St. Mary’s College is a coeducational private Catholic
liberal arts college with the mission to develop the minds, bodies, and
souls of students in accordance with the perennial educational and moral
principles of the Roman Catholic Church. Operating under the auspices
of the Society of St. Pius X, the College provides a structured, traditional,
social, and academic environment in which students pursue truth within
a challenging, balanced liberal arts curriculum, and take active part
in the life and liturgy of a thriving community fully committed to developing
Christian values. St. Mary’s College is a Kansas Board of Regents
St. Mary’s College offers a comprehensive course of
study based on classical liberal arts models. Given the specifically Catholic
nature of the institution’s founding and operation, this curriculum
necessarily focuses on Theology, Philosophy, and Classical Languages,
but also includes Modern Languages and Literature, History, Mathematics,
Science, and Fine Arts. Catholic liberal arts education aims to prepare
young Catholic men and women to attain true freedom, personal excellence,
and happiness through the systematic development of intellect and will.
While ultimately in harmony with the necessarily efficient and practical
ends of higher education, the liberal arts education promotes personal
growth and a breadth of perspective impossible to achieve through strictly
technical or vocational study by projecting ideas and diverse subject
matter against the backdrop of Revelation. The St. Mary’s Associates
of Arts degree will prepare students for further study in four-year elective
curricula, as well as graduate and professional schools. Having completed
their studies in the atmosphere of the St. Mary’s community, all
students will remain acutely receptive to the possibility of a religious
vocation. Perhaps the greatest legacy of a liberal arts education lies
in the freedom students realize in choosing well their paths in life.
Having developed a love of truth and discipline, students will assess
both their career potential and realistic limitations with equal clarity.
The formation encourages an insightful approach to considering various
vocations in a manner most likely to ensure success and happiness in this
world, and more importantly, the next.
St. Mary’s College offers a fixed two-year Catholic
liberal arts curriculum. The Humanities core promotes integration of all
subjects, encouraging students to move beyond compartmentalized thought,
and to recognize the importance of each curricular component in their
ultimate formation. Within Catholic and liberal arts parameters, lower
and higher sciences harmonize as the student both absorbs inductive processes
and makes deductive connections; ultimately, an insightful thinker emerges,
able to recognize truth through causes, free from circumstantial limitations.
Such a student becomes not only a Catholic citizen of the world, but a
citizen of history and heritage as well. The curriculum represents an
exciting approach to the Associates of Arts degree; few institutions dedicated
to liberal arts education have attempted a comprehensive two-year cycle.
The St. Mary’s curriculum provides a legitimate and fully Catholic
liberal arts foundation for our students, whether they choose to continue
their studies in a four-year elective curriculum, or in a professional
Complete and mail the Application form below to the Office
of Admissions, St. Mary’s College, 200 East Mission Street, Saint
Marys, Kansas 66536. Completed applications files will include:
1) Transcripts: St. Mary’s College cannot admit students without
transcripts. High School graduates should request that their High School
mail an official transcript directly to the College. Students entering
on the basis of a GED should have the diploma-issuing school mail a transcript
2) ACT/SAT Scores: All freshmen applicants must submit results from Scholastic
Aptitude Tests (SAT), and/or the American College Testing (ACT) Program.
3) Transfer Materials: Transfer students must submit an official transcript
from each college or university attended since high school graduation.
Students with less than twelve semester hours of earned credit must also
submit a high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores.
4) Recommendations: Two letters of recommendation are required: the first,
a personal integrity reference written by a priest with sufficient personal
knowledge of the applicant; the second, an academic reference written
by a former teacher or administrator (not a guardian or relative).
5) Medical Forms: Applicants must provide information about medical history,
including results of a physical examination, and immunizations.
6) Rules and Decorum: Applicants and parents of minor applicants must
sign the ‘Rules and Decorum’ guidelines, indicating their
agreement to abide by the expectations for Catholic behavior determined
by St. Mary’s College.
7) Current photograph
8) Scheduled On-campus interview
Application Fee and Deadline
The completed application form and non-refundable $75 application
fee must be postmarked on or before March 15. Late applications (those
received after the March 15) will be considered only on a space-available
basis. All late applications regardless of consideration will require
payment of an additional non-refundable $25 late fee. Any additional documents
and all fees required to complete previously submitted applications must
be submitted before June 15. This is not an alternate application deadline:
acceptance of these materials (late transcripts, letters of recommendation,
etc.) applies ONLY to previously submitted applications. Any acceptance
of students based on incomplete application files is conditional: files
incomplete after June 15 are subject to closure.
Tuition, Room & Board, Fees
Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is $7,000, or $3,500
per semester. Room and board costs for the 2016-2017 academic year total
$5,500, or $2,750 per semester. Students must also pay room deposit fees
($150), copy fees ($100), $15 photo-ID and records fees, and lab fees
($75), in addition to the non-refundable $75 application fee (as well
as a $250 graduation fee, if applicable).
The College does not maintain an academic bookstore. Students
are responsible for ordering and purchasing their own textbooks. Book
lists with ISBN numbers and editions will be posted on the College website
after July 15 for the Fall Semester (after December 15 for the Spring
Semester), and will be distributed upon confirmation of registration.
In order to remain completely free to carry out our educational
mission, St. Mary’s College does not participate in Federal or State
education funding programs; as such, the College does not offer Financial
Aid. In some cases, however, students may partially offset tuition by
working at the Academy or College, depending on job availability and the
skills of the student.
List for the 2016-2017 academic year (includes links to purchase
and Decorum Agreement
Form (required for enrollment)