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MSMU at a Glance

In 2020, MONEY Magazine named Mount Saint Mary's University No. 3 of "Most Transformative Colleges" nationwide.

A full 68 percent of traditional baccalaureate graduates from Mount Saint Mary’s University 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.

Thirty-two Mount Saint Mary's 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, the Mount 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, 57 Mount nursing students have been supported by the grant funds.

Every year since 2012, the Mount has released the groundbreaking Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™, to shine a light on the 18.7 million women and girls that call California home. In 2015, Mount Saint Mary's is partnering with the City of Los Angeles to publish new research reports on the status of women and girls in the Mount's home city.

Mount Saint Mary’s University has 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 2012-2014, helping 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 Saint Mary’s University 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, identifies and educates a new generation of women committed to public service on a global level.

Mount Saint Mary’s University 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.

From 2012-2014, 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 Saint Mary’s University, graduating its first class in 1952. Today, the University offers associate, bachelor's, master's, and certificate programs in nursing.

Mount students in the Student Ambassador Program promote college attendance by mentoring hundreds of teenagers attending Los Angeles public and private high schools.

The University offers a hands-on film, media and communications program and hosts an annual Human Rights Film Festival. In 2014, the Mount added its two newest grad programs: an MFA in Film & Television, and an MFA in Creative Writing.

Nearly two-thirds of Mount Saint Mary's students participate in community service across 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 University'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 Mount's associate of arts program, as well as its co-ed Weekend College, graduate, and certificate programs.

The Mount is the only Catholic university primarily for women in the western United States; both our graduate and weekend baccalaureate programs for adults are co-ed.