Traditions, customs and events set us apart.
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St. Mary’s University, as a Catholic Marianist University, fosters the formation of people in faith and educates leaders for the common good through community, integrated liberal arts and professional education, and academic excellence.
The St. Mary’s University mission statement is a reflection of the Characteristics of Marianist Universities. There are five elements that characterize the Marianist approach to education:
The three Marianist universities have a publication titled Characteristics of Marianist Universities (PDF) to fully describe the Marianist approach to education at the University level.
St. Mary’s University sits among the top colleges and universities in the country in a Brookings Institution study that shows how well colleges prepare students for careers. With a score of 99 out of 100, St. Mary’s has the 17th highest value-added score with respect to mid-career salary. This score is the highest in San Antonio and right behind Rice University for best in Texas.
Money Magazine ranked St. Mary’s the best university in San Antonio, fourth in Texas and 52nd nationally in its 2016 Best Value Colleges list based on quality of education, affordability and graduates’ job success.
The Saint John’s Bible, the world’s newest handwritten, hand-illuminated, grand-scale bible, was commissioned in 1998 by the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn., and produced under the leadership of artistic director Donald Jackson, scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
St. Mary’s owns the seven-volume The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition, displaying it daily in St. Louis Hall and at many lectures, classrooms, new student orientations and campus liturgies.
St. Mary’s received the Fair Trade University certification on March 23, 2015. Fair Trade is a global social movement that allows producers in developing countries to work in safe conditions, earn a living wage, improve the lives of their families, and invest in a social premium which is used to democratically determine how to improve their communities.