Mount St. Mary’s College, located is a top ranked private Catholic college located in Los Angeles, California. The college was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1925. Currently, Mount St. Mary’s is the only Catholic college in the Western United States that focuses primarily on educating female students.
The Mission of Mount St. Mary’s is to offer a “dynamic learning experience” to their student body. As a college focusing on the education of women, they strive for academic excellence while keeping leadership and a spirit of service in light. The end goal is to produce graduates capable of using obtained knowledge to better themselves and their community.
The college owns two campuses in the Los Angeles area. The Chalon Campus, built in 1928, is located in Brentwood neighborhood near the J. Paul Getty Center. It boasts views of the Santa Monica mountains as well as the Pacific ocean. The Doheny Campus, acquired during the 1962 expansion, is located in downtown Los Angeles. It was once home to the Doheny Family estate and features many historic buildings built in the Queen Anne style.
Focus on comprehensive academic excellence is of the utmost importance at Mount St. Mary’s. Students can pursue a bachelor of arts or science related degree with more than thirty major and minor programs. Notable programs include political science, education, biology, film and traditional liberal arts. The college is also home to a nationally recognized nursing program.
Mount St. Mary’s does not have a traditional sports program, however students are encouraged to stay active, fit, and healthy. The college offers health services and psychological counseling to meet student’s health goals. The college also provides a variety of fitness education classes and intramural volleyball and basketball, which students are encouraged to get involved with.
Tuition and Financial Aid
The cost for full time undergraduate students is $32,882 annually. For graduate students, the cost is $798 per unit. These fees vary depending on the amount of units taken and the type of program the student is enrolled in, and the cost does not depend on residency status. The college provides several scholarships for academically gifted freshmen, and information on acquiring loans, work study aid, grants, and outside scholarships through their financial service department.
Mount St. Mary’s is fully accredited by many institution. Some of these include the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, The California Board of Registered Nursing, and the American Physical Therapy Association
Admission to Mount St. Mary’s is fairly competitive. The school admits roughly sixty percent of all applicants. Freshmen entering a baccalaureate program typically hold a high school GPA of about 3.3 to 4.0. Average SAT scores are in the 1400 to 1640 range. The baccalaureate programs are open to only women applicants, though men are invited to apply for the nursing and music programs.
For more information on admissions, you can visit the school’s website located at http://www.msmc.la.edu/admission/index.asp.
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