Our Mission

Mission & Vision

Giving perspective to what we do


Enriched by the Lasallian Catholic heritage,
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners
to ethical lives of service and leadership.


In the Lasallian spirit of faith and zeal, Saint Mary's University - a global and diverse learning community - serves students through relevant and innovative educational programs, experiences, and enterprises. The university is nourished by its Catholic intellectual, moral, and cultural traditions and is inspired by excellence in teaching as modeled by Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The hallmark of the university is its commitment to serve the needs of individual learners and promote life-long learning in a variety of contexts:

  • The College integrates undergraduate education in the liberal arts with a residential experience to challenge and support students in their intellectual, spiritual, personal, and professional development.
  • The Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs provides relevant and rigorous academic experiences for adult learners through an integration of practical, professional, and ethical education offered in dynamic and caring environments.
  • Enterprising outreach and consulting programs provide a wide range of services that promote individual growth and organizational development.

The Saint Mary's University community, together and by association, is dedicated to quality, diversity, accessibility, social justice, and sound stewardship in all its endeavors.


Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
will transform society, one learner at a time,
so that faith, zeal, service and leadership
- all directed toward the common good -
become society's defining hallmarks.


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