Visitor and Campus Information

The University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary is a private campus that welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in designated areas.

Welcome to the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary!

The founder of our seminary, George Cardinal Mundelein, is also the namesake for the town in which we are located.  We ask you to keep a sense of sacredness while you visit the grounds, and maintain an atmosphere conducive to prayer, study, retreats, peacefulness, and safety for not only our students, but also for you, our guests. Unescorted visitors must be at least 18 years of age.

Groups of visitors are encouraged to contact us in advance at 847-566-8290.

Contact USML Public Safety at 847-970-4815 for 24-hour on-campus questions and help. In case of emergency, call 911.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Frequently Asked Questions

We welcome visitors to experience our campus grounds, Welcome Center, Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, Grotto and Mall area between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm. daily.

Our Bookstore is open Tuesday through Saturday and The Feehan Memorial Library/McEssy Resource Center is open during seasonal hours. Please refer to the map for designated public areas.

The Purple Lot is designated for all visitor parking and is conveniently located next to the Welcome Center/Refectory, where there are plenty of restrooms and drinking fountains. There are no bathrooms around the lake itself.

As a private campus and for the safety of our students, faculty and guests, we do not allow weapons, alcohol, pets, use of the lake (including all water activities) or exploring the forest, unpaved, or other areas marked private or resident.

We also prohibit the use of bicycles, motorcycles and roadside parking due to our narrow campus roadways.

As a sacred space and as a home to theological students and faculty, we also do not allow picnics, sunbathing, fireworks, loud music, the use of drones, or use of the athletic field.

While on campus, please adhere to the campus dress code:

Cut off t-shirts and tank tops should have a shoulder width of at least 2 inches. Chest, back, and sides should not be exposed. Shorts should be past mid-thigh.

Undergarments and sports bras must be covered by other attire. Tank tops should have a shoulder width of at least 2 inches and cover back and sides. Shorts should extend to mid-thigh (for example, loose soccer or basketball shorts). Dresses and skirts should be a respectful length. Shorts or skorts should be worn over yoga pants/tights.  Low cut tops and short or tight skirts are not allowed.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., USML invites you to walk around the lake at no charge and with no permit required. However, we ask you to remember to be aware of and yield to traffic, stay on the paved roads or sidewalks, and stay along the roadside and avoid walking in the center of the roadways.

Housed on over 900 acres among a breathtaking forest with a tranquil lake and historically and architecturally significant buildings, USML is a majestic and picturesque campus. You are free to take photos for personal use. We also invite you to tag us on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @mundeleinsem.

Wedding/Graduation/Quinceañera/Photos (taken yourself or by a professional):

Professional Photos (Commercial and/or other for the purpose of revenue generation, and, or, marketing awareness campaign):

School dance (Homecoming, Prom, Winter Formal, etc) photos are not allowed.

For conservation and safety reasons, fishing in the lake is not allowed.

As with fishing, due to conservation and safety reasons, lake activities are not allowed. This includes wading, swimming, scuba diving, wind-boarding, kayaking and any other person-to-water contact.

Ice fishing or walking on the lake during the winter season are also not allowed.

Occasionally, seminary residents will have boats on the lake. This is the only exception to the rule.

Yes! Whether you are planning a retreat, board meeting, team-building event or other function, our event team is prepared to help you plan, organize and conduct your function. We recommend a ratio of 2 chaperone for every 8 guests under the age of 18. We have an onsite hotel with capacity of up to 103 persons and meeting space to serve up to 300 people. For more information, rates and availability, call 847-566-8290 or send an email to conferencecenter@usml.edu.

Architectural tours of campus for groups can be pre-arranged through the Conference Center. Please call 847-566-8290 for more information. If you are interested in learning more about USML, we encourage you to browse the website or visit our bookstore where books are available on the history of the institution.

The University of St. Mary of the Lake is located at 1000 E. Maple Avenue in the town of Mundelein, IL approximately four miles west of Interstate 94. The closest airport is O’Hare International Airport, which is about 28 miles south of USML

To reach the seminary from Interstate 94, take the Hwy 176 exit and turn right at the foot of the ramp to head west (the ramp loops around). Go approximately 4 miles. Soon after passing Marytown on your right, you will see the signs for the University, which will also be on your right.

HEADING SOUTH ON INTERSTATE 94 To reach the seminary from Interstate 94, take the Hwy 137 exit and turn right. Go approximately 3 miles and turn left onto Hwy 21. Go approximately 2 miles and turn right onto Hwy 176. After approximately 2 miles, you will see Marytown on your right. Soon afterwards, you will see the signs for the University on your right.

Over a dozen uniquely crafted birdhouses are utilized by bluebirds, chickadees, and tree swallows, thanks to the the care of Roger Kratz, a Mundelein native who designed the birdhouses with (patent pending) unique features to help keep nests cool and safe from ants, raccoons, snakes, and wasps.

Learn more here: https://usml.edu/birdhouses-assist-native-bird-species-campus/

Crime Statistics
In accordance with federal law and the Clery Act, the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary discloses a three-year report about crime on and near campus. View Report.

Compliance with State and Federal Law
Preventing Sexual violence in Higher Education Act, P.A. 99-426 can be found here. 

Written Notification of Survivor’s Rights and Options can be found here.