About SMWC

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is a coeducational Catholic, liberal arts college where students are empowered to meld intellect and spirituality, direct ambition, attain goals and stretch beyond the imagination in college to Aspire Higher.

Best in the Midwest

Founded in 1840 by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and the Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) expanded its mission to include men in all programs in 2015, and continues to embrace its rich 175-year history as a women’s college in a number of ways.

SMWC thrives by offering a rich liberal arts education, scholarships and financial aid opportunities to make college affordable, individual attention, a value-centered education in a Catholic tradition, and a wide variety of student leadership activities. The College takes pride in its long history of traditions and commitment to academic excellence. In fact, U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks SMWC as one of the Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest.

SMWC offers these experiences to  campus-based undergraduate, online undergraduate and graduate students.

The ‘Avenue Moment’

“There’s something special about this place,” is a phrase heard often at SMWC, as the campus is located on 67 acres of beautiful woodland, creating peaceful and serene college grounds. Students, parents, alums and friends of the College experience what we call an “Avenue Moment” upon arriving on campus, as a feeling of being home comes over many who enter the gates.


In this beautiful wooded setting, the campus is located in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana - just five miles northwest of Terre Haute. It is still close enough to major metropolitan areas of Indianapolis, Chicago and St. Louis to be considered convenient.

The College shares its campus with the Sisters of ProvidenceProvidence Spirituality and Conference Center, the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice.


Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  The College is authorized by name as an approved institution of higher education in the state of Indiana.  SMWC participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.  Many individual programs of various departments are approved by their professional associations.

Learn more about our accreditation