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is a Catholic-affiliated liberal arts school that provides "life-long learning opportunities to grow intellectually, morally, spiritually, physically, and socially through [the] Lasallian tradition of excellence." Lasallian education, inspired by the teachings of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, focuses on the needs of individual learners and their spiritual and personal development. St. Mary's "beautiful setting" and "tight-knit community that focuses on growing in mind, body, and spirit" sets students up for success in all of these areas. An early education major gushes that "Saint Mary's offers students more than an education; this school gives students a home away from home." St. Mary's has many strong academic programs, including education, science, and art. Students are generally enthusiastic about their classes, calling them "meaningful and worthwhile." Students say that professors are "very helpful and knowledgeable" and are here "truly for the students."

Student Body

Overall, St. Mary's students are "very friendly," and "pretty down-to-earth and easy to get along with" though students (like this graphic design major) say that "many cliques can be seen" on campus. Another says that "there's typically a group for every kind of person, but not much interaction between groups." Others say that students get along well, and that "you're [only] an 'outsider' if you don't participate in a club, activity, sport, or organization." Athletes have a large presence on campus and intramural sports are a popular way to socialize. Most students come from the area, and the school is predominantly white. St. Mary's religious affiliation means that many people are actively in touch with their faith, but plenty of non-Christian students attend "simply…for the education and college experience" and fit in well.

Campus Life

Community is a big part of the St. Mary's experience, and a biology major explains that this results in a "very 'on campus' school." The typical student is "involved in at least one or two extracurricular activities and has a healthy social life." "There are numerous clubs and…numerous sports activities. Virtually every night of the week there's a movie, athletic event, or some social gathering," so "St. Mary's is in constant motion." The school's lovely setting in the Minnesota hills means "students climb the bluffs and go hiking when possible," though most people agree that Winona itself "is not a very exciting town." "People do party" here. Although another student confirms, "being a person that doesn't drink, I don't have a problem at all…people respect those who don't drink." In general, St. Mary's students are very happy with their experience, but many admit that the dorms and science facilities could use an update, and that there could be more options for student housing overall.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

JoAnn Frahm
Visit Coordinator

Office of Admissions
700 Terrace Heights #2
Winona, MN 559871399

(507) 457-1700


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Brother Leopold Hall
Gostomski Fieldhouse
Page Theatre
Toner Student Center
Outdoor Track and Field Complex
Saint Mary's also offers an 18 hole disc golf course which runs through the bluffs surrounding the campus. Also, a network of trails run along the bluffs and into wooded valleys allowing for hiking, running, walking, and cross country skiing.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Lake Park
Mississippi River
Acoustic Cafe - Coffee Shop
Levee Park
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Winona is also home to several arts festivals, including the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Minnesota Beethoven Music Festival, and the Frozen River Film Festival.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Select Saturdays
Mon.-Wed.-Fri.: 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.; Tuesday-Thurs.: 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. ; Select Saturdays: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., noon
(507) 457-1700

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

at time of tour

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

4 scheduled overnites/year; other times arranged through Admissions


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
taxis and buses available to/from campus Amtrak station in Winona airports in LaCrosse, WI (30 minutes), Rochester, MN (1 hour) and Minneapolis (2 hours)

Driving Instructions to Campus
I-94 to Winona exit; State Highway 43 to State Highway 61 to State Highway 14. Entrance to university is off Highway 14 West.

Local Accommodations
11 hotels/motels and 2 B&Bs in Winona priced $30 to $200


Applicants: 1,641
Acceptance Rate: 92%



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