Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation matters. Here’s why:

  • It ensures that your degree is recognized by employers, professional associations, and other accredited institutions of higher education.
  • It is an assurance to students and the public that we meet or exceed standards for quality of curriculum, fiscal stability, faculty and learner services.


SMWC is authorized by name as an approved institution of higher education in the state of Indiana. It is also approved for teacher training by the Indiana Department of Education.

Several academic programs are approved by professional associations, including:

The U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks SMWC as one of the best colleges in the Midwest. It also lists the College among the best Midwest colleges for veterans and one of the best online undergraduate programs in 2016.

In 2017, the campus of SMWC, which is part of the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Historic District, was included in the National Register of Historic Places.

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