Thinking about these factors can help you choose the school that’s right for you:
Location: Would you prefer the excitement of a big city or the tranquility of a quieter setting? Individuals who choose Marymount say that the University’s location – in a beautiful suburban community close to all the activity and resources of Washington, DC – offers the best of both worlds. MU’s location also provides another important benefit: Throughout the recent economic downturn, the national capital region retained one of the strongest economies in the country. This means plentiful internship and job opportunities for Marymount students and grads!
Size: Bigger? Smaller? What’s your comfort zone? At Marymount, undergraduate classes average 21 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 14-to-1. With 2,300 undergraduates, many find MU is just the right size – socially and academically.
Access to Decision-Makers: Want to get to know decision-makers and become one yourself? Then join a community where you will have diverse opportunities for participation and leadership. Marymount’s size makes it possible for every student to shine. Best of all, the University’s location near Washington, DC, gives MU students unparalleled opportunities to learn from decisionmakers and leaders who visit campus representing diverse fields – politics, journalism, art, health, education, science, technology, business, and more.
Career preparation: After four years in the college classroom, how will you fare in the real world? Marymount combines a liberal arts foundation with solid career preparation, providing abundant opportunities to apply classroom theory to real-world challenges. In fact, Marymount requires that every undergraduate complete an internship or other experiential learning project. This hands-on learning is a great way to get practical experience, forge valuable connections, and get your foot in the door to that first job after college!
Affordability: Cost is an important part of the equation for students and families looking at college. Some people assume that quality private higher education is out of their reach, so they don’t even apply to certain schools that might be a great fit for them. The fact is, private higher education can be surprisingly affordable. There are many forms of financial aid, awarded on the basis of both need and merit. At Marymount, 94% of the full-time freshmen entering last fall received some type of financial aid. So, whatever schools you decide to explore, always apply for financial aid – you may just discover that the school that’s the best fit for you isn’t out of your reach after all.
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In 2012, Virginia Private College Week will be July 30-August 4. Prospective students can visit participating colleges and universities around the state and receive three application-fee waivers for visiting three or more participating schools. Learn more at the Virginia Private College Week website