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College of Saint Mary

Mercy Hall at the Omaha campus from the southwest

College of Saint Mary is a Catholic women's college located in Omaha, Nebraska. As of November 2011, there were 820 undergraduates and 243 graduate students.[1]

The academic programs at Saint Mary are primarily career-focused, with majors offered in fields such as medical technology, business administration, and nursing. Courses of study in the liberal arts are also available, including English. Students can receive an Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's degree, or Doctor of Education upon graduation.[2]

In 2004 CSM launched the largest campaign in its history, the $25 million Campaign for CSM. This effort was designed to provide critical resources in three key areas: Endowment building, growth of the annual scholarship fund and campus/facility improvements. The goal of $25 million was surpassed by the fall of 2009, yielding the transformation of the Campus Park (2006), the addition of Hixson-Lied Commons (2007), as well as the modernization of Walsh Hall (2007) and the renovation of CSM's Math and Science Building (2008). Hixson-Lied Commons is the location of CSM's Library as well as Christina's Place, a cafe offering coffee, breakfast and lunch options.

Since 2009, CSM's enrollment has been over 1,000 students and the residence halls have experienced record numbers in both 2010 and again in 2011 with 223 students living on-campus. The burgeoning residence halls and the need for additional OT laboratory space led to a $10 million campaign to build a new residence. Hall. CSM broke ground on the new residence hall in 2010 with plans of moving in Fall 2012.


  • Programs 1
  • History 2
  • Athletics 3
  • External links 4


The College of Saint Mary offers several distinctive programs:

  • A Practical Nursing program created specifically to graduate bilingual (Spanish-English) nurses to serve the growing Spanish-speaking population in Nebraska and surrounding areas
  • The Mothers Living & Learning program is an innovative residential option for single mothers and their children who would like to pursue a college degree full-time while living on campus. This program is for women who have up to two children (under the age of 10 by the mother's graduation year), are dedicated to continuing their education, and are seeking community living opportunities that recognize they are parents as well as college students.
  • An innovative "2+3" engineering-study program in collaboration with the University of Nebraska College of Engineering and Technology (COET) through which graduates actually will receive two degrees: a Bachelor's degree in Science or Math from CSM, and a Bachelor's degree in Civil, Computer, or Electronics Engineering - or a Master's for those in Architectural Engineering - from the University of Nebraska
  • A Masters in Leadership program dedicated to explore and strengthen the unique leadership qualities of women
  • The region's only four-year paralegal studies program approved by the American Bar Association
  • The region's only associate and bachelor's degrees in health information management
  • Nationally accredited nursing programs at the associate and bachelor degree levels

Below is the complete list of majors offered at CSM:

Art (ART), Applied Psychology & Human Services (APHS), Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHM), CSM Business: Analytics and Strategic Communication (BAC), Early Childhood Education (ECE), Elementary Education (ELD), Elementary Education/Special Education (SPE), English (ENG), Humanities (HUM), Language Arts (LGA), Mathematics (MTH), Medical Technology (MDT), Natural Science (NSC), Nursing (BSN), Paralegal Studies (PLG) Psychology (PSY), Social Science (SSC) (only for Secondary Education Certification), Spanish (SPN) (only for Secondary Ed Certification) and Theology (THL)


Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy and an early 18th-century Irishwoman, had a bold vision. She believed that nothing was more productive of good to society than the careful education of women. Her strength of conviction gave birth to what would become a long line of women's secondary and post-secondary schools around the globe. Omaha's College of Saint Mary is one of those schools.

Mother Mary Leo Gallagher, another Sister of Mercy, carried on the tradition and opened the doors of College of Saint Mary in 1923. In the old Continental Hotel at 15th and Castelar Streets, the work began. The church schools needed teachers. To be effective in these positions, Mother Gallagher believed women needed a strong liberal arts education. Mother Gallagher accomplished this feat when women had won the vote just three years prior. Many at the time viewed educating women as a frivolous gesture. But a woman with a vision will not be deterred.

The dynamic leadership of women such as Mother Gallagher, the first president of the College, and Sister Mary Constance Walsh, the first academic dean, brought high standards to the fledgling two-year teacher's college and led to its growth. Their dedication served as an example for those who followed.

In November 1950, the Sisters purchased 80 acres (320,000 m2) of land for $150,000 next to a dirt road named 72nd Street and what would become Mercy Road. A $3 million construction project began in March 1953 and by May 1955, College of Saint Mary was a reality. That year, 255 students enrolled and by 1958 College of Saint Mary had become a four-year fully accredited college.

Today the College continues its affiliation with the Sisters of Mercy and is proud of its tradition of women leading the way. A community of faith and learning, College of Saint Mary offers an education that inspires academic excellence and celebrates the roles of women as scholars and contributors to society, family and church.


CSM teams, nicknamed athletically as the Flames, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC). Women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and volleyball. All of the athletic programs are very competitive and have a long history of excellence. [3]

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