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. 


Learn about what makes Saint Mary unique.

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 and Kansas City, Kansas location.


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 USM a “Best Midwestern College,” based largely on meeting high standards of academic excellence.


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.


As stated in the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Constitution:

“…In all our ministries we see Christian education as one of the great 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."