University of Mary

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

University of Mary
University of Mary (photo: Register Files / University of Mary)

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 23 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, the No. 1-ranked nursing program in the nation, and a full portfolio of graduate programs specifically geared toward the Catholic professional. 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 and domestic learning opportunities, we also 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.