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Mount Aloysius College

Cresson, Pennsylvania

Established in 1853, Mount Aloysius is a liberal arts and science-based institution with a commitment to career-directed study. Rooted in Catholic tradition, Mount Aloysius is one of the nation’s 18 Mercy sponsored colleges. MAC began as an Academy and has evolved into a comprehensive college which provides undergraduate and graduate education.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,477 undergraduate students
79% of undergrad students are full time
30% male 70% female
92% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
72 full-time faculty
131 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
63% of first year students live on campus
43% of all students live on campus

School Location

Mount Aloysius College’s 193 acre campus is located in the mountains of Cresson, Pennsylvania. The closest town is Altoona, which is ten miles away. The college is on a mountaintop adjacent to US Highway 22.

High-Impact Practices

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

Retention Fall 2015

80% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Black or African American 3%
White 78%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 0%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 16%


The Mounties varsity sports teams compete in the NCAA Division III in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Our 14 athletic programs include women’s basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball, along with men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and tennis.

Other Information

Mount Aloysius College (MAC) is a liberal arts and sciences based institution committed to career directed study.

The spirit of service is alive at Mount Aloysius. Not only have students supported the community by donating and collecting money, but they have also shared their time and talents to the world…

Many student organizations use the Mercy heritage as a steppingstone to helping others. In the past, students have traveled to Honduras to build an orphanage and volunteered at a school for deaf children in Jamaica. Along with faculty and staff, MAC students have also made annual trips to Camp Coast Care in Mississippi to help rebuild the gulf coast after hurricane Katrina.

Students have collected food donations for regional food banks, involved themselves in Earth Day, practiced the UN Day of Peace, and contributed to Coaches vs. Cancer. The Mountie athletic teams have volunteered at a local soup kitchen, worked with Project Bundle Up to get winter coats for children in need, and have gone above and beyond at many different Salvation Army kettle locations during the holidays.

Activities Offered

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Drama/theater x
International Student Organization x
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At Mount Aloysius, students enjoy the company of a nationally known, experienced faculty. With most professors holding terminal or doctorate degrees, faculty bring to the classroom both academic and real-world experience…

Market Driven, Career Focused

Mount Aloysius College continually researches employment trends and market demands, adding or changing programs to address the world’s emerging needs.

A Well-Established Foundation

MAC’s core curriculum helps students become analytical and reflective. Students learn to approach their work within the context of the larger world beyond MAC’s borders. Considerable emphasis is placed on writing. It’s a “classic” college curriculum, reinvented for today’s career-centric students.

Honors Program

An even higher level of intellectual inquiry awaits within the MAC Honors Program. Throughout honors students’ four years, they get to interact with professors and other peers to hone their skills in critical thinking, persuasive writing, and group leadership.

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 18 42 38 3 0 0 0 101


Recreational opportunities include cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and intramural sports. On campus, a traditional, multi-day competition called the “Mini-Olympics” involves seasoned athletes and bookworms alike.

Catering to the Arts

The Vox Nova Choral Ensemble, comprised of non-music majors, is renowned for its Baroque and Renaissance selections. Under the direction of Nancy Rosenteel Way, Vox Nova made a live recording at the invitation of Pittsburgh radio station WQED, which aired the performance.

Safe Campus, Centrally Located

MAC’s secure campus is in a safe community with one of the lowest crime rates in the country. Off campus, students can also access Altoona, Johnstown, Pittsburgh, and Washington D.C. Altoona is only 15 minutes away, while DC is 2 ½ hours away.


Coed dorms x
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms x
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Apartments for single students x
Special housing for disabled students x
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97 percent of Mount Aloysius graduates report having jobs within six months of graduating and, in some fields, the placement rate has been 100 percent…

Continuing Lives of Learning

Many Mount Aloysius alumni have continued their educations at such graduate or law schools as: Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Bucknell University, Catholic University, Dickinson School of Law, Drexel University, Duquesne School of Law, Georgetown University, Notre Dame University, Princeton University, Temple University, The University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Cooley School of Law, Villanova University, and Xavier University.


MAC student interns build practical experience in a wide range of professional settings. Some have served as clinical interns in a physical therapy practice, while others have been assistants to the Watershed Manager in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. For those that are more competitive, Mount Aloysius offers students the opportunity to compete for highly coveted internship positions. The College has had a pre-med student attend a 10-week internship with the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative at McGowan Institute for Regenerative medicine.

Career Services

The practical career assistance at Mount Aloysius prepares students for real-world careers in their fields of study. MAC goes beyond the classroom to help students gain practical experience. The career services department offers resume-building assistance, mock interview opportunities, career workshops, job fairs, and referrals to prospective employers.


Admissions Fall 2015

1,246 Total Applicants
829 Total Admissions
278 Total Freshmen Enrollment

66.53% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

Admissions Factors

Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Volunteer work

Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 425 525
SAT Math 425 525
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 18 20
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    

How to Apply

For freshman applications, Mount Aloysius needs to receive:

  • Application for admission and $30 fee.
  • Official high school transcript or GED diploma.
  • SAT or ACT College Board scores if you have been out of school less than five years. (The ACT is offered monthly at Mount Aloysius College.)

International Students: Submit an SAT or ACT score and an official copy of your high school or college transcript(s). A TOEFL score or IELTS test score is required as part of the application for an individual whose native language is other than English. TOEFL must be 173 (Computer Based) or 61 (Internet Based).  IELTS must be above a 6.5.


Net Price Calculator:


Tuition $19,790
Fees $1,000
Total $20,790
Room and Board (on campus) $9,186
Room Only $4,620
Board Only $4,566
Estimated Total On Campus $29,976


Average Financial Aid Packages 15-16

$15,500 First year students
$14,500 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 15-16

40% on average, the percentage of need that was met
0% of financial need students that had need fully met

$4,600 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,000 Average need-based loan

Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities

More than 400 financial awards are given each fall. They range in size from $1,000 to $12,000 a year, and are renewable for up to four years. The College offers more than $2 million each year in scholarships and more than 50 endowed scholarships, including:

  • Biology Fellowships
  • Commuter Student Grant
  • English Fellowships
  • Heritage Scholarships
  • History/Political Science Fellowships
  • International Student Grants
  • Residential Student Grant
  • Service Grants
  • Out of State Grants
  • Theatre Scholarships
  • Vox Nova (Choir) Scholarships

Mercy Presidential Scholarships- 
The most prestigious Mount Aloysius Scholarship, it is rewarded based on commitment to home, school, and community and academic achievement.

Mount Aloysius College Academic Scholarships-
 this is offered to all students based on academic criteria.

To be considered for financial aid at Mount Aloysius College, you must be sure to complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible after January first of each year. The FAFSA code is 003302.