Maria is a private college, founded in 1958 on the principle of service to others. To this day, that principle drives everything we do—from the way we support our students in their pursuit of bachelor’s degrees, to our outreach to the surrounding community. That principle also is the hallmark of the Maria graduate, the guiding force behind an enduring commitment to improving the lives of others.
Maria is a Catholic college sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and animated by the Mercy charism. It provides career-relevant, opportunity education in the context of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition to all who can benefit from it. Maria is committed to outstanding and holistic student support services, financial sustainability and the purposive use of evidence to drive institutional renewal and student success. Maria seeks to foster graduates who recognize and respect the dignity of every human person and who will transform their knowledge and skill into caring and compassionate service to others.