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Mount St. Mary's College at a Glance

  • Established in 1925, Mount St. Mary's College is nationally recognized for its academic programs and its focus on preparing the next generation of citizen leaders.
  • A full 68 percent of traditional baccalaureate graduates from Mount St. Mary's College go on to earn advanced degrees, either at the Mount or at other leading colleges and universities across the country.
  • Starting with the inaugural Class of 1929, the Mount has awarded more than 18,000 degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • 30 MSMC students have been awarded the prestigious Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color - more than any other college in the entire nation.
  • In 2013, MSMC was selected, for the sixth year in a row, as a grant recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). To date, 45 Mount nursing students have been supported by the grant funds.
  • Each year, the College releases a new version of its groundbreaking Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™, to shine a light on the 19 million women and girls that call California home.
  • Mount St. Mary’s College was been awarded a two-year $100,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to bring a more international focus to studies across eight majors. The project “Women in China: Internationalizing the Humanities and Professional Studies” launched in July 2012 to integrate international cultures into undergraduate and graduate coursework. A key component of the grant includes a series of six public, scholarly lectures exploring Chinese history, poetry, art and literature.
  • Mount St. Mary’s College is part of The Women in Public Service Project, along with Scripps College, Mills College, Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and Wellesley College. The project, part of the Wilson Center, will identify and educate a new generation of women committed to public service on a global level.
  • Mount St. Mary’s College has been awarded a five-year, $6-million dollar Title III federal grant to enhance curricula and support for Hispanic, female and low-income students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM disciplines.
  • In the last few years, Mount students from the College's Pre-Law program have been named Best Attorney twice and Best Witness twice at the Great Western Regional competition for the American Mock Trial Association.
  • The first baccalaureate of science in nursing program in California was established at Mount St. Mary's College, graduating its first class in 1952. Today, the College offers associate, bachelor's, master's, and certificate programs in nursing.
  • Mount students in the Student Ambassador Program promote college attendance by mentoring thousands of teenagers attending Los Angeles public and private high schools.
  • The College's film, media and communication program offers a B.A. in Film, as well as a B.S. in Film, Media and Social Justice. The Mount also offers an MFA in Film & Television. And the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount St. Mary's College enables faculty and students to create new research, educational and advocacy programs that shine a light on the portrayal of women and girls in media.
  • Nearly two-thirds of MSMC students participate in community service across the state of California.
  • The Mount's Chalon Campus is located just above the Getty Center in the hills of Brentwood and is home to the College's traditional undergraduate program.
  • The College's downtown Doheny Campus features the historic Doheny Mansion, part of a century-old estate once owned by L.A. oil baron Edward L. Doheny. This campus is home to the College's associate of arts program as well as its co-ed Weekend College, graduate, and certificate programs.
  • The Mount is the only Catholic college primarily for women in the western United States, although both its graduate and weekend baccalaureate programs for adults are co-ed.