Location: Arlington, VA
Percent Women: 70%
Tution (one year): $27,100
Most Popular Majors:
- Business Administration
- Nursing, Accelerated BSN
- Information Technology
Greek Life: No
Acceptance Rate: 83%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Marymount University’s website at www.marymount.edu.
Why Choose Marymount?
"I wanted somewhere interesting that would also make sense for my major. Study abroad and scholarships were really appealing."
"I chose Marymount, because of Fashion Club. When I toured, I wasn't really interested until I heard all of the opportunities Fashion Club provided: meeting designers, participating in grand galas and getting to dress models in Chanel, Versace and Vera Wang."
"I chose Marymount mainly because it was close to D.C. and had a good Criminal Justice program."
"The fact that Marymount is a catholic university was of initial appeal to me. I expected to have more opportunities to celebrate my faith. And I came from a small high school, so I felt like a smaller university would be a good fit."
"I chose Marymount because of its Atmosphere. When I came to MU for campus visit day Dr.Domes came over to my parents and I and threw a full conversation and then afterwards Dr. Shank walked over to throw another long conversation with us as well. The faculty and students were so friendly and easy to talk to. Then Marymount just seemed like such a family oriented environment that was perfect being that I wanted to attend a smaller college. Also Marymount is so close to DC, which is a big plus, because I feel that I am offered so many opportunities that most students at others schools aren't really offered. Then MU makes it a point that every student takes time to go into the city and take advantage of all that we can. I knew from the moment I stepped foot on Marymount University's campus that it was the right choice to become apart of the MU Family!!!"
"I chose Marymount because it was a small school with a tight-knit campus and it was close to home, so I could commute."
"I actually didn't know anything about the school! I signed up for the admitted students overnights with the ambassadors and I got 3 of the most fabulous, warm-hearted, and intelligent ladies you would ever meet on Marymount's campus. It was the first college I visited and quickly became the last. I felt so at home and welcomed it was scary! The good scary, though!"
"Bernies, springfest, and spending the summer on campus."
"Midnight Madness is one of my very favorite things! It feels like all 900 students that live on campus are crammed in the gym, wearing the same Marymount t-shirt and cheering on the basketball team."
"I love the small class sizes and the fact the professors really seem to care about us and who we are."
"There are always fun events being held on campus. So, there’s little excuse for boredom. My favorite tradition at Marymount is the International Banquet in the spring semester. I also love attending the Voyage to Utopia and Portfolio in Motion fashion shows."
"I love that I can be apart of so many school activities and organizations on campus. I feel that we are given so many things to do on campus that their is no way a student should ever get bored here. Almost every organization/club/activity on campus has so many events like parties, community service days, beach retreats, and the best part their is always food at any event and it's free at that!!!! Also I love how MU gives all of their students metro card when they first enter into MU because I know that all of my friends and I use our metro card faithfully!"
"Because the school is small, I know the students in my major very well, and am close to my professors too. I know that I can contact my professors whenever I have questions or concerns and they will respond quickly."
"I love the small size. Literally, my introvert friends hate me because I speak to EVERYONE I see... no, seriously. I love that it is even that way for the professors; they all know you even if you've only had them for a semester! My favorite events are basketball games! I've been to every home game since freshman year... well, partly because I am a cheerleader, but even if I weren't, I would totally be in that gym cheering on my Saints!"
"The dining hall and the fact that I won't be a student here when the improvements are all done to Ballston."
"The food gets a little borrrrring. I wish we had healthier options or a chain on campus we could use our meal plan at - like Sweet Green!"
"I think what could be improved is the food options. There are not a lot of healthy meals at MU which is why I make my own food."
"Marymount has a nice campus, but I think that the administration needs to make stronger strides towards making it more aesthetically pleasing. These projects are in the works, but they won’t be fully completed until after I graduate next year in 2015. One of the bigger projects that students and faculty are excited about is the rebuilding of the Ballston campus. Currently, there are classrooms that need to be renovated, while others are state-of-the-art. I’ve also heard students complain about Marymount being a less selective university, but that will change next fall. The GPA requirement for incoming high school students has been newly adjusted to 3.5, so Marymount will only accept “above average” students. Any negatives, the administration always works hard to remove."
"I do not like the fact that MU does not have a football team being that football was all the talk when I was in high school. I say this because I of course attended Hermitage High School and we had an awesome football team when I was there and I love football games, so I really wish we had football. I also wish that we had a Student Union at MU because being that I work the front desk in the Lee Center I get students that come up to me all the time asking is the aerobics room open, the rec gym, the Verizon gym and I'm always like no, someone is occupying it at the moment but come back at this time and it'll be open. Then the students walk away or either tell me that we need more space on campus like a Student Union! So these would be great things to add to our Marymount Community."
"There is a limited amount of things to do on campus. There are very few recreational facilities and on campus events are usually low budget and anti-climatic."
"The vegetarian options in WOW... like, I can't even get a lettuce wrap because it's lettuce, peanuts, and chicken... they have decent alternatives though! But the cafe seems to have gotten better! I wish the hours weren't so ridiculous though! The kids at GMU are eating Taco Bell till 3 a.m.!"
New Collegiette on Campus
"You get to have a really fun orientation, and you live in a freshman building with a lot of FIG's and programs going on to get you involved. The upperclassmen are nice to freshman if they act like an adult and are nice, no one is a fan of a first year acting like a 12 year old."
"Being a first-year Marymount student is fun! I remember having nothing but free-time. The first year is the time to go out and explore DC, find out if you like going to clubs, go to restaurants with cuisines you've never tried and join a ton of clubs and see what interests you on campus."
"Being a first year at Marymount is a toss up whether you are a commuter or a resident. I was a resident my first year and I lived in Rowley where mainly freshmen girls reside although there are a few upperclassmen (girls) that live sporadically throughout. Orientation was pretty fun for me. It got me in the spirit of Marymount and helped me learn a lot more about the campus and events. I feel that it is both easy to get to know the upperclassmen as well as just stick in a group with other freshmen. The unfortunate part of being a small school is not having numerous amount of friendship options which is why I want to encourage the freshmen to try and join as much as they can on campus."
"I think the smaller size of Marymount creates an easier adjustment process for first year students. The Marymount community is generally very welcoming. Most freshmen girls live in Rowley Hall, which is all females. Groups, or “cliques,” tend to develop at this stage of college, from what I’ve seen. That being said, your friends in freshmen year may not still be your friends by senior year."
"For me it was awesome when I came in as a freshman of course I hated the idea of being a freshman because I just graduated high school as a senior, but it was still fun. I really loved how freshman year in Rowley how all of us would just leave our doors open and sit in the hallway, or chill in the lounge and watch movies or tv shows. It was such a wonderful time because I feel a lot of us got to know each other more on personal levels being that we were all freshman pretty much going through the same things such as getting use to being away from home for such a long time, or getting use to doing your own cleaning, learning how to actually budget your money and not spend it on Starbucks and shopping all the time like we once did in high school, or how to deal with roommate issues and even how to deal with friendships. However, we all had upperclassman friends but yet I feel we did kind of stick together at the end of the day."
"Being a first year is an overwhelming experience. Orientation is two days long and you meet people who you will see again on campus when school starts. Although first-years stick together and become close, it is easy to meet and make friends with people of all ages at Marymount."
"GET INVOLVED. You meet so many upperclassmen it's ridiculous, and there's nothing better than being invited to a college graduation every year! FIGS (Freshman Interest Group) ARE AMAZING! Especially if you choose a FIG that correlates with you major! First semester, I was fashion merchandising so I chose the fashion FIG... greatest idea ever! So much help for homework and so many design majors, I never wore my own clothes! Enjoy living in Row Row, girls! It's scary on the other side... not really, you just have to make sure you have clean roommates/suitemates."
All About Academics
"Nursing and Psychology seem really popular, but all of the Designs seem to do a good job getting their students out there and helping them gain exposure. The advising system is great because it saves you from choosing classes that have nothing to do with your major. The professors are really easy to talk to too and are always available to help."
"I love that Marymount requires an internship. It's a great way to apply all of the information you've learned throughout the years to some real world experience in the field you want to join."
"The most popular majors that I have noticed are fashion merchandise/design, business, nursing, criminal justice, and liberal arts studies. The classes you are taking and who your professors are depend on your workload. (A warning: in Criminal Justice- get ready to write many papers). In order to graduate,each student has to log in internship hours with their major and write a senior thesis. If you are an honors student, you also have to write an additional honors thesis. Your adviser is assigned to you by major and they help you through figuring out your plan in college and your course selection process. Your adviser has to remove your "hold" on your account for you to register which means you actually have to make an appointment to meet with them for that "hold" to be removed. Then there is a certain date that your year gets to register. It is difficult to get the courses you want especially when you are an underclassman. The classes can fill up really fast which is why most people stay up until midnight of the registration date to get the classes they need. All of the classes you need to take may seem overwhelming when you are looking at your program evaluation study and it actually did overwhelm me but your adviser and professors will help you figure it out. Mostly people go to the library during major exams and papers such as midterms and finals but it is also not unusual to find the library packed on a Sunday night. People usually like to study in their dorms, library, the study rooms in their halls or in Bernie's or Lola's."
"As an English major with a concentration in writing, my workload is “all writing all of the time,” as my advisor, Dr. Karapetkova, initially told me. That’s what I enjoy, but obviously it may not be the best fit for some people. At Marymount, there are a lot of fashion majors running around, so you’ll generally see students with a lot of style, too. My philosophy is “Dress like a fashion major,” even though I’m not. As a commuter, I don’t have a chill dorm space to study in between classes. Commuters spend a lot of time studying in the library, in Bernie’s Café, Lola’s Café, and the Rowley Hall study rooms."
"The Health and Fashion majors are our biggest majors at Marymount and it is also where we attract the most attention for incoming students. Although I am Health Sciences I do feel that the fashion majors have a work load of work as well as we do! However, with any major most of the time the work load will be a lot being that we are all in college. I know advising is awesome because I love my advisor and I feel my advisor helps me out a lot because she actually takes time to get to know her students she advises verses just knowing us by a number. Also one thing about some majors at Marymount some major courses fill up quicker than others so as soon as it says you can register, you better hit that register button ASAP. I have a lot of friends that take advantage of the library and also some study in their room or around campus outside or even at Starbucks. Me personally I like to study in my room sometime or at work, and sometimes in the library."
"Nursing, fashion design, and criminal justice seem to be popular majors. As a graphic design major, there is a heavy workload, but it is mostly projects and art assignments compared to a lot of reading or studying. The advising system works nicely - I have had three classes so far with my adviser and he encourages me to challenge myself academically. When registration comes along, it is fairly easy to sign up for classes and get into the ones I want to take. For studying, the library seems to be full a lot of the time, but as a commuter I prefer to study at home."
"Fashion, Nursing, and International Business! Super popular majors!!! I here nursing is a lot of work, but hey... you're saving lives! Remember, if you have a problem with your advisor, you can ask for a change in advisor! Registration is a pain, especially when you go to hit that submit button at 12 a.m. and Marynet kicks you out! Also, be sure you'd credits are in order... you may be a Sophomore, but if you have less than 30 credits- you're registering with the Freshmen! I've actually been frequenting the library this semester! It is a great resource and you can reserve a study room!! Especially if you have a roommate that doesn't understand quiet time."
Learn from the Best
"My favorite professor always split classes between lecture and design. I need an activity to help me learn so project after project helps keep my designs on track and I feel like I'm actually learning."
"I love Professor Stoessell, while she has some particular guidelines you have to get used to, all of her students leave knowing how to work professionally. She's always wants the best for her students and pushes them until they realize their own potential - and she writes an awesome recommendation letter!"
"My favorite professor is Dr. Bolton. He is so sweet and has helped me so much in the Criminal Justice field. I am also a fan of Dr. Flanagan (Theology), Dr. Scott-Douglass (English), and Professor Kearns (CJ). The classes depend on the professors' style and vary immensely. My favorite classes have been my CJ ones by far. Some people go to office hours for extra guidance and it is very helpful to do so."
"My favorite professors of all time are Dr. Rippy and Dr. Karapetkova of the English department. I also loved my theology classes with Dr. Flanagan and Dr. Sparks."
"I love basically all of my HPR professors, Professor Tripken, Dr. Edwards, Professor Nordvall, Professor Francavillo, Coach Jo, and etc. I think having great professors that actually know what their talking about makes a class so fun and exciting to go to. It also makes me excited to learn and helps me to pay attention in class. I also like that class sizes are not too overwhelming, it like just right. I think my favorite class would be Health and Exercise Science with Nordvall because he just made class and labs so much fun and I learned so much from his class, so that is like my top class and I loved my project that I did for his class freshman year!"
"My favorite professors are all in my major - Professor Murphy, Tilton, and Erdeljon from the graphic design program. The classes are typically very small (under 30 students, most of mine are around 15). I have enjoyed taking philosophy as well as illustration and design."
"Pr. Bolton, Pr. Buckner, Pr. Karapetkova, Pr. Giarratano, Dr. Moreno, Dr. Gulyn, Pr. Ellis, Pr. O'Toole, Pr. Fristedt, and the list definitely goes on! Most of tbe professors here have a degree in their field, so they are passionate about whatever they are teaching! This is why I cannot choose a certain major, because all of these professors have sparked my interest in different things! Student to faculty ratio is about 15:1... sorry for the stats, but this number is amazing! Professors know who you are! Especially if you stop by during office hours! Heck, a few of my professors give out their cell numbers to contact them in case of an emergency!"
Interests & Involvement
"Yeah, in the past few years it seems that more students are becoming involved and stepping up to be leaders. Club fair and outreach from programs really raise awareness for what you can do."
"Many people participate in school sports, Campus Ministry, student government, etc. It is not difficult at all to find out about clubs, there usually are many flyers, emails and information about clubs to join."
"I started the film club at Marymount, along with the creative writing and reading alliance. When you are interested in starting a club at Marymount, there will be so many people who are willing to help you. Although, the major obstacles for students who would like to start a club are that the size of the university makes it difficult and people won’t always follow-up with you regarding their interest. My role as president of a club has been extremely involved and time consuming. But, all of the hard work is worth it. Clubs are a lot of fun. The film club visits film festivals in the DC area, has movie nights, and we’ve also dabbled in creating YouTube videos."
"Being apart of clubs and organizations is something that everyone should do at Marymount because when looking for certain jobs off campus or on campus people like to see that you are actually involved with other things besides just attending school. It is so easy to join things on campus we have club fairs and also clubs are always looking to accept people throughout the year. Then students can even make their own club by going to student activities and they will help students who want to start a club on campus."
"There is a lot of participation in clubs. Most of the clubs have an email or a general meeting at the beginning of the semester for newcomers. I have participated in two clubs, one of them that I started on my own. Starting a club is fairly hard, as the budget for clubs is pretty much non-existent right now, which means that events are scarce and typically lackluster."
"YES. We are definitely an academic school, but we are all about our extracurriculars! What is a college experience if you aren't involved? We have club fairs and everything for information and the know! Most popular club/organization? Well, I'm a Student Ambassador so, I guess I'll be biased and say we are! But I love the OL's and what they do, as well as SGA, and I'm sure there are other great clubs! It's super easy to start a club too! Just grab some signatures, find a professor for approval, and make sure your idea is awesome!"
"Women's volleyball always does really well and I love the Pink Game and Pink Dinner. Basketball seems like the favorite though because of the schools we compete against, the teams have also improved a lot this year."
"We are known for our lacrosse and basketball teams. People love to attend the basketball and lacrosse games during the season. It is about 50/50 on people who play sports, since we have so many commuters, they people who do are mostly residents. I feel that there can be a separate athlete culture because they are such a tight knit group and athletes do a lot together such as eat meals and live together."
"Marymount has division 3 athletics, so our school spirit is much different than the college teams you’ll see on ESPN. It’s more low-key. Even so, there's still a separate culture for student athletes. They train together, play together, and party together, too."
"Basketball is our most popular sport on campus however all the sports are loved but basketball gets a lot more attention. We also have intramural teams that students participate in on campus as well."
"Basketball, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, and swimming seem to be the big sports at the school. Many students make good use of the gym and take fitness classes."
"Basketball and Lacrosse. Super popular! I would also add Cheerleading into that category... there's always a crowd at all the sporting events, and sometimes there' even a free shuttle to take you to the playing field for soccer and lacrosse! Intramural? YES... football! Since we don't have a football team, intramural football is the closest we get! But we're cool and have a golf team... and we just got baseball, men's volleyball, cross country, and triathlon!"
"Well we're about 65% female right now so we have quite the presence. I wish more girls would dress in something other than Uggs, a North Face, and Pink yoga pants. You're a woman, show off your style and your class! There are too many women around for all of us to dress the same."
"Being a woman on campus is empowering. The girls here wear pretty much whatever they want- sweatpants, high heels, dresses, whatever works for you. There are many women's clubs/organizations here at MU. There are Bible studies for women, Her Campus, etc. MU used to be an all-girls school so the gender ratio as I last heard was 60/40. It is getting better than it used to be. Some don't notice the difference at all and others just think there are too many girls here. It really depends on what your perspective is."
"There is an unequal male to female ration at Marymount. There are about five girls for every one guy."
"It's awesome, I myself usually dress up like everyday because I love fashion even though it isn't major and also most girls on campus always wear leggings and boots, that is like the most loved items of clothing for girls on campus. I know I wish we had an even number of girls and guys because I hate feeling like I go to an all girls school sometime! We have a lot of women's clubs on campus, one in particular, the LIST club is really great in helping make women realize their worth and strength in life and on campus."
"Marymount is predominantly woman, and as a design major, I am surrounded by girls all the time. Most of them are fashionable too and have a unique sense of style. I definitely think girls wish there were more guys on campus. It is hard to meet guys here, especially as a commuter."
"Well, I'm an extreme feminist and it's actually not that bad here! Yes, it sucks that the guy to girl ratio is .5:1000... but hey, why do you think we're so close to DC? There's always the occasional sweats and baggy T (some girls overdo it) but I can't do that in public... unless you catch me before or after practice or the gym. During the spring/summer, it's a totally different stort. We sometimes forget we have to wear clothes. Though it happens to the best of us! There's no women studies, however there is gender studies, which is one of my concentrations!"
Food & Drink
"1 main dining hall but 3 on-campus dining facilities. The Gerard Dining Hall has really great omelets but other than that it needs to keep improving. Bernie's is amazing and so is Lola's. I wish we could use meal swipes in Lola's."
"We have one main dining hall located in Gerard Hall. We also have two small separate dining options called Lola's and Bernie's. The food is usually a toss-up. Sometimes there are some really good choices and other times it's just not a good idea to eat there. The food, to me, is adequate yet I try to make healthy meals for myself as often as I can. My favorite place to eat on campus is Lola's because I love the options they have. As a freshman it can be difficult to have access to a kitchen that other people aren't using since there is only one on each floor in Rowley. I am not sure about Butler and Gerard but Ostapanko has a stove and sink in each dorm as well as an oven in the lounges. In terms of the dining hall people usually do get tired of it after a while and end up finding their own choices for food. In the dining hall I love when they have the pancake bars with different toppings and pasta is always good there. To me the dining hall doesn't have too bad of choices taste wise (in certain aspects) yet the problem is most of it is definitely not health food.All of the dining on campus is easy to access. We are a small school."
"I don’t live on campus, so I usually don’t eat there. However, when I do, I love eating at Lola’s Café."
"We have three dinning facilities on campus but I think Lola's is the best! Then we have other places around campus that students can go to and also get good food. The nachos in Wow cafe are awesome and also the apple pie that they sometimes have in cafe is delicious! What can I say I like to eat...a lot!"
"There are three dining facilities on campus. The cafeteria is less than impressive, and if you want something even moderately healthy or gourmet Lola's is the place. Lola's has coffee and baked goods, and it seems to be the place most students rave about. I tend to avoid eating on campus, as I am a vegan, and if I want something to eat, I'll usually grab fruit or a salad at Bernie's."
"I actually like the food... sometimes I get angry because the fries in WOW are seasoned too much or the pasta is cold when it should be warm, but the weekend omelets are to die for! You just have to pick and choose your days! Monday should never be your day. We are 6 miles from DC... there are so many fast food restaurants, it is amazing! Apparently DC is one of the top areas to eat out the most... keep the fast food coming!"
"People go out, watch movies, party, go home, whatever. If you want to do something, you will find something to do. On the hole people are really nice here though and respect you if you respect them."
"On weekends, many like to either go to D.C., see their families or go to parties. MU doesn't have any fraternities or sororities yet the lacrosse guys have their own house that many people go to to party. Alcohol use is a given and unfortunately drugs can be a problem yet it is not really my scene so I'm not sure how to answer the rest of the questions."
"On the weekends, Marymount students usually explore Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. The area has a lot to offer in terms of nightlife. Marymount doesn't have Greek life, but there are still parties, just like any other college."
"Sometimes people go out to DC, hang with friends, throw parties, go home sometimes, stay in and watch netflix all night and etc. Everyone however parties different and spends their weekends differently but we all have fun because we're with our friends that we'll have for a lifetime!"
"People on campus tend to go into DC or Georgetown on the weekends. There are usually parties in Ostapenko as well. As a commuter, I spend most of my time off campus and meet up with fellow commuters at their houses or at restaurants around NOVA. Alcahol and drug use happens, but it is just as easy to find friends that aren't into risky behavior as it is to find those who enjoy drinking/partying. Although people do form inclusive friend groups, most people are friendly and open to including you in their outings."
"One word: DC. Just go to DC to have fun! Even museums are fun! Eat out, see a concert, or just walk around at night with some friends! There are shuttles that take you to the metro for the metro rail or metro bus... Metro bus is so cheap, and you get a lot closer to yourself destination than with the metro rail! Just memorize the map! This is not a dry campus, but not everyone is drinking, and neither is everyone doing drugs... if they are, I haven't heard of it. Peer pressure is different for everyone. Handle it wisely."
"There are a lot of housing options if you aren't a freshman, you can pick how you want to live basically. Gerard is great since the dining hall is in the building. There are also a lot of commuters and people who live off campus. It's hard to live off campus though because the area is pretty expensive."
"As a freshman it is difficult to find privacy because the dorms are a little suffocating. Actually, unless you live in Osta, privacy is difficult to find period. There are many different housing options. You are able to pick a roommate but if you cannot find one campus housing will room you with someone who matches your needs. The dorms are very safe. You are required to live in a dorm or with your parent/guardian for the first two years of residency. There are a lot of bonding activities on campus for the freshmen."
"Most freshmen girls live in Rowley Hall, an all-female residence hall. I lived there in my first year, and made connections with a lot of friends. Usually, groups, or “cliques,” develop in the first year at Marymount, from what I’ve noticed. They don't always last until senior year, though."
"I like that we have the option to choose our roommates and also we're able to live in whichever resident hall we want to which is a plus! I feel safe in the dorms just because I always have my phone and if anything happens I have my phone to call someone or I'll just call campus safety or scream for my dear life."
"I spent my freshmen year in the dorms and found it fairly easy living. My roommate was randomly assigned and we got along very well, but during my second semester she transferred and I lived on my own. Living by myself in the dorms was kind of lonely and I wish I had been closer to girls on my floor. The dorms do offer up a bonding experience, but a lot of people live off campus too."
"Housing is great! Recommended for first years because you make so many bonds and it is easier to get adjusted into college mode and away from mommy and daddy mode! Dorms are extremely safe! Especially now with the new scan systems! Also there is Campus Safety patrolling at all hours, as well as desk assistants present at desk! Upperclassmen do like to live off campus, though on campus is more likely."
"I absolutely love Arlington. It safer than living right in DC but close to really great shopping, restaurants, and the monuments. You can always find something to do and come spring time, enjoying the outdoor activities in the area like kayaking is really fun."
"The city surrounding Marymount is A+. Arlington and D.C. are two of the most exciting cities on Earth. I don’t see why anyone would complain."
"I love that our school is located in the middle of Arlington because it's a nice and safe neighborhood to be in. However it is still close to DC which I love because you can pretty much get around with all public transportation her whereas back home I have to drive my car to get anywhere!"
"If you take the shuttle off campus you can go to Ballston and Clarendon. There is metro access and plenty of restaurants and shopping areas to access. The unfortunate thing is that nothing is really walking distance (unless you want a workout) and you have to pay to use the metro. Besides that, all of DC is available and there are plenty of clubs and interesting places to go."
"There is a lot to offer here, but even more in DC! I love the residential, suburban feels, but it's nice to go out into the rural/urban city of DC. There's an equal amount of events on and off campus! Internships are necessarily off campus, but you get to see how it is in the real world. Plus you need those credits in order to graduate!"
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