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Marymount California University is a Liberal Arts institution offering Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and serving students in three California communities: Palos Verdes and San Pedro in Los Angeles County, and Lucerne in Lake County.

University Statistics:

  • Student body is 54 percent female and 46 percent male 

  • 44 percent of students identify themselves as Catholic 

  • Students originate from 24 states and 23 countries 

  • 96 percent are full-time students seeking associate's, bachelor’s and graduate degrees 

  • Private, guard-gated residential communities offer townhomes with kitchens, living rooms and patios, as well as shared recreational facilities (incoming first-year students are required to reside in Marymount residential communities)

  • Student to full-time faculty ratio is 17:1 

  • 123 faculty members and 134 staff members 

  • Average class size is 18 students 

  • 50,564 nonprofit service learning hours completed by students in the past four years 

  • More than 30 student-led campus organizations 

  • Study abroad experiences at more than 15 international sites 

  • Member of the California Pacific Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), participating in men’s and women’s soccer, cross-country, track and golf (home course is Trump National Golf Club); lacrosse is played as a club sport

  • More than 70 percent of students receive some financial aid, including merit, athletic and fine art scholarships

  • Annual tuition and fees for fall 2013 were $31,169 (domestic students) and $34,169 (international students)

  • Fall 2013 housing cost $12,750 

Priority Application Dates

Students interested in the Five-year BA/MS Pathway Program or a merit and/or talent-based scholarship should apply by the priority processing date.
Oct. 30 – Spring Semester
Feb. 1 – Fall Semester

Founding and Accreditation

In 1968, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) established the Marymount California University institution of higher education. In 1975, the RSHM transferred responsibility for the University to a lay board of trustees. Members of the RSHM provide a legacy to the University, through which their charisma and education standard inspire the University’s mission. Marymount California University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Our Mission

Marymount California University is a Catholic institution that welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds into a quality, values-based education. We foster a student-centered approach to learning that promotes the development of the whole person. In the spirit of our founders, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, we challenge our students to pursue lives of leadership and service.

Marymount Vision

When your university has vision, anything is possible.

With a visionary focus on the future, Marymount California University literally is growing and changing every day. In just the past few years, our institution has expanded its range of four-year and graduate programs, added two dynamic campus locations, attained university status and announced an exciting new name.

What hasn’t changed, however, are the values we’ve held from the beginning. As a Catholic university, we are as committed to serving others as we are to student success. We welcome learners of all backgrounds, experiences and ages, and we expect our students to create positive changes in the world. Our vision is built on the hopes and dreams of each individual Marymount California student. We see what’s possible for you, and it looks amazing.

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