St. Mary-of-the-Woods College

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St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876

Phone: (812) 535-5151
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U.S. News Rankings

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#18 Overall Score: 73 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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St. Mary-of-the-Woods College is a private institution that was founded in 1840. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 864, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 67 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. St. Mary-of-the-Woods College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 18. Its tuition and fees are $27,672 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC), rooted in the Catholic tradition, delivers a rich liberal arts education that empowers students to lead with integrity in an environment where compassion and critical thinking drive decision-making. Here, students learn to cultivate their interests, communicate responsibly, and engage in lifelong learning and effect positive change in a global society. SMWC offers these educational opportunities to both men and women through distance and graduate programs, while remaining committed to our heritage as a women-only campus.

In today's ever-changing world, we advance the liberal arts education that defines us. Students are trained to think abstractly, to develop as leaders, to make informed decisions, to devise creative solutions to complex problems, and most importantly, to become well-rounded human beings, determined to make a lasting impact in their careers and communities..

With an emphasis on the positive power of Providence, SMWC is a community of faith and scholarship. Our unique educational philosophy stresses an exploration of spirituality, a respect for diversity, a passion for stewardship and, as our college motto, Virtus cum Scientia (Virtue and Knowledge United) proclaims, a devotion to the unity of faith and reason.

SMWC is a place where students flourish and find their voice, and make it heard across the country and around the world. This solid foundation begins with our small class sizes. With a low faculty-student ratio of 11:1, students at SMWC have more opportunities for active participation and meaningful interaction with faculty. In this environment, students grow intellectually, spiritually, and develop the confidence to express themselves intelligibly

The College chose a bold course of action to put a private college education in the hands of students seeking a high quality, liberal arts experience. Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, the Tuition Promise ensures the price of tuition for incoming freshmen campus students will remain the same for four years. While many families' financial circumstances may change in a four-year period, tuition will not. Students and their families can base financial planning on this certainty.

With 40 years of experience in distance education, our online program, Woods Online gives women and men from all corners of the world an opportunity to pursue their long-term goals, while balancing professional and personal responsibilities. Those with an appetite for knowledge will excel with independent study combined with significant faculty interaction. Consistent communication and technology seamlessly woven into our curriculum makes us a great choice for distance learners. Our faculty is extremely effective in creating the same "aha" moments for students online as in the classroom.

Founded in 1840 by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and the Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) is the oldest, private, Catholic liberal arts college for women in the United States. Inspired by the determination of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, the College embraces its role as a pioneer and leader in women's and distance education. A commitment to support students as they master the methodology of a discipline, while ensuring a well-rounded liberal arts education, is not a lofty goal but a reality. It is reflected in our innovative curriculum, supportive campus community and a distinctive pedagogy. A strong sense of empowerment is embedded in the soul of the College, which is evident in the students it attracts and in the successful alumnae worldwide, who are forever connected to The College.

General Information

School type private, women's college
Year founded 1840
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $10,572,192


When applying to St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College is $30. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.7 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 63.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College is 7:1, and the school has 93.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College include: Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Visual and Performing Arts; and Public Administration and Social Service Professions. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72 percent.

Class sizes
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Student-faculty ratio 7:1
4-year graduation rate 48%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 33%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 17%
Psychology 11%
Visual and Performing Arts 10%
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 6%

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Student Life

St. Mary-of-the-Woods College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 864, with a gender distribution of 4.7 percent male students and 95.3 percent female students.

Total enrollment 1,030
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

St. Mary-of-the-Woods College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. St. Mary-of-the-Woods College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, 91.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,563.

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Tuition and fees $27,672 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,050 (2013-14)
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