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Mount St. Joseph University

Cincinnati, Ohio

One of the most important things about going to college is being open. Open to possibilities and creativity. Open to opportunity and experiences. Mount St. Joseph University is the ideal environment for such a receptive frame of mind because it offers an atmosphere of guided and unguided discovery; students are encouraged to explore and encounter—widely and deeply—by design and by chance. What’s the result? Each student’s own personal definition of success along with the skills to achieve it.


The Mount offers more than 40 undergraduate degree programs as well as graduate programs in business, education, health sciences, and religious studies (as well as doctoral degrees in physical therapy and nursing). A variety of career development options and a supportive environment enable students to thrive as they define their impact on the world. Students at the Mount are immersed in their education as they build the skill set of the future: critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, digital literacy, and entrepreneurship.


Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic academic community grounded in the spiritual values and vision of its founders, the Sisters of Charity. The University educates its students through interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curricula, emphasizing values, integrity, and social responsibility. All members of the Mount community embrace a set of common principles, including respect and a concern for all persons as well as an appreciation for diverse cultures and beliefs. The result is an institution in which empathy is an integral part of education.

Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
1,207 undergraduate students
83% of undergrad students are full time
48% male — 52% female
20% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
93 full-time faculty
122 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
56% of first year students live on campus
27% of all students live on campus

School Location

Mount St. Joseph University is nestled atop one of Cincinnati’s iconic seven hills, just 15 minutes from downtown. Cincinnati, Ohio, a vibrant Midwest city of nearly 300,000, is home to professional sports teams, iconic music, art and cultural venues, renowned hospitals, and leading Fortune 500 companies. Adventures await at Music Hall, Newport on the Levee, the Cincinnati Reds/Bengals, Fountain Square, Sawyer Point, the Banks entertainment district, and the Smale Riverfront Park on the Ohio River. Cincinnati continues to be in the top rankings for “best city for new grads” as well as “top cities to watch in 2017.”

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


73% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)


52% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 0%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Black or African American 11%
White 79%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 0%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3%


Mount St. Joseph University offers 24 men’s/women’s sports teams including soccer, football, lacrosse, basketball, and volleyball. There’s even a place for golfers, wrestlers, and distance runners, too. Go Lions!

At the Mount, nimble minds and strong bodies are not mutually exclusive. That’s why, in addition to being a NCAA Division III powerhouse in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC), the University’s student-athletes regularly earn all-academic honors at the conference, district, and national levels. It’s also why so many standout athletes are outstanding campus leaders.

Other Information

The Sisters of Charity founded the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1920, making it the first Catholic college for women in Southwest Ohio. When it opened later that same year, there were just 20 students. The Mount formally became coeducational in 1986 and transitioned to university status in 2014. Mount St. Joseph University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Today, Mount St. Joseph University has more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate programs with the largest enrollment increase include business/management, marketing, financial economics, and psychology. Growth in graduate programs is strongest in the 4+1 MBA program and in the Master’s of Athletic Training (MAT) program.

More Distinctions

  • Mount St. Joseph University has consistently been recognized in several important categories of higher education, including being selected for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

  • Most recently, the Mount was named as one of ten universities in the U.S. for Excellence in Assessment. This award distinguishes the Mount’s commitment to the comprehensive assessment of student learning outcomes as a means to drive internal improvement and advance student success.

Worldwide Engagement

Independent study, faculty-lead research projects, participation in national conferences, and an Honors Program are a few of the most popular options students choose to tailor their liberal arts education at the Mount. Study abroad programs and cultural trips transport students near and far in their learning, including immersion with the Cherokee people of North Carolina as well as formalized course work through Richmond—the American International University—in London, England.

Students at the Mount can also choose common learning experiences through faculty-led trips. Each August, a group of students join Dr. Jim Bodle and Dr. Elizabeth  Barkley on a trip to New York City to learn about the role that non-government organizations play in helping the United Nations achieve its Sustainable Development Goals by the year 2030.

Multicultural Perspectives

Mount St. Joseph University also hosts several events to broaden students’ cultural perspectives and awareness. For example, as part of the Sacred Arts Tour 2016, Tibetan monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery created a Sacred Sand Mandala in the Mount’s Studio San Giuseppe art gallery, exposing students to gorgeous and meaningful art they may not have otherwise experienced elsewhere.

Activities Offered

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

Hands-On Faculty

Faculty and staff at Mount St. Joseph University take each student’s education seriously from start to finish and well beyond graduation. From the class-wide interdisciplinary studies foundation during freshman year to the culminating capstone projects in their senior year, Mount students are challenged and supported in every one of their educational choices.

When they are not in the classroom, Mount faculty might be found on a site visit at a cooperative education location, providing a letter of reference for a student’s graduate school admission application, or in the lab completing a research project with a group of students.

Academic Excellence

Each of the more than 40 undergraduate degree programs are designed to be relevant to today’s world while also challenging students to develop and demonstrate their academic proficiencies and their professional skills. To ensure success, students at the Mount can work one-on-one with tutors in the Learning Center, take placement tests, and learn invaluable study skills. The Learning Center also features a writing center as well as a math and science center.

As Mount students progress through their degree programs, guidance is as close as the experienced team of advisors and counselors in the AARC (Academic Advising Resource Center). One of the many specialized services in the AARC is the University Studies Program, which is designed for students who are exploring and selecting their major during their first year.

Upcoming Programs

Mount St. Joseph University has received provisional approval to begin a Physician Assistant (PA) program. The Mount is the only university in the Greater Cincinnati area to offer a PA program, with its first class of students to begin course work in January 2018. The accreditation-provisional status is granted by the Accreditation Review Commission on the Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) for a new PA program that will soon enroll students.

Common Core

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


Other: Religion, Justice, and the Common Good

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 80 121 76 30 1 1 0 309

Student Activities

The choices for co-curricular learning are just as varied as the Mount’s broad selection of academic opportunities! Students are fully engaged with cooperative education, service learning, leadership programs, internships, performing arts, fraternities, and student government.

The Mount is a place for students to indulge their interests and discover new ones. Dozens of campus clubs, groups, organizations, and teams give everyone a chance to get involved in new hobbies, awesome events, and amazing activities. Choices include ethnic and political groups, Greek life, academic and service clubs, jazz ensemble, intramural sports, and so much more. Movie nights, Springfest, and theatre performances are all on campus, the bringing together audiences of friends both old and new.

Outstanding Facilities

Mount St. Joseph University’s 92-acre campus is home to an active and close-knit community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni. With everything from microbiology labs and upgraded residential suites to a multi-purpose sports complex and Starbucks (©) in the library, there’s lots to uncover and discover. It’s not easy to find a college campus so complete or so completely convenient.

Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates

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

Standout Statistics

The many success stories of the Mount’s students and alumni are a testament to the power of a liberal arts education. In 2016, 93.7 percent of Mount graduates surveyed reported working or attending graduate school within six months of graduation. Four of the five schools at Mount St. Joseph University reported employment rates of 92 percent or higher.

These outcomes may be important, but equally valued is the quality of student engagement as part of a Mount education. For the 2015 National Survey for Student Engagement (NSSE), Mount seniors ranked “experiences with faculty” and “the campus environment” significantly higher than other survey participants of private schools in the Great Lakes region.

Talent Opportunity Program

The Mount’s commitment to preparing students is also evident in its unique Talent Opportunity Program, known as TOP. The program, designed to work with every degree program, emphasizes professional development and incentivizes students to engage in specific learning experiences that prepare them for the global marketplace. For example, the bronze level of the program requires students to take the Foundations of Professionalism Course, participate in at least one leadership development opportunity or course, and attend a minimum of three TOP events, such as the Etiquette and Networking Dinner. At the end of the 2016 academic year, 100 percent of gold-level TOP students had secured full-time employment or graduate school admission upon earning their undergraduate degree at Mount St. Joseph University.



1,029 Total Applicants
906 Total Admissions
249 Total Freshmen Enrollment

88.05% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 18
Priority date: Mar 3

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Extracurricular activities
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Class rank
Application Essay
Character/personal qualities

Freshmen Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 440 560
SAT Math 450 580
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 19 24
ACT Math 17 24
ACT English 17 24
ACT Writing    




Tuition $28,100
Fees $1,000
Total $29,100
Room and Board (on campus) $9,266
Estimated Total On Campus $38,366


Average Financial Aid Packages 2016-2017 estimated

$20,897 First year students
$15,762 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2016-2017 estimated

72% on average, the percentage of need that was met
16% of financial need students that had need fully met

$15,762 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$3,775 Average need-based loan

Financial Aid Information

Getting a private education is the right decision for many students, but it can also be a significant investment. Luckily, Mount St. Joseph University offers a number of valuable resources to make its financial aid application process easier. Its staff is dedicated to ensuring that students understand all their financing options, including scholarships, grants, and loans. In addition to on-campus employment options and the Federal Work Study Program, students can also defray their education costs by applying for the Education at Work Program, a nonprofit organization that exclusively employs college students on campus.

When it comes to financial aid packages, the Mount consistently goes the extra mile to ensure that students are offered competitive scholarships, ranging from $6,500 to $15,500. In fact, the average scholarship/grant package offered to incoming freshmen exceeds $17,000.