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Marymount University: Narrative Description


2807 North Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22207-4299
Tel: (703)522-5600
Free: 800-548-7638
Admissions: (703)284-1500
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Roman Catholic Church. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1950. Setting: 21-acre suburban campus with easy access to Washington, DC. Endowment: $20.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6034 per student. Total enrollment: 3,717. Faculty: 387 (129 full-time, 258 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,757 applied, 82% were admitted. 9% from top 10% of their high school class, 31% from top quarter, 76% from top half. Full-time: 1,778 students, 74% women, 26% men. Part-time: 449 students, 78% women, 22% men. Students come from 42 states and territories, 62 other countries, 42% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 10% Hispanic, 16% black, 8% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8% international, 25% 25 or older, 30% live on campus, 15% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; visual/performing arts; computer/information sciences; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters plus 2 summer terms. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $24,610 includes full-time tuition ($16,952), mandatory fees ($138), and college room and board ($7520). Part-time tuition: $549 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $5.75 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 30 open to all. Most popular organizations: American Society of Interior Design, Student Nurses Association, Fashion Club, International Club, One 2 One (drama club). Major annual events: Portfolio in Motion, Snowball, International Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 670 college housing spaces available; 667 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Emerson C. Reinsch Library plus 1 other with 187,097 books, 315,786 microform titles, 1,048 serials, 908 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.3 million. 177 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located in Arlington, Virginia, just minutes from Washington, DC, Marymount provides students with an easy access to the resources of the nation's capital, including the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Capitol. The University location offers both professional and scholarly opportunities for faculty; the opportunity to bring leaders from government, commerce, and the professions to the University campus; resources for instruction and research; internships placements for students; and employment opportunities for graduates.

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