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EMMITSBURG, Md. - Perched upon a lofty tower, a radiant 25-foot statue of the Virgin Mary gazes lovingly upon Mount St. Mary's University, the second oldest Catholic college in the United States. It is nestled in the mountains 30 minutes north of Frederick, Md.
The beautiful campus is within walking distance of the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes, where the serenity of spirituality and the enchantment of nature collide, creating a stunning display in a picturesque setting.
The university, which also houses a seminary, offers a vibrant campus ministry, as well as countless opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others through a vast variety of service projects. Although 70 percent of the student population is Catholic, students from all walks of life become valued members of the university community.