Points of Excellence

Who We Are

  • Image of Professor Cardenas leading a Fiesta of Physics presentation at a local middle schoolA service-oriented, academic and spiritual community boasting a 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Home to Fulbright Scholars and “Piper Professor” winners who teach in the classrooms, labs and abroad
  • A university of more than 3,800 students and 75 academic programs including Ph.D. and J.D. programs, and numerous pre-professional programs

World Class Academics

  • A business student poses near the flags in the Alkek BuildingRanked fifth in the West region for best value and quality by U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked eighth in the West region as a Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report
  • Tuition placed below the national average for four-year private institutions
  • Learning laboratories include a trading room where students in the AACSB-accredited Bill Greehey School of Business manage a more than $1.5 million investment portfolio
  • University-wide, 93 percent of professors hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in their field

Engagement and Service

  • Image of students gathering for the Continuing the Heritage Day of ServiceRecognized by The Carnegie Foundation for institutional focus on service and civic engagement
  • More than 70 percent of students participate in community service
  • Named to The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year since its inception
  • Ranked second in the nation for commitment to service, research and social mobility by Washington Monthly magazine’s 2011 “College Rankings—What Can Colleges Do for the Country?”
  • Renowned speakers visit campus every year, including primetime news anchors, presidential candidates, Fortune 500 CEOs and entrepreneurs
  • School of Law has twice received the Law School Commitment to Service Award from the Texas Access to Justice Commission, in 2009 and 2013

Innovative Programs, Exceptional Outcomes

  • Image of physics student standing near a chalkboard in a St. Mary's labIn 2013, more than 60 percent of students who applied were accepted into medical and dental schools – above the national average of about 40 percent
  • In 2013, 100 percent of students in the Teacher Education Department who took the teacher certification exams passed
  • International opportunities include exchange programs with universities in Asia, Mexico, South America and Europe
  • Industrial, electrical and computer engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
  • The Honorable Nelson Wolff Law Early Admission Program enables undergraduates to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in just six years


  • A group of soon-to-be graduate pose for a photo at the Spring 2013 Commencement ExercisesPayScale.com reports our graduates’ salary potential is among the top 10 schools in the Central South
  • The Center for Legal and Social Justice in the School of Law houses a nationally recognized clinical program
  • Home to Richard Cardenas, Ph.D., recipient of President Obama’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring
  • School of Law is home to the award-winning External Advocacy Program

Outstanding Student-Athletes

Basketball player Kevin Kotzer stretches during a warmup in Bill Greehey Arena on the St. Mary's University campus in San Antonio

  • Six national titles in basketball, baseball, softball and golf (one individual and one academic)
  • Volleyball team has been awarded the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award seven times in the past 10 years
  • Member of NCAA Division II and the Heartland Conference
  • Nationally ranked baseball team advanced to the College World Series for the second time in 2012
  • Nationally ranked men’s basketball team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II tournament for the first time in 2013
  • Six All-Americans and 14 Academic All-Americans in 2012-2013