Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Equine Studies Quick Facts
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is the only equine program in Indiana to offer Bachelor of Science degree in equine studies.
SMWC is one of approximately 20 equestrian colleges in the U.S. to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in equine studies.
You can earn a bachelor’s degree in equine business management, equine studies, or equestrian instructor training. Minors include equine science, equine assisted therapy, and equine studies.
As a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, both of SMWC’s award-winning teams and many individual riders have competed and placed in regional, semi-final and national competitions.
The Equine Studies department practices selective admission—that means students must apply for official admission to the program, usually at the end of their sophomore year. Students must submit an essay and letters of recommendation, have completed a field experience, have completed at least 32 hours at SMWC with a GPA of 2.5 or better, and interview with the Equine Studies Admission Board.
Faculty/staff expertise – Our faculty and staff are life-long competitors in such diverse disciplines as timed event, reining, hunter/jumper, and endurance riding. Faculty focus on teaching—Our student-to-faculty ratio in equine studies is twelve to one. Small class sizes and one-on-one opportunities for teaching and learning are part of the quality experience afforded here. The program is limited to no more than fifty majors in the program at any given time to continue to provide quality instruction.
We encourage students to combine their equestrian interests with studies in the natural sciences, business, psychology, or with preparation for veterinary or graduate school. Individualized majors such as equine science and equine therapy are also available.
Equine assisted therapy minor --an exciting, up-and-coming field. We are one of the first to offer this as part of our curriculum. It partners exceptionally well with majors in social and human services-related disciplines.
Study abroad training with horses in Germany, Ireland, and elsewhere—opportunities are available.
Equine science minor is a valuable addition to pre-vet majors wishing to pursue large animal practice.