Critical scholarship and waitlist deadlines are fast approaching for potential incoming freshmen

BISMARCK, ND— After record enrollment last year, the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, is at it again. For the second consecutive-year, the University of Mary plans to implement a waiting list for freshman applicants interested in enrolling in the 2019 fall semester.

Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Richard Hinton, says the University of Mary is currently on pace to exceed even last year’s record class, and there just will not be space for all those freshmen. He noted that while there is still room for transfer students, space for freshmen is getting very tight.

“We want students to plan for two critical deadlines, with the first being a priority financial aid deadline on March 15,” added Hinton. “Students must complete their application file and financial aid paperwork by that date, or risk missing out on as much as $3,000 in financial aid.”

Students enjoy a break from studying inside the new Lumen Vitae University Center on the beautiful campus of the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND

The University of Mary reassures any prospective students that those who have been accepted and received their financial aid award by March 15 will have until May 1 to make their decision before any adjustments would be made.

“Regarding the second important date, the University of Mary is likely to employ a waitlist beginning May 1,” said Hinton. “Students are strongly encouraged to complete application files and submit deposits by that date to ensure their seat in the fall 2019 class.”

The 2018 record-setting class of 530 freshmen has the highest fall-to-spring semester retention rate on record.

“Our freshman students are having the time of their lives,” added Hinton. “We’ve heard from this class, and other recent classes, that there is a very inviting atmosphere on campus and a very strong community bond. They enjoy lots of amenities, fun athletic activities and intramurals to watch and take part in, daily prayer and worship—no matter their faith—and Mass with the sacraments for the Catholics who attend. They look forward to being involved in community service projects, and of course, Bismarck-Mandan is very welcoming with an abundance of networking and employment opportunities.”

Mary is still the most affordable, serious, Catholic university in America. While some public and private institutions of higher education are permanently closing their doors, or inflating their fees and tuitions at record rates just to stay open, the University of Mary is thriving. Although 40 percent of UMary’s enrollment comes from North Dakota, a staggering 60 percent are flocking to the University of Mary from out of state.

The university has students represented from 47 states and 42 countries.

Two of the most popular programs attracting these students are the innovative Year-Round Campus (YRC) that gives students the option of getting their degree in 2.6 years, and one of the many global studies opportunities like its Rome, Italy, campus—that allows students to spend either a spring or fall semester abroad.

The University of Mary is virtually a new campus. It has 250,000 square-feet of new space: a new 272-bed women’s residence called Roers Hall; a new multimillion-dollar fieldhouse and wellness center; a new permanent landmark for the Gift Hill Cross honoring our beginning; a new Marian Grotto for students and the public to honor the Blessed Mother; and a new state-of-the-art Lumen Vitae University Center—the campus hub—housing one of America’s only 24/7 college dining experiences.

About the University of Mary

True to its motto “lumen vitae”—the Light of Life—the University of Mary offers education for the whole of life through cutting-edge professional programs grounded in a solid liberal arts tradition.

A Christian, Catholic, Benedictine institution founded in 1959 by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, Mary offers over 60 undergraduate degrees, 14 master’s degrees, and four doctoral programs in Occupational Therapy, Education, Nursing Practice and Physical Therapy. With over 3,600 students, Mary has locations in North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Arizona, Rome and Milan, Italy and Arequipa, Peru as well as vibrant online offerings. For more information, visit