Campus Program Student Experiences

What current students and recent graduates are saying about their experiences at The Woods:

I chose Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College because I like how friendly everyone on the campus is. I also like how my professors are available at any time and are always willing to help.

Na-Shaunda Rayford
Double Major in Psychology & Criminology
Anderson, Indiana

Jessica Paddock

I grew up in a small, rural community where I graduated high school with 35 other students. I came for a campus visit and knew immediately this would be my new home. I feel like this was just yesterday, but I am now in my third year here on campus and can't believe that time has flown by so fast. SMWC has by far been one of the best experiences of my life and I know that this liberal arts education will carry me far. I am forever grateful to everyone who has impacted my life here at The Woods and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

Jessica Paddock
Business Administration Major
Graphic Design Minor
Rockville, Indiana

Sydney Wilderman

Saint Mary-of-theWoods College was number one on my list of colleges my senior year because it was small enought to get one-on-one help, and gave me the chance to minor in equine and major in biology. Little did I know that the community of students living here were so close, which, being shy, really allowed me to bring out my true personality that I don't think I would have been able to do at a larger college or univeristy.

Sydney Wilderman
Biology Major
Poseyville, Indiana

Alyssa Henson

What I love about being in a small environment is that I am not another face in the crowd. I am heard at The Woods. I am surrounded by strong, intelligent women (and a few men) who are always there to help and support me.

Alyssa Henson
Criminology and Psychology Major
Terre Haute, Indiana

Anna Madden

I chose The Woods because I felt I could get a desirable education with much aid and encouragement from my professors. I also felt our Provident God led me here and provided me with the connections I needed as well as the support to be a confident leader. Choosing The Woods was the best decision I made.

Anna Madden
Media Arts Major
Marketing and French Minors
Indianapolis, Indiana


Without my financial aid package, I would not be able to afford the tuition to attend SMWC, so my scholarships made a huge difference in my eligibility. I am a recipient of the Saint Mother Theodore Guerin Scholarship, and with that comes great pride and responsibility. As a recipient, my college tuition is fully funded for all 4 years of my education. While a student, I also get to be a part of the scholarship cohort, where we complete service projects together.

Kristin Foster
Music Therapy Major
Metropolis, Illinois