After gaining national recognition for the first time by U.S. News & World Report in Fall 2022, Marymount continues to climb in multiple national categories in the latest Best Colleges Rankings!
Marymount ranked third overall among all Virginia private institutions that are classified as national universities. The University also jumped 38 spots as a top performer on social mobility, and ranked 19 spots higher this year for the strength of our undergraduate Nursing program – which is now listed at the top among all private colleges and universities in the Commonwealth.
In addition, Marymount climbed eight spots for Campus Ethnic Diversity – now listed at No. 15 nationally and remaining the most diverse private institution in Virginia and the DMV area. For International Students, Marymount now ranks No. 35 nationally – higher than any other college or university in Virginia, and second among institutions in the DMV.
It is incredibly rewarding to see the hard work and dedication of Marymount’s faculty and staff result in a growing prestige for our institution year after year. These national rankings demonstrate that our University offers students an innovative curriculum that is truly life-changing and can get them to where they want to go in their careers and their lives as a whole!
Irma Becerra, Ph.D.
A Welcoming Catholic University Founded in 1950 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM), an international congregation of Catholic women serving in 13 countries in diverse ministries, the University welcomes people of all backgrounds and faiths and provides an educational environment that promotes dialogue, friendship, understanding, and service to others, as well as intellectual and personal development. Explore our Catholic, RSHM education
A Diverse, Global Student Population Marymount’s 4,000-plus students hail from 73 countries and 51 U.S. states and territories. Marymount is ranked in the Top 15 nationally for diversity, is the most diverse private institution in Virginia, and is more diverse than any D.C. institution (U.S. News & World Report). The University also has the highest percentage of international undergraduate students of any institution in Virginia, ranking No. 35 nationally.
Doctoral & Professional ClassificationMarymount’s increasing number of doctoral program offerings and growth in research capacity has resulted in a reclassification by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the nation’s gold standard for evaluating the work, achievements, and impact of students and faculty at higher education institutions in the U.S. Previously listed under the category of Master’s Colleges and Universities/Larger Programs, Marymount is now listed as a Doctoral/Professional University. This new distinction plays a key role in elevating Marymount on a national scale, included in the ‘Best National Universities’ list produced by U.S. News & World Report.
A Hispanic-Serving Institution Marymount is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) with more than 25% of its undergraduate student population identifying as Hispanic, and is the only four-year HSI in Virginia. Marymount is also a partner university with TheDream.US, working to support the college aspirations of DACA students.
Excellent Salary Potential Marymount is ranked in the Top 11 of Best Colleges in Virginia by Salary Potential, according to a report from Payscale. With various financial aid options such as scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment, the University is proud to offer a private, Catholic education at an affordable price that will pay off during your professional career.
Research That Makes an Impact Marymount’s distinguished faculty members are experts in their fields and have contributed grant-funded research for the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Students at the undergraduate level and above can also take advantage of research opportunities.
A Community Dedicated to Service Service is at the heart of Marymount. The Saints Service Network helps fulfill the University’s commitment to serving others through facilitating collaborations between people, organizations, and communities, and providing programs and resources that empower Marymount students and the broader community to educate and act towards a more just and equitable world.
A Path to Exciting Careers
Marymount prepares students for careers not just for today’s market but also for the “What’s Next Economy,” offering student-centered completion pathways, required internships, and programs that reflect the demands of our ever-changing environment. Outstanding internship experiences are available throughout the Washington area with corporations, government agencies, schools, hospitals, and retail establishments.
More than 75% of Marymount’s recent alumni were employed within six months of graduation, and 87% found their first job within their field of study.
Quality Faculty-Student Interaction At Marymount, students enjoy small classes and incredible personal attention from outstanding faculty. Undergraduate students benefit from a 13:1 student-faculty ratio.
An Unbeatable Location Marymount is located in Arlington, VA, one of the most educated cities in the U.S. and just five Metro stops from Washington, D.C. Students can take advantage of the resources of the nation’s capital, one of the world’s most important business, arts, financial, and political centers, and participate in unique learning experiences for personal and professional growth. Read more about our location
Military Friendly Marymount is ranked by Colleges of Distinction for the quality of support it gives to military students and families, by the Military Times as a “Best for Vets” College, and is known as a “Military Friendly School.” Read more about the support provided for veterans
Accredited Programs Marymount is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), with specialized accreditation for many of its professional programs such as Business Administration, Health Care Management, Interior Design, Physical Therapy, and undergraduate and graduate programs in Education and Nursing. Find out more about our institutional and program accreditation
Success and Tradition with Saints Athletics Marymount has 22 NCAA Division III sports teams and competes in the Atlantic East Conference. Making headlines this past year were 10 conference championships from Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Women’s Golf, Men’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Swimming, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Women’s Track and Field and Women’s Volleyball. #WeBleedBlue
Raising Graduation Rates Marymount has made tremendous strides in expanding the number of Saints graduates over the last few years. The University’s four-year graduation rate has increased by 7% since 2017, while its six-year graduation rate has also steadily climbed, rising by 5% over the same time period.
Building the Future of Nursing Marymount has the highest-ranked undergraduate Nursing program among all private institutions in Virginia, according to U.S. News & World Report. Marymount is also ranked among the Top 10 Nursing Schools in Virginia by Nurse.org, and boasts a NCLEX passing rate of 92% (traditional BSN) and 94% (accelerated second-degree BSN) from 2019.
“The small classes at Marymount really allowed me to form close relationships with my professors, both improving the quality of education that I was receiving and allowing me to make more connections. I wouldn’t change the experiences and education I acquired at Marymount for another university — ever!” — Jisandry Gonzalez, BA, Class of 2020