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.

Kim Trick

"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."


Nicolas Romero

"A Marianist education has not only transformed my life and my vocation, it has shaped them entirely."


Iliana Mallet

“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."


Yukio Ozaki

Beginning his teaching career at Chaminade University was also a lesson to Yukio Ozaki in learning about people who live to support others in community.