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Reviews 347 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I really love it here, but mostly because of my program. The number of gen eds we have to take is a little high, but the classes are at least interesting. The professors have personal relationships with students and take time to learn everyone's name. The class sizes are generally small, hardly any classes are over 30 students.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: SMU is giving me great training in order to perform professionally after graduating. I have already received professional roles due to my relationships with professors, and they have plenty of contacts all over the country.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Crime is relatively low. I feel safe walking around campus by myself at night. People often leave their rooms unlocked in the day as the buildings have good security. It's often joked about that you could leave your laptop on a table in the library for an entire day and it will still be there when you come back.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Everyone with school scholarships are required to stay on campus all four years, but no one minds because the dorms are so nice. Freshmen ones are the simplest with the fewest perks, but for the upperclassmen there are options like private or shared bathrooms, apartment style, and rooms inside of buildings with classrooms. All dorms have private sinks in each room also, which is really convenient.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Our Greek life is only available through clubs for interests in music, arts, etc. We don't have special housing for sororities or fraternities.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Although I do not attend athletic activities, I know that if my schedule were more available I would take advantage of the intramurals and club sports. They are popular on campus and look like a lot of fun.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I decided to attend this school because of its unique theatre program. With many schools, it is difficult to study abroad due to limited class availability. Saint Mary's incorporates study abroad into its curriculum, with a requirement that all juniors go to London for a semester. It's why I made my decision to attend.

3 College Senior

Diversity: SMUMN gets a bad rap for low diversity ratings. It's true, SMUMN is predominantly white. However, I know of programs that are being implemented to change that.

Political beliefs are half and half. I know many republicans and I know many democrats on campus. I would say that liberal notions are more apparent in student life and in classes, but you really find both ends of the spectrum at SMUMN.

I've personally never experienced or have seen any discrimination happen with LGBTQ+ or race at SMUMN, but we are a small campus with low diversity numbers so I don't really know.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: If you want to have alcohol, you can, but most certainly don't have to. I'd say SMUMN has a wide range from groups of people who never drink and that's totally fine to people who go to house parties and have the times of their lives every weekend. What ever you're into, just find that crowd when you start freshman year.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Upper division classes have been a great experience for me. Professors are usually well-experienced and enthusiastic about what they teach. I rarely give a bad professor review for upper division classes. As for generals, you get a bad class every now and again but what liberal arts school doesn't have that problem? I still think generals are a great way to explore what you like and what you're good at. The variety of courses offered depends on the major.. for majors that have a larger number of students enrolled, there are more options. Class size is 12:1 student to teacher ratio and is great for anyone who needs the option to ask questions in class and likes to participate in class. It's a little harder to just 'skate by' at SMUMN, but I think that's a good thing. I've experienced all types of class styles at SMUMN, from lecture to mostly group-work and student lead presentations.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I've personally had a great experience finding internships at SMUMN. I've had one on campus which lead to one off campus. The alumni network is small, but vibrant. If you need alumni resources, you just have to ask. The quality of career fairs is outstanding and our career services is getting better with each passing year. We have resume proofing, mock interview, phone interview rooms, and all sorts of advising services.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I've never been nervous walking across campus, even late at night by myself. The campus is small and it is not nestled in a city, so the campus is it's own place with campus security making rounds quite frequently (not quite sure how often, probably like twice an hour or more). I'm never worried that someone will break into my room, in fact, I keep my door unlocked 90% of the time. I also am not afraid to leave my book bag in the library or in study areas because I know students will not take my stuff. It is a very trusting, safe community.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: I personally wanted to go to a school that offered 4-yr housing. SMUMN has 90% of all students living on campus which I LOVE because it makes me feel like I'm in my own little town of SMUmen&women.

All of SMUMN's residential halls have sinks and most have private bathroom options which is pretty rare compared to other universities. I've never had to use a communal shower system at SMUMN (awesome!).

Villiages are a popular choice for upperclassman and create an apartment style way of living which most students like and try to get once they are juniors and seniors. The nicest building is Brother Leopald and is the place of reference for students sophomore status and up.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: SMUMN only has music sororities and fraternities. These groups do not have 'houses' and only have groups because they put on music shows for all students which are well attended and always a blast. A typical student at SMUMN is not affected by greek life at all, so if it's something you're interested in, you really have to seek it out at SMUMN.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I do not participate in athletics at all so I don't really have an accurate impression to give.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: SMUMN can be described as a small, liberal arts, christian, private university. It's a niche school for sure. If you are looking for a school with a friendly atmosphere and a well-rounded education, this is the place for you. I think of it as kind of a 'knock-off' school to more well-known mn private institutions (e.g. St. Bens, St. Thomas), but that's because SMUMN is cheaper so in my eyes it's worth it.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Safety does a great job securing the campus and keep things in order.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: If you are looking for a small school, out of the cities Saint Mary's will be a good fit for you. With small class sizes and easy to reach professor, it will make you feel like you are important and that everyone wants to help you reach your goals.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's easy to network on campus, because we have people for all different walks of life.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: Most people I know, including myself were not able to get into the dorms we wanted.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek Life on campus is very low.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Me being apart of the men's track and field team, I have had get success both on and off the track. I made lifelong friendships and connections with people I would not have normal connect with if it was in a different sitting.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is a very unique school. Small class sizes, and easy to reach professors are some of my reasons why I think it was the best fit for me.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The instructors that I've had so far have been great. You just have to communicate with them.

1 College Senior

Overall Experience: Although the instructors are great in the classroom...the admissions, financial aid, etc etc...offices need a lot of work in reform. I've had different answers from different people on the same topic, dates have switched last minute making financial aid/scholarships almost impossible, and you basically just have to do everything yourself. I feel that the help from these offices have been minimal and incredibly disappointing.

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