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Marymount California University is a liberal arts institution offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees with campuses in three California communities: Palos Verdes and San Pedro in Los Angeles County, and Lucerne in Lake County.

University Statistics:

  • Student body is 56 percent female and 44 percent male 

  • 44 percent of students identify themselves as Catholic 

  • Students originate from 23 states and 26 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 

  • 114 faculty members and 115 staff members 

  • Average class size is 17 students 

  • 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

  • More than 25 student-led campus organizations 

  • Study abroad experiences at more than 19 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 undergraduate tuition 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.

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.) Baseball and softball are expected to begin in 2015-2016. Men’s lacrosse is a club sport.
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.


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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