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University of Mary

By | Last Modified: November 6, 2017
University of Mary Bell Tower Sculpture

University of Mary (commonly referred to as “U-Mary”) is a private, Christian, Catholic, Benedictine university located in southeast Bismarck. Offering undergraduate, master, and doctoral degree programs, the university is the largest degree-granting institution in the region. The University serves more than 3,000 students of “all faiths and backgrounds” with operations in North Dakota, Arizona, Montana, Minnesota, Kansas, Rome and Peru, according to its website.

The Benedictine Sisters of the Annunciation founded and sponsor the university.


Opened as Mary College in 1947, the college began offering 2-year programs in 1955 and 4-year programs in 1959. The campus moved to its current location in 1968 and officially achieved university status in 1986, at which time it also began offering Master-level degrees. In 2006, University of Mary offered its first doctorate program.

In September 2012, the University announced plans for a $40 million expansion and renovation project.


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