Mount Saint Mary's University

Los Angeles, CA

Mount Saint Mary's University

Los Angeles, CA

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Every day, our students astound us with their intellect, strength, and never-say-die spirit. They are, in a word, unstoppableAs the only women’s Catholic university in the western United States—and the only women’s university in Los Angeles—Mount Saint Mary’s University provides a values-based education to propel you toward the life you’ve imagined.

Students can choose from more than 30 majors and nearly 50 minors, study abroad, participate in research with faculty, and pursue other experiential learning opportunities that complement their classroom studies. 

A Mount education means students will learn to both understand their major in depth and develop a broad understanding of how it affects society. Our mission is to develop leaders and critical thinkers equipped with the necessary tools to succeed in our ever-changing and multifaceted world. 

Mount Saint Mary’s is unique in that it offers two beautiful campuses to explore and consider. The Chalon Campus, perched in the hills overlooking Santa Monica, is our traditional, residential undergraduate campus. Our Doheny Campus, situated on peaceful grounds just south of downtown LA, houses a broad range of undergraduate, graduate, and educational credential programs. 

Both settings immerse students in small, safe communities that are close to a major business district, entertainment venues, beaches, mountains, and much more. Few institutions can expose students to the types of experiences offered by the vibrant and diverse learning lab of Los Angeles. 

Affordable advantages
The Mount Saint Mary’s advantage is about providing students with an abundance of opportunities at an affordable price. Our generous financial aid packages combined with merit scholarships make us a competitive option for families that are searching for the right school. Our goal is to provide students with all the advantages of a small private institution but at a cost that’s realistic in today’s changing economy. 


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Top College for Social Mobility | U.S. News & World Report

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#3 Most Transformative College | Money magazine

MSMU Facts

• 2,679 students across two campuses, include Chalon, Doheny, and online programs.
• 79% full-time

Student demographics (2021)
• Ethnicity
Asian/Pacific Islander 13%
Black 7%
Hispanic 54%
White 12%
Other/Multi-racial 14%

• 89% female, 11% male

Faculty (2021)
• 129 full-time and 297 part-time members 

Class Size
• Average undergraduate class size: 15.3
• Undergraduate student-faculty ratio: 10:1

Undergraduate Students
• 1400+ students
• 67% are first-generation college students
• 30+ majors to choose from, and 45+ minors 

Undergraduate Financial Support
• 58% eligible for Pell Grants
• 100% receive financial support
• 100% Automatically considered for merit-based scholarships (up to full cost of tuition)

Student and Alumnae Satisfaction
Results from a 2021 Alumnae Survey indicate that 94% described their student experience as having been good or excellent, 92% would recommend the Mount to prospective students, and 90% felt that the University helped identify job opportunities to graduates.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I chose to attend the Mount because the University’s passion for women’s leadership inspired me. I knew it was a place I could make a difference and have a special place in the community.”

  • “I chose a women’s college because I felt that it would be a place where I could feel not only safe but empowered to create my own path.”

  • “My experience at the Mount has allowed me to become a strong and independent woman. The incredible students and staff constantly motivating and empowering one another has made me truly feel unstoppable.”

  • “I had no idea I could afford a private college education. Beyond the cost and the classes, the environment is so peaceful and keeps me focused and happy—the Mount felt most like home.”