Melissa Katella, a junior at Marymount University, loves a lot of things about her school. But the Nursing major from Kutztown, Pennsylvania, especially loves the fact that at Marymount, it’s easy to fit in and to feel at home.“A big concern for students is whether or not they’ll feel like they belong,” says Melissa. “Because Marymount is so diverse and there are so many students looking for different things, it’s easy to find that fit. You don’t have to be from a certain mold.”
Marymount University is a comprehensive Catholic university of 3,486 undergraduate and graduate students.
Campus Location: Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC
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.
Diversity: Voted second for ethnic diversity in the South by U.S. News & World Report
Faculty: 162 full-time faculty; 85% with the highest degree in their field
Annual Costs 2017–2018: Tuition and fees: $29,950; room and board: $12,360 (based on double occupancy)
Scholarships and Financial Assistance: 95% of first-time undergraduate students receive financial aid.
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“I love the family atmosphere, the feeling that I can walk to class and know that I’ll pass somebody who genuinely cares for me. I also love that our professors want our input. When you come to Marymount, you are valued as a whole person and not just for a test that you’ve scored well on or a sport that you play or your GPA. Your ideas, your dreams, your emotions—each part of you is valued. It’s a really beautiful combination that allows our graduates to go out and change the world.”
What do you enjoy most about the Marymount environment?
“What’s so amazing here is that you’re in a Catholic environment yet you get to hear from people of different faiths from around the world. It really broadens your perspective and lets you know that not everyone thinks just like you. Last semester we had an interfaith dialogue with a Jewish man, a Muslim woman, and myself, and we talked about the concept of prayer. We saw that our prayers weren’t the same, but the reasons we pray are similar.”
How has Marymount inspired your spiritual growth?
“As we’re challenged to grow, spirituality is something that grows with us. We’re taking a hold of our own faith and its importance to us. It’s not our grandmother’s faith, or our family’s faith—it’s our faith. We’re choosing to go on a retreat, we’re choosing to go to Mass, choosing to integrate faith into what we learn.”
How has Marymount helped you find your passion?
“It’s important to find something you’re truly passionate about. I’ve had a lot of great conversations with professors about things you can’t learn in a textbook, such as the compassion and the care and the love that you’re showing patients and their families. Truly cultivating that compassion is something the Nursing program does very well. I’m proud to call Marymount home, and mine is just one experience out of thousands.”
A Marymount education combines a strong liberal arts foundation with solid career preparation.
Marymount’s wide range of majors gives you lots of options: From Business and Information Technology to Criminal Justice and Psychology, from Fashion Design and Art to Biology and Nursing, and much more! Marymount also offers pre-professional tracks like Pre-law, Pre-med, and Pre-physical Therapy. Take your time to see what your passion is. Undeclared is not a bad way to begin!
Marymount puts an emphasis on critical thinking, student research, and creativity. Picture yourself studying chimpanzees with post-traumatic stress disorder in Kenya, analyzing Web hacking behavior, or developing a marketing plan for a local business.
Our study abroad experience will put the world at your doorstep!
Imagine conducting research on sea turtles in Belize, teaching hands-on science methods in India, or taking art classes in Florence, Italy. At Marymount, you will have the opportunity to study or intern in just about any corner of the world. What better way to expand your knowledge and understanding of today’s global society and workplace?
All Marymount undergraduates complete an internship or research experience related to their major. Marymount’s location, just six miles from Washington, DC, will provide you with one-of-a-kind choices! Popular internship sites include Congressional offices, the FBI, the National Science Foundation, Michael Kors, the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, and many more.
The Campus Ministry Association (CMA) is the foundation of volunteerism at Marymount. During orientation, freshmen are introduced to community service on Volunteer Service Day. CMA also sponsors HalloweenFest for local children and the Special Olympics Basketball Tournament, both campus-wide volunteer activities, as well as Alternative Spring Break service trips.
In addition, outreach programs serve at-risk children, senior citizens, people with mental disabilities, and the homeless. Service is also emphasized across the curriculum through service learning projects in the Arlington community and abroad.
From International Week and the International Thanksgiving Dinner to interfaith discussions and prayers, you’ll find that diversity is celebrated and respected at Marymount.
Whatever your interests, there are lots of ways to pursue them on campus through athletics, student government, and 35 clubs! Best of all, the fun and excitement of the nation’s capital are just a Metro ride away. Marymount is a member of NCAA Division III, fielding teams in basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, and volleyball.
Visit us! Join us for a Preview Day or schedule an overnight visit and sit in on a class. Explore the world of possibilities that Marymount University can offer you!