Feb 20, 2024  
2020-2021 Winona Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Winona Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Saint Mary’s University adheres to the principle that all persons have equal opportunity and access to admission, employment, facilities, and all programs and activities of the university regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or status with regard to public assistance.

Prospective applicants should direct requests for information to:
Office of Admission
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #2
Winona, MN 55987-1399
800-635-5987, Ext. 1700

Admission of First-Year Students

The College processes admission applications throughout the year for fall semester or spring semester entrance. When all required materials for admission have been received, they are reviewed by the Admission Committee. The applicant is then notified of the decision. Students who have been admitted are asked to confirm their attendance by sending a non-refundable $300 deposit to the university. This deposit is credited to the student’s first semester account.

The Office of Admission conducts a holistic review of an applicant’s academic credentials.  While not the sole criterion for acceptance, the rigor of courses selected, with emphasis placed on a college prep curriculum, and grades received, is of primary importance.  Personal essay, test scores, activities and school recommendations all provide additional data useful in the evaluation of a student’s academic potential for university success. In particular cases, the applicant may be requested to complete an on-campus admission interview as part of the review process.

Generally, Saint Mary’s accepts students on the basis of six semesters of high school work, expecting that the quality of achievement will be consistent throughout the senior year. Some students, however, are asked to submit seventh- and/or eighth-semester transcripts before a final decision is rendered. All incoming first-year students must submit a final high school transcript certifying their graduation to the Office of Admission prior to the start of the students’ Saint Mary’s University career.

A student applying for first-year admission is expected to have completed a well-rounded high school college prep curriculum that includes the following:  (A unit represents a year’s study of a subject.)

  • 4 units of English with an emphasis on composition and literature
  • 3 units of mathematics through at least algebra II
  • 2 units of social studies
  • 3 units of science (including at least 2 lab courses)
  • 4 units of academic electives (religion, philosophy, or additional units of mathematics, science, foreign language)

Application Procedure

Applicants must forward the following items to the Office of Admission:

  1. Saint Mary’s University Application for Undergraduate Admission or Common Application (both with no application fee)
  2. Official transcript of high school grades
  3. Official scores from either the ACT or SAT
  4. Personal essay
  5. Letter of recommendation (optional)

Admission of Transfer Students

Candidates from other accredited colleges/universities may be admitted to Saint Mary’s if they present evidence of at least a 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all college-level coursework.  The transfer applicant must submit the Saint Mary’s University application or the Common Application for which there is no application fee. An official transcript from each college/university attended and an official high school transcript must be forwarded to the Office of Admission. The transcript from the college most recently attended should give evidence of honorable withdrawal. Students with 24 or more college level credits and at least C/2.0 or above grades are not required to submit official high school transcripts.

Upon notification of admission, the transfer student will receive an evaluation of his/her previous college work. This evaluation will include the number of credits accepted in transfer and the extent to which the student has satisfied Saint Mary’s general education program. Saint Mary’s has a residency requirement of 60 semester hours.  Transfer students must submit a $300 non-refundable deposit to confirm attendance at the university. This deposit will be credited to the student’s account.

Admission of Veterans

Veterans of United States military services who are not high school graduates may be considered for admission on the basis of results obtained on the General Educational Development (GED) test, high school level.

Admission of International Students

International undergraduate degree-seeking candidates for admission must forward the following documents to the Office of Admission:

  1. Online Application Form—The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota undergraduate application or the Common Application (both with no application fee)
  2. Official Transcripts and official diploma(s) from each high school/college/university attended.           
    An official English translation is required to accompany the transcript if the transcript is not issued in English by the school. Students who have already completed high school, including university transfer applicants, should be sure to have final high school transcripts submitted showing the graduation date. Also provide a detailed explanation of any educational gaps. Students with 24 or more college level Credits and at least C/2.0 or above grades are not required to submit official high school transcripts.
  3. English Language Proficiency Requirement - One of the following:
                   Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (minimum score of 72 iBT/533 PBT)
                   International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (minimum score of 6.0),
    SAT (New Reading Test + Math Test score of 50, 900 old SAT)
    Test score reports must not be more than two years old
  4. Personal Essay      
  5. Letter(s) of Recommendation—(optional).

Upon acceptance to Saint Mary’s, the student will need to submit proof of financial documentation* and a copy of the passport identification page. Once these documents are received, the university will issue a Form I-20 to the student to use in applying for a student visa.   
(“Financial documentation” is based on SEVIS’s module 2 https://www.ice.gov/exec/sevp/Module2.htm .)

English Language Bridge (ELB) Program Admission

International ELB applicants follow the same admission requirements as international undergraduate degree-seeking students, except for the English language proficiency requirement.  To be eligible for the ELB program, international students must have a minimum TOEFL iBT score between 58-71, TOEFL 493-532 PBT, or a minimum IELTS score of 5.5.

Admission of Special Students

Students who do not intend to proceed toward a degree at the university may be admitted as special students.

Candidates for admission as special students must submit the Saint Mary’s University application or the Common Application. Academic coursework taken as a special student may, at a later date, be counted toward a degree only if the student makes proper application for degree candidacy and is admitted as a regular full-time student. Special students are subject to the same tuition and fees as regular degree-seeking students.

Readmission of Former Students

Students who have previously attended Saint Mary’s University and have been out of school for at least one semester must submit an application for undergraduate admission as a readmit student.

Minimum Technical Hardware Requirements

Saint Mary’s students are required to have a computer and to have consistent and reliable access to the internet for use in their studies. Computers allow students to connect with the online learning environment, enhance the interaction with instructors and classmates, and gain access to educational resources, such as library databases and other resources. Select academic programs may have additional hardware or software requirements. Students should check with the appropriate chair or program director to ensure that they have the required hardware and software to be able to participate successfully in their respective programs.

Important note: Smartphones and tablets do not meet the minimum requirements for coursework at Saint Mary’s. Coursework requires a full keyboard and a minimum screen size of 13 inches. Smartphones and tablets can aid and support coursework, but alone they are not sufficient.

Minimum Technical Hardware Requirements for Students
  Windows Apple Chromebook
Windows 10 MacOS Sierra 10.12 or
1.6 GHz 1.6 GHZ Intel HD/UHD 500
AMD A6 w/Radeon r5
Memory 4 GBytes 4 GBytes 4 GBytes
Hard drive 40 GB free
- OR - 
Greater than 20% of
total hard drive space
40 GB free
- OR - 
Greater than 20% of
total hard drive space
32 GB
Monitor 1024 x 768 or greater
1024 x 768 or greater
1366 x 786 or greater
Sound Microphone and
- OR - 
Headphones or earbuds
with built-in
Microphone and
- OR - 
Headphones or earbuds
with built-in
Microphone and
- OR - 
Headphones or earbuds
with built-in
Webcam Built-in or external Built-in or external Built-in or external
Browser Google Chrome - Latest
Mozilla Firefox - Latest
Google Chrome - Latest
​Mozilla Firefox - Latest
Apple Safari - Latest
Google Chrome - Latest
​Mozilla Firefox - Latest
Utilities Windows Defender or
other anti-virus software
Antivirus software n/a
Network High speed internet connection with a connection speed of 1.5 MB/s or faster.
WiFi IEEE 802.11n or better