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Quick Facts

University Mission

As a Catholic university, Mount St. Mary’s graduates ethical leaders who are inspired by a passion for learning and lead lives of significance in service to God and others.

Est. 1808

215 Years of Student Success

Established in 1808, Mount St. Mary's University is a dynamic, Catholic, private liberal arts university.

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The Mount is located in Emmitsburg, Maryland, on a beautiful 1,400 acre mountain campus.

Undergraduate Student Body

Our undergraduate student body consists of 1,766 full-time students from 41 states and 50+ countries.

58% Maryland Residents

45% Students of Color

75% Residential Students

18% First-Generation Students

32% NCAA Division I Student-Athletes

76% Completed an Internship Before Graduation


Mount St. Mary's University holds insitutional, state and specialized accreditation from several accrediting bodies. Learn more about accreditation.

Prepared 96% Of the graduates from the Class of 2023 are employed, in graduate school or in military or volunteer service within six months of graduation (based on a 72% knowledge rate).
Great Investment Top 10% The Mount is in the top 10% of colleges and universities nationwide for long-term earnings with a four-year college degree.
Financial Aid $36,155 Average financial aid package for the Class of 2026.
Learn Voraciously


Mount St. Mary's University enrolls more than 2,000 full-time students in six academic divisions on two campuses in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and Frederick, Maryland.

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Learn More About Academics

Undergraduate Student Cost and Financial Aid

Typical First-Year Student at a Glance

  • Total Tuition, Room, Board, Fees = $61,990
  • Average Scholarship & Grant Aid = (-$33,990)
  • Average True Cost of Attendance = $28,000
Find out more about tuition and fees

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You Belong Here

Campus Life

Learn more about how Mount students get involved in more than 70 student-run clubs, organizations, causes and traditions and several experiential leadership programs.

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70+ Clubs and Organizations
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Compete Ferociously


We take athletics seriously around here. We like to run, jump, hit, dunk, lift, dive, throw and anything else that keeps us active and moving. Mountaineers compete in Division I athletics across 24 programs, as well as two premier sports. And each and every one of us is filled to the top with bona fide, blue and white, busting-at-the-seams Mount Maniac school spirit!


Best College Athletics in Maryland


NCAA Division I Student-Athletes


Division I Atletic Teams

Learn More About Athletics

Grow Faithfully

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Mount St. Mary's University is home to many sacred spaces that serve as living examples of our commitment to our faith and as places for the Mount community to reflect and pray.

National Rankings

A First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 Colleges – Mount in Top 10%

Mount St. Mary’s University ranks in the top 10 percent of colleges and universities nationwide in terms of the long-term earnings for a four-year college degree, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW). After 40 years Mount graduates have earned $1,056,000 in net economic gains, ranking 405th of 4,529 colleges and universities in the study.

The National Catholic Register

The National Catholic Register selected Mount St. Mary's University to be featured in its Catholic Identity College Guide 2019. The Guide describes MSMU as "joyfully Catholic" - and basing its findings on essential elements of the renewal of Catholic identity called for by Pope John Paul II's 1990 apostolic constitution on higher education, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, (Out of the Heart of the Church), and other relevant Church documents.

Money - Best Colleges for Your Money (2019)

MONEY analyzed graduation rates, tuition charges, family borrowing, and alumni earnings (plus 22 other data points) to find the country’s top values. Based on this research Money has placed the Mount in its 2019 Best Colleges for Your Money rankings.

Zippia - Best College for Employment in Each State (2018-19)

zippia logoUsing the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Zippia searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated. Then, they looked at the ratings themselves and ranked each state’s top school according to their rating. The Mount is No. 1 in Maryland and No. 21 out of the 50 states.

Forbes - Grateful Grads Index (2017)

Mount St. Mary's University has made the Forbes Grateful Graduates Index list for 2017. This metric ranks private not-for-profit colleges with more than 1,000 students by analyzing two important variables: median private donations and gifts per student over 10 years, as reported to the Department of Education; and the Alumni Participation Rate, or the percentage of graduates that give back in the form of donations to their colleges each year-- regardless of the dollar amount.

Chronicle of Higher Education - Great Colleges to Work For (2017)

chronicle great colleges work for logoThe annual Great Colleges to Work For survey was administered March 14 through April 15, 2017, and compiled by ModernThink LLC for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Mount St. Mary's was named to this list in the category of Tenure Clarity & Process (faculty only/4-year only).

College Consensus

top-colleges-consensus-ranked-150.141.pngCollege Consensus has applied its unique ranking to the 50 Consensus Best Regional Universities-North, and the Mount is on this list. This aggregate ranking gives students a more holistic picture of what the people in the know actually think about the colleges and universities in the north. The ranking is made from a combination of rankings from influential publications like U.S. News & World Report, Wallethub, and Forbes, as well as student reviews from legitimate sites like Niche and Cappex.

Learn how to Become

The Mount ranked in the top 5 of Learn How To Become's Best 4-year Colleges in Maryland for 2017-18. Schools who excel in the things that matter most to students, such as affordable tuition, better financial aid opportunities, and a low student-to-teacher ratio top the charts in this ranking.

What Will They Learn

What Will They Learn: Mount graded as a B. The core curriculum is a cornerstone of the Mount experience. All students complete a four-year integrated sequence of courses designed both to convey a common intellectual experience and to provide the intensive training in critical skills needed for success in college and in the workplace. Be sure to compare us to other schools in your search!