Woods Online

Whether you want to change your career or advance in your current one, Woods Online helps you earn the high-quality education you need to aspire higher for the life you want. With more than 40 years of experience in distance formats with a student-centered approach, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College creates a passion for learning and an eagerness for making a difference. This liberal arts education equips women and men with a foundation for effective problem-solving.

We know that you’re juggling many demands, including a career, family responsibilities, or both. We understand your need for options as you take charge of your future. You’ll find that the convenience and flexibility to fit your learning style.


Ranked Online Bachelor's Degree
Online Degree Information



The Woods Online Program Offers You:

  • Flexible schedules.
  • Different formats for different learning styles: 8-week and 16-week formats.
  • Learning approaches specifically designed for adult students.
  • A solid liberal arts education to prepare you for career changes.
  • Scholarship and financial aid opportunities.
  • Great transfer policies.
  • Alternative ways to earn college credit.


Participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, when combined with the Post-9/11 GI Bill, means that veterans who have served on active duty for at least 36 aggregate months since 9/11/01 and who meet College admission requirements will have the opportunity to attend Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College tuition-free.

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The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and approved for teacher training by the Indiana Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


Need Help?

If you have questions about the application please give us a call at 1-800-926-7692 or email SMWC Admission.

Application Requirements

All applicants to our distance-based programs must submit the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Personal essay (at least 500 words) describing the reasons you want to enroll in our distance education program
  • TOEFL score (if English is your second language)
  • Professional résumé

If you have NOT successfully completed (receiving a grade C or above) at least 15 credit hours of college-level work, you will need to submit the following:

  • High school transcripts
  • GED records (if applicable)
  • College academic transcripts (if applicable)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (not from immediate family members) sent directly to SMWC
  • SAT or ACT scores (if you have graduated from high school fewer than five years ago)

If you HAVE successfully completed at least 15 credit hours of college-level work, you will need to submit the following:

  • College academic transcripts

Instructions for Transition to Teaching Licensure Students

If you are applying to our post-baccalaureate transition to teaching licensure program, you must complete the application for admission and the Accelerated Teacher Licensure Supplemental Information, both found in our online application system.

Additionally, transition to teaching licensure students need to have recommendations made using the Transition to Teaching Licensure Program Recommendation Form.

Send application materials to:

Office of Distance Admission
Rooney Library

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College 1 St Mary of Woods Coll
Saint Mary of the Woods, IN  47876-1099

You may fax materials to:

(812) 535-5010



Official College Transcripts

Federal law requires college transcripts be sent directly from the originating college where the coursework was completed. We cannot accept transcripts sent or delivered by students.


Woods Online Acceptance Policy--Students are admitted to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College into the College’s Woods Online Program, which is to admit qualified women and men without regard to race, creed, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age or disability.

Woods Online Deposit Policy-- A $100 non-refundable tuition deposit is required for all students seeking admission to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Woods Online Program; this deposit will be applied toward the student’s tuition once classes begin.

Some majors have geographic restrictions. Contact Distance Admissions for more information.

Technology is a crucial factor in our online program, but requirements for equipment and technical knowledge are kept to a minimum. We have an IT helpdesk to assist you with troubleshooting any technical problems you may encounter. Additionally, hundreds of dollars worth of software applications are provided to you during enrollment.


  • Desktop or laptop computer less than 3 years old
  • Webcam
  • Headset with microphone


  • All required software applications will be provided to you or you will be directed to download free or trial versions as needed

Internet & Email

  • An email address will be provided to Online Degree seeking students upon acceptance
  • A reliable way to connect to the internet via an Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • A reliable internet connection of 128 Kbps or faster is ideal

Students that graduate from an online college can come in all shapes and sizes. They are a diverse people that go into all sorts of online degree options and they are employed in a number of different areas. Together, they make Woods Online what it is.

Deborah Gatchel, Woods Online graduate

"I recently graduated with honors from the Woods Online program at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor's degree. My degree will help me in meeting the needs of the children that are enrolled in my all day preschool. It also shows parents that by enrolling their child in my facility that their child’s educational needs are being met by a qualified teacher.  My accomplishment of graduating from college is also a testimony to others that it is never too late to go after your dreams." 

Deborah Gatchel
Early Childhood Education major
Woods Online graduate

Robin Plank

"Being an intern is like wearing a life jacket when you dive -- even if you struggle and choke on some water, you really can't sink to the bottom. Just go in every day and do what is asked to the best of your ability. You will ask tons of questions and stumble around a bit, but the beauty of it is that they don't expect you to be experienced. By the time you have finished you will have repaid these people by accomplishing some work for them, and you will have gained experience that prospective employers want so badly. So dive off!"

Robin Plank
Professional Writing major
Woods Online student
interned at CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

Read more about Robin's internship experience.

We connect you with all the resources, information and counsel need to be a successful Woods Online student.

Academic Advisors

Our faculty advisors help you plan coursework and meet academic challenges. We assist you at all levels of your academic experience from enrollment to career planning right through graduation.

Online Tutoring

Online doesn’t mean alone. The Learning Resource Center helps you maximize your potential.

Online tutors have the textbooks so they can turn to the same page to assist students with specific questions. Tutors can access an online student's computer to help solve an equation, edit an essay or practice for a test. Using a SMART board, tutors can watch students graph coordinates, solve algebraic equations, create an outline and correct grammatical errors – all in real time.

Phone Calls

Your academic success is our primary focus. In your third week as a new Woods Online student, we will give you a call. We want to know how you are doing. We will respond to your questions, help you become familiar with an online environment and encourage you to meet your academic challenges.

Peer Mentors

As a Woods Online student, you have the option to request a peer mentor. Your mentor is also a Woods Online student who has been in the program for at least one year. The mentor can help acclimate you to online learning and be a sounding board for how to balance work, home and coursework – all from someone who knows firsthand.