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Undergrad Profile

“I love being at Marymount. I love that there is a high ratio of women like myself here, excited about a career in the sciences and mathematics,” declares Kristin Gogal, a biology major with a secondary teaching licensure track. Winning a full-ride scholarship, studying abroad, peer tutoring, bioethics club president, study group leader—Kristin has jumped in with both feet to make the most of her Marymount educational experience. 

An independent, coeducational Catholic university, Marymount is a thriving, welcoming, close-knit community with a student-faculty ratio average of 12:1. “The smaller educational environment, being able to get to know my professors as mentors, and to interact more with classmates in group settings—it’s all so beneficial.” Kristin explains. “Being at Marymount has definitely enhanced my career preparation in so many ways not possible at a larger school.”

Location, location, location
Located in a quiet suburban neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia, Marymount is mere minutes from the nation’s capital. Students are just a few Metro stops away from world-class cultural events, entertainment, museums and monuments, the historic Georgetown district, festivals, and the racing pulse of America’s hub of politics and governance. Concerts, lectures, theater productions, dances, and annual events like International Week on campus fill up the academic calendar.

With students from nearly every U.S. state and 66 countries, Marymount is a college community recognized for its ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity—one that cultivates a culture of acceptance and nurtures opportunities to understand differing backgrounds and beliefs, while developing a global perspective.

Student aid
Marymount’s robust financial aid offerings and solid career preparation make it a smart investment for your future. More than 90% of Marymount students receive some type of aid to make an extraordinary private college education attainable.

An example is Kristin’s full scholarship. Marymount is one of only 13 designated institutions nationally in the Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship Program, the single most significant private financial support for women in mathematics and science.“The oldest of six children, I wasn’t sure my career goals in science were even possible until I won this award to attend Marymount. I was thrilled when the door opened wide with opportunities,” Kristin adds.

Giving back
During orientation, the Campus Ministry Association (CMA) introduces freshmen to community service at Volunteer Service Day. CMA also sponsors special events, like the Special Olympics Basketball Tournament and Alternative Spring Break service trips.

Marymount health profession students partner with the community to provide health care services to the disadvantaged in the area. Volunteering is a focus across the curriculum, campus clubs, and athletic teams through service-learning projects in the Arlington community and abroad.

Check out the exceptional possibilities available to you at Marymount University!

A Marymount education combines a strong liberal arts foundation with solid, relevant career preparation. Marymount’s wide range of majors offers degree options for today’s exciting, essential, and emerging professions—from criminal justice to business administration, from fashion merchandising to interior design, from art to biology, from nursing and health care management to cybersecurity in information technology. With digital security breaches routinely in the headlines, Marymount stands out for staying ahead of the curve with degree programs and certification for cybersecurity professionals. A designated Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the Department of Homeland Security and the NSA, Marymount offers the NSF Cybercorps Scholarship for Service. Other highly sought-after pre-professional tracks like pre-law, pre-med, and pre-physical therapy are also available in Marymount’s diverse undergraduate course offerings.

Match your passion with the perfect educational path for your goals at Marymount.

Career preview
All Marymount undergraduates complete an internship or research experience related to their major—with the advantage of one-of-a-kind networking opportunities available only in a global city like D.C. Popular internship sites have included Congressional offices and the White House, the National Science Foundation, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington Redskins, the FBI, National Geographic Society, and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Marymount places a premium on critical thinking, creativity, and undergraduate student research through the DISCOVER Program. Imagine studying chimpanzees with post-traumatic stress disorder in Kenya, analyzing Web hacking behavior in D.C., or changing daily habits in Peru to eradicate a common health hazard. Marymount students have been there, done that. “My DISCOVER program grant built my confidence in my research skills as I studied sea turtle embryology. I also studied in Belize, where we tagged a hawksbill sea turtle in the study of migratory patterns and are still tracking data in the lab.”

A study abroad experience will put you on the world’s doorstep—teaching hands-on science methods in India or taking art classes in Florence, Italy. As a Marymount student, you will have the opportunity to study or intern in almost any corner of the world. What better way to expand your knowledge and understanding of today’s global society and workplace?

Student life
Whatever your interests and passions, pursue them on campus through athletics, student government, publications, outings, and more than 40 clubs.

Marymount Saints—NCAA Division III, Capital Athletic Conference—field teams in baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, and volleyball. Marymount was the first university in the country to field a varsity triathlon team (currently governed by the USA Triathlon Organization with efforts underway to add the sport to the NCAA Emerging Sport for Women list).

Campus visits
Visit us! Join us for a Campus Visit Day or schedule an overnight visit and sit in on a class. Explore this student-centered learning community that values service, global perspectives, intellectual curiosity, and the education of the whole person. We can’t wait to meet you.

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Marymount at a Glance
A comprehensive Catholic university of 3,441 undergraduate and graduate students

Campus Location:
Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.

Most Popular Programs:
Business Administration, Biology, Nursing, Information Technology, and Psychology

Student Life:
Campus activities include concerts, lectures, theater productions, dances, and annual events like Springfest, International Week, Homecoming, and Family Weekend.

Voted second for ethnic diversity in the South by U.S.News & World Report

Faculty: 158 full-time faculty; 84% with the highest degree in their field

Annual Costs 2015–2016:
Tuition and fees: $28,310; room and board: $12,220 based on double occupancy

Scholarships and Financial Assistance:
94% of first-time undergraduate students receive financial aid.