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St. Mary's College

A view of Suarez, Canisius, Assumption Chapel, and the College building from across the quad


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 approved school.


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.

The Curriculum

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 degree program.

Application Procedure

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 or records.
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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Downloads

Academic Year 2018-2019 Application
Fall Schedule 2018-2019
Calendar 2018-2019
Catalog 2018-2019
Book List for the 2018-2019 academic year

Rules and Decorum Agreement
Medical Form (required for enrollment)

The Beth Gerads Memorial and Scholarship


For more information about St. Mary's College, please contact us:

     St. Mary's College Admissions
     200 East Mission Street
     St. Marys, KS 66536
     (785) 437-2471



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STUDENT INFORMATION REQUESTS: The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords certain rights to students concerning the privacy of and access to educational records. Students may choose to complete and submit this form to the Registrar allowing the release of educational records to specified third parties. This form authorizes but does not obligate St. Mary’s College to release information. The College reserves the right to review and respond to release requests on a case-by-case basis.

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