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Quick Facts

Mount St. Mary's University is a dynamic, Catholic, liberal arts university with over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students. As a Catholic university, Mount St. Mary’s graduates ethical leaders who are inspired by a passion for learning and lead lives of significance in service to God and others.

Established in 1808, the Mount is a private, coed, nonprofit university located in Emmitsburg, Maryland, on a beautiful 1,400 acre, mountain campus.

Undergraduate Student Body

Our undergraduate student body consists of students from 44 states and 37 international countries. Our incoming first-year students' high school average GPA is 3.47 and their average SAT is 1080.

50% female
50% male



61% Catholic students
(The Mount welcomes all faiths.)



33% NCAA Division I student-athletes



100% of graduates are employed or in grad school within one year


41% students of color



68% of undergraduate students live on campus



60% of students have cars on campus



76% of students completed an internship before graduation




Mount St. Mary's University holds insitutional, state and specialized accreditation from several accrediting bodies. Learn more.

Prepared 100% Of the graduates from the Class of 2019 are employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation (based on a 78% knowledge rate).
Great Investment Top 10% The Mount is in the top 10% of colleges and universities nationwide in terms of the long-term earnings for a four-year college degree.
Financial Aid $34,811 Average scholarship and grant aid for the Class of 2024.


Majors offered 49
Minors offered 35
Student-faculty ratio 12:01
Classes with fewer than 20 students 52%
Full-time faculty 114
Faculty who hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field 85%

Mount St. Mary's University enrolls more than 2,000 full-time students in five academic divisions on two campuses in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and Frederick, Maryland. The Mount has 1,898 traditional undergraduate students and 383 graduate students.

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Peace Plaza at Mount St. Mary's University

About Our Schools and Divisions

Mount St. Mary's University offers over 80 majors, minors, and special programs in four undergraduate schools and more than 20 graduate and adult undergraduate programs.

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Professor in the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business at Mount St. Mary's University

The Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business

The Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business has an impeccable reputation for producing successful business leaders. Doctoral-level and professionally experienced faculty teach in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

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Outdoor class at the Mount

College of Liberal Arts

With the most departments, faculty and programs, the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) is the largest college within Mount St. Mary’s University. Many of the core curriculum courses are rooted in the liberal arts, which celebrate the pursuit of knowledge, culture and leadership.

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Teacher in a classroom

School of Education

Rigorous programs and close interaction with acclaimed faculty in the School of Education ensure that graduates leave the Mount ready to make a difference in a rapidly changing educational environment.

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Professor and student at the Mount in a greenhouse

School of Natural Science and Mathematics

As the demand for skilled professionals in the STEM fields continues to grow, the School of Natural Science and Mathematics (SNSM) at the Mount is where you’ll find some of the most advanced scientific research imaginable.

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Graduate professor at Mount St. Mary's University's Frederick campus

Division of Continuing Studies

The Division of Continuing Studies operates to assist those of you who want to earn an undergrad or graduate degree, but may not have the time to be a full-time student.

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Undergraduate Student Cost and Financial Aid

Typical First-Year Student at a Glance

  • Total Tuition, Room, Board, Fees = $60,190
  • Average Scholarship & Grant Aid = (-$34,811)
  • Average True Cost of Attendance = $25,379
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Campus Life

Learn more about how Mount students get involved in more than 70 student-run clubs, organizations, causes and traditions and several experiential leadership programs.

National Rankings

U.S. News & World Report - Best Regional University Rankings (2021)

us news best logoU.S. News & World Report has released its Best Regional Universities rankings for 2021, placing Mount St. Mary’s University third among Maryland’s 10 ranked public and private regional universities, and No. 38 out of nearly 200 institutions in the North region. The university also earned spots on the U.S. News regional lists for Best Value Colleges, Best Colleges for Veterans and Top Performers on Social Mobility.

A First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 Colleges – Mount in Top 10%

Mount St. Mary’s University ranks in the top 10 percent of colleges and universities nationwide in terms of the long-term earnings for a four-year college degree, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW). After 40 years Mount graduates have earned $1,056,000 in net economic gains, ranking 405th of 4,529 colleges and universities in the study.

The National Catholic Register

The National Catholic Register selected Mount St. Mary's University to be featured in its Catholic Identity College Guide 2019. The Guide describes MSMU as "joyfully Catholic" - and basing its findings on essential elements of the renewal of Catholic identity called for by Pope John Paul II's 1990 apostolic constitution on higher education, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, (Out of the Heart of the Church), and other relevant Church documents.

Money - Best Colleges for Your Money (2019)

MONEY analyzed graduation rates, tuition charges, family borrowing, and alumni earnings (plus 22 other data points) to find the country’s top values. Based on this research Money has placed the Mount in its 2019 Best Colleges for Your Money rankings.

Zippia - Best College for Employment in Each State (2018-19)

zippia logoUsing the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Zippia searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated. Then, they looked at the ratings themselves and ranked each state’s top school according to their rating. The Mount is No. 1 in Maryland and No. 21 out of the 50 states.

Forbes - Grateful Grads Index (2017)

Mount St. Mary's University has made the Forbes Grateful Graduates Index list for 2017. This metric ranks private not-for-profit colleges with more than 1,000 students by analyzing two important variables: median private donations and gifts per student over 10 years, as reported to the Department of Education; and the Alumni Participation Rate, or the percentage of graduates that give back in the form of donations to their colleges each year-- regardless of the dollar amount.

Chronicle of Higher Education - Great Colleges to Work For (2017)

chronicle great colleges work for logoThe annual Great Colleges to Work For survey was administered March 14 through April 15, 2017, and compiled by ModernThink LLC for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Mount St. Mary's was named to this list in the category of Tenure Clarity & Process (faculty only/4-year only).

College Consensus

top-colleges-consensus-ranked-150.141.pngCollege Consensus has applied its unique ranking to the 50 Consensus Best Regional Universities-North, and the Mount is on this list. This aggregate ranking gives students a more holistic picture of what the people in the know actually think about the colleges and universities in the north. The ranking is made from a combination of rankings from influential publications like U.S. News & World Report, Wallethub, and Forbes, as well as student reviews from legitimate sites like Niche and Cappex.

Learn how to Become

The Mount ranked in the top 5 of Learn How To Become's Best 4-year Colleges in Maryland for 2017-18. Schools who excel in the things that matter most to students, such as affordable tuition, better financial aid opportunities, and a low student-to-teacher ratio top the charts in this ranking.

What Will They Learn

What Will They Learn: Mount graded as a B. The core curriculum is a cornerstone of the Mount experience. All students complete a four-year integrated sequence of courses designed both to convey a common intellectual experience and to provide the intensive training in critical skills needed for success in college and in the workplace. Be sure to compare us to other schools in your search!