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College of Mount Saint Vincent
The College of Mount Saint Vincent cultivates independent thinkers ready for innovative lives of...

College of Mount Saint Vincent

Bronx, New York

The College of Mount Saint Vincent seeks to engage the development of the whole person. Every field of study emphasizes analytical skills; critical thinking; clear communication; and moral and religious thought—essentials for success in every profession. The Mount offers over 70 nationally recognized degree programs and course offerings, including majors and minors in the sciences and mathematics, humanities and the arts, social sciences, accounting, business, communication, education, and nursing, among others. The College has more than 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students from 28 states and 9 countries. Faculty have excellent academic credentials and share a passion for teaching and engaging their students. Small class sizes and personalized attention provide students with a hands-on learning experience.


With over 35 on-campus clubs, 14 intercollegiate athletic teams, cultural and social events, and countless service and leadership opportunities, students are always exploring their passions outside the classroom. New York City is an invaluable resource, home to prestigious institutions and world-class businesses. Mount students take advantage of living in the greatest city in the world. Students enjoy the campus atmosphere, which includes rolling hills overlooking the Hudson River, historic sites, classic architecture, and modern buildings.


The College challenges students to master their full potential as creative, disciplined thinkers and problem solvers. Students explore unfamiliar ideas, develop new passions, and become a part of an academic community supportive enough to make success a reality. A Mount education prepares students for a life well-lived.



Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
1,683 undergraduate students
94% of undergrad students are full time
30% male — 70% female
12% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
80 full-time faculty
165 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
62% of first year students live on campus
57% of all students live on campus

School Location

Mount Saint Vincent is located on a scenic 70-acre campus along the Hudson River, in the Riverdale neighborhood of New York City. With access to local and express MTA buses, the Metro-North Hudson Line, and the 1 train at Van Cortlandt Park-242 Street, the Mount is just minutes away from the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Wall Street, the United Nations, and much more.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning  
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


77.6% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)


54.6% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 40%
Black or African American 15%
White 25%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 9%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%


The Mount is a Skyline Conference participant and an NCAA Division III affiliate that offers 14 varsity sports, as well as a variety of intramural and club sports, open to all members of the student body.

Men’s: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling
Women’s: Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball
Intramural and Club Sports: Basketball, Boxing, Dodgeball, Flag Football, Indoor Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Women’s Wrestling

On-campus facilities include an NCAA regulation athletic field, performance gym, auxiliary gym, dance studios, and a state-of-the-art fitness center located in the Peter Jay Sharp Athletic and Recreation Center.

Mascot: Vinny the Dolphin
Colors: White and Gold

Other Information

One of the five oldest colleges in New York City, the College of Mount Saint Vincent was founded by the Sisters of Charity of New York in 1847. The Mount is a private, Catholic, co-educational liberal arts college, rooted in the spirit of Saints Vincent de Paul and Elizabeth Ann Seton. Mount Saint Vincent fosters an understanding of common humanity, remains committed to human dignity, and encourages students’ appreciation of their obligations to one another.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Art History, Biochemistry, Biochemistry/Pharmacy, Biology, Biology/Occupational Therapy, Biology/Pharmacy, Biology/Physical Therapy, Business Administration, Business, Chemistry, Chemistry/Pharmacy, Communication, Economics, English, French Studies, History, History/Library and Information Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, Market Data Analytics, Mathematics, Nursing, Philosophy, Pre-Law, Pre-Med, Psychology, Psychology/Occupational Therapy, Public Policy, Religious Studies, ROTC – Air Force, ROTC – Army, Sociology, Sociology/Criminology and Justice, Sociology/Social Work, Spanish, Studio Art, Teacher Education*, Visual Arts and Experimental Media. Minors/Concentrations: Arabic, Chinese, Dance, Filipino, French, German, Health Care Management, Hebrew, International Studies, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Latin American Studies, Philippine Studies, Political Science, Russian, Sports Management, Theatre, Women’s Studies, Writing. *Teacher Education, leading to initial New York State Certification, is an academic concentration that can be coupled with nearly every major.

More Distinctions

  • Best College Reviews named the College of Mount Saint Vincent one of the top 50 Best Small Colleges in the U.S.

  • The New York Times highlighted a study on student economic mobility by UC Berkeley and the U.S. Department of the Treasury ranking Mount Saint Vincent third among 578 selective independent colleges and universities nationwide.

  • A federal study celebrated the College of Mount Saint Vincent as one of five colleges and universities—and the only private, independent institution—to be recognized for its mission to serve economically disadvantaged students.

  • Money magazine featured Mount Saint Vincent for providing best value to students and was one of ten New York State institutions to receive an A range ranking for “value added”.

  • The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities identified the College of Mount Saint Vincent as a “regional leader” for STEM-educated college graduates in a report on New York independent colleges.

  • A study funded by the National Science Foundation shows the College of Mount Saint Vincent has the highest proportion of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees awarded to Latino students of any Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

Seton Service and Leadership Program

The Seton Service and Leadership Program welcomes Mount students to join a like-mind community of peers who serve together, fostering important leadership skills. Students of all backgrounds find commonality in service. Program participants engage in frequent spiritual and faith-based reflection, which allow them to contemplate life’s biggest questions.

Oxley Career Education Program

The Oxley Career Education Program begins on a student’s first day at the Mount and continues through graduation. In addition to a faculty advisor, students are also assigned professional advisors to help navigate opportunities including top internships, study abroad programs, and national conferences and fellowships.

Center for Undergraduate Research

Through the Center for Undergraduate Research, students produce original work to present at national and international conferences. Research experience allows students to develop a range of skills, encourages them to develop an expertise in an area of study, and prepares them for graduate studies and future employment.

Study Abroad

The Mount provides students the opportunity to study abroad in more than a dozen countries, including England, France, Greece, Italy, Peru, Spain, Turkey, and Vietnam. Students live and learn internationally to enhance their development as global citizens through a variety of semester-long and short-term programs. Studying abroad allows students to enrich their academic studies, expand their perspectives, gain valuable work skills, and build intercultural competence.


Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band  
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band  
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles  
Musical theater  
Pep band  
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station X

First Year Experience (FYE)

Paired with a faculty advisor, freshmen enjoy an introduction to college life through FYE, the Mount’s freshman seminar course. FYE introduces first-year students to college life, academic expectations, and support systems. Students are encouraged to immerse themselves in clubs, organizations, and other events through student activities. They also coordinate a service project to help the community beyond the Mount’s walls.

Mount Mentors

The College connects accomplished industry leaders with academically outstanding students through the Mount Mentors program. Providing students the opportunity to refine their professional skills and valuable networking resources, the program helps develop lasting relationships and emphasizes the transferability of skills outside the classroom.

Fishlinger Center for Public Policy Research

The Fishlinger Center for Public Policy Research conducts comprehensive studies analyzing public opinion on key policy concerns through independent and objective research conducted by students, faculty, and other members of the academic community. Students participate in the formulation of independent public opinion research and data analysis. The Fishlinger Center illustrates and enhances the relationship between the work of the College and the common good.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 37 172 139 50 0 0 0 398

Numerous programs and activities promote student learning, encourage a sense of community, and provide opportunities for personal development at the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

Guests at the Mount

The College often hosts lectures, conferences, and other cultural events. City culture is integrated into life on campus. Manhattan attracts writers, business leaders, politicians, artists, and musicians from all over the world, and many of them visit the Mount. In recent years, a range of influential industry leaders have spoken on campus, including Frank Bruni, Author and Op-Ed Columnist for The New York Times; Gabriela Isler, former Miss Universe; Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States; and Benigno Aquino, former President of the Philippines.

The College’s ParaMount Perspectives Speaker Series invites various artists, business executives, doctors, scientific researchers, and other prominent leaders bring their experience directly into the Mount’s classrooms, allowing students to expand their industry knowledge and career insights.

Each semester, various academic departments host panels and roundtable discussions, as well as film and speaker series. Recent presentations include a screening of Mount sociology professors’ award-winning documentary, Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll; “Forgive But Never Forget: Justice, Reconciliation, and the Holocaust,” a presentation featuring two Holocaust survivors, as well as an Emmy Award-winning Irish filmmaker who has made films about the survivor’s experiences; and a forum commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution, featuring the photography exhibit Revolution Revisited by Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Kim Komenich.

The College hosts the annual Margaret F. Grace Lecture, a panel presentation that explores social justice, themes inherent to the spirit and tradition of Vincent de Paul and Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Student Activities

Mount students immerse themselves into a diverse and supportive community that changes the way they think and helps them realize what matters most. The Office of Student Activities, Leadership, and Commuter Life plans numerous extracurricular events, trips, and activities—plus, their programming makes tickets to events like Broadway shows, games, and concerts available at discounted rates. Student Activities offers more than 35 different clubs and organizations, covering interests such as community service, journalism, acting, creative writing, dance, art, cultural awareness, sports management, athletics, film and TV production, history, business, finance, and environmentalism, among many others.

In addition to the Mount’s various clubs and organizations, students are encouraged the join the Student Government Association (SGA). SGA is a body of full-time undergraduate and graduate students who work together and become involved in the governance of the College.

Outside the Classroom

The College encourages students to explore their passions in and outside the classroom.

The Department of Accounting, Business, and Economics frequently hosts visits to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, where student speak to market analysts and specialists until the ending bell.

Visual arts students complete outdoor photography tours throughout Manhattan, and biology students conduct ecological studies in the Hudson River and Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

The Arts

Professors encourage and host trips to galleries, scholarly collections, and museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The College partners with Blue Door Art Center in Yonkers, N.Y., which features exhibitions curated by Mount student and faculty.

Cahill Theater, the College’s black box theater, hosts the Mount’s in-residence dance and theater companies: BalaSole and Red Monkey Theater Group. These groups perform throughout the year free of charge to Mount students.

The Office of Student Activities, Leadership, and Commuter Life hosts concerts annually during Springfest—an outdoor festival held on campus at the end of the Spring semester with games, rides, and a BBQ. The Mount has welcomed performances from Gym Class Heroes, Trey Songz, Waka Flocka, and DJ 3LAU.


Many Mount clubs support an array of community service initiatives, including A Moment of Magic Foundation and Be You Stay True. A Moment of Magic Foundation is a student-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that invites volunteers to dress as popular characters and visit children in need—in hospitals, schools, camps, and social services agencies—throughout New York and beyond, and Be You Stay True hosts a free annual basketball camp each summer, as well as numerous skills competitions throughout the year in partnership with the Jr. NBA.

Mount students’ commitment to service is impressive—they volunteer over 10,000 hours annually. The Mount partners with local service agencies and supports some of the most disadvantaged populations across New York City. Groups of students also travel across the United States, as well as internationally, to give back to those in need through Mission and Ministry trips.

Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates

Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students  
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

Mount Pathways

Mount Pathways give promising students the opportunity to maximize their potential through different programs. The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) allows eligible New York State residents the chance to pursue higher education, despite academic vulnerabilities and limited financial resources. The TRIO Student Support Services program assists first-generation college students, those from low-income households, and/or students with disabilities in the transition to an academic setting. The Mount Access Program (MAP) is designed for students who demonstrate the capacity and motivation to succeed in college, but whose test scores and high school records are below normal admission requirements. MAP facilitates a student’s shift to college-level study, providing an established support network. Numerous additional resources enable students of all backgrounds to succeed, including the Academic Resource Center, which provides students with tutoring, study groups, and educational workshops.

Programs of Distinction

The Mount prepares each student for success, and provides additional challenges and growth opportunities through its Programs of Distinction. The Honors Program allows students interested in enriching their academic experience the opportunity to excel through a unique approach to the Mount’s core curriculum. Interdisciplinary classes are designed for students to develop advanced academic skills, and professors encourage contemplation of moral and ethical approaches to knowledge. The Seton Service and Leadership Program encourages students to serve together and participate in frequent spiritual and faith-based reflections. The Seton Service and Leadership Program also offers scholarships to students with high academic profiles and outstanding community service and leadership skills.


Thousands of internship possibilities await in NYC. The Mount’s location ensures students have ready access to internship opportunities at top business, entertainment companies, health care facilities, government agencies, and more.

The College’s proximity to Manhattan connects the classroom to the world. Students have access to thousands of research and internship opportunities at top organizations. Students can complete an internship for academic credit any time after their freshman year. Recent internships sites include: American Express, Bronx District Attorney’s Office, Brooklyn Cyclones, Cosmopolitan magazine, ESPN, Goldman Sachs, Lord and Taylor, New-York Historical Society, New York Mets, New York Stock Exchange, Office of the New York State Attorney General, Pfizer, Rachael Ray Show; Rolling Stone magazine; and the United Nations.

Nursing students complete clinical placements, externships, and preceptorships at many of New York’s most renowned hospitals, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian University Hospitals of Columbia and Cornell, and Montefiore Medical Center.

Job Placements

More than 17,000 students have graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Mount alumnae/i go on to study at the finest graduate and professional schools in the nation. They become leaders in education, business, social justice, government, and in the global community. Recent job placements include: Adidas, Aeropostale, BNY Mellon, Harlem Children’s Zone, Laboratory Corporation of America, Microsoft, Montefiore Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, the National Park Service, Neuhaus Chocolates, New York City Department of Education, NYPD, St. Francis Hospital, the United Nations, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Notable Alumnae/i

  • Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, 11th president (and first female president) of the Philippines
  • Rosemary T. Berkery, Vice Chairman, UBS Wealth Management Americas, former Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., and former General Counsel of BAC Canada Finance Company and Merrill Lynch International & Co
  • Noreen Culhane, former Executive Vice President, NYSE Euronext Inc.
  • Virginia LiVolsi, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Quality Improvement, Anatomic Pathology and as Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Julianne Imperato-McGinley, Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism and Associate Dean for Translational Research and Education at the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and principal Investigator of the Clinical and Translational Science Center
  • Bernard McGuirk, executive producer of Imus in the Morning
  • Miriam Naveira, first and only female Chief Justice on Supreme Court of Puerto Rico
  • Endy Rodriguez, Emmy Award-winning executive producer at WNJU Telemundo 47
  • Maria Vullo, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services
  • Desus Nice, co-host of Viceland’s Desus & Mero talk show



2,667 Total Applicants
2,471 Total Admissions
436 Total Freshmen Enrollment

92.65% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling admission? Yes

Priority date: Mar 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Character/personal qualities

Standardized test scores
Application Essay
Extracurricular activities

Class rank
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
State residency
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 400 490
SAT Math 380 490
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 17 22
ACT Math 16 22
ACT English 16 22
ACT Writing    




Tuition $35,620
Room and Board (on campus) $9,500
Estimated Total On Campus $45,120


Merit scholarships, need-based scholarships, and financial aid programs make the College of Mount Saint Vincent a realistic option for qualified students. All students should apply for financial aid and applicable scholarships, including:

  • Mount Saint Vincent scholarships and need-based financial aid
  • Federal Aid in the form of grants, loans, and work-study
  • New York State Aid in the form of grants, loans, and HEOP for eligible students


The College offers a variety of scholarships and awards. Students must be full-time and maintain the GPA stipulated by the particular award for yearly renewal, and students who fail to meet the academic requirements for scholarship renewal will have their eligibility for financial aid considered on an individual basis. Scholarships include: Corazon C. Aquino Scholarship, Dean’s Merit Scholarship, Fonthill Writing Award, International Student Merit Scholarship, Mary Ambrose Dunphy, S.C. Scholarship, Seton Service and Leadership Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, Transfer Merit Scholarship, and the Virginia Warder Jackle Scholarship, among many other endowed scholarships.