National Research Group, Zippia, Ranks Mary 14thin U.S.’s “ best in preparing students for jobs” 

BISMARCK, ND—The accolades continue to pile up for the University of Mary, the state’s only private, Catholic institution for higher learning. When it comes to best preparing its students and ultimately its graduates for the workforce, nobody does it better in North Dakota than the University of Mary, according to the national experts at Zippia.

Zippia, the online organization that helps recent graduates find the best jobs for their skills, released a map and a ranking of the best college for employment in the United States based on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) database. They rank University of Mary as the best higher education institution in North Dakota and number 14th overall in the U.S. for best placing its graduates in the workplace.

“As the unemployment rate continues to shrink to figures not seen for nearly half a century, it’s becoming more and more important for college graduates to prepare for a competitive workforce,” stated McLeod Brown, of Zippia. “This means picking the right major, having a great internship, and work experiences, but most of all, choosing the right college to attend in the first place. Given that a new crop of recent grads just entered the workforce … we figured we’d see what schools set their students up for the best success after graduation.”

The ranking is another example of why Mary is no longer America’s best-kept secret and continues to attract some of the nation’s best and brightest students. The University of Mary’s popularity over the last couple of years is reflected in its enrollment spiking to its highest number in 2017, and administrators say it will shatter last year’s enrollment record this fall, 2018—so much so, the school has needed to initiate a waiting list for students wanting to attend this upcoming semester.

“The University of Mary is very honored and humbled by this prestigious ranking,” stated Michael McMahon, vice president for Enrollment Management at the University of Mary. “Our students succeed in their careers, and this ranking demonstrates that in a powerful way. We take great pride at Mary in fostering great skills through academic rigor and developing students’ moral character, as they become virtuous leaders in their career and community as graduates. So, this is more than just a number or ranking as it speaks to the heart of what we do best. We care deeply about our students when they are on campus and after they graduate into their career field—that’s what this ranking means at a state and national level.”

The University of Mary’s placement rate is 94.68 percent; it’s the only College of Distinction in the state, and is a Cardinal Newman Society recommended university.


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 3,000 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