Your Home Away from Home!


At the University of Saint Mary, you’ll find more than just a college campus. You’ll find a community—living, learning, and growing together.


 

Sound too good to be true?


From athletes to artists, mentors to club presidents, USM students are happy to call this campus their home away from home.


*Students were not paid, bribed, or given extra credit to say great things—they just did.


 

Why did you choose USM?

Initially, I came to Saint Mary for athletics—but the campus environment and the people that I’ve met here are what hooked me. I love my professors, my classes, and the friendships that I’ve formed during my time here.

Jen Harmon
Effingham, Kan., class of 2014

  

   

What's your favorite class at USM?

British Literature II—the class opened my eyes and showed me there was more to poems than just rhythm and rhymes. Everything has a meaning, purpose, and tells a story.

Blade Wise-Perry
Houston, Tex., class of 2015
   

What would you say to a high school student considering USM?


Come visit the campus! One of my favorite things about the USM campus is the beauty of the grounds that surround its historical buildings. Plus, with the advantage of a tour, you’ll know that the University of Saint Mary is a perfect fit for almost any personality.

Anthony Clouse
Leavenworth, Kan., class of 2016

  

   
I would say that it really is a hidden gem. Saint Mary’s is a small school, it’s true, but I think students would be surprised as to how well it might fit them. I had my heart set on going to a big college, and chose Saint Mary’s instead. I couldn’t be more pleased with my choice. With the University of Saint Mary, you get quality of education versus quantity of students.

Sarah DaMetz
Lansing, Kan., class of 2016
   


I would say USM is a great school with a great atmosphere. There is a lot of opportunities to get involved and enjoy your college experience.

Allison Zaldivar
Carbondale, Kan., class of 2015

   
Saint Mary is a great University with so much to offer. Come on a visit and see the beautiful campus. Once you are here, you can meet one-on-one with the coach for your sport, you can meet teachers from the major you are thinking about, and meet with advisors that help you along your way—all the way until you walk across the podium.

Taylor Welch
Leavenworth, Kan., class of 2015
   


I would say USM is a great school with a great atmosphere. There are a lot of opportunities to get involved and enjoy your college experience.

Blade Wise-Perry
Houston, Tex., class of 2015

   
Coming to USM is a wise choice. The school, campus, teachers, and fellow students will give you a positive outlook on life and your future. The togetherness, the spiritual aspect of the school, and caring nature of the campus makes coming to school worthwhile.

Jen Harmon
Effingham, Kan., class of 2014
   

Worried about not fitting in?


Everyone fits in at USM. While the school may be small, there is a place for everyone. I was worried that I wouldn’t fit in—I’m terribly shy. I found my place here and you will find your place, too!

Elizabeth Joyce
Leavenworth, Kan., class of 2017

  

   
Fitting in is not an issue here. There are so many places and chances to meet new people that it’s really hard not to.

Jennifer Nye
Lansing, Kan., class of 2015
   

The only way I know of to not fit in at USM is to sincerely not want to do anything or meet anyone … which is actually pretty hard. There will always be someone with a similar interest, even if your interests change! No matter where you go on campus, you’re always welcomed.

Anthony Clouse
Leavenworth, Kan., class of 2016

   
There is always a group that is right for you. If you’re an athlete, your team will always support you and welcome you—and for the students like me, who are just genuinely passionate for their major, there are people here in college exactly like you on their own journey, with similar ambitions. Those people are here at the University of Saint Mary, and we all cannot wait to welcome you here with open arms.

Sarah DaMetz
Lansing, Kan., class of 2016
   


What’s your biggest tip / advice for an incoming student?


Join and be involved in activities. Saint Mary is a small campus, so it gives you the opportunity to do more things. You’ll make lasting friendships and meet people that will change your life.

Taylor Welch
Leavenworth, Kan., class of 2015

  

   
Enjoy your time in college. It goes by quick and before you know it you’ll be done.

Shannon Anderson
Topeka, Kan., class of 2015
   

Get involved! When you get involved in sports and clubs it helps you to meet so many more people who share your same interests. However, don’t get so involved that you don’t have time to do homework or study for classes. Make classes a priority, but don’t forget to have fun!

Elizabeth Joyce
Leavenworth, Kan., class of 2017

   
Get to know your professors. They want nothing more than to help you succeed at USM and in life.

Jenny Herbig
Wichita, Kan., class of 2015
   

What is one of your best memories from USM so far?


I don’t think I could pick just one. If I HAD to narrow it down though, I would just say—all of the memories I made with my basketball teammates. I will probably forget all the games, all of the practices, and maybe even some of my classes ☹, but I will never forget the people that were along for the ride.

Jen Harmon
Effingham, Kan., class of 2014

  

   
My most memorable moment at USM is being involved in the annual Christmas Concert. This is a concert that the choir puts on every year for the community and the Board of Trustees—I got to be involved in it my senior year of high school and I have been involved every year since then.

Taylor Welch
Leavenworth, Kan., class of 2015
   


I can’t say that I have just one favorite memory. I have so many memories with all my friends— spending our weekend on the sand volleyball court or out in the snow. I wouldn’t have had these lasting memories without my classmates and soccer teammates.

Jennifer Nye
Lansing, Kan., class of 2015

   
One of my most memorable moments at USM happened freshman year. A group of us pulled together loose change and went and got a huge tarp from Home Depot to make a makeshift slip ’n slide on the hill. Everyone came out and had a really fun time.

Shannon Anderson
Topeka, Kan., class of 2015
   


Graduation has been the most memorable moment for me. It was amazing to be surrounded by friends and professors who had such an impact on my life in a short period of time. It was exciting to look back at how far I’d come and to look forward to the opportunities ahead of me.

Annie Rowan
Edinburgh, Scotland, class of 2013