University of Saint Mary Online Students Report Positive Experiences

Survey results show high satisfaction with classes, faculty, and more.

Leavenworth, Kan. (3/10/2016) - The University of Saint Mary (USM) recently surveyed students to solicit feedback about its online programs as well as the overall online student experience. The results were overwhelmingly positive and provided valuable information to the university for the programs moving forward.

The survey was distributed to current students in all five programs currently offered online: the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN), the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), the Master of Business Administration (MBA), and the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (BSHIM).

When asked why they selected the University of Saint Mary for their degree, students specifically mentioned:

  • The level of support and the student experience.
  • The online format.
  • The university’s accreditation.
  • The flexibility and the ease of earning a degree.
  • The affordable tuition.

When asked about their overall experience in the program,

  • 96 percent of responders reporting that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their overall experience.
  • 94 percent said they were satisfied or very satisfied with how coursework met their expectations.
  • 93 percent said they were satisfied or very satisfied with how the program met their expectations.

USM is known for its personalized approach to learning. Several students referenced these qualities in their responses. “I was seeking an online BSN program, and I wanted to enroll in a ‘real’ brick-and-mortar academic institution with a focus on ethical conduct within their curriculum,” said Elizabeth L., a student in the RN to BSN program. Eric J., an MBA student, reported, “I actually feel more connected with my classmates than I did when I was actually in a classroom. The discussion forum encourages our interaction and I've made several good friends.”

The ease of the admissions process was also figured prominently as a positive experience, with 98 percent of students responding they were neutral, satisfied, or very satisfied with the admissions/recruitment process and the level of support they received. “I am an international nurse graduate, and University of Saint Mary made the assessment and admission process achievable and as fluid as possible,” said Deirdre M., an MSN student.

Many students focused on the high quality of the faculty, with 97 percent responding they were neutral, satisfied, or very satisfied with the quality of faculty instruction and 96 percent neutral, satisfied, or very satisfied with the level of faculty support and interaction. “The faculty has been outstanding,” MAT student Adan R. enthused. “They have really enhanced my experience.”

The University of Saint Mary has always placed importance on fostering a sense of community and preparing students to make beneficial contributions to society through education. The university’s online programs continue to fulfill that mission and permeate interactions with students, from the day they inquire about the programs to graduation.

For more information about USM’s online degree programs, call 877-307-4915 to speak to an admissions advisor or go to online.stmary.edu.

The questionnaire was administered through an online survey instrument and was open from June 4 through July 8, 2015. It consisted of two parts: a question-and-answer section using a number scale and a section of open-ended questions for additional commentary and suggestions.

About the University of Saint Mary:
The University of Saint Mary is a Catholic co-educational applied liberal arts university founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. The University of Saint Mary main campus is located at 4100 South 4th Street, Leavenworth, Kan. USM’s Overland Park Campus, near 115th and Pflumm, offers evening accelerated graduate and undergraduate degree-completion programs. The university also offers online programs. Visit www.stmary.edu for more information.