Marymount University

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2807 N. Glebe Road

Arlington, VA 22207

Phone: (703) 522-5600
2013-2014 Tuition
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#46 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Marymount University is a private institution that was founded in 1950. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,470, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 21 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Marymount University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 46. Its tuition and fees are $26,430 (2013-14).

Marymount University is a private, Catholic school located in Arlington Va., about five miles from Washington, D.C. Undergraduates at Marymount can choose from more than 25 areas of study, and master’s students can choose from more than 25 programs as well, including those in the health field. Marymount offers a First-Year Experience program for freshmen students in their first semester. Freshmen enroll in a themed course with other first year students to learn how to think critically, ask questions, and transition from high school to college-level studies.

Outside the classroom, students can get involved in more than 30 clubs, student government, or The Banner student newspaper. Many Marymount students like to show their school spirit by cheering with the Blue Crew at athletic events and participating in the Campus Wars, at which students living on the north and south sides of campus and commuters compete in games to raise money for charity. Marymount students can also find much to do in the nation’s capital, which is just five stops away from campus on the Metro public transportation system. Student athletes can play for the more than 10 Marymount Saints athletic teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III Capital Athletic Conference.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

A comprehensive Catholic university located just minutes from Washington, DC, Marymount serves approximately 3,700 students from more than 40 states and 60 countries. The University draws upon the resources of the nation's capital to provide unique learning experiences that enhance personal and professional growth. The close-knit academic community, with small classes and professors who take a personal interest in student success, provides a culture of engagement that fosters intellectual curiosity, service to others, and a global perspective. Marymount offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs through four schools: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education and Human Services, and the Malek School of Health Professions. The University's undergraduate programs combine a strong liberal arts foundation with solid career preparation. All undergraduates complete an internship in their field. Cutting-edge graduate programs are designed to expand knowledge and advance careers. Full- and part-time graduate study options are available, with evening and Saturday classes offering convenience for the working professional. The University's DISCOVER program encourages and supports inquiry learning through original research and creative projects. Discover 101, a required first-year course, introduces new students to the excitement of inquiry learning with wide-ranging topics. DISCOVER also coordinates the annual Student Research Conference, covers student travel to conferences, and funds the Summer Research Program for students and their faculty mentors. Marymount's selective Honors Program draws on all facets of the curriculum to offer highly motivated students extra opportunities for academic enrichment. Program benefits include substantial scholarship support, one-on-one faculty mentoring, and special seminar and field-trip opportunities. Marymount's location adjacent to Washington, DC, enhances the learning environment. Distinguished speakers of national and international stature are frequent visitors to campus. Faculty incorporate DC resources into the curriculum, so that students learn to take advantage of all that the city offers, including unique internship sites like Capitol Hill, the National Institutes of Health, the Smithsonian museums, and international businesses. Gaining a global perspective is increasingly important, and Marymount's Center for Global Education provides the chance to live, study, and intern in virtually any corner of the world. Students are exposed to global perspectives on campus, as well; international students make up about 10% of the student body. As a Catholic university, Marymount is a community where people of all faiths and cultures are welcome, and the diverse student body results in a wide array of perspectives that enrich the learning experience. The University's vibrant campus offers something for everyone: athletics, student government, Campus Ministry, volunteer service programs, and more than 35 clubs address varied interests and provide opportunities for involvement and leadership. An NCAA Division III institution, Marymount fields men's and women's basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, triathlon, and volleyball, plus men's golf. Men's baseball starts in spring 2014.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1950
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $22,956,872


When applying to Marymount University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Marymount University is $40. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 80.3 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 80.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Marymount University is 13:1, and the school has 49.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Marymount University include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; Interior Design; Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 37%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 31%
Business Administration and Management, General 16%
Interior Design 6%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 6%
Psychology, General 6%

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Student Life

Marymount University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,470, with a gender distribution of 30 percent male students and 70 percent female students. At this school, 34 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 66 percent of students live off campus. Marymount University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,702
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Marymount University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Marymount University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Marymount University, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Marymount University.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Marymount University, 64.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,663.

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Tuition and fees $26,430 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,550 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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