Marymount California University
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Marymount California University is a private Catholic university in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, a quiet, affluent Los Angeles suburb. Established by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary in 1932, Marymount started as a liberal arts college for women, becoming the first Catholic junior college in California. The school evolved into a co-educational institution and received accreditation first as a two-year program and later as a four-year university offering undergraduate and graduate programs.
MCU offers bachelor’s degrees in accounting, biology, business, criminal justice, digital communication media, management, marketing, multidisciplinary studies, and psychology as well as a master’s degree in business administration (MBA), which students can complete in just one extra year of study.
Students thrive in small, interactive classes guided by engaged faculty who challenge them to explore, create, and imagine—a foundational experience that inspires their own personal and professional development. What has emerged as a defining ethos for Marymount is a belief that small means more here, embodied by the supportive, attentive, and community-minded way people approach their work and interactions with students, families, and each other.
Marymount California University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
Get to know Marymount California University
Marymount California offers students unique opportunities to apply their knowledge in practical settings. Students can choose from the following options based on their academic needs and goals:
- Practicum 296: Provides the opportunity for students to enhance their classroom experience by devoting additional time in assisting other students. Students can serve as a teaching assistant or perform service with a community organization that is relevant to the course content in which students are currently enrolled.
- Practicum 396-496: This practicum allows students to commit to an organization for definite hours during the semester. This practicum option integrates classroom and professional learning experiences while providing opportunities for students to experience self-directed learning, produce reflective documents, and engage in transformative learning outside the classroom while taking traditional courses.
- Practicum 596: Students can participate in an on-campus or off-campus practice-based experience.
Highly motivated students should participate in Maymount’s Honors Program. Those who seek a greater challenge are encouraged to take classes in a variety of disciplines. These courses build upon the existing rigor of Marymount’s liberal arts education by integrating a stimulating blend of participation, discussion, reading, research, and presentation. Marymount fosters a community of intellectual inquiry by hosting multiple academic honor societies.
Marymount hosts the Alpha Omega Kappa chapter of the national Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honors society, providing opportunities for service, leadership, and recognition. PTK membership requires a GPA of 3.3 or higher in college-level classes. Marymount also hosts a chapter of the national upper-division honor society Delta Epsilon Sigma (DES). Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national scholastic honor society for students, faculty and alumni of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition. It was founded in 1939 to recognize academic accomplishments, to foster scholarly activities, and to encourage a sense of intellectual community among its members.
An independent study course answers the need for individual research and expression in special areas of interest that are not included in the regular course offerings. It provides training for lifelong learning by providing experience in selecting a study project, mastering the necessary library and research techniques for assembling data, and devising suitable means of evaluation. In independent study, the student has the responsibility for planning, implementing, and presenting the project, where applicable. The faculty sponsor approves the project, meets with the student several times in the term, and evaluates the final results.
Studying abroad is a unique opportunity for students to gain new perspectives on international politics, economic and social issues, interpersonal and intercultural relationships, and career choices. Marymount’s study abroad and faculty-led study travel programs encourage students to develop their global awareness while also exploring their intellectual curiosities. Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad and faculty-led study travel programs in many academic fields in almost every part of the world. Some programs offered require no previous foreign language study. Students studying abroad through Marymount-approved programs are enrolled in a full course of study at the host institution but receive Marymount credit. Financial Aid is applicable, and additional scholarships are available.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 44 | 10-19: 128 | 20-29: 166
30-39: 74 | 40-49: 4 | 50-99: 0 | 100+: 1
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 14%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 16%
White, non-Hispanic: 30%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 3%
FOUR-YEAR BACHELOR’S GUARANTEE
With the right resources and support, all students can finish in four years. Marymount guarantees it. Marymount offers a simple five-step plan to help students stay on track:
- Declare a major freshman year
- Work with an advisor to create and follow a degree plan
- Enroll in eight fall and spring terms
- Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA
- Complete 30 units per year
Real-world learning is an integral part of an MCU education. This essential component of the MCU approach ensures that students get exposure, experience and comfort with real world work environments, interactions and expectations. Thus, the university offers a broad range of out-of-class opportunities, such as on-campus practicums, off-campus internships, study abroad terms, student life events, and academic societies through which students can invite guest speakers and plan career exploration activities.
Courses within each major incorporate real-world projects, all of which vary from year to year to keep the programs current and relevant. Students may use industry software in a Statistics class, work with Census data in an economics class, enter a business plan competition in their entrepreneurship class, design a website or marketing materials for a client organization, work with children or the elderly at a local non-profit, document a community issue, develop and conduct a consumer survey, evaluate a carbon offset initiative, or participate in cutting-edge diabetes research.
BA IN MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
Students who have more nuanced interests are encouraged to explore the Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies. This degree program allows students to combine two fields of interest to craft a wholly unique degree plan. After the successful completion of core liberal arts courses, students choose two concentrations to deepen their expertise. Whether it’s a combination of business and psychology for a successful career in marketing or pairing arts and computer science to create a custom video game, the possibilities are endless. Advisors are always ready to help students tailor their perfect degree plan to align with their goals.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Teacher certification program
Anchored by the core principles of Marymount’s founders, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, the community makes a concerted effort to reflect the call to “respond to the needs of our time and to work with others in action for evangelical justice.” Each year, Marymount students, faculty, and staff perform hours of service in the greater Los Angeles community in order to help others while applying what they learn to the classroom curriculum.
The Marymount Service-Learning Program acts as a resource that assists faculty in integrating mission-related service projects into the classroom curriculum. This creates dynamic classroom communities focused on helping students apply 5 of the core educational concepts to the real world in a meaningful way that benefits everyone involved.
Marymount living means resort-style villas instead of dusty dorms. These fully furnished, two-story townhomes come with a variety of upscale amenities that prioritize comfort and safety, including a heated pool, sand volleyball court, fitness center, free WiFi and DirecTV, onsite dining options, laundry facilities, and a 24/7 patrol. The Villas offer a close-knit community where students can meet new friends, study together, socialize, and just kick back.
Marymount now offers specially themed living-learning communities. These residential communities offer a built-in support group that shares similar goals and interests. Research shows that students who participate perform better academically, are more engaged, and have a better college experience. Students can choose from the following LLCs:
- Athletic Leadership
Located just outside of Los Angeles, Marymount allows students to take full advantage of the Southern California lifestyle. Whether it’s spending a day at the beach, exploring famous works of art at the Getty Center, catching a Dodgers game, or even road tripping to Coachella, there are many opportunities to soak up the local culture. Marymount’s proximity to LA’s bustling downtown also creates unique professional opportunities for students as well. SpaceX, DreamWorks Animation, Port of Los Angeles, The Grammys, and the Boys & Girls Club of the Los Angeles Harbor are just a few of Marymount’s neighbors that have welcomed bright and eager students.
Marymount is home to the Mariners. The school offers 16 intercollegiate programs that compete within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). MCU is also a member of the California Pacific Conference (CAL-PAC) and the Golden State Athletic Conference.
Men’s Varsity Sports: Baseball, Golf, Soccer, Cross Country, Track & Field, Tennis
Women’s Varsity Sports: Softball, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Soccer, Golf, Cross Country, Track & Field, Tennis
CoEd Sports: eSports, Surf
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 55%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for students with disabilities
INTERNSHIP & SENIOR CAPSTONE
Students with senior standing can combine their Capstone Project with an Internship component. This option is designed to allow seniors to connect with an organization/company to apply for the Capstone Project as well as commit to working at the organization. The experience is closely guided by a faculty mentor and leads to the completion of a portfolio and presentation. A satisfactory evaluation from an on-site supervisor will also be required. This combination includes research, analysis, and reflection on a topic chosen in partnership with the faculty advisor and division chair and completed under the guidance of a faculty mentor with regularly scheduled meetings with the on-site supervisor.
Rigor of secondary school record | Academic GPA
Class rank | Standardized test scores | Application Essay | Recommendation(s)
Interview | Extracurricular activities | Character/personal qualities
First generation | Alumni/ae relation | Geographical residence
Volunteer work | Work experience | Level of applicant’s interest
25th Percentile: 1000 | 75th Percentile: 1188
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 493 | 75th Percentile: 608
25th Percentile: 490 | 75th Percentile: 580
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 28
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 30
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 26
Tuition & Cost