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Fast Facts

Established in 1925, Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) is nationally recognized for its academic programs and its focus on preparing the next generation of citizen leaders. The traditional baccalaureate program is offered at the Chalon Campus in west Los Angeles. Associate, weekend, accelerated and graduate programs are offered at the Doheny Campus near downtown Los Angeles.


MSMU is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The following special commissions and boards have accredited specific programs at MSMU: the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Please visit our Accreditation page for more information.


3,291 students across two campuses, including: 

  Full Time  Part Time1
Undergraduate 2,061 555
Graduate 501 174
Total 2,562 729

Enrollment Status 78% full-time

Student Demographics1

Asian/Pacific Islander 14%
Black 7%
Hispanic 60%
White 11%
Other/Multi-Racial 8%

90% female, 10% male


126 full-time and 395 part-time members2 Undergraduate student-faculty ratio is 11:13 Average undergraduate class size: 14.6 Undergraduate classes < 20: 71%4

Popular Majors

In the traditional Associate and Baccalaureate areas: Nursing, Pre-Nursing, Sociology, Psychology, Business, Biology, Pre-Health and Liberal Arts.

Weekend and Evening College: Business, Social Work, Liberal Arts, Film, Sociology and Applied Psychology.

Graduate: Psychology, Education, Physical Therapy, Business and Humanities.

MSMU Online: Pre-Health, Business and Criminology.

Student Satisfaction

Over 95% of seniors feel that MSMU contributed to their problem-solving and critical thinking skills, ability to work as part of a team, and knowledge of a particular discipline. Over 90% would recommend MSMU to others.5


Retention Rate (Fall 2016 to Fall 2017) 77%

6-year Graduation Rate 66%6

Degrees Awarded (2016-2017) 7
Associate 176
Baccalaureate 622
Masters 201
Doctoral 30

Recent alumni have earned graduate degrees at institutions such as: USC, MSMU, Loyola Marymount, Cal State LA/Northridge, Azusa Pacific, Cal Tech, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Harvard, Howard, NYU, UCLA, Pepperdine, Brandeis, Columbia and Georgetown.


Technical Notes and Data Sources
1 Enrollment Snapshot, Fall 2017.
2 Common Data Set 2016-2017, I-1.
3 Common Data Set 2017-2017, I-2.
4 Common Data Set 2017-2018, I-3.
5 MSMU 2015 College Senior Survey.
6 IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey, Winter 2016.
7 IPEDS Completions Survey, Fall 2017.

For more information please visit the Office of Institutional Research & Planning.