Catholic university in Bismarck, ND, on pace for historic recruitment levels across the board

BISMARCK, ND — After years of strong enrollment numbers—bucking national trends for similar colleges and universities—the University of Mary is accustomed to growth. This year, though, the growth looks to be surpassing even lofty expectations.

For the first time in the school’s history, the University of Mary could be forced to use a waiting list for applicants interested in enrolling in the 2018 fall semester. Currently, the University of Mary has 33 percent more commitments from incoming freshmen than at this time last year, along with a 27 percent increase in applications.

“Keep in mind, what makes this so remarkable is that we are still seven months away from the start of the 2018 fall semester and enrollment is going at breakneck pace—we’re booming,” said Director of Undergraduate Admissions Richard Hinton. “We expect that we should be able to accommodate all of the students who want to attend Mary in the fall. That said, if interest continues to be this strong, there is a possibility that we might be forced to employ a waitlist. Given this possibility, we felt it wise to inform all potential students and encourage them to apply and get accepted sooner rather than later.”

The University of Mary reassures any prospective students who have already been accepted that their acceptance will be honored. They also encourage interested students who have not yet applied to do so, as a waitlist could become necessary if the interest continues at this pace.

“The University of Mary is no longer the best kept secret in higher education. Word has definitely gotten out that our quality and affordability are unmatched. With the new buildings on our campus, including the Lumen Vitae University Center, the new fieldhouse, Roers Hall, Marion Grotto, and the innovative, one-of-a-kind Year-Round Campus program, life at Mary has become even more attractive than ever before for students across the United States,” added Hinton.

More and more prospective students and their parents, from not only North Dakota but from around the United States, are recognizing the exceptional worth of a University of Mary education that is based on Christian, Catholic and Benedictine values. A testament to Mary’s affordability, growth and overall popularity is the enormous attraction from out-of-state students. A look inside the numbers shows that for the last several years, more than half of the University of Mary’s incoming freshmen came from out of state. One representative example can be found in incoming freshman numbers from the state of Minnesota, up 450% since 2009.

This year, Hinton notes, the growth seems to be coming from everywhere. “Right now, we’ve got increased interest from North Dakota, Minnesota, and the rest of the country. These are exciting times. We feel honored to carry out our mission, serving the needs of the people of this region and beyond.”

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—Occupational Therapy, Education, Nursing Practice and Physical Therapy. With over 3,000 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