St Mary’s University Texas
St Mary’s University Texas, St. Mary’s University is a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution located on 135 acres (0.55 km2) west of Downtown San Antonio, Texas, United States. St. Mary’s is a nationally recognized master’s level school ranked among the top colleges in the west for best value and academic reputation by U.S. News and World Report. In 2010, St. Mary’s was named by Washington Monthly as first in the nation in the category of Master’s Universities for promoting an ethic of service to country; fostering scientific and humanistic research; and performing as an engine of social mobility.
Founded by the Society of Mary (Marianists) in 1852, St. Mary’s is the oldest Catholic university in Texas and the American Southwest. With a diverse student population of nearly 4,000, St. Mary’s is home to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences; the School of Science, Engineering and Technology; the Greehey School of Business; and the St. Mary’s University School of Law.
Founded as St. Mary’s Institute, the school opened on Aug. 25, 1852, with a faculty of five and an enrollment of 12 boys. In 1921 all college classes were transferred from downtown to the St. Louis College campus. In 1923, St. Louis College became St. Mary’s College with an enrollment of 12 in the freshman class. Grade school and high school students remained at the downtown school, which adopted the name St. Mary’s Academy. The new St. Mary’s College quickly gained senior college status and in 1927 the first class of bachelor’s degree candidates graduated from the newly renamed St. Mary’s University.