USM At A Glance

The University of Saint Mary is a Catholic co-educational university founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth.

About USM

  • Founded: 1923

  • Location: Leavenworth, Kan.

  • Main Campus Acreage: 200

  • School Colors: Navy Blue and Gold


  • Average Enrollment: 1600

  • Where Students Come From: Over 30 states, and multiple countries

  • Male / Female: 51% / 50%

  • First Generation*: 40%
    (*the first in their families to attend college)

  • Minorities: 43%

  • Catholic: 36%


  • Student / Faculty Ratio: 11:1

  • Undergraduate Programs: Over 30

  • Graduate Programs: Eight

  • Doctoral Programs: One

  • Founders and Sponsors: Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth


  • Nickname: Spires**
    (**named after the spire on top of Saint Mary Hall, the oldest building on campus)

  • Conference: Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC),
    part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Atheltics (NAIA) Division II

  • Sports: 18 men's and women's teams

  • Mascot: Spiro the Dragon

Financial Aid

  • Freshmen Receiving Aid: 99%

  • Scholarships Awarded Annually: $7 million



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.


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

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