We create environments where students thrive.

The mission of the Association of Marianist Universities is to support, promote and advance Marianist higher education. We do this by facilitating an environment for the sustained cooperation and exchange of experience and information among our three universities: Chaminade University of Honolulu, St. Mary’s University of San Antonio and the University of Dayton. 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 Marianist universities 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.

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Chaminade University

This four-year, fully accredited liberal arts school offers a range of undergraduate degrees and seven graduate degrees. Located in beautiful Hawaii, Chaminade University of Honolulu is rich in diversity and strong in

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St. Mary’s University

A liberal arts institution in San Antonio, St. Mary’s University is the oldest and largest Catholic university in Texas. St. Mary's University offers a range of degree programs in five schools and is nationally recognized by the Brookings Institute as an institution that prepares students for careers.

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University of Dayton

The University of Dayton is a top-tier national Catholic research university with a mission of service and leadership in community. The University of Dayton provides an experience that educates the whole person — mind, body and spirit — to inspire students to be better professionals and create a better world.

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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.

By the numbers


Marianists change lives.

Maimoa Fineisaloi
Campus Minister, Chaminade University 

"Working in Campus Ministry, it is part of Maimoa's ministry to accompany people on their own journeys of faith. Her work and her interactions with students have led her to the realization that there is a fine line between claiming to be a person of faith and practicing it. "


Andrew Tague
Junior Finance and Risk Management major and member of the Marianist Leadership Program, St. Mary's University

"I went to Marianist High School in St. Louis. That instilled in me that attending a Marianist institution was transformative. I wanted to continue that transformation. So when picking a university, I knew I wanted to go to a Marianist institution."


David Coleman
Professor of Philosophy and Religion, School of Humanities, Chaminade University

“I can only express gratitude for the privilege of being at Chaminade University. It is a place where my faith is nurtured; at times, a place of refuge in an era that coopts faith for its own faithless ends or simply manifests indifference to the movements of the Spirit calling us to faith in our God who is Love. Chaminade has called me to a faith of the heart that motivates action in response to God’s command to love my neighbor as myself.."


Heather Barhorst
Director of Enrollment Initiatives and Special Projects, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Dayton

"The University of Dayton gives me hope for the future. Working at a university that allows me to express my faith and gives me an opportunity to talk about God openly with a younger generation, our future generation, shows me that hope always lies ahead."