University of Saint Mary of the Lake had its beginning in 1844 as St. Mary’s College. Founded by the first bishop of Chicago, Bishop William J. Quarter, D.D., St. Mary’s College was granted a charter by the State of Illinois, with power “to confer…such academical or honorary degrees as are usually conferred by similar institutions.” Chicago welcomed St. Mary’s as the first institution of higher learning in the city. St. Mary’s flourished until 1866, when financial difficulties forced it to close.
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Feehan Memorial Library and McEssy Theological Resource Center contain over 200,000 volumes with notable collections in patristics, canon law, scripture, systematic theology, and church history.The library’s online catalog provides users the ability to search for books, print and online journals, ebooks and DVDs. Online databases and e-journal subscriptions provide full- text articles from over 10,000 online journals
Seminarians at Mundelein focus on their vocation to the priesthood through intense prayer and study. Fraternity among seminarians is encouraged through numerous campus amenities.
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: