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Transfer students are an important part of the USM community. We're confident you'll feel right at home at Saint Mary.

USM Admissions checklist

 Requirements: a minimum GPA of 2.25 on your prior college coursework (based on quality and transferability of courses taken) Applicants with a GPA below a 2.5 will be subject to review. Applicants who have earned an AA or AS from a Kansas or Missouri Community College will be given expedited consideration.

 Find your interest: Explore our majors.

 Apply for admission.

 Send us your college transcripts for an admissions evaluation.

  USM participates in Kansas Reverse Transfer (See more info below).


What makes USM unique?

Since 1923, Saint Mary has been a leader in liberal arts education. Today, USM is well known and routinely recognized for its dedication to academic excellence

You'll thrive here. We offer transfer scholarships and departmental awards that can mean lower tuition and costs than you'd find at other private universities..

With an enhanced learning experience that focuses oncritical thinking, ethics, and expert communication skills, USM offers specialized preparation that will ready you for graduate school or the workforce.


The Saint Mary Advantage

  • Small classes and individualized attention from expert instructors

  • Specialized coursework requirements that are designed to round out your education

  • Dedicated senior success programming will prepare you to be a successful Saint Mary graduate

Kansas Reverse Transfer at USM

The University of Saint Mary (USM) participates in a universal reverse transfer program with Kansas' community colleges. 

This innovative program allows you to receive your associate's degree from your most recent community college by combining the credits you earned at the community college AND the credits you earn while here at USM.

Incoming transfer students to USM from any of Kansas' 19 public community colleges or either of Kansas' two non-profit 2-year colleges are eligible to receive the benefits of the reverse transfer program.

How Does It Work?

  • Any student who transfers at least 45 credit hours from either an accredited public Kansas community college or 2-year private non-profit college may participate. A full list of eligible institutions is available here.

  • At the end of the academic year, if you have earned a total of 60 credit hours (at least 45 from the community college plus the remainder at USM), we will submit your official transcript back to your community college.

  • Your home community college will review your complete transcript, and if you have met the degree requirements, the community college will award you your associate's degree and mail it to you.

That’s it!  You will officially have an associate’s degree that is linked to increased lifetime income and lower unemployment rates. Congratulations!

How Do I Sign Up?

It's easy. Download and complete » this form « and turn it in to the USM Office of the Registrar. Then just study hard and do your best here at the University of Saint Mary.


The University of Saint Mary has been named a "Top 100 Most Affordable Small College West of the Mississippi" by Great Value Colleges, a site which dedicates itself to helping students get the best possible education for their money.

The University of Saint Mary ranks near the top for most affordable small colleges in Kansas and Missouri, according to the site. USM's election to the overall list was based on its "individual attention and extreme college affordability."


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