Marymount at a Glance

Founded: 1950

Marymount is a private, comprehensive Catholic university located in Arlington, Va., just outside Washington, D.C. 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.


Arlington, Virginia

Main Campus, 2807 North Glebe Road
Ballston Center, 1000 North Glebe Road
4040 Center, 4040 North Fairfax Drive

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Marymount University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Marymount University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Academic Program Accreditation

Enrollment (2023-2024)

  • Total enrollment: 4,430
  • Total undergraduate students: 2,710
  • Total graduate students: 1,720

Geographic Location of Total Student Population (Fall 2023)

  • Virginia: 42.7%
  • Maryland: 12.5%
  • District of Columbia: 3.6%
  • Secondary Market (CT, DE, NJ, NY, PA, RI): 7.7%
  • International: 9.7%
  • Other/Unknown: 23.8%

Gender Distribution (Fall 2023)

Undergraduate Students

  • Female: 54.4%
  • Male: 45.2%
  • Unknown: 0.2%

Graduate Students

  • Female: 68.8%
  • Male: 30.5%
  • Unknown: 0.8%

Race and Ethnicity (Fall 2023)

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 73 countries and 49 U.S. states and territories, and the University is ranked nationally at #15 for Campus Ethnic Diversity and #35 for Most International Students by U.S. News & World Report. Marymount is Virginia’s only Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).

Undergraduate Students

  • Hispanic: 35.1%
  • White: 27.6%
  • Black/African American: 12.8%
  • U.S. Nonresident (International): 9.8%
  • Asian: 6.0%
  • Unknown: 4.4%
  • Two or More Races: 4.1%
    • Of students identifying as two or more races, 17 identified as American Indian/Alaska Native and/or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.   
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.0%

Graduate Students

  • White: 42.6%
  • Black/African American: 20.3%
  • Hispanic: 11.6%
  • U.S. Nonresident (International): 9.4%
  • Unknown: 7.0%
  • Asian: 5.4%
  • Two or more races: 2.8%
    • Of students identifying as two or more races, 11 identified as American Indian/Alaska Native and/or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.   
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.6%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.2%

Religious Affiliation (Fall 2023)

Undergraduate Students

  • Catholic: 14.3%
  • Protestant: 13.7%
  • Muslim: 5.5%
  • Other: 2.9%
  • No Religious Affiliation: 4.2%
  • Not Reported: 59.4%

Graduate Students

  • Catholic: 24.1%
  • Protestant: 28.3%
  • Muslim: 5.7%
  • Other: 6.8%
  • No Religious Affiliation: 13.1%
  • Not Reported: 22.0%

Most Popular Programs (Fall 2023)

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.), Health Sciences (B.A.), and Criminal Justice (B.A.)

Graduate Programs: Educational Leadership and Organizational Innovation (Ed.D.), Forensic and Legal Psychology (M.A.), Cybersecurity (D.Sc.), Business Intelligence (D.B.A.), and Counseling (M.A.)

Freshman-to-Sophomore Retention (2022 Cohort)

  • Overall: 74.9%
  • Women: 77.8%
  • Men: 70.1%
  • International Students: 65.0%
  • White: 80.6%
  • Minority: 73.1%
  • Pell Grant Recipients: 74.6%
  • Athletes: 80.3%

Six-Year Graduation (2017 Cohort)

For additional graduation rate information, visit the Student Achievement website.

  • Overall: 57.6%
  • Women: 57.9%
  • Men: 57.0%
  • International Students: 60.5%
  • White: 64.1%
  • Minority: 53.4%
  • Pell Grant Recipients: 55.6%
  • Athletes: 65.8%

Faculty and Instruction (Fall 2022)

Faculty: 155 full-time teaching faculty, 88% of whom hold the highest degree in their field of study.
Student-to-Faculty Ratio (undergraduate): 13:1

Annual Cost (2023-24)

  • Full-time undergraduate tuition: $18,700 per semester (12-18 credit hours) for fall and spring classes, and $37,400 per academic year. Credits in excess of 18 credit hours per semester are charged at the per credit hour rate.
  • Part-time/per credit hour rate for undergraduate tuition: $1,230 per credit hour
  • Graduate tuition: $1,275 per credit hour. Some graduate programs have different tuition rates. Please check with Student Accounts for specific tuition information.
  • Average housing and meal plan: $16,188 per academic year (August-May). Please see housing costs for additional options.

Financial Aid and Scholarships (Fall 2022)

  • Percentage of incoming freshmen receiving some sort of financial aid: 97%
  • Percentage of all undergraduates receiving some sort of financial aid: 69%
  • Percentage of all undergraduates receiving Pell Grants: 22%
  • Average financial aid package for undergraduates: $30,232

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.

Consumer Information

Visit Marymount’s Consumer Information page that provides a single point of access to information from various administrative areas in accordance to numerous reporting and disclosure requirements.


Undergraduate Liberal Arts Core

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, natural and social sciences, humanities, philosophy, and theology/religious studies.

Internships/Experiential Learning

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.

Study Abroad/Marymount Global

Marymount Global 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.

Honors Program

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

Library and Learning Services provides comprehensive resources, services, and spaces that promote collaboration and intellectual growth at both Reinsch Library at Main Campus and the Ballston Coakley Library Extension. Students have access to 12 million items through the Washington Research Library Consortium, as well as 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, computers, and a MakerSpace with 3D printing.

Technology Services

All 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 Main Campus as well as the Ballston Center.

Student Academic Hub

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 the Marymount experience, from orientation to graduation.

Student Life and Student Services


Go Saints! Marymount is a NCAA Division III institution sponsoring 22 intercollegiate varsity programs — Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, and Wrestling, as well as Men’s Baseball and Women’s Softball. 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 Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) for Men’s Volleyball. Club sports (eSports, cheer, and dance), intramural sports, and recreation classes are also available.

Clubs and Activities

Approximately 30 clubs and organizations, including the Student Government Association, career-oriented groups, and social, service, and special interest clubs, are active on campus.

Office of Ministry and Spiritual Life

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.

Center for Career Development

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.

Counseling Center

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

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.

Residential Life

Marymount offers a variety of student living spaces, from single rooms to apartment-style living. The newest residence hall, Placemakr Marymount Ballston, offers apartment living for graduate students and others who are eligible.