Chaminade University

St. Mary's University

University of Dayton


The mission of the Association of Marianist Universities is to support, promote and advance Marianist higher education.  We do this by facilitating an environment to sustain cooperation and the exchange of experience and information among our three universities. AMU represents Marianist higher education at the national and international levels and contributes to the formation of leaders in the Catholic and Marianist educational traditions in their service to the Church and world.


The only Catholic university in Hawaii, Chaminade University offers a rich educational environment with a dedicated, involved faculty, small class sizes and a safe, beautiful campus

St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s University – the oldest Catholic university in Texas and the Southwest – is a nationally recognized liberal arts institution that provides students with personal attention and powerful academic programs.

University of Dayton

Founded in 1850 on a 125-acre farm, today the University of Dayton is the largest private university in Ohio – and is recognized as a top-tier national research university with a student-centered learning environment.

Chaminade University of Honolulu, St. Mary’s University of San Antonio and the University of Dayton embody the Marianist spirit of educating the heart and mind to create learning that lasts and inspiring relationships that serve. The Association of Marianist Universities builds on a strong history of collaboration and common mission – and draws on the example of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Society of Mary – to create environments that let students thrive.

Faith in action
for the common good.

The characteristics of Marianist education are rooted in an ideal embodied in Mary, the Mother of Jesus. As members of the Marianist family, our faith – and our commitment to bringing the message and person of Jesus to others – moves us to action for the common good. We come together as a community of faith and love in our common search for the truth. And when we work together with a deep sense of mission, we can engage in a collaborative effort to understand and improve the world.

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Marianists Change Lives

tell us how your life was changed

Marianist education offers to our world a way to bring mercy into the very structures of our days and can help us to leverage our risks and our failures toward the justice and peace we long for.

Andy Slade

Professor and Chair, Department of English, University of Dayton

He credits the Marianists for saving him by accepting him and helping him understand that every person is valued. His teaching style gradually changed from the way he had been taught to a new goal of preparing classes to bring out the best in his students.

Yukio Ozaki

Professor, Fine Arts, Chaminade University

My Catholic, Marianist education has not only opened new opportunities for me, but has also impacted my faith and call to social justice. After attending Catholic Marianist retreats and participating in many service projects I felt called to the Catholic church and took the next step in my faith journey when I was confirmed in April of 2018.

Claire Riggan

Class of 2019, Chaminade University of Honolulu

A Marianist education has not only transformed my life and my vocation, it has shaped them entirely. There are two characteristics I hope to take with me once I leave St. Mary’s. The first is an altruistic willingness to contribute to the common good. The second is the idea of servant leadership and how to best implement it. Hopefully, the desire to one day have my own children be educated in the Marianist tradition is a good start towards saying ‘thank you.’

Nicolas Romero

Student, St. Mary's University

The Marianist Educational Associates (MEA) initiative has provided me the understanding, the words and the courage to keep alive the traditions and beliefs of the University of Dayton as a Catholic, Marianist institution that seeks to welcome all into a true community.  The Marianist example of staying at the table in respectful, sometimes uncomfortable, discussion and reflection to work toward the common good influences my current work as an administrator at the University of Dayton.

Kim Trick

Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Dayton

My Marianist education allowed me to discover my vocation. St. Mary’s gave me the opportunity to be part of a community that challenged me to work for the common good. I saw injustices in our local and global community and felt called to do more as I witnessed the educational inequalities found on the West Side of San Antonio.  Our Marianist education calls us to action to see how our gifts, talents and passions can meet the world’s needs.

Iliana Mallett

Coordinator of Community Engagement, St Mary's University