Winona, MN
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota


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Recent Reviews

Marcy
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit and apply to as many schools as you can. Do an overnight visit to your favorite schools to get a real feel for it. Once you get to school jump right in, meet people, and just be yourself. You are bound to meet someone like you, so don't be afraid to be yourself.

Amalia
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are helpful and friendly and are always willing to take with you if you don't understand something.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are helpful and friendly and are always willing to take with you if you don't understand something.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding a college in not all about finding the perfect program that will get you the farthest in life. That is very important, but it needs to be paired with what feels right. If a college does not feel right, you will not be as happy living and learning there. If a student is not happy, then they will not do very well in school. A person needs to find a school with a perfect balance between giving off a good feel about themselves and having good academics. Then they can successful in spirit and the rest of the world.

Brigid
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Saint Mary?s is unique because we are located in the bluffs and you can literally walk out of your dorm and be surrounded by ...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Saint Mary?s is unique because we are located in the bluffs and you can literally walk out of your dorm and be surrounded by it. Our school will let you rent mountain bikes, canoes, and other equipment that will let you experience the outdoors, which other locations you just can?t do that. The really unique thing about our school is our professors. They have barbeques and invite their students to their house, and have a good time. Which allows you to get to know them personally, where in other schools you would just get to know them professionally.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best advice I could give to students about finding the right college is visit all the colleges you are thinking about going to. Pamphlets are just pamphlets, you need to go there and get a feel of the school because every person is different and needs to find what makes them strive to become the best they can be. Advice for parents: let your son or daughter pick out the school they want to go to, because if you choose the school for them they probably will not want to do well because it was not their decision to go to that school. Advice for making the most out of the college experience would be to figure out what you like to do and find clubs or organizations that interest you and then join them. There a variety of people and things to do, so take advantage of them in college because that makes the college experience a great one.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

When I tell my friends about my University, I brag about the teachers and how easily it is to get a hold of them. I also brag about how big the dorm rooms are; a lot of my friends go to schools where they are living in a room the size of a box. I tend to also bring up how many cool things the school sponsors on the weekend: jello wrestling, having bands or singers (Josh Gracin, etc.), and/or comedians come to our school.

Phillip
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our science, education, and business programs. We really do actually have a phenominal science program though and I consider ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our science, education, and business programs. We really do actually have a phenominal science program though and I consider myself very fortunate to be a part of it. The professor to student relationships are almost all amazing! They are great teacher and I really feel like the want me to learn and to succeed.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important thing would be to find the school that is really right for you. Not everyone fits into a small school, or a rural school versus a big city school. Make sure that you see the entire campus and talk to as many different people as you can, particularly students because they will be the most honest with you. Really talk with the students about how teachers are because you will be seeing them more than anyone so make sure there is a good, strong teaching staff that earnstly cares about your education and future. Also, take a deep breath and don't worry because you can always transfer if the school is worse than you ever could have expected. I really think there is just a feeling you get when you walk around and see the campus that you just know it is the right school. I would heavly recommend choosing a school that is strong in academics not sports or extra curricular activites because you are paying a lot of money every year to get an education that will benefit you for the rest of you life so that should definitely be your primary concern.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

The outline of the meal plan and how it was going to change substantially in the next 3 years. I also would have liked to have known what programs the school gives it's money to becuase the atheltic program has been recieving unbelievable amounts of money while the academic and housing are both desperately in need of finacial assistance.

Tania
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

St. Mary's is a small school, but has much diversity; it is seperated from the town but surrounded by beautiful bluffs, it is...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

St. Mary's is a small school, but has much diversity; it is seperated from the town but surrounded by beautiful bluffs, it is just the right school for me.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students - Go somewhere where you feel at home the minute you step on campus and take a tour. See what the school has that you are interested in or that have your hobbies available to you. Just make sure that you aren't going somewhere because you're best buddy is going there, or your girl/boyfriend is going there either. Make it about yourself. College is a time to find your own voice and to find out who you are and who you want to be. Have fun, it's only four years before you hit the real world. It goes by fast, so live it up! Parents - Breath. They will do just fine, they'll call home every so often, they're growing up. Time to let them fly on their own.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

That it is seperated from the town, but at the same time, we have wonderful bluffs around us to go hiking in. There is no pharmacy on campus, if we need groceries or anything, we have to go off campus to get it, and have find a car for that. And that it is growing faster with each class coming in and we don't have enough housing for everyone sometimes.

Bernadette
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

We are a Liberal Arts University and have fantastic music and theatre programs as well as a great education program and pre-d...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

We are a Liberal Arts University and have fantastic music and theatre programs as well as a great education program and pre-degree science programs. Our professors may not be world-renown, but they all have "real world" expereinces related to the field they are teaching in. Saint Mary's does a great job when hiring professors.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The most unique thing compared to the other schools that I applied to is the size. SMU has about 1200 undergraduates, this is smaller than the high school I attended, but the perfect size for my undergraduate experience. The classes are just the right size so that everyone has a chance to participate in discussions and ask questions. The amount of students at school sponsored activites and extra curricular activites is also perfect, it gives everyone the chance to participate and have fun.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would let tell parents and students to visit each school that they have applied to. Everything looks good on paper, but you aren't going to be sure it is the "right" school unless you go and visit and talk to people there. A lot of schools offer overnight visits and time for the prospective student to spend with current students. Talk to the professors in the field you are thinking of, look at the course catalog and see if there are classes that interest you. Do the same thing with the list of extra-curriculars and student groups. Theres no sense in not getting excited about what you could be spending your time doing in a year or two. One really good piece of advice for parents is to let their students explore the options and get excited. Let the student tell you what groups they think they will join, or what sports they would like to play and what classes and majors look interesting.

Jamison
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Education and Business programs I guess

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Education and Business programs I guess

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best advise I could give a student going into college is: Visit the campus and stay over night with a student, see what the campus is like outside of the tour. Sit in on a class that you might take as a student. If you are going to be an athlete spend time with the team make sure you get along with them and the coach (maybe even practice with them) to make sure you fit in with their style of play. Get involved in as much as possible including sports, clubs and volunteering. It's the best way to keep busy (in a good way) and make friends. If you need help in a class, talk to the professor in person. Emailing them may work but going and talking to them is the best way to get help. Take advantage of the services the offered by the college or university (writing center, disability services etc.). Don't start projects or papers the night before they are due! Procrastination leads to a stressfull semester. And most importantly, have fun! Make the most of your college career!

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

how small the class sizes are how much the professors care (some of them give their home phone number) how nice my dorm is

Ali
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

St. Mary's is a friendly school where if you want to learn, the teachers will make it possible for you to do so.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

St. Mary's is a friendly school where if you want to learn, the teachers will make it possible for you to do so.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Choose the college that you feel the most comfortable at. Don't be afraid to ask orientation leaders or other current students about what REALLY goes on at the college, because obviously the University tends to sugarcoat what it's really like. If you say directly to a student, "Please don't sugarcoat it, just tell me what ________ is like here..." they'll probably tell you the truth. Make meetings with professors and have at least a vague idea of a major prior to choosing a college, because if you decide after you're in college and the school you're at doesn't have that major, you're screwed for a while. It's okay if you change your mind while you're at school, because most people do. Just get into intro classes that you're interested in RIGHT away. HAVE FUN! These are going to be the best years of your life, so if you don't like a college after a year or two, TRANSFER. It's not worth missing out a good college experience because you're scared to admit you made the wrong choice!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

It reminds me of a "post-high school" in the social scene. It's INCREDIBLY friendly during freshman year, but once cliques start to form, they're pretty distinct and if you make a mistake, EVERYONE knows about it.

Gabrielle
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is a small, private, beautiful institution that emphasizes the Lasallian values of charity, respect, and kindness i...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is a small, private, beautiful institution that emphasizes the Lasallian values of charity, respect, and kindness in and out of the classroom, where teachers are friendly and easy to get a hold of and there is much to do on and around campus.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Parents should allow their children to visit as many colleges as they please, because this is the place where they will be spending some of the most important years of their lives. When a student steps onto the right campus, they will know it; they will feel instantly at home. Each student has different criteria for a suitable college, but I think that many people would agree that the perfect school reminds a student of home with more freedom and opportunities to get to know others and experience the world. A good school offers many internship and job training opportunities, and have excellent academic advisors that do their best to help the students figure out what major and career choice will suit their traits the best. Whether a student wants to take part in Greek life, music or theater, sports, or just focus on academics, there is a college that will fit all of their needs. Small or large, near or far, all college options should be explored. The saddest thing is when parents force their child to go to a college that the student is not completely in love with, because they probably won't ever truly enjoy it.

Jason
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

You should know what kind of campus and community surrounding the campus you attend before you attend the school. make sure y...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

You should know what kind of campus and community surrounding the campus you attend before you attend the school. make sure you have a good understanding of what is expected of you and if you have free time take advantage of it , not just with your friends, but also in the library. When it comes to homework do it right after class it will help you retain the information better and also give you and your friends more free time at night to enjoy eachothers company. Best of luck and make good decisions this is a time in your life that passes by fast so experience what you can so you can tell your family and future colleagues what is was like.

What's unique about your campus?

The openiness of the community and the atmosphere and pride that each student has for the campus.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That certain materials presented to us do not have to be used but do make a small to minimal help advantage if taken.

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