A comprehensive Catholic University located just minutes from Washington, D.C., Marymount University is an independent co-educational institution serving approximately 3,400 students from 43 states and 66 countries. Founded in 1950 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) and guided by the order’s traditions, Marymount embraces Common Ground principles emphasizing intellectual curiosity, service to others and a global perspective. A Marymount education is grounded in the liberal arts with solid, relevant career preparation, personal and professional growth, and leadership development. A student‐centered learning community that values diversity and focuses on the education of the whole person, Marymount guides the intellectual, ethical and spiritual development of each individual.
Marymount offers undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and certificates through four schools: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education and Human Services and the Malek School of Health Professions. A close-knit campus community, Marymount is known for its small classes and robust faculty engagement with a 13:1 student-teacher ratio. A Marymount education places a premium on critical thinking, creativity and undergraduate student research through the DISCOVER Program.
Marymount’s wide range of majors offers undergraduate degree options for today’s exciting, essential and emerging professions – from criminal justice to business administration; from human resources to biology; from nursing and healthcare systems management to cybersecurity; from interior design to communications; along with highly sought-after pre-professional tracks such as pre-law, pre-med and pre-physical therapy.
Cutting-edge graduate programs are designed to expand knowledge and advance careers, with flexible course schedules for working professionals. Faculty offer collaborative research opportunities and professional connections. Online and blended course delivery are available for several high profile graduate degrees such as the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.
Diversity and a Global Perspective
Ranked #1 for ethnic diversity among colleges and universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report, Marymount fosters a welcoming culture of acceptance and nurtures opportunities to understand differing backgrounds and beliefs. International students comprise 12% of the student body. With both short-term and semester academic programs through the University’s Center for Global Education, a Marymount student has the opportunity to study or intern in almost any corner of the world.
Located in a quiet suburban neighborhood of Arlington, Va., directly across the Potomac River from D.C., Marymount is just a few Metro stops away from world-class cultural events, entertainment, museums and monuments, and amid the racing pulse of America’s hub of politics and governance.
All undergraduates complete an internship or field experience, drawing upon the resources of the nation’s capital to provide an enriched learning experience. MU faculty, accomplished professionals in their disciplines, have strong alliances with renowned institutions, such as The White House, Washington Redskins, Smithsonian Institute, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts, the FBI, World Bank, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Gallery of Art.
Marymount Saints compete in NCAA Division III in the Capital Athletic Conference. Marymount fields men’s and women’s teams in basketball, soccer, lacrosse, swimming, volleyball, golf and cross country, as well as men’s baseball. Marymount was the first university in the U.S. to form an NCAA varsity triathlon team.
Giving Back to the Community
A strong spirit of services exists within the Marymount community. This commitment to helping others is evident in many ways, from the campus-wide Volunteer Service Day that launches each academic year to the service focus of the curriculum, campus clubs and athletic teams. Marymount students annually provide more than 16,000 hours of service to the local and global communities.