University of Saint Mary Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

The Missouri River in Leavenworth, Kansas
The Missouri River in Leavenworth, Kansas. Paul Barker Hemings / Flickr

University of Saint Mary Admissions Overview:

The University of Saint Mary has an acceptance rate of 49%--while that may seem low, students with average test scores and decent grades still have a very good chance of being admitted to the school. Interested students will need to submit an application along with scores from either the SAT or ACT, and high school transcripts.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • University of Saint Mary Acceptance Rate: 49%

University of Saint Mary Description:

The University of Saint Mary is a small private liberal arts university with a 200-acre main campus in Leavenworth, Kansas. Leavenworth is just north-west of Kansas City, with a population of around 35,000. The university also has a campuses in Overland Park and Kansas City that offer graduate and degree-completion programs for working adults. The main residential campus features historic buildings, a nature preserve, and a range of athletic facilities. Students come from 38 states and many foreign countries. Students can choose from 27 undergraduate programs and six graduate programs.

At the undergraduate level, nursing is the most popular area of study, and among graduate students, education has the highest enrollments. Academics are supported by an impressive 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Outside of the classroom, students can participate in a number of student-run clubs and activities, including academics clubs, religious groups, recreational sports, and performing arts ensembles.

On the athletic front, the USM Spires compete in the NAIA Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. The university fields seven men's and seven women's intercollegiate teams. Popular sports include basketball, football, track and field, and softball.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,409 (837 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 77% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $26,650
  • Books: $2,547 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,940
  • Other Expenses: $1,906
  • Total Cost: $39,043

University of Saint Mary Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 86%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $17,285
    • Loans: $5,736

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Elementary Education, Nursing

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 71%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 28%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 34%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Basketball, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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