History

Saint Mary’s College has maintained a steadfast commitment to educate women in mind and spirit since its founding by the Sisters of the Holy Cross in the mid-19th century. In 1843, University of Notre Dame founder Father Edward Sorin wrote to his superior, Father Basil Anthony Moreau, to request that he send sisters to a new mission in the wilderness of northern Indiana “to look after the laundry and the infirmary…and also to conduct a school, perhaps even a boarding school.” Four Holy Cross sisters answered the call. After a 40-day voyage from Le Mans, France, they arrived on May 30, 1843. The Holy Cross sisters established the first school and novitiate in 1844. Today, Saint Mary’s remains unique among institutions of higher education as a four-year, residential, Catholic college that focuses on the education of women. Read more on the history of Saint Mary's here

Saint Mary’s develops professional skills and fosters critical thinking across more than 30 undergraduate areas of study in the humanities, business, and the sciences. Saint Mary’s also offers graduate degrees in data science, speech language pathology, and nursing practice. The College’s intimate and supportive campus community offers leadership opportunities and partnerships with professors who serve as mentors and research collaborators. More than two dozen locations abroad provide global learning options that open students’ minds to the world. Civic engagement in South Bend, Indiana, through community service and affiliations with local businesses, add a real-world component to a Saint Mary’s education. True to the mission of the founding Sisters of the Holy Cross, Saint Mary’s remains rooted in the Catholic tradition, nurturing spiritual as well as mental development to educate women to serve the greater good. Close connections with the University of Notre Dame further expand the opportunities available to students and contribute to a vibrant campus atmosphere. Saint Mary’s offers the best of both worlds: a small college experience with world-class resources that prepares women to be leaders who serve the greater good.

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