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Saint Mary of the Woods College

Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana

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Saint Mary of the Woods College overview
Location Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana
Online smwc.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Rural Fringe
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Saint Mary of the Woods College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, founded in 1840, is a private Catholic liberal arts college located in Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana, just northwest of Terre Haute. As the oldest Catholic college in Indiana, it has a longstanding tradition of providing a comprehensive education that emphasizes leadership and service. The campus is characterized by its historic architecture, primarily in the French Gothic Revival style, and is nestled within a serene, wooded landscape fostering a tranquil academic environment. The college offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, with particular recognition for its equine studies, music therapy, and education programs. Known for its moderately selective admissions process, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College provides on-campus living options for students who seek a residential collegiate experience. Though not distinguished for a robust athletic program, the institution participates in the NAIA as the Pomeroys, offering a range of team sports.

In the most recent statistical year 971 prospective students applied, and 759 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 200 enrolled in the school.  832 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 315 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $31,150 plus fees of $1,550. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is ranked 473 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is rated within the top 44% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Saint Mary of the Woods College overview
SAT 868/1052
ACT 18/30
GPA 3.35

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Saint Mary of the Woods College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,600
Other Fees$1,550
Room and Board $11,350
Budget for Other Expenses$3,396
Total One Year Cost$49,046

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$32,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

57% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Saint Mary of the Woods College students
Subject Percent of Class
Education 26%
Business 18%
Psychology 10%
Social Sciences 7%
Human Services 6%

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