About St. Mary's

St. Mary’s University, founded in 1852 by Marianist brothers and priests, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in Texas and the Southwest. Personal attention and powerful academic programs have made St. Mary’s a nationally recognized liberal arts institution. 

The University provides a Catholic education experience that evokes academic excellence while integrating liberal studies, professional preparation and ethical commitment. St. Mary’s full-time faculty members, 94 percent of whom hold doctoral or terminal degrees in their fields, are committed to student success in and out of the classroom. St. Mary’s offers more than 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs. With a diverse student population of about 3,800 of all faiths and backgrounds, the student/faculty ratio of 12-to-1 permits small classes and promotes active learning.

The Marianists who came to San Antonio in 1852 responded to the call of their superiors to establish an educational institution to regenerate the people of the city. Through their work and the work of those who followed them, St. Mary’s University has maintained its reputation as “a noble institution destined to be a great education center of the Southwest.”

Explore the mission and what matters to St. Mary's online.

Our Unique Curriculum

In the spirit of our Marianist heritage, St. Mary's University strives to educate the whole person - mind, body and spirit. Our Core Curriculum fosters the pursuit of truth and truthful action; unity and integration of knowledge, including the harmony between faith and reason; the preparation of students for a world of adaptation of change, and more.

Read more and explore the Core Curriculum online.

Majors and Minors

Through the Greehey School of Business, the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Science, Engineering and Technology, St. Mary's University is proud to offer more than 75 programs (including doctoral and law) at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Explore our programs online and discover your passion.

Visit St. Mary's University

The best way to experience the warmth and hospitality of our vibrant community is to visit St. Mary's for yourself. You may explore our array of campus visit options and select the option that works best for you and your family.