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Nationally Recognized


Points of PrideFor the third consecutive year, we have risen in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Rankings!
After jumping more than 20 spots in last year’s list, Marymount is once again moving up among the Best Regional Universities in the South – now ranked at No. 31 in the region (No. 37 in 2020 Rankings).

The University also improved its standing in four other regional categories as well:

• No. 1 for Most International Students (#2 in 2020)
• No. 2 for Campus Ethnic Diversity (#3 in 2020)
• No. 18 for Best Colleges for Veterans (#21 in 2020)
• No. 51 for Best Value (#58 in 2020)

According to data that stretches back to 2014, the 2021 ranking of No. 31 overall in the region is the highest mark that Marymount has achieved in the Best Colleges Rankings. The scores from U.S. News & World Report are determined through several weighted key measures of quality that consist of graduation and retention rates, graduation rate performance, social mobility, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduate indebtedness.

We are at the beginning of a new era for this University, one in which we will reach national recognition for our student success, alumni achievement and faculty and staff excellence. These latest rankings prove what we at Marymount already know – our community is incredibly unique, we have something important to offer all of our students and that momentum is on our side. This is great news, and it’s so rewarding to have our efforts recognized.

Also, I encourage all of you to check out our new edition of Marymount’s ‘A Year in Review’ magazine. It includes important updates, initiatives and news from the past year and also shows off the excellent achievements of our students, faculty and staff!


Irma Becerra, Ph.D.

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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 more than 3,000 students hail from 78 countries and 45 U.S. states (plus the District of Columbia). Marymount is tied for #1 for Most International Students and ranks #2 in Campus Ethnic Diversity among regional universities in the South (U.S. News and World Report), #2 in the South by Niche.com and in the top 5% (College Factual) and top 10% (Niche.com) nationwide.

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Diverse Students

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.

Ranked as a Best Value College Marymount is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a Best Value School, which includes factors of academic quality and cost after accounting for total expenses and financial aid. 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.

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.

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Ballston Campus

A Community Dedicated to Service Service is at the heart of Marymount. The Saints’ Center for Service 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.

Successful Outcomes

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.

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Quality Faculty-Student Interaction At Marymount, students enjoy small classes and incredible personal attention from outstanding faculty. Undergraduate students benefit from an average class size of 15 and a 12:1 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

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Military Friendly Marymount is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Colleges for Veterans among regional universities in the South, by Colleges of Distinction for the quality of support it gives to military students and families and by College Factual for programs ranked “Best for Vets.”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

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Success and Tradition with Saints Athletics Marymount has 19 NCAA Division III sports teams and competes in the Atlantic East Conference. Making headlines this past year were the Women’s Basketball team, which won its second-straight conference championship and hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, and the Women’s Volleyball team, which advanced to the Regional Final match of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. #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

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Building the Future of Nursing Marymount is 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.

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“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