Student Success Center
The Student Success Center, located on the lower level of Welder Library, is committed to providing services that encourage students to attain their academic, career, and personal goals. All enrolled undergraduate students at the University of Mary are eligible for the wide range of academic services and support. Services include:
- Academic Advising Services
- Student Support Services/TRIO
- Tutoring & Learning Skills Services
- Student Accessibility Services
- Career Services
One important aspect of student life is the opportunity for students and faculty to associate outside the formality of the classroom. Through the advising program, at least one person on the University of Mary staff is individually concerned with a student's academic progress and personal growth. The advising program assists the student in realizing his or her educational goals and in developing his or her leadership qualities. During the first semester, all new undergraduate students participate in first-year experience/transfer experience seminars, which provide a structure for regular contact between students and speciallytrained advisors and introduces students to the philosophy of servant leadership. Students are assigned major-specific advisors at the end of the first semester of the freshman year; sooner for Emerging Leaders Academy, transfer students or adult learners. If a student changes majors, a new advisor from the appropriate discipline is assigned.
Advisors assist students to resolve concerns in both academic and personal areas. They formulate degree plans, help in course selection, provide information about University requirements and policies, and refer students to other, more specialized, resources.
First-Year Experience & Transfer Student Experience
Mindful that students who are new to the University go through a period of adjustment, the University of Mary's First-Year Experience begins with orientation and offers special activities and learning opportunities throughout the year for first-year students.
Student Support Services/TRIO
The Student Support Services/TRIO Program provides academic and personal support to first generation (neither parent has a bachelor's degree), economically disadvantaged students, and/or students with disabilities. The program provides academic assistance with one-on-one tutoring, priority registration, mentoring, freshman seminar, study skills workshops and career exploration.
Students also receive assistance with financial literacy skills and securing appropriate financial resources. Qualifying TRIO students can apply for supplemental grant monies and receive book and merit grants. A variety of resources are available for students as they develop self-reliance, independence, and academic success.
Services for Students with Disabilities
The University of Mary is committed to providing all students with disabilities equal access to all its programs and services in full compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other legal relevant mandates. Students with disabilities who have need of accommodations are responsible to apply to the office of Student Accessibility Services. Applications need not be in writing; however, application forms are available at Student Accessibility Services. As part of the application process, the student must provide documentation of his/her disability or diagnosis, which should also include a statement regarding the student's functional limitations related to the accommodation(s) requested. All documentation must be current and must be provided by a qualified professional. Applications, documentation, and requests for accommodations should be submitted to the Director of Student Accessibility Services at least 60 days prior to the date needed. Applications for accommodations due to TEMPORARY disabilities resulting from unexpected accident, injury, illness, hospitalization, etc. should also be submitted to the same office.
Each year, Student Accessibility Services coordinates accommodations and services for 60 to 90 University of Mary students who have at least one significant functional limitation as a result of a disability or other condition. To meet student needs, a wide variety of accommodations are provided including accommodations for students who are differently able with regard to learning ability, physical ability, emotional ability, and diet to name a few.
For further information, please contact the Director of Student Accessibility Services in the Student Success Center at (701) 355-8264.
Tutoring and Learning Skills Services
The Student Success Center, located on the lower level of Welder Library offers walk-in peer tutoring, online tutoring, small group tutoring, and learning skills services at no cost to students. All enrolled undergraduate students at the University of Mary are eligible for this service. Services include an assessment of learning through Canvas, online or by an appointment with an advisor in such topics as:
- Time management
- How to use your learning style to your advantage
- How to create an effective environment in which to study
- How to read a text book and retain what you read
- How to take effective notes
- How to study for exams (including essay, multiple choice and math/science exams)
Welder Library's mission is to provide comprehensive resources and services in support of research, teaching and learning needs of the University of Mary community. Welder Library provides access to quality print and electronic resources. Services provided include: Interlibrary Loan, instruction, research guides, research appointments, thesis/dissertation binding and university archives. Welder Library is dedicated to the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery and bears the name of Sister Thomas Welder, OSB, president emerita of the University of Mary. Learn more at www.umary.edu.
Confidential counseling services provided by licensed mental health professionals from CHI St. Alexius Health are available to University of Mary students and their dependents. Through the arrangement between the university and CHI, students qualify for up to free five counseling sessions, per issue, per year. Students located in Bismarck have the option of meeting in-person with a counselor or they may opt for a virtual counseling session using a HIPPA compliant ZOOM platform. Due to state and international licensing requirements, students located outside of North Dakota will be referred to a mental health professional located within the state or county where the student is located. In such a case, CHI St. Alexius will make the arrangements for the student to receive up to five free sessions just as they would if they were located within North Dakota. Students interested in meeting with a counselor may schedule an appointment by calling CHI St. Alexius Health at 701-530-7195 or 800-327-7195. CHI St. Alexius offers students a 24/7 crisis line at 701-530-7195. More information regarding the services available to University of Mary students though CHI St. Alexius Health may be found online at: https://www.umary.edu/student-life/campus-services/counseling-services.php
Career Services offers a wide variety of services and resources to help students facilitate their career development and job search process. The following list of programs and services includes some of what is available to University of Mary students and alumni:
- CLEP testing
- DSST testing
- Individual career counseling appointments
- Focus 2 online career planning system
- Career Decision Making Class
- Information on careers and majors
- Majors Fair
- Informational Interviews and Job Shadow Week
- Resume and cover letter writing assistance
- Mock Interview and interview strategies and tips
- Career resource library including job search handouts
- Marauder Jobs online resume and job posting system • Walk-in hours
- 48 hour resume review
- Career and Internship Fairs
- Career Development Week
- Career Services social media platforms
- National testing for graduate and undergraduate school entrance, tests for nurses, teachers, doctors, engineers and credit earning for classes
University of Mary Clinic
The University of Mary Clinic is operated by CHI-St. Alexius Health. A wide range of services are provided including complete physical exams for athletics, employment, travel, etc., diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury, pelvic exams, pap smears, pregnancy testing, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, immunizations and allergy injections.
On-site laboratory testing includes strep, mono, urine, hemoglobin and blood sugar. If further laboratory tests and x-rays are deemed necessary, expedited referral services are available within the CHI-St. Alexius network.
Other healthcare services provided include printed health information, instruction and counseling about disease prevention, and risk-education. Health promotion includes stress reduction, weight management, smoking cessation, alcohol/ drug education, and counseling regarding sexuality that is consistent with Catholic teaching. A courier service for prescriptions is available.
The University of Mary Clinic is staffed by a nurse practitioner that is able to diagnose and treat common acute and chronic illnesses. The nurse practitioner may write prescriptions as deemed necessary.
Clinic hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon. To make an appointment, call 701-530-3670. Appointments are encouraged; however, walk-ins are welcome.
The Crow's Nest Campus Restaurant, located in the Lumen Vitae University Center, is open 24/7 (excepting some holidays and breaks) to serve meals and snacks. There is a meal plan requirement for all students living on-campus.
In addition to the services offered at the campus restaurant, the campus coffee shop-the Marauders Cove-offers a variety of coffees, pastries, sandwiches, and other treats. The Cove is located in the Benedictine Center for Servant Leadership.
University Bookstore and Mart
The University Bookstore and Mart, located in the Lumen Vitae University Center, provides students with the convenience of on-campus shopping. Books, school supplies, monogrammed items, postage stamps, and a limited number of personal supplies are available. All merchandise and books must be paid for at the time of purchase.