OUR RANKINGS SAY IT ALL For the twelfth consecutive year, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best colleges for 2021 . The institution ranked in three categories: Best Regional Universities, Social Mobility and Best Value . U.S. News & World Report also ranked SMWC in its 2021 Best Online Programs list for Woods Online . Other rankings, just to name a few, include Best Nursing Schools in Indiana by Best Nursing Colleges, Best Teaching Degrees by Best Value Schools and Best Online Psychology Degree Programs by Ed Smart. To see a full list of distinctions for The Woods, go to smwc.edu/recognition
Venues for performing arts, notable nightlife and restaurants and reasonable rent, helped Terre Haute rank fifth on the 10 Best College Town list in the U.S. by College Gazette. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Ivy Tech Community College all call Terre Haute home. Terre Haute’s reputation as a college town began in the mid- 1800’s with the founding of three of its institutions before the turn of the last century while it was still considered to be the wilderness
of Indiana. Established in1840, SMWC was the first.
The College Gazette went on to recognize the abundance of greenspace that helped move Terre Haute to the top of the list. More than 1,000 acres of parks, trails, golf courses and numerous other outdoor recreational opportunities including the world- class LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course, the award-winning Griffin Bike Park, the National Road Heritage Trail and the city’s designation as a “Tree City USA” town.
WOODS PART OF WEST CENTRAL INDIANA 21 ST CENTURY TALENT REGION Terre Haute and SMWC became part of the newly designated West Central Indiana 21st Century Talent Region during its formation in 2020. The talent region empowers communities to put in place an action plan connecting local governments, businesses, educational institutions, nonprofits and economic and workforce development partners to improve quality of place. This includes attracting, developing and connecting Hoosier talent, which provides opportunities for Woods students to stay in Indiana following graduation.