Mount St. Mary's University

2014 Quick Stats
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road

Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Phone: (301) 447-6122
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Mar. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#20 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Mount St. Mary's University is a private institution that was founded in 1808. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,842, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,400 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Mount St. Mary's University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 20. Its tuition and fees are $34,644 (2013-14).

Mount St. Mary’s University is a Catholic school in Emmitsburg, Md., where about 70 percent of students are Catholic. All undergraduates complete the Veritas Program, a group of core courses that give students a broad knowledge of Catholic liberal arts, theology, ethics, math, and more. For any students who know they will attend graduate or law school after leaving Mount St. Mary’s, the university offers a Three Year Degree option that helps them graduate early.

The university’s Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) coordinates programs, research projects, and courses that can help students build leadership skills and grapple with problems facing society. For other ways to get involved on campus, students can choose from about 70 clubs and organizations. In sports, the Mount St. Mary’s athletic squads, known simply as The Mount, compete in the NCAA Division I Northeast Conference (NEC). Notable alumni of Mount St. Mary’s University include Susan O’Malley, former president of the Washington Wizards team and the first female president of an NBA franchise, and Scott Wilfong, president and CEO of SunTrust Bank.

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

Mount St. Mary's is a Catholic university committed to education in the service of truth, seeking to cultivate a community of learners formed by faith, engaged in discovery, and empowered for leadership in the Church, the professions, and the world. Mount St. Mary's is dedicated to liberal learning in the pursuit of truth. Mindful of its role in the Church's mission to the world and respectful of the religious liberty of all, the Mount affirms the values and beliefs central to the Catholic vision of the person and society, and seeks to deepen understanding of faith and its practice in just and compassionate engagement with the world. Mount St. Mary's strives to graduate men and women who cultivate a mature spiritual life, who live by high intellectual and moral standards, who respect the dignity of other persons, who see and seek to resolve the problems facing humanity, and who commit themselves to live as responsible citizens. Mount St. Mary's is the second oldest Catholic university in the United States, located on 1,400 acres near historic Emmitsburg, Maryland. The Mount offers more than 60 academic majors, minors and concentrations complementing the University's distinctive Veritas common curriculum and innovative Leadership Institute, offering educational programs, scholarly research, and experiential programs designed to connect theoretical leadership principles to engagement with the world. The Mount's energetic and motivated students participate in more than 70 clubs and honor societies (many of them nationally-recognized) as well as 16 competitive varsity sports at the NCAA Division I level. Graduate programs are offered in Business, Education, Health Administration, Philosophy, Theology, and Divinity. Accelerated undergraduate programs in business and criminal justice are offered at the Mount's Frederick Campus.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1808
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $41,472,918


When applying to Mount St. Mary's University, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Mount St. Mary's University is $45. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 55.5 percent and an early acceptance rate of 64.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 55.5%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Mount St. Mary's University is 14:1, and the school has 40 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Mount St. Mary's University include: Business/Commerce, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Criminology; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 62%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business/Commerce, General 22%
Elementary Education and Teaching 10%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 9%
Criminology 8%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7%

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Student Life

Mount St. Mary's University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,842, with a gender distribution of 45.6 percent male students and 54.4 percent female students. At this school, 82 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 18 percent of students live off campus. Mount St. Mary's University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,350
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 I

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Campus Info & Services

Mount St. Mary's University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Mount St. Mary's 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 Mount St. Mary's University, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Mount St. Mary's University.

Students who have cars on campus 65%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Mount St. Mary's University, 71.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,245.

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Tuition and fees $34,644 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,514 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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