University of Mary
7500 University Dr.
Bismarck, ND 58504
(701) 355-8030
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Located in Bismarck, N.D., this four-year Catholic institution was initially established as a two-year college in 1955. By 1959, the school became a four-year college and earned university status in 1986. The school currently serves more than 3100 students through the main campus, but also has locations in Fargo, Minnesota, Montana, Missouri, Kansas, Wyoming, and Arizona. Students can choose from degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral level, including a number of online programs.

Programs Offered

Individuals interested in enrolling at the University of Mary can choose from a variety of academic paths. Programs are offered in subject areas such as accounting, business administration, communication, English, psychology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, counseling, education, special education, and social work. The school also has a number of health science degree programs including physical therapy, nursing, and respiratory therapy. Students looking to enroll in online programs will find offerings in accounting, business management, nursing, and organizational leadership, to name a few. The highly flexible online learning platform utilized for the university’s distance learning programs allows students to access course materials, submit assignments, and participate in discussion boards at any time that fits into their personal schedules. This is particularly important for working adults and those trying to balance family responsibilities.


The University of Mary has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1969. Additionally, the school has earned specialized accreditation for its programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and nursing.


Prospective students can submit their application online or via mail with a $25 undergraduate application fee due at the time of submission. Students should also be prepared to request their official SAT or ACT score reports and high school transcripts be sent to the admissions office. And while not required, teacher recommendations are recommended. Students who have completed a GED program are eligible to apply and will need to request an official copy of their test scores be sent to the university. For fall 2011, 75% of students were admitted and 50% enrolled. For more information on the application requirements for graduate and transfer students, please contact the admissions office or visit the school’s website.

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