About the University of Saint Mary


Our Educational and Spiritual Foundation

The University of Saint Mary is a four-year Catholic liberal arts university founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1923.

We offer daytime undergraduate and doctoral classes at our main campus in Leavenworth, online classes, and accelerated undergraduate degree-completion and graduate classes in the evening at our Overland Park Campus.

We are known for our personalized approach to learning with dedicated faculty and staff who care about our students’ success in the classroom and in life.

The Princeton Review has repeatedly named the University of Saint Mary a “Best Midwestern College*” every year since 2005. The distinction is based on meeting lofty standards of academic excellence and feedback from students, parents, educators, and Princeton Review staff.

USM also received a 2017 Best Value School Award by University Research & Review. Saint Mary received this recognition based on its reputation among students and alumni, the programs offered, accreditations, and affordability. The award’s search committee reviewed more than 100 nominees—and of those, Saint Mary was one of only a handful that passed the rigorous standards set forth by the group of experienced postsecondary educators and business leaders.

Our education is values-based and grounded in moral principles. Thousands of our graduates have gone on to become strong, ethical leaders, effective decision makers, and consistent problem solvers, as well as good people who are interested, involved, and invested in their communities.

Our Mission

The University of Saint Mary educates students of diverse backgrounds to realize their God-given potential and prepares them for value-centered lives and careers that contribute to the well being of our global society.


Our Core Values

The University of Saint Mary believes in the dignity of each person's capacity to learn, to relate, and to better our diverse world. We value:

  • Community

  • Respect 

  • Justice

  • Excellence


Our Founders and Sponsors

The University of Saint Mary is shaped by the educational mission of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth.

Rooted in the gospel of Jesus, the charism of St. Vincent de Paul, and the spirit of Mother Xavier Ross, the sisters see Christian education “as one of the greatest acts of charity: serving others at the fullest points of their needs and ministering to their need to know and come to the truth, to be opened to the good and the beautiful, to understand the past, to confront and help shape the future, to be called to justice, to be more fully and completely human and Christian.”

To live in the spirit of Vincent is to be part of a larger community united in service and caring, acting as a bridge between the rich and the poor, striving to witness virtues of simplicity, humility, and charity. It is to see the face of Christ in all people.



* The Princeton Review's Best Regional Colleges, 2018. (c)2017 TPR Education IP Holdings, LLC. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University. For more information about reprints from The Princeton Review visit PARS International Corp. at TPR-licensing.com.