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Welcome to Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, one of California’s top private colleges. Since 1925, the Mount has been known for delivering a quality education to generations of young women seeking to attend nursing school or gain a degree in education.

Today, Mount St. Mary’s College is much more than nursing and education degrees, however; we offer a wide range of undergraduate degrees, including political science, biology and a respected film program – all right in the heart of Los Angeles. We now admit men to our music and nursing programs.

The Mount specializes in “experiential education” – where students from all walks of life come together to work collaboratively with one another and a dedicated faculty on projects both inside and out of the classroom. Our student body and educators alike believe in the mission of helping others, so many of our internships and programs are designed to give back to our community – on a local as well as global level.

Mount St. Mary’s College welcomes your interest and application. As one of California’s top private colleges, we know you will find your future with us.

Can I apply for admission to Mount St. Mary’s College?

Mount St. Mary’s College welcomes all qualified applicants. All our bachelor degree programs are open to women; men are welcome to apply to our nursing and music programs. Our application deadline for the fall semester is February 15.

We have two campuses: Chalon, high in the hills above West Los Angeles; and Doheny, in the heart of historic Los Angeles near downtown.

Chalon is home to our Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of science degree programs.

Doheny is home to our associate degree program, which confers Associate of Arts or specialized Associate degrees in professional programs. Students who enroll in our associate degree program are offered, upon successful completion of their program, the opportunity to transfer to the baccalaureate program (where students earn Bachelor degrees).

How do I apply for a waiver to my application fee?

High school students may apply for a fee waiver; all other applicants must pay the $50 application fee. To apply for a fee waiver, click here to download the Fee Waiver Application form and complete the top portion. Note that your counselor or teacher must sign the bottom of the form to be considered.

What documents are required for my application?

To successfully apply for admission to Mount St. Mary’s College, you will need to provide the following to us:

  1. Your completed and signed application
  2. Your application fee of $50
  3. Your application essay
  4. Your official high school transcript, sent from your high school
  5. Official SAT (Reasoning Test) OR ACT(American College Test) Score Report and ACT Writing Score 

    Required of all first-year applicants and transfer students with fewer than 24 transferable semester hours. Students enrolled in secondary schools outside the U.S. must submit test scores. Depending on fluency, these students may also be required to submit a TOEFL score. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for resident students and international students who have 24 or more transferable semester hours.

    The Mount St. Mary's College school code for the SAT is 4493, and the school code for the ACT is 0338.

  6. Your Academic Reference form
  7. Optional: your admissions interview with Mount St. Mary’s College admission counselors
  8. Optional: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

    Required of international students for whom English is a second language. Score reports should be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Also required: bank statement; official copies of school-leaving examinations; official SAT results; and the International Supplements.

    The Mount St. Mary's College school code for the TOEFL is 4493. This requirement may be waived if the SAT Critical Reading score is 600 or higher.

    Passing TOEFL scores

    • 530 Paper based test
    • 213 Computer based test
    • 75 Internet based test

You may also include a personal statement describing an applicable special situation that you feel the Admission team should know.

Send everything to Admissions Office, Mount St. Mary’s College, 12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049.

I’ve applied – what happens next?

Congratulations on applying to one of California’s top private colleges!

The Mount’s Admission Committee will carefully review and discuss your application. You will be notified of the Committee’s decision by postal mail and through your personal account at the Mount’s website.

If you are admitted, the following events will take place:

  • Your request for financial aid will be forwarded to our Office of Student Financing for action
  • You will be required to submit a tuition deposit. The deadline is May 1 for the fall semester (or within two weeks of the receipt of the financial aid package, whichever is later). For Spring semester, the deadline is early December. Tuition deposits are not refundable.

If you are not admitted, the following options may be available to you:

  • In some cases, the Admissions Committee feels a student requires further preparation. In this event, you may be admitted under the Alternative Access Program or the Doheny Associate of Arts Degree Program.
  • In some cases, the student may be admitted on a conditional basis. This typically includes a requirement that you meet specific conditions set forth in your letter of admission.
  • In some cases, the student is not admitted and we recommend attendance at another educational institution before re-applying to the Mount.
What is the Early Action Program?

Interested in applying early to Mount St. Mary’s College? If you’re planning on attending our Chalon campus as part of our baccalaureate program, simply apply by December 1 and you will receive your admission decision in January. If you are admitted, you have until May 1 to accept the Mount’s offer of admission.

I would like to apply for financial aid – what are my next steps?

Simply click here to visit the Mount’s Office of Student Financing.


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