Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

St Hwy 150, Saint Mary-Of-The-Woods, IN 47876-1099

School Details

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is a Roman Catholic, 4-year, liberal arts women’s college located in Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.


The school was founded in 1840 and was associated with the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. In 1841, an academy for women was established by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin who was canonized in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI. SMWC is the oldest Catholic women’s college in the nation. The school was actually the first women’s college to offer journalism courses and degree work for secondary education. The college has been popularly nicknamed “The Woods” for short. At present, SMWC offers associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees in over 30 majors on-campus and online. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


The curriculum is based on the traditional liberal arts education model. Students are required to take a certain amount of general studies courses. The three main divisions in the academic organization at SMWC are Campus, Woods Online, and Graduate Studies. The traditional campus-based program is only for women but men are allowed to attend the graduate program and Woods online program. SMWC offers the following degrees: Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Leadership Development, Master of Art Therapy, and Master of Music Therapy. The undergraduate academic departments are as follows: Business & Computer Information Systems (CIS), Education, Equine Studies, Languages & Literature, Music & Theatre, Sciences & Mathematics, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Text & Image, and Theology.

Admission is slightly different whether the applicant is applying for Campus, Graduate, or Woods Online. For all prospective on-campus students, the school recommends they schedule a visit. The application itself is available online through the college’s website. Other requirements include transcripts, test scores and a recommended writing sample. Transcripts are required to be sent from the issuing institution directly.


The total enrollment is 1,030 students. Of those students, 864 are undergraduates and 166 are graduates. The student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1 which gives classrooms a more student-focused environment. Also, more than 55 percent of faculty holds a terminal degree. Apart from academics, SMWC has a lively campus. The school offers more than 20 clubs and organizations that students get involved in which cover a wide range of subjects.


Tuition for undergraduate students is $27,672 annually. Graduate tuition is based off credit hour. Graduate students pay $482 per credit hour. Additional fees are not included. Financial aid is available to those students who qualify. Qualification is determined through the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) that all applicants are required to submit. Aid can be received through loans, scholarships, grants, and work-study opportunities. Around 95 percent of all students at SMWC receive some form of financial aid.




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  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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