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Quick Facts About MSMU

The best version of yourself isn’t someone you’ll bump into one day on your way to class. Truth is, your best self has always been a part of you. Sometimes, it just takes a little help to bring it out into the world.

At Mount St. Mary’s, we don’t expect you to become someone new, but to strengthen the person you already are by growing your heart and mind. Around here, realizing your potential is the most important lesson we teach—because the foundation of a better world is a better you.

So while other colleges and universities may offer to help you “find yourself,” we’ll help you find your more.

About MSMU

Private, coed college (nonprofit)
Established in 1808
Located in Emmitsburg, Maryland – 1,400 acres, mountain, rural
Roman Catholic religious affiliation


Academic calendar – by semesters
Accredited by:

• Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
• National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
• International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)

Total enrollment – 2,186

Student Body

2,012 Total FTE enrollment
1,582 Traditional undergraduate students
341 Graduate students (without Seminary)

Undergraduate Student Body

• 45% male
• 55% female
Student-faculty ratio – 12:1
Classes with fewer than 20 students – 52%
30 majors offered
38 minors offered
114 full-time faculty
90% of faculty hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field
80% Undergraduates living on campus
From 37 states and 9 foreign countries (based on survey data)
60% of students have cars on main campus
31% Minority students
70% Catholic students (the Mount welcomes all faiths)
20% NCAA division I student-athletes
65% Employment rate of graduates (based on survey data)
Average high school GPA – 3.42 (first-year class)
Average high school SAT – 1059 (first-year class)

Costs and Financial Aid

Tuition – $37,700
Fees – $1,300
Room – $6,280 ($6,990 for apt./suite, $7,250 cottages)
Board – $6,330
*All amounts quoted for the 2016-17 academic year

2015-16 University endowment – $52,332,540
Students who were awarded academic merit aid – 91%
Students who applied for need-based financial aid – 80%
Students who received need-based financial aid – 71%
Students who received need-based scholarship or grant aid – 70%
Average need-based scholarship or grant award – $22,003
Percent of full-time undergraduate students receiving financial aid – 99%
Average financial aid package – $26,454
*Financial aid data is based on undergraduate traditional students.
*Figures based on institutional data for fall 2016.


Fall 2016 acceptance rate – 62%
Application deadline – rolling
Application fee – $45