University of Saint Mary Earns 2017-18 Best Value School Award

4/12/2017 12:00:00 AM
(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The University of Saint Mary received a “2017 Best Value School Award” by University Research & Review, an organization of academicians and entrepreneurs dedicated to improving the process a student takes when selecting a college, university, or career school.
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. 
Last year, USM awarded over $7 million in scholarships, with qualified incoming freshman earning up to $56,000 over four years, and transfer students having an opportunity to earn an academic award of up to $11,000 a year—plus generous academic department, fine arts, and athletics scholarships.
Founded in 1923 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, USM has a long history of academic excellence and centers its mission on helping students find their God-given potential. Faculty and staff take an active role in preparing students for success both in the classroom and beyond.
USM offers one-on-one attention with an 11-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and more than 30 majors, minors, and concentrations, including top-notch health care programs, a new triple advantage accounting program, and more than a dozen pre-professional programs. USM recently added exercise science major and added a new track to its computer information systems degree: cyber security.
Saint Mary has 18 varsity sports programs—football, volleyball, baseball, softball, along with men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, lacrosse, cross country, track & field, wrestling, cheerleading, and dance—along with being recognized as a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics “Champions of Character” institution with Gold Status (one of only 19 schools to earn this distinction). 
For more on the “Best Value School Award,” visit the University Research & Review site. For more on the University of Saint Mary, go to      

The University of Saint Mary is a Catholic co-educational applied liberal arts university founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. The University of Saint Mary main campus is located at 4100 South 4th Street, Leavenworth, Kan. USM’s Overland Park Campus at 4500 College Boulevard offers evening, accelerated graduate and undergraduate degree-completion programs. The university also offers online programs. Visit for more information.