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 – to Aspire Higher.
Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and the Sisters of Providence founded the College as an all-women’s institution in 1840. It is located in Saint Mary of the Woods, Ind., that is about five miles northwest of Terre Haute, Ind. Students at The Woods receive an onyx ring with the symbolic “SMW” engraved into it. This ring recognizes academic success and personal growth, and it is widely recognized all over the world.
The College is continually recognized as one of the top colleges in the Midwest as reported by U.S. News & World Report. Academics are held to high standards for each of our programs – campus, Woods Online and graduate. Students in the campus program have the advantage of having an eight to one student to faculty ratio, which allows for them to have more individualized attention.
In 2015, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College officially expanded its mission to include men into the campus-based program. These students have access to over twenty-five different majors of which they have the opportunity to study. Some of the specialty majors that the College offers are equine therapy, music therapy and art therapy.
Financial aid is highly important to ensure each student’s access to higher education. Ninety-five percent of all of SMWC students receive some type of financial aid. Every year, there are five million dollars worth of scholarships distributed to deserving students.
The College’s mascot is a Pomeroy, which was named in memory of alumni and faculty member, Mary Joseph Pomeroy, a Sister of Providence and a great advocate of athletics and physical fitness. Pomeroy pride is the spirit of athletic excellence and sportsmanship. There are eight different sports teams offered at the college – basketball, softball, volleyball, cross-country, soccer, golf, western equestrian team and hunt seat equestrian team.
Although there are many great opportunities on campus, the College offers study abroad. SMWC students have earned credit toward their education in 15 countries around the world. Some places that SMWC students have studied include France, Ireland, Scotland, Spain and more.
There are multiple reasons why students call The Woods their home. The liberal arts education teaches students how to think, not what to think; all faiths are welcome; and there are amazing opportunities and experiences available to every student. The act of falling in love with campus is often referred to as the “Avenue Moment” and is the reassurance students need to know they’re home.