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A memorable university experience involves more than merely what you learn in the classroom; it’s also comprised of the people you meet, the places you hang out, and the memories you make in the city while seeking higher knowledge. Regional Universities offer a full range of undergrad programs and some master’s programs but few doctoral programs.
20. Mount St. Mary’s University
Mount St. Mary’s University is a private institution that was founded in 1808. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,741, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,400 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $36,021 (2014-15).
Mount St. Mary’s University is a Catholic school in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where about 70 percent of students are Catholic. All undergraduates complete the Veritas Program, a group of core courses that give students a broad knowledge of liberal arts, Catholic theology, ethics, math and more. For students who want to graduate early, the university offers a three-year degree option.
The university’s Institute for Leadership coordinates programs, research projects and courses that can help students build leadership skills and grapple with problems facing society. For other ways to get involved on campus, students can choose from about 70 clubs and organizations.
In sports, the Mount St. Mary’s athletic squads, known simply as The Mount, compete in the NCAA Division I Northeast Conference. Notable alumni of Mount St. Mary’s University include Susan O’Malley, former president of the Washington Wizards team and the first female president of an NBA franchise, and Scott Wilfong, a SunTrust Bank executive.
The student-faculty ratio at Mount St. Mary’s University is 13:1, and the school has 46.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Mount St. Mary’s University include: Business/Commerce, General; Criminology; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; and Accounting.
The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80 percent.
Mount St. Mary’s University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,741, with a gender distribution of 44.6 percent male students and 55.4 percent female students. At this school, 82 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 18 percent of students live off campus.
Mount St. Mary’s University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
Mount St. Mary’s University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance.
Mount St. Mary’s University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc).
Of the students at Mount St. Mary’s University, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Mount St. Mary’s University.
At Mount St. Mary’s University, 70 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,998.