About Woods Online

In 1973, the nation was still in the throws of the Vietnam War, the Watergate hearings had begun, and a small women’s college in the Midwest challenged the traditional path of higher education. Long before other institutions had even discovered the need for distance education programs, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College was perfecting it—changing the face of modern education forever.

As only the second such program in the country, it began with the bold vision of Sister Jeanne Knoerle, then president of the College, as a way to educate women who needed a non-traditional way to earn a degree. In 2005, the College expanded access to its undergraduate distance program by enrolling men as well as women, and since the program's inception we've graduated thousands of students across the globe.

We contribute this success, in large part, to having a brick and mortar institution lend credibility to the Woods Online distance program. From the beginning, we felt it was important that the same professors who teach in the campus program also teach our distance courses. We place significant emphasis on mirroring what we do on campus with how we teach online. We aren’t a degree mill. Our success comes from a blend of cutting-edge technology and meaningful faculty interaction. We’re not only high tech, but high touch.

With thousands of graduates from Woods Online, this personal connection is even more remarkable. In August 2012, the Indianapolis Business Journal recognized SMWC as having one of the largest online degree programs in Indiana. Join our current class of more than 800 students—spanning 33 states and 5 countries—and discover the difference 40+ years experience can make when preparing for your brightest future.

Student Experience

Shayla Ingle

The staff in the Woods Online office is amazing. There are so many people out here that are willing to help you and you don't feel like you're in a distance program because you are able to converse with classmates with the discussion boards.

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