Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (SMU)

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SMU can be found in Winona, MN, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Nearly five thousand students are enrolled at SMU.

Students can report either the SAT Exam or ACT scores at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. A score within the range of 1030 to 1196 on the SAT exam, or 20 to 26 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (SMU) average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.06 - 3.38. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota accepts around 90 percent of applicants per year. Of those that are admitted, roughly 22 percent of students continue on to register and enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (SMU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Saint Mary's University of Minnesota was reported as 92.0% in Fall 2020 with over 1,500 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SMU ACT Scores: 20 - 26
  • SMU Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.38

How Hard Is It to Get into Saint Mary's University of Minnesota?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of SMU is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Saint Mary's University of Minnesota has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 79.2%
  • 2017-2018: 64.4%
  • 2018-2019: 91.5%
  • 2019-2020: 92.0%
  • Projected SMU Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 79.2%

How Does Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (SMU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is sixty-two percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Winona State University67.9%
Viterbo University76.6%
Luther College62.3%
University of Wisconsin-Stout90.5%
University of Wisconsin-River Falls78.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (SMU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading520 - 608
Math510 - 588
Total Score1030 - 1196
ACT®Score Range
English19 - 26
Math20 - 25
Composite Score20 - 26
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