Marymount is a private comprehensive Catholic university located in Arlington, VA, just outside Washington, DC. Founded in 1950 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM), Marymount welcomes people of all backgrounds and faiths and provides an educational environment that promotes dialogue, understanding, and service, as well as intellectual and personal development. The university offers its nearly 4,000 students a wide array of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees through its Colleges of Business, Innovation, Leadership, and Technology; Health and Education, and Sciences and Humanities.
Main Campus, 2807 North Glebe Road
Ballston Center, 1000 North Glebe Road
4040 Center, 4040 North Fairfax Drive
Marymount University is accredited by the Southern Associations of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees. Contact SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, or call (404) 679-4500, or on the web at https://www.sacscoc.org for questions about the accreditation of Marymount University.
- Total enrollment: 3,897
- Total undergraduate students: 2,350
- Total graduate students: 1,547
Geographic Location of Total Student Population (Fall 2020)
- Virginia: 55%
- Maryland: 12%
- District of Columbia: 5%
- Secondary Market (CT, DE, NJ, NY, PA, RI): 6%
- Other/International: 22%
Gender Distribution of Total Student Population (Fall 2020)
- Women: 67%
- Men: 33%
Race and Ethnicity (Fall 2020)
Marymount’s diversity is one of its greatest strengths, inspiring intellectual curiosity, ideas, and perspectives that challenge students, faculty, and staff to find innovative, creative, and inclusive solutions to societal issues. Marymount’s students hail from 78 countries and 45 U.S. states and territories, and the university is tied in USNWR for #1 for Most International Students and #2 in Campus Ethnic Diversity among regional universities in the South. Marymount is currently recognized as Virginia’s only four-year emerging Hispanic-serving institution.
Religious Affiliation (Fall 2020)
Most Popular Programs (Fall 2020)
For additional enrollment by program information, visit the Enrollment Reports website.
Undergraduate Programs: Nursing (B.S.N.), Business Administration (B.B.A.), Information Technology (B.S.), Criminal Justice (B.A.), and Health Sciences (B.A.)
Graduate Programs: Forensic and Legal Psychology (M.A.), Counseling (M.A.), Cybersecurity (D.Sc.), Physical Therapy (D.P.T.), and Cybersecurity (M.S.)
Freshman-to-Sophomore Retention (2019 Cohort)
- Overall: 71%
- Women: 73%
- Men: 68%
- International Student: 77%
- White: 73%
- Minority: 69%
- Pell Grant Recipients: 68%
- Athletes: 73%
Six-Year Graduation (2013 Cohort)
For additional graduation rate information, visit the Student Achievement website.
- Overall: 58%
- Women: 64%
- Men: 49%
- International Student: 52%
- White: 66%
- Minority: 51%
- Pell Grant Recipients: 51%
- Athletes: 64%
Faculty and Instruction (Fall 2019)
Faculty: 166 full-time teaching faculty, 85% of whom hold the highest degree in their field of study.
Student-to-Faculty Ratio (undergraduate): 12:1
Average Class Size (undergraduate): 15
Annual Cost 2020-21
- Full-time undergraduate tuition: $16,600 per semester for fall and spring classes, $33,200 per academic year (12-18 credit hours), $1,090 per credit hour in excess of 18 credit hours
- Graduate tuition: $1,090 per credit hour
- Summer tuition: $1,090 per credit hour
- Basic double occupancy housing and meal plan: $14,400 per academic year (August-May). Please see housing costs for additional options
- Percentage of incoming freshmen receiving some sort of financial aid: 97% (preliminary for Fall 2019)
- Percentage of all undergraduates receiving some sort of financial aid: 84% (preliminary for Fall 2019)
- Percentage of all undergraduates receiving Pell Grant: 28% (preliminary for Fall 2019)
- Average financial aid package for undergraduates: $29,200 (preliminary for Fall 2019)
Financial aid may come in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans from a variety of public and private sources. The University offers numerous scholarships based on academic accomplishment, volunteer service, and financial need.
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A Marymount education provides a strong liberal arts foundation and solid career preparation. All undergraduate students take a specified number of credits in the Liberal Arts Core. These include courses in writing, mathematics, the natural and social sciences, humanities, philosophy, and theology/religious studies.
Marymount blends theory with hands-on learning. To help prepare students for a career, all undergraduates complete an internship, clinical experience, student-teaching placement, or research project. Certain graduate programs also require experiential learning components. Internships and experiential learning strengthen knowledge, test career interests, and provide valuable professional connections that can lead to employment opportunities. The Washington, D.C., region offers unparalleled internship options, from Capitol Hill and the Smithsonian to the National Institutes for Health and international corporations.
Marymount’s Center for Global Education connects students with short-term and semester-long study abroad programs, student teaching, and internships all over the world during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Study abroad programs are available to students of all academic disciplines.
Marymount’s Honors Program provides undergraduate students in all majors with opportunities to explore subjects in greater depth. Honors Program students participate in a variety of activities that enrich their academic experience. The program culminates in the completion and defense of an Honors Thesis.
Library and Learning Services provides comprehensive resources, services, and spaces that promote collaboration and intellectual growth at both Reinsch Library at main campus and Ballston Coakley Library Extension. With the library, students have access to 12 million items through the Washington Research Library Consortium, research help from library faculty, and 24/7 access to databases, curriculum specific resources, and electronic resources. In our spaces, we provide study and meeting rooms, a MakerSpace with 3D printing, and a coffee bar.
Most Main Campus and Ballston Center locations have wireless Internet access. Residence hall rooms also include two data-port jacks for easy access to campus computing resources and the Internet. In addition, computer labs are available on the Main Campus as well as at the Ballston Center. The E-Learning Services Center assists students with materials and resources for the development of multimedia projects, videos, and graphic presentations.
The Student Academic Hub is a positive, nurturing environment that honors the diversity of our community and encourages the development of Marymount students into purpose-driven learners through intentional academic support and leadership opportunities. Through meaningful conversations and collaborations with academic advisors, academic coaches, peer tutors, writing consultants, and access services, students are empowered to practice skills and habits for academic success, learn with and from their peers, and reflect on how their learning provides momentum to achieve their goals. The “Hub” is a proactive source of support and advocacy throughout students’ Marymount experience, from orientation to graduation.
Student Life and Student Services
The Saints! Marymount is an NCAA Division III school sponsoring 20 intercollegiate varsity programs: men’s and women’s basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, volleyball, golf, tennis, softball and baseball. Intramural sports are also available. Marymount is a member of the Atlantic East Conference (primary) as well as an Associate member of the Centennial Conference for Women’s Golf and the United Volleyball Conference (UVC) for Men’s Volleyball. Intramural sports and recreation classes are also available.
More than 30 clubs and organizations, including the Student Government Association; career-oriented groups; and social, service, and special interest clubs, are active on campus.
Marymount provides diverse opportunities for fellowship, service, and spiritual growth, welcoming students of all faiths to participate. Campus Ministry plans and promotes many events and activities, including retreats, prayer services, social-action programs, and volunteer opportunities.
This center gives students and alumni free, comprehensive career planning and decision-making assistance, as well as access to an extensive online jobs database. Throughout the academic year, Career Development hosts workshops, on-campus recruiting events with regional employers, job fairs, networking opportunities, and one-on-one career counseling.
Students can speak with a professional counselor about any issue of concern, including adjusting to college, stress, relationships, etc. The center offers confidential individual and group counseling services to all students, free of charge.
Student Health Services (SHS) is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). SHS offers evaluation and treatment of illnesses, injuries and preventative care by a team of nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians. In addition to clinic services, SHS also oversees the university sponsored health insurance plan for students, immunization requirements and wellness offerings.
Approximately 750 students live on campus in four residence halls. The newest residence hall, The Rixey, offers apartment living for graduate students, upper-level undergraduates, faculty and staff, married students, and students with dependent children. Students who are 23 or younger must live on campus for their first two years, if their families don’t live within commuting distance.