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Whether students wish to study business, information technology, education, or nursing, Mount Saint Mary College is a great place to study and develop. In fact, the school offers a well-rounded roster of majors that will suit most students needs. With such a small student body and a 13:1 student to faculty ratio, every student is treated like a person not a number.

Outside of the classroom, students will find ample opportunities to express themselves and explore passions that academics can't always cover. There are innumerable clubs for students who wish to find fellowship in the context of an academic pursuit, such as chemistry, but also organizations that foster creativity for the sheer fun of it. There are also clubs that focus on social matters related to ethnicity, religions, and technology.

Overview of Mount Saint Mary College

Students may also be interested in friendly competition offered through the intramural program. Sports available include soccer, basketball, dodgeball, and whiffle ball. Students can also find less organized activities such as the residence hall fitness rooms, tennis courts, or they can take laps in the pool. Once the games are over, athletes can refuel in the dining hall, the Aquinas Cafe, the Dominican Center Cafe, or Henry's Courtside Cafe, which keeps late hours to fuel paper-writing through the wee hours.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Small
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 63%
Year Founded 1960

Student Enrollment

Total Students2,236


Undergraduate Student

Male 527
Female 1,354

Graduate Student

Male 99
Female 256

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Male 895
Female 2,354


Male 814
Female 2,236

Acceptance Rate94%

Male 91%
Female 95%

Enrollment 336

Male   85
Female 251
Application Fee $45
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline March 1
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Since Mount Saint Mary College is a private institution, their tuition rates are a bit higher that their state-supported peers. For a full year of education at MSM, students pay approximately $34,000 for tuition, books, and supplies. On-campus living adds more to the bill and students pay close to $17,000 for room, board, and other expenses. Thus, the tally comes to $51,000 for an on-campus student. The college estimates that off-campus students pay a bit less, around $48,000. However, these are all gross costs. The picture is a bit rosier in light of the actual net cost, which is the total that students must pay after all financial aid has been applied.

MSM has an excellent financial aid office that puts together packages that include scholarships, grants, and federal and private student loans to make their academic experience more affordable. After financial aid is considered, students pay an average of half the gross price. The total average net cost for students is $25,000. Students from lower income families pay even less, with net costs of only $19,000. The top income households pay more, but their $28,000 price is still a terrific reduction from the gross cost.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $25,433
Average Total Aid $20,341
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Room & Board $15,864

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $32,772
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $32,772
  • Books and Supplies - $1,300
  • Room & Board - $15,864
  • Other - $1,550


Mount Saint Mary College's array of major concentrations and fun campus life both rest on a foundation of academic excellence. This fact is borne out in the school's educational statistics and the long-term successes of its graduates.

One of the key statistics for any college is its retention rate, and MSM reports top numbers in this regard. A full 80% of its first-time, full-time, bachelor-degree seeking students all return for a second year. This reflects a dedication to the school that rests in academic satisfaction. Students probably also return because they have found friends and fun times on campus that they wish to develop.

The school is also strong in its graduation numbers. Sixty-three percent of MSM students walk across the stage for their diploma, which is around the national average. MSM also prepares students for success elsewhere as most of its part-time students transfer to other institutions to complete their degree. This indicates that their academic preparation has helped them elevate their academic life at institutions that may offer a more specific degree than MSM can support.

A big part of this academic success may rest on one simple number: MSM's student-to-teacher ratio. The college supports students in reasonably sized classes with a 13:1 ratio. This means that students have more hands-on instruction and more personal interactions with their professors. In fact, the ratio is probably even more favorable when students reach the upper-level courses in their major or concentration.

Student Population Total

Student Population 2,236

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 166 Total Graduates / 36%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 166 Graduates
All Business Majors 87 Total Graduates / 19%
Business Administration and Management, General 66 Graduates
Accounting 21 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 58 Total Graduates / 13%
Psychology, General 58 Graduates
History 26 Total Graduates / 6%
History, General 22 Graduates
History, Other 4 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 23 Total Graduates / 5%
Criminology 12 Graduates
Social Sciences, General 10 Graduates
Sociology 1 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 22%

Outcome & Salary

When students graduate from Mount Saint Mary College, they enter into the job market with a top-notch degree that is sure to take them places. Of the highest earning students, the registered nursing students lead the pack with median earnings of over $78,000. In the middle of the pack are the psychology students, who report that their starting salaries are $30,000. Communication and media studies students start with salaries of $25,000.

These lower-earning students will always have one terrific asset – their education. Many liberal arts and humanities majors return to school for a graduate degree where their careers are launched to higher heights.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $52,800
College Grads Average Salary $72,422
College Grads Mid Career Salary $92,400
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $724,220
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,648,220
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $101,732
10 Year Projected ROI $622,488
20 Year Projected ROI $1,546,488
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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