Originally founded in 1852 by brothers and priests of the Society of Mary (Marianists), St. Mary's University is the oldest Catholic university in both Texas and the Southwest as well as the first institute of higher education in San Antonio. The school has also been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best regional master's universities in the Southwest for value and academic reputation.
St. Mary's stated mission "fosters the formation of people in faith and educates leaders for the common good through community, integrated liberal arts and professional education, and academic excellence."
Those living in student housing or an off campus apartment at St. Mary's have access to the school's reputable academic programs in a variety of stimulating fields. The university is comprised of five smaller schools including the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Science, Engineering and Technology, the Graduate School, the Law School, and the Bill Greehey School of Business.
Student living and university living at St. Mary's revolve around a variety of traditional student campus organizations. The school's athletics programs compete in the NCAA's Division II and feature men's and women's sports in baseball, golf, tennis, volleyball, cheerleading, dance team, cross country, soccer and softball.
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