Faculty Mentorship

Chemistry teacher helping students place chemicals into beakers.

At Mary, You’re Supported from Day One

The University of Mary’s faculty are distinguished in a wide variety of disciplines and by a range of professional experience. But they have one thing in common: they are committed to your success. At Mary, you won’t get lost in a large lecture class or graduate without forging meaningful relationships with faculty members. With our 11:1 student to faculty ratio, you’ll get to know your professors, and they’ll get to know you. That support and mentorship translates to alumni success and a national reputation for academic excellence, as evidenced by our top-ranked nursing program, our recognition as a College of Distinction, multiple accreditations by national organizations, and much more. 

Faculty-Led Trips

Faculty-led trips, part of the university’s extensive Study Abroad Program, provides students with a unique opportunity to broaden their perspectives by being immersed in a different culture. 

Faculty-led trip to England where students experienced the life, times, and work of William Shakespeare.

The 2-3 week summer trips are led by teams of Mary faculty; often, the faculty members will have previously lived in the country or have traveled there extensively as part of their academic research. 

Faculty-led programs are open to all students, regardless of major, and offer course credits. 

Photo of Levi Clagett, a 2020 University of Mary graduate

The best thing about the University of Mary Engineering program is the faculty’s knowledge and enthusiasm to help their students learn. I learned relevant and useful skills that I’m already grateful for in the first year of my career. Professors passionately teach during the day and respond to emails at all times – morning, afternoon, and evening – to answer students’ questions.

Levi Clagett ’20

Gregorian Scholars Honors Program

Honors students enrich their education through close interaction with faculty and guest speakers.

Learn more: Gregorian Scholars Honors Program

Harold Schafer Emerging Leaders Academy

Students in the Emerging Leaders Academy have access to professional mentorship in their chosen field, as well as service-learning opportunities and leadership training.

Learn more: Emerging Leaders Academy

Year-Round Campus

With dedicated faculty support and comprehensive summer course offerings, you can earn your bachelor’s in 2.6 years and a master’s in four through Year-Round Campus.

Learn more: Year-Round Campus

Summer Undergraduate Research Vocation Experience (SURVE)

Conduct hands-on, faculty-mentored research as you gain an understanding of “science as vocation.”

Learn more: Summer Undergraduate Research Vocation Experience

2020 graduate, Halli Ackerman, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special education.

The Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences provided one-on-one faculty guidance, countless hours of meaningful classroom experience, a variety of courses that stimulated personal and professional growth, and a comprehensive understanding of how to be an outstanding educator. I truly believe I am prepared for a lifetime of leadership in and out of the classroom.

Halli Ackerman ’20