Mount Marty Fast Facts

MMC is a member of the NAIA and the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). Each year MMC has several Lancer athletes named NAIA All-American Scholar Athletes, named to All-American teams, and named conference Players of the Year.

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Mount Marty College is a private, Catholic, Benedictine, coeducational liberal arts college founded in 1936. Mount Marty offers associate, bachelor and master degrees and prepares students for professional careers in over 30 fields. 

Mount Marty College strives towards academic excellence. In the most recent issue of the U.S. News and World Report, the College ranked among the fourth tier master level colleges and universities in the Midwest region. The areas of distinction include our graduation rate and our retention rate. Mount Marty College is also known for best value, relating academic quality to cost of attendance.

Founded in 1936 by the Sisters of Saint Benedict, Mount Marty College is named in memory of Martin Marty, a Benedictine missionary to the Native Americans, who came to Dakota Territory in 1876, became the Territory's first Catholic Bishop, and who invited the Benedictine Sisters to establish a religious community in Yankton. The college functioned as junior college for women for 15 years; in 1951 it awarded its first Bachelor of Arts degrees and it awarded the first Master degree in 1985. The college became coeducational in 1969. The Watertown location was founded in 1979. Today Mount Marty College remains a place where students can explore their beliefs and share their faith.

Mount Marty College counts more than 10,000 alumni since the school's founding. MMC alumni have distinguished themselves in Fortune 500 companies, education, health care, medicine, literature, and law. A sampling of our alumni employers include 3M, Citibank, Gateway, Honeywell International, Los Alamos National Lab, Make a Wish Foundation, Mayo Clinic, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Premiere Psychiatric Group LLC, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NASA, and Walt Disney World Resort. Mount Marty has a job placement rate of 94%.



Mount Marty College's main campus, located in Yankton, South Dakota,  is a beautifully maintained campus of 80 acres. MMC, Yankton is a residential campus with two residential residence halls, a chapel, student center, performing arts auditorium, athletic arena, Scholastica Learning Center and the Cyber Cafe. Mount Marty has two other locations that include Watertown and Sioux Falls.

The new Watertown location, 3100 9th Ave SW, provides expanded opportunities and options for prospective Watertown students. Watertown, a community of 22,000 is located in the northeast part of the state. The city, also rich in the history and culture of the area, has activities to match any taste.

The Sioux Falls location is home to our Doctoral program in Nurse Anesthesia and is located at 5001 West 41st St.


MMC enrolls over 1,100 students on all campuses, with approximately 600 students located on our Yankton campus. Students come from across the U.S. to include South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and 20 other states along with 3 foreign countries. The Watertown location enrolls approximately 160 students and the graduate programs enroll approximately 150 students a year.

Our dedicated, accessible faculty and 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio mean personalized attention from caring mentors who know who you are and where you want to go.

An average class size of 25 students means hands-on learning, collaboration, and plenty of engaging discussions in every discipline.

Mount Marty freshmen average an ACT score of 22.8 and a GPA of 3.30 with 72% having a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Sixty percent of MMC's students are women, forty percent are men. About 12% are Hispanic-Americans, African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans or multiethnic students. Students come from across the United States and from 3 other countries. Approximately 30% of students are commuters and adult learners. MMC serves students of all faiths with 55% of the students being Catholic.

Mount Marty is committed to providing out students the technology needed to support your education and prepare you for your chosen career.

We offer wireless at all locations to allow you to seemlessly connect to our learning managemen system, research materials or any other information needed whether it's on campus or on the Internet. 

We also offer help desk services to assist you with any technology problems with your personal devices. 

Mount Marty College has something special to offer - a community that encourages intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual growth. Student life on the Yankton campus is active and multifaceted. There are limitless opportunities for involvement with more than 40 student clubs, activities, and organizations to get involved. Some opportunities include performing-arts groups, theatre, campus ministry, intramurals, honor societies, academic clubs, intramural athletics, student newspaper, student government and campus programming.

MMC is dedicated to making private, quality education affordable. Ninety-nine percent of MMC students receive financial assistance. Last year we gave over $13 million in aid through scholarships, grants, loans, and employment. Awards include grants and scholarships from MMC, as well as federal assistance, work study, and loan programs. Scholarships are available for academics, athletics, music, and talent. For more information, check out Scholarships & Financial Assistance.

Mount Marty is dedicated to making a quality, private education affordable. We offer you one of the best educational values for future. Tuition costs vary depending on enrollment status, campus and program. See:Costs

Mount Marty College's academic calendar is semester based, with the fall semester starting in August or September and ending in December and the spring semester starting in January and ending in May. There are also optional summer sessions offered.

Mount Marty College is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The Benedictine Community of Sacred Heart Monastery is the sponsoring agent of the college; the Board of Trustees is the final governing board of the institution.

Mount Marty College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504; (800) 621-7440.