College of SAINT MARY
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College of Saint Mary is a Catholic university providing access to education for women in an environment that calls forth potential and fosters leadership.

This mission inspires them towards:Academic excellence, scholarship and lifelong learning; Respect for the dignity of each person; Development of mind, body and spirit; and, Commitment to compassionate service.

Mark of Honor

In 2000, CSM launched its Mothers Living & Learning residential learning program for single mothers and their children. Nearly 40 families live in a modern suite-style residence hall. Scholarships are offered to undocumented students and summer academies to provide an introduction to college life for Latina and African-American high school girls.


In the 1860s, seven Sisters of Mercy from New Hampshire were sent to educate the people of Omaha. They gave piano lessons, established grade schools, and in 1923, founded College of Saint Mary. College of Saint Mary is located in the heart of Omaha, Nebraska, a thriving four-season city on the Missouri River.

CSM offers several new accelerated academic programs that help students save on tuition/housing costs and enter the workforce sooner than their peers at other institutions. And in 2015, CSM joined the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) which provides a higher (and broader) level of competition for athletes participating in its 10 varsity sports.A community of faith and learning, College of Saint Mary offers an education that inspires academic excellence and celebrates the roles of women as scholars and contributors to society, family, and church.

An eminent attraction is the College’s “Walking Woman” statue and symbol is a daily reminder to faculty, staff, and students to walk boldly into the future with confidence and conviction.

Scholarly Courses:

The University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in many of today’s in-demand fields, including physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, nursing, science, education, business and legal studies.

CSM offers three-year and four-year Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree tracks to accommodate students’ needs and life circumstances. The five-year Master’s in Occupational Therapy program prepares students for real-world experiences as they complete fieldwork at some of the nation’s top healthcare facilities. And CSM’s five-year accelerated Bachelor of Science Degree in Pre-Physician Assistant Studies/Human Biology and Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies is unique in the five-state region.

Dr. Maryanne Stevens, President

Dr. Maryanne Stevens, RSM, became president of College of Saint Mary on June 1, 1996. College of Saint Mary is the only Catholic university for women in the region. Dedicated to creating an environment to call forth potential and foster leadership, College of Saint Mary has developed several innovative programs under the leadership of Dr. Stevens. Some of the radical assistances provided are Marie Curie Scholarships for women majoring in biology, chemistry, mathematics or medical technology; and the development of a unique doctoral program for educators in the health professions.
Dr. Stevens serves on several community boards and has made numerous presentations to local and national professional groups on women’s issues, the value of gender-specific education and the value of meaningful work. Dr. Stevens has an extensive educational background and holds a bachelor’s degree in math and sociology from College Misericordia in Dallas, Pennsylvania; a master’s degree in theology from St. Louis University; and a Ph.D. in religion and education from Boston College.

The College of Saint Mary is debt-free, thriving, and financially stable under the 20-year leadership of President Maryanne Stevens, RSM.

Student Opportunities:

CSM offers its students an enriching collegiate experience that includes competitive athletics and a wide range of fine arts opportunities. A member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), CSM Flames student-athletes field teams in eight competitive sports: basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, swimming, tennis and cross country. Fine arts play a large role in rounding out an academic experience and CSM provides students with the opportunity to continue their passion for music, art and drama.

Located in the heart of Omaha, home of four Fortune 500 companies, CSM’s 40-acre campus is adjacent to Aksarben Village’s vibrant and bustling retail and entertainment space.

Students in the health professions participate in clinical rotations and preceptorships in preparation for licensure and entrance to the workforce. Similarly, students in business participate in internships and those pursuing careers in law routinely engage with attorneys, paralegals, and those working successfully in the legal profession.

Awards & Recognitions:

In 2000, College of Saint Mary was rewarded with a National Award for Colleges that Encourage Character Development.In 2008, it was recognized by U.S. News & World Report for diversity among Midwest baccalaureate colleges. In 2012, CSM was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as top-tier Midwest University.

The University is also accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. While, the bachelor’s and master’s in nursing degree programs are particularly accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, (ACEN).The practical nursing program has Nebraska State Board of Nursing approval and the occupational therapy program is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Financial Aids and Scholarships:

Last fall, College of Saint Mary took a stand against the rising cost of college tuition by announcing an undergraduate tuition reduction of 33% ($10,000 reduction per year). The pure motivation behind CSM’s initiative was to follow its institutional mission of providing access to a college education for more women.

Current students will save nearly $2,000 in out-of-pocket costs per year and incoming students will save thousands (depending on their academic/athletic performance and need).

76%of undergraduate students received federal loans to help pay for college. At some schools where few students borrow federal loans, the typical undergraduate may leave school with $0 in debt.More than 95% of students receive financial assistance at Saint Mary.

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