Le Fer Hall

Our mission, and the core of all that we do at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, is to provide an extraordinary educational experience for students. While so much has changed during our more than 180-year history, commitment to the student experience has remained constant.

In recent years, The Woods has been blessed with enrollment increases, fundraising successes, new athletic teams, an increase in the size of our physical campus and the launch of forward-thinking academic programs. We have made significant progress, and yet we still have promises to keep and miles to go!

Since 2016, the Aspire Higher Campaign has been an instrumental funding source for the Aspire Even Higher Strategic Plan, which is focused on increasing recruitment and retention efforts while also identifying pathways of excellence for growth through academics, athletics, community partnerships and institutional awareness. In addition to capital projects, the Aspire Higher Campaign is a comprehensive effort where all gifts are included in support of the pivotal work taking place at SMWC.

The Aspire Even Higher Strategic Plan is focused on increasing retention efforts while identifying pathways of excellence for growth.

Alumnae from the class of 1968 present a $147,609.69 check to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College at the 2018 Reunion. The funds raised by this class at their 50th Reunion were used to make needed renovations in Le Fer Hall.

The campaign elevates the College by garnering support for the Woods Fund, academic programs, scholarships, athletics, the endowment and a number of capital project initiatives. Together, these gifts and the alumni and friends who provide them, bring the strategic plan to life.

The age of our buildings bring challenges. Every building has renovation needs.

While the benefits of beautiful, historic buildings are obvious, the age of our buildings bring challenges. Every building has renovation needs. Grant funding has allowed the College to update several science laboratories and classrooms as well as create new, modern spaces dedicated to student learning and faculty resources. Partnerships provide additional growth including the recent installation of 5G wireless access throughout campus. Innovative thinking and collaboration have enabled the institution to begin addressing years of deferred maintenance while renovating spaces to allow for better utilization for present day needs.

Opportunity abounds at SMWC. Woods students are doing great things and transforming their futures. Alumni and friends who invest today help to ensure a bright future for generations of students to come. There are several capital initiatives within the Aspire Higher Campaign where your gifts may truly help the institution to Aspire Higher.


Le Fer Hall

Le Fer Hall. . .Miles to Go!

Home to Woods students since 1924, the building has evolved and changed over time. However, Le Fer Hall remains a favorite of our students and alumni. Since the launch of the I Love Le Fer initiative in 2016, the College has secured $2,000,000 in support. An additional $3,200,000 is needed to complete the remaining renovations. Learn more >

The Conservatory of Music: Auditorium Renovation

Opened in 1913 with her sister building, Guerin Hall, the Conservatory of Music at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is a treasured jewel. Nearly half of the $500,000 goal has been secured for the Conservatory during the silent phase of this campaign. Learn more >

The Knoerle Center Expansion Project

As the College continues to grow enrollment, it has steadily expanded athletic offerings for both women and men. The College is looking to build an addition to the Jeanne Knoerle Sports and Recreation Center. The $1,200,000 needed to complete this project will include a new set of men’s and women’s locker rooms, a classroom for kinesiology and a student entrance. Learn more >

Front view of Guerin Hall

Guerin Hall Elevator Renovation Project and Challenge Match

The Anne Therese Guerin Hall stands as a fitting tribute to its namesake as the College’s first residence and academic hall, opening alongside the Conservatory of Music in 1913. The College is in the midst of raising $420,000 to update the freight elevator so that the College may begin meeting the needs of today’s students, faculty and staff as well as current ADA standards for the building. Learn more >