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About MSMC

Mount St. Mary's College is an independent, Catholic, liberal arts college providing a values-based undergraduate education for women — as well as innovative programs for professional men and women, and robust graduate degree programs — on two historic campuses in Los Angeles. 

The Mount is the only Catholic college primarily for women in the Western United States. It is also nationally recognized for its academic programs, its culturally diverse student body, and its focus on preparing the next generation of citizen leaders.

Founded in 1925 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the College operates from two campuses: Chalon (high above West Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains), and Doheny, a verdant, park-like setting centered around the historic Doheny Mansion, just south of Downtown.

Chalon is home to the College’s traditional baccalaureate degree programs, while Doheny serves as home to the Mount’s graduate degree programs, associate in arts programs, education credential program, and Weekend College, a baccalaureate program for working individuals.

Mount St. Mary’s College is well known for placing strong emphasis on social and ethical values consistent with the Catholic view of compassionate community involvement. This mission extends beyond our Southern California home to the world as a whole.

The diversity of our student body and faculty is widely acknowledged and celebrated, fusing a wide range of religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

International students provide a welcome complement to our family, and are actively encouraged to consider attendance at the Mount just for this reason. Diversity enhances our students’ preparation for leadership, no matter what their course of study or country of origin.

Mount St. Mary’s College is the top-ranked private institution where the world comes to study and achieve. Why not you?