Vision for Growth
Educating the whole student, mind, body and spirit is the heart of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. As we look to the future, our uniqueness as a women’s liberal arts college is both a cornerstone and a challenge. Today’s students crave a well-rounded college experience, cheering on their Pomeroys, playing intramurals and taking fitness classes. We know that some students pass SMWC by because we lack these facilities.
Imagine the challenge for our recruiters when a high school athlete asks, as they always do, “Where’s the gym?” We try to explain the 25-minute commute to a leased facility, but, inevitably, disappointment grows in their eyes. These talented athletes and scholars, ready to become true Woods women, turn away from us for colleges that offer nicer facilities, more convenience and competitive scholarships.
National data indicates that sports and recreation centers boast at least a 10 percent increase in enrollment in the first year. The center will allow not only community growth, but also the addition of two sports – tennis and volleyball – as stated in the College’s strategic plan. In addition, the College would be positioned to apply for NCAA status.
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