Campus Program Student Experiences
What current students and recent graduates are saying about their experiences at The Woods:
Jade Scott explains why she chose to attend Saint
Stephanie Runyon talks about her love for the athletic programs at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
Sustainability is, I believe, a very important aspect of the Woods. SMWC recently received an amazing grant that provided the campus with beautiful and convenient recycle bins that were placed throughout the buildings on campus. This is a great improvement, and I hope we will continue to build the “green” trend of helping the environment. Each year SMWC’s Sustainability Club hosts a recycling competition for the residents of Le Fer as a way to help encourage students to make a more sustainable choice. It should be a lot better to do this year with the bins being practically everywhere in the resident floors of Le Fer. The club also works a lot outside of campus with the community of Terre Haute. In the fall of last year, the club helped Terre Haute’s Trees Inc. in their annual Keep Terre Haute Beautiful clean up. In the spring, the club hosted the annual Wabashiki clean up that was just started up a few years ago because of SMWC’s Sustainability Club.
--Adeline Dible, Psychology and Human Services, Indianapolis, IN 2016
I love the community our campus has; it's not one group here and one group there, but more like one huge family. I think that's mainly because of its small size, which helps you get to know both the students and professors. I love The Woods because of how welcome I feel in every aspect this college has to offer from courses beyond my major to leadership opportunities.
Graphic Design Major
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College was number one on my list of colleges my senior year because it was small enough to get one-on-one help, and gave me the chance to minor in equine and major in biology. Little did I know that the community of students living here were so close, which, being shy, really allowed me to bring out my true personality that I don't think I would have been able to do at a larger college or university.
What surprised me most about The Woods is how involved you can be, even as early as a freshman! One advantage of being at a smaller college is that there are so many opportunities to become involved in clubs and activities, which help develop leadership abilities. That's why we say that Woodsies grow from acorns into mighty oak trees!
Terre Haute, IN
What surprised me the most about The Woods is the sense of family you get. During Big Sis/Lil Sis, the freshmen receive upper-class women, usually a junior, as their "Big Sis." We have a blast decorating and giving gifts. You make some really special bonds that last through college and into your life during this tradition. You become Sisters.
Terre Haute, IN
The Woods is like no other place! No one can explain how or why, but there's just something about the Woods that defines a person and empowers us as women to become more independent, strong, and innovative. Small classes are one of the main reasons I chose the Woods. Here, you get the one-on-one attention you need from your professors as a college student. Your professors actually care that you come to class, and they want you succeed just as much as you do.