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University of Mary

Bismarck, North Dakota

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University of Mary overview
Location Bismarck, North Dakota
Online umary.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Rural Fringe
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
University of Mary overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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University of Mary is a private Catholic university located in Bismarck, North Dakota, founded by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery in 1959. Situated on a scenic campus overlooking the Missouri River, the university is approximately three hours away from Fargo and offers a quiet, contemplative environment emblematic of its spiritual foundations. The university fosters a comprehensive educational approach with an array of undergraduate, graduate, and online programs, with an emphasis on health sciences, education, and business disciplines. University of Mary is known for maintaining a moderately selective admissions process. Residential options are available to students, with an emphasis on creating a supportive living-learning setting that mirrors the university's values. Though not primarily celebrated for athletic prowess, the University of Mary's sports teams, known as the Marauders, compete at the NCAA Division II level.

In the most recent statistical year 1,499 prospective students applied, and 1,220 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 458 enrolled in the school.  2,462 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,190 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $18,710 plus fees of $2,352. Umary is ranked 438 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Umary is rated within the top 43% 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

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SAT 1096/1320
ACT 21/27
Estimated GPA 3.37

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due Sep 30, 2023
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $30

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for University of Mary
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,068
Other Fees$2,352
Room and Board $8,220
Budget for Other Expenses$2,998
Total One Year Cost$33,348

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$51,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

52% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Mary students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 41%
Health Professions 18%
Education 9%
Biology 7%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 6%

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