University of Mary

One of the most affordable private universities in the nation, infusing Benedictine values throughout the educational experience.

(photo: Register Files)

7500 University Drive
Bismarck, ND 58504
(800) 288-6279

Enrollment: Main campus: 2,681; overall enrollment 2018-2019: 4,601

University of Mary Website

The Institution:

  • President’s Oath
  • Catholic Board
  • Catholic Faculty (N/A) 
  • Mandatum Required
  • Theologians’ Oath 

Campus Culture:

  • Mass and Confession
  • Speakers Vetted
  • Unobjectionable Clubs
  • No Coed Dorms
  • Health Services Okay

School’s Comments: 

Institution: Founded and sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, the University of Mary is the nation’s most serious, affordable Catholic university, teaching in accordance with the magisterium of the Church. With nearly 60 undergraduate majors, including degrees in engineering, and 19 graduate degrees (such as master’s degrees in Catholic studies and bioethics and four doctoral programs), the University of Mary continues to boast a stellar academic reputation, with a solid liberal arts core curriculum and one of the best nursing programs in the nation. U Mary also offers a rich sacramental culture, with students flocking to daily Mass, adoration and our beautiful fieldstone grotto dedicated to the Blessed Mother. With 18 NCAA sports, a chaplain specifically for Marauders Athletics, a beautiful campus in Rome, and other international learning opportunities, we have a robust “Catholic Scholars” program, with eligible Catholic high-school seniors receiving free room and board; 24/7 dining; online and distance learning at satellite campuses; and the innovative “Year-Round Campus” option, allowing students to earn a bachelor’s degree in 2.6 years or a master’s in four — less time, less cost, less debt.

Faculty: In accordance with North Dakota state law, U Mary does not maintain a record of the religious affiliation of employees.

Theologians’ Oath: Theology professors take the “Oath of Fidelity” at the time of their hiring.


The Collegium

The Collegium is an independent institution of higher learning that pledges full fidelity to the unchanging Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Faculty and staff are practicing Catholics who are fully supportive of the Collegium’s mission and have signed the Oath Against Modernism.

Holy Spirit College

Holy Spirit seeks to educate and to form students who, as leaders in professional and civic life, will live by the highest intellectual and ethical standards. In service of this goal, Holy Spirit endeavors to create an environment in which integrated learning is a shared responsibility. Shared responsibility for the life and governance of the College should lead all its members to make the best of their own talents, to work together, to be sensitive to one another, to serve others, and to seek justice within and beyond the Holy Spirit community.