University of St Mary Review

By Henry R. Steele - April 17, 2017
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The University of St. Mary is a private college that was established in 1923. It’s total undergraduate enrollment is 875. The college has a strong online education presence, featuring a US News and World Report leading online MBA program. Its online MBA can be completed in as little as one year.

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Ranked as a best Midwestern college for more than 10 years

The Princeton Review has regularly included the University of St. Mary in its annual rankings for best colleges in various parts of the US. Since 2005, this publication has ranked the University of St. Mary as a best college in the Midwest. This indicates that the university has a high level of quality in its bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Online MBA program is accredited by the IACBE

The online MBA program has achieved accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, or IACBE. The IACBE is one of the leading accrediting organizations for accounting, business and management programs in the world. The purpose of this organization is to promote excellence in business management education and related fields.

The organization has accredited more than 1,300 business education programs across the world since 1997.

Very low student to faculty ratio

US News and World Reports states that the student-faculty ratio at this university is 8:1. This is one of the lowest ratios in the country. Generally it is believed that a low student-faculty ratio can lead to better learning outcomes for students. This can also lead to greater interaction between students and professors, which also enhances the learning process.

Relatively low acceptance rate

The entire University of St. Mary has an acceptance rate of 49%, according to US News and World Report. This makes it one of the more selective schools in the US. A high selectivity rate can mean that the school is more highly regarded and has a better quality of education compared to other universities.

Low cost per credit hour for online MBA

There is no question that paying for college today is challenging as tuitions continue to go up. An MBA can be a very expensive degree to pay for, but the University of St. Mary charges a mere $598 per credit hour. This makes it one of the more affordable online MBAs in the country.

As you are considering an online MBA program, it is important to consider how much college debt you will have when you graduate. A program that costs less may leave you with less to pay back, which in the end can end up being an indirect salary increase, in a sense.

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Not accredited by the AACSB

AACSB International is the top business program accreditation agency in the world. It is recognized as the gold standard for accrediting business schools across the globe. If an employer sees that your MBA is AACSB accredited, it will know that the program is of very high quality and that you have learned the necessary business management skills to perform at a high level.

The University of St. Mary is not so accredited. Thus, employers may be left to wonder if the MBA that you have earned is of sufficient quality.

MBA program is unranked by US News and World Report

The University of St. Mary website states that its MBA is ranked among the best in the country by US News and World Report. However, a review of the US News rankings indicates that the program has not been ranked by that publication.

Program courses are all recorded and archived – no live courses

The University of St. Mary online programs mostly follow a recorded and archived format. That is, there are few if any live courses. Some business students find that learning alone and watching recorded classes is too isolating and is an ineffective way to learn.

One of the benefits of the MBA overall is to network with professors and students. This is limited with a recorded and archived class format. Other programs offer live classes at set times where you can interact with other students. Some students find this way of learning to be preferable.

The Details

General Information

  • Founded in 1923
  • Application deadline: Rolling
  • Application fee: $50
  • School type: Private
  • Term Schedule: Semester
  • Location: Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Student-faculty ratio: 8:1

Tuition Rates

  • Graduate: Online MBA – $598 per credit hour in state and out of state

Business Degrees

  • Graduate: Master of Business Administration

Concentrations – MBA

  • Finance
  • Leadership and organizational health
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Healthcare management
  • HR management
  • General management

Class Profile

  • 60% female, 40% male
  • 200 MBA applicants, 154 accepted
  • 77% MBA acceptance rate
  • 875 total undergraduate students
  • 49% overall acceptance rate
  • Total enrollment at college is 1,427
  • 67% of all classes have fewer than 20 students
  • 95% of MBA students have prior work experience

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 4 year graduation rate: 33%
  • 77% of students return after their freshman year, above the 70.9% national average
  • 37% of students do not graduate within 150% of the expected time

US News Rankings

This university is not ranked by US News and World Report

Henry R. Steele
Henry R. Steele
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