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Mount St. Mary’s University
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Mount St. Mary’s University

Emmitsburg, Maryland

Why the Mount?


The Mount is Catholic in a contemporary way. In and out of the classroom, students learn to be individuals prepared to lead the global community. The new Veritas Program, along with more than 40 majors, minors, concentrations and special programs, encourage students to discover the qualities about themselves and about the world that will allow them to lead fulfilling lives.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,795 undergraduate students
94% of undergrad students are full time
46% male — 54% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
137 full-time faculty
1 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Nearly 90 percent of students live on campus in traditional residence halls, suite-style housing, apartments or in living learning communities.

School Location

Emmitsburg, MD

Retention Fall 2015

75% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

69% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Black or African American 12%
White 68%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


Division 1. 16 Varsity sports teams:
Men: Baseball, Basketball, Cross-Country, Lacrosse, Tennis, Track & Field (Indoor/Outdoor)
Women: Basketball, Cross-Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor)

Colors: blue and white

Other Information

Mount St. Mary’s University is a 4-year, liberal arts institution founded in 1808.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Elementary Education, Elem. & Special Education, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts – Art, Art Educ., Music, Theater, Foreign Languages, Gender Studies, History, Information Systems, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Studies, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Non Western Studies, Nursing, Occupational or Physical Therapy, Philosophy, Political Science, Pre-Law Program, Pre-Med Studies, Psychology, Secondary Education, Sociology, Sport Management, Theology

More Distinctions

  • What Will They Learn? website ranks the Mount’s core curriculum. The core curriculum is the cornerstone of a Mount education and its most distinctive feature. All students complete a four-year integrated sequence of courses designed both to convey a common intellectual experience and to provide the intensive training in critical skills needed for success in college and in the workplace.

A Mount education happens both in and out of the classroom.

Study Abroad

The Mount sponsors semester-long study abroad programs in Ireland, London, Ecuador, Florence, and Prague. Options for short term sessions include China, Cameroon and Russia. There are aslo summer programs available in locations like Costa Rica, Spain, France and Austria.

Social Justice

The Office of Social Justice at Mount St. Mary’s University gives students a chance to put social justice education into action. By participating in local, domestic, and international service experiences, students become agents of positive social change.

Service Learning

Service Learning integrates experiences outside the classroom with an academic curriculum taught within the classroom. Service Learning is offered two ways: as a requirement for a particular course, or as an optional fourth credit. The fourth credit is awarded to students who complete a service-learning project in addition to regular coursework.

The Mount believes great teaching involves a personal interaction between student and professor. With a 14:1 student-faculty ratio and an average class size of 21, students actively engage with faculty in the classroom. Faculty also serve as advisors, meeting with and providing advice to students about their plans (or confusion) about the future.

The Veritas Program

The Veritas program provides all students with a Catholic liberal arts experience. Faculty challenge students to reflect on ideas and perspectives in courses that are integrated throughout a student’s four years at the Mount. The new Leadership Institute helps students discover their own leadership skills, preparing them for life after the Mount.

Engaging with Faculty

Independent study, honors and research programs give students other opportunities to work closely with faculty. Students present their work at the annual Scholarship, Performance, Arts, Research, & Creativity (SPARC) Festival as a way of making public their engaged work. And, of course, students in programs such as Education and Business have the opportunity to engage in extensive internships to better understand the relation between their classroom experience and the professional world. Students who come to the Mount know that they will be engaged by great teachers throughout their four year college career.

Mount students often say there isn’t enough time to experience all the extracurricular activities offered on and around campus. Between outdoor adventure programs, Division I athletics, intramurals and club sports, Campus Ministry, or one of the other 80+ organizations on campus, there are endless opportunities to get involved. The most successful activities and events at the Mount are all student led.

Life Outside the Classroom

Typical on-campus events include comedians, hypnotists, movie premieres, bands, and late night dance parties in 1808, the state of the art nightclub. Along with these weekend events, the Office of Campus Activities plans some of Mount St. Mary’s students’ favorite traditions, like the annual crab feast, Christmas dance, homecoming, and spring blow out day.


Athletics play a big part in the Mount community, both at the varsity and intramural levels. Mount St. Mary’s has 19 Division I sports teams to cheer for and has won at least one conference championship for the last five years. Participants in the intramural program range from seasoned-athletes to novice players looking for fun.  Mount St. Mary’s offers a range of different intramural leagues (men’s, women’s and co-rec) and levels of competition (competitive and recreational), so everyone is sure to find an opportunity that suits them best.


The Mount’s outdoor adventures program – CRUX – empowers students to discover more about themselves and each other through hiking, climbing, caving and rafting trips. World class whitewater, pristine wilderness, meandering streams, breathtaking vistas, expansive trail networks and magnificent cliffs are all nearby ready for students to enjoy and appreciate.

Campus Ministry

The Center for Campus Ministry is one of the largest student life groups with over 28 clubs and organizations and over 60 student leaders. Rooted in Catholic identity and embracing students of all faiths and Christian denominations, Campus Ministry encourages the integration of faith, vocation and leadership in the lives of all students.

Mount graduates are leaders in virtually every facet of American life from politics to sports, business to medicine. And Mount graduates are in high demand – 96 % of the class of 2010 were employed or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation. But this number doesn’t reveal the quality of the Mount experience.


The Mount offers internships in every field of study – providing students with valuable experience and marketable skills. The Mount in Washington program is a special opportunity that allows students to spend a semester in Washington DC in a credit based internship. Through the program, students builds critical thinking, problem solving, oral and written presentation and interview skills that will ensure their success in the future.

Fast Facts

  • Teacher education candidates who go to local county schools are appreciated for the breadth of their understanding, their ability to write well, and their abilities to think critically.
  • The FBI comes to Mount St. Mary’s to actively recruit, and in the most recent year selected 22 students to come work for them.
  • Accounting majors are typically hired by the end of the first semester of their senior year at the Mount, since accounting firms know the quality of the Mount accounting program.
  • Students in science disciplines go to graduate school or are hired as researchers because they have been well-trained through one-on-one work with excellent scientists.
  • Students who major in liberal arts disciplines are praised for their writing, speaking, and problem solving abilities.
  • The Mount’s Career Center holds numerous job fairs, resume writing and interview workshops, helping students make the transition from student to employee.


Admissions Fall 2015

6,113 Total Applicants 
4,105 Total Admissions 
506 Total Freshman Enrollment

67.15% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 460 570
SAT Math 450 560
SAT Writing 450 560
ACT Composite 18 24
ACT Math 17 24
ACT English 17 24
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $36,250
Fees $1,250
Total $37,500
Room and Board (on campus) $12,400
Room Only $6,070
Board Only $6,330
Estimated Total On Campus $49,900


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
69% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$20,753 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$9,410 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates