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Marymount California University challenges students of all backgrounds and ages to pursue lives of leadership and service. With its Oceanview, Waterfront and Lakeside campuses, the University offers a distinctive range of experiences along the Los Angeles County coastline in Palos Verdes, in downtown San Pedro’s arts district and in rural Northern California.

At A Glance:

  • This year's freshman class is among the most academically gifted in the University's history, with an average high school GPA of 3.12

  • More than 30 percent of Marymount’s first-year students are from outside Southern California. Members of the freshman class hail from 15 states and 13 foreign countries.

  • More than 37 percent of entering domestic freshmen are first-generation college students.

  • Marymount’s BA students complete and present Senior Capstone projects that help students customize their degree to their academic, creative and career interests. Integral to Marymount’s distinctive approach to research and engagement, faculty and students conduct applied research in sustainability, community development, and entrepreneurship.

  • Academic learning support is provided by the University’s Learning Center, which is recognized for its accomplishments with students of varied capabilities.

  • Marymount is an eligible Hispanic-Serving Institution with more than 30 percent of its students being Hispanic

  • 44 percent of students are Catholic.

  • More than 70 percent of students receive some financial aid, including need-based, merit, athletic and fine arts scholarships.

  • Student to faculty ratio is 17:1; average class size is 17 students.

  • Residential campuses are located in distinct sites apart from the academic campuses. One residential site offers townhome living, an attractive housing option for many students. University buses transport students from residential sites to the Oceanview and Waterfront campuses.

  • There are 25 student-led campus organizations, a campus ministry retreat and service learning trips during spring break. Lots of opportunities exist for student co-curricular leadership.

  • Study-abroad experiences are available at 19 international sites.

  • Marymount and the Catholic High Schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles offer a guaranteed admission program that makes application to the university easy.

  • Marymount in the Schools is the University’s concurrent enrollment program serving San Pedro High School.

  • Town and Gown programs include a robust Cultural Arts program, a senior citizen auditing program and community partnerships.

  • Current capital projects include renewal of Cecilia Hall, an instructional building; and adding classrooms to the student gallery and performance space, in the Klaus Center for the Arts. Scholarship funding is central to the work of the annual fund and foundation support.

  • A biannual gala that raises funds for scholarship is scheduled for October 2016.

  • Total enrollment is 1,099 students

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

  • 406 new students joined MCU in the fall 2015

  • 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)

  • Since the inception of the Service Learning Program in the Fall of 2009, MCU students have provided 72,191 hours of service to the surrounding community

  • 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); softball and baseball; lacrosse is played as a club sport

  • Annual undergraduate tuition at its Oceanview and Waterfront campuses for fall 2015-spring 2016 is $32,980 for domestic students and $36,130 for international students; Annual graduate tuition for fall 2015-spring 2016 is $750 per unit for domestic students and $920 per unit for international students.

  • Fall 2015-spring 2016 housing costs range from $13,780 per year for a shared-bedroom option to $16,780 per year for a private bedroom option.

An athletic program was initiated in 2012. Marymount is a member of the California Pacific Conference and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), participating in men’s and women’s soccer, cross-country, track, softball, baseball and golf.
Credit for Prior Learning
Marymount California University recognizes and values the college-level learning that students receive prior to joining us at our school. In addition to transferred coursework completed at another school, students may use other methods to earn credit for what they already know. 
Five-Year Program to Complete Both BA and Master’s Degrees
Students may complete their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years in the BA-Master’s Pathway Programs.

MCU On Location
With our gorgeous views and unique setting, it’s no surprise that many Hollywood production companies have chosen MCU as a location for professional film, television and commercial shoots. Click here for a list of productions and links to more information. Funds received by the university in exchange for the campus being used as a location is returned to students in the form of scholarships through Financial Aid. Interested in being a part of the entertainment industry? Check out our Film and Media Production program. Several students have had the chance to work as production assistants or other crew members on a number of these shoots, as well as an opportunity for many other exciting internships in the industry.


Marymount California University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.


Marymount California University (formerly Marymount College Palos Verdes, California) was established in 1968 as a two-year institution of higher education by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM). In 1975 the RSHM transferred responsibility of the university to a lay board of trustees. The RSHM provides a legacy to the University, through which their charism and education tradition inspires the institution’s mission.

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.


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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