Marymount California University

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Marymount California University

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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Why Marymount California University?

Because you’re ready for real learningOur classes are alive with hands-on homework, projects for real clients, and speakers from the professional world.

Because you want a satisfying career. Connect with your major through internships that expand your skill set, industry experts who give you insider access, and service projects with local agencies.

Because small means more. More time for questions in class, more face time with professors, more focus on your talents. Don’t be surprised whenan instructor says, “You’re really good at this,” or, “Why don’t you go for this big internship?”

Because you want to finish in four yearsYou won’t get the state school runaround when trying to enroll in classes. And you won’t get lost in the shuffle. If you do your part, we’ll guarantee you’ll graduate on time.

Because location matters. Nestled along the Pacific Ocean, our campus is the gateway to iconic Los Angeles—with top companies, lovely beaches, world-class attractions, and fascinating culture.

Why the Villas?
Instead of a university dorm, you’ll live in a two-story townhome—with a kitchen, living room, patio, and garage. All villas have central air/heat and lots of amenities, including a sand volleyball court, heated pool, fitness center, free Wi-Fi and DirecTV, and an outdoor pizza oven! The gated community is patrolled by campus safety 24/7.


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Ranked among the top liberal arts schools in the nation and the “Best Colleges” of 2020 | U.S. News & World Report

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Recipient of the First-gen Forward Institution designation, given to schools for their commitment to first-generation student success

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Consistently designated as a Military Friendly® School

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Proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program to help veterans pay for college, offered through the US Department of Veteran Affairs

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#1 Safest College Campus in California and #3 in America | Niche

First-time freshmen 
We carefully consider all applicants; however, GPA and the quality of academic preparation are most important. Successful Marymount applicants possess a GPA of 2.5 or higher and complete a college preparatory curriculum. We require a personal essay and recommend standardized test scores if you want to be considered for merit scholarships.

If you go to an Archdiocese high school in Los Angeles, ask about our guaranteed admission program!

Transfer students
MCU guarantees admission to transfer applicants who meet certain grade requirements.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “One of the best experiences at MCU has been working at a marketing internship. Helping out with digital communications and social media has allowed me to have real hands-on experience and translate things I was learning in the classroom.”

    • Joaquin Peluffo
  • “My time at MCU felt like an Instagram montage—a reel of amazing people and memories. Hanging out in my professor’s office landed me a job after graduation. Being a student orientation leader helped me break out of my shell and introduced me to lifelong friends.”

    • Michaelanne Butler
  • "Marymount teachers took a genuine interest in my education. I remember Dr. Alexander staying after class for hours, helping us master chemistry, and Dr. Booth preparing students for the MCAT. That support allowed me to develop into the person I am and the doctor I hope to be.”

    • Hunter Lau
  • "Dr. Draper, thank you for being such an amazing professor. You really inspired me in my future career. I always loved psychology, but your classes have me so excited about learning. Learning from you has changed my life.”

    • Kasandra Norian