Mount Marty University Fast Facts

MMU is a member of the NAIA and the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). Each year, MMU has several Lancer athletes named NAIA All-American Scholar Athletes, named to All-American teams and named conference Players of the Year.

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Mount Marty University is a private, Catholic, Benedictine, coeducational liberal arts university, which was founded in 1936. It offers associates, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees and prepares students for professional careers in over 30 fields. 

Mount Marty University strives towards academic excellence. The most recent issue of U.S. News and World Report ranked the college among the fourth-tier master's level colleges and universities in the Midwest region. Our areas of distinction include our graduation rate and retention rate. Mount Marty University is also known for offering best value, relating academic quality to cost of attendance.

Mount Marty University, which the Sisters of Saint Benedict founded in 1936, is named in memory of Martin Marty, a Benedictine missionary to the Native Americans. He came to Dakota Territory in 1876, became the Territory's first Catholic Bishop and invited the Benedictine Sisters to establish a religious community in Yankton. The college functioned as a junior college for women for 15 years. In 1951, it awarded its first Bachelor of Arts degrees and awarded its first master's degree in 1985. The college became coeducational in 1969 and founded its Watertown location in 1979. Today, Mount Marty University remains a place where students can explore their beliefs and share their faith.

Mount Marty University has more than 10,000 alumni. MMU alumni have distinguished themselves in Fortune 500 companies, education, health care, medicine, literature, and law. A sampling of our alumni's employers includes 3M; Citibank; Gateway; Honeywell International; Los Alamos National Lab; the Make a Wish Foundation; Mayo Clinic; Novartis Pharmaceuticals; Premiere Psychiatric Group LLC; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; NASA; the Peace Corps; and the Walt Disney World Resort. Mount Marty has a placement rate of 96%.

Mount Marty University's main campus, located in Yankton, South Dakota, is a beautifully maintained campus of 80 acres. MMU-Yankton, is a residential campus with four residence halls, a chapel, a student center, a performing arts auditorium, an athletic arena, a fieldhouse, the Scholastica Learning Center and Benedict's Cafe. Mount Marty has two other locations: Watertown and Sioux Falls.

The Watertown location provides expanded opportunities and options for prospective Watertown students. Watertown, a community of 22,000, is located in the northeast part of the state. The city, which also made a rich contribution to the history and culture of the area, has activities to match any taste.

The Sioux Falls location is home to our Doctoral program in Nurse Anesthesia and is located at 5001 West 41st St. 

MMU has an enrollment of over 1,000 students on all campuses. Students come from South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, 27 other states and 14 countries. 

Our dedicated, accessible faculty and 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio translate into personalized attention from caring mentors who know who you are and where you want to go.

An average class size of 25 students means hands-on learning, collaboration and plenty of engaging discussions in every discipline.

Mount Marty freshmen average an ACT score of 22.8 and a GPA of 3.30, with 72% achieving a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Sixty percent of MMU's students are women, 40% are men. About 12% are Hispanic Americans, African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans or multiethnic students. Students come from across the United States and from 14 other countries. Approximately 30% of our students are commuters and adult learners. MMU serves students of all faiths, with 55% of them being Catholic.

At Mount Marty, we are committed to providing our students with the technology they need to support their education and prepare them for their chosen careers.

We offer wireless at all locations to allow them to seamlessly connect to our learning management system, research materials and any other information they need on campus or on the Internet. 

Moreover, we offer help desk services to assist them with any technology problems with their personal devices. 

Mount Marty University has something special to offer—a community that encourages intellectual, physical, social and spiritual growth. Student life on the Yankton campus is active and multifaceted. There are limitless opportunities for involvement in more than 40 student clubs, activities and organizations. Some opportunities include performing-arts groups, theatre, campus ministry, intramurals, honor societies, academic clubs, intramural athletics, student government and campus programming.

MMU is dedicated to making private, quality education affordable. One-hundred percent of MMU students receive financial assistance. Last year, we gave our students over $13 million in aid through scholarships, grants, loans and employment. Awards include grants and scholarships from MMU, as well as federal assistance, work study and loan programs. Scholarships are available for academics, athletics, music and talent. For more information, check out our scholarships and financial assistance.

Mount Marty is dedicated to making a quality, private education affordable. We offer you some of the best educational value for your future. Tuition costs vary depending on enrollment status, campus and program. See: Costs

Mount Marty University's academic calendar is semester based, with the fall semester starting in August or September and ending in December and the spring semester starting in January and ending in May. There are also optional summer sessions.

Mount Marty University is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The Benedictine Community of Sacred Heart Monastery is the sponsoring agent of the university. The Board of Trustees is the final governing board of the institution.

Mount Marty University has Higher Learning Commission accreditation and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504; (800) 621-7440.