Mount Mary University, an urban Catholic university for women, sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, provides an environment for the development of the whole person. The University encourages leadership, integrity, and a deep sense of social justice arising from a sensitivity to moral values and Christian principles.

Mount Mary commits itself to excellence in teaching and learning with an emphasis on thinking critically and creatively. The baccalaureate curriculum integrates the liberal arts with career preparation for women of diverse ages and personal circumstances; the programs at the graduate level provide opportunities for both men and women to enhance their professional excellence.


Mount Mary University is a diverse and inclusive learning community that educates students to transform the world.


A Mount Mary University education reflects a core group of values and is distinguished by the following characteristics:

  • Competence – a commitment to excellence that is reflected in the classroom experience and in the resulting knowledge base and skill set demonstrated by graduates
  • Community – a shared sense of purpose within the Mount Mary environment to work in the spirit of the School Sisters of Notre Dame by creating a better world through education
  • Compassion – an overt expression of concern and purposeful action that fosters human development and unity
  • Commitment – a deliberate approach to advancing the universality of human dignity by encouraging leadership in the areas of personal development and global change

Catholic Identity

The School Sisters of Notre Dame established Mount Mary University’s Catholic identity with its founding in 1913 as St. Mary’s in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Throughout its 100 year history, Mount Mary has remained faithful to Catholic traditions by adapting a teaching philosophy that recognizes each student as a reflection of God’s image and by utilizing a holistic approach in developing students to their fullest potential.

A curriculum-wide emphasis on social justice also represents the university’s commitment to Catholic social teaching and the belief that the responsibility for creating change in a divided world rests in the hands of individuals.

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The Vocation of Mount Mary University 

Mount Mary has its roots deeply embedded in the history of the School Sisters of Notre Dame... School Sisters of Notre Dame have passed on their deep gladness to lay administrators and professors who now continue the vocational legacy of the sisters.

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