View is clearer from the Mount

July 18, 2006|by SARAH JOHNSTON

Check out Maryland schools - No. 3 of a nine-part series

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.


Mount St. Mary's University is renowned for its core curriculum, a four-year program of rigorous studies. But don't mistake this school for being all work and no play. An array of entertainment and events enliven the campus on a daily basis. Visit for more information.

At a glance

Type of school: private

Affiliation: Catholic

Environment: rural

2006-07 tuition: $23,630

2006-07 estimated total yearly cost (includes tuition, fees, room and board): $32,720

Popular majors: business administration/management, elementary education and teaching, sociology

Student population (2005-06): 1,460 undergraduate students, 520 graduate students

Student body: 41 percent male, 59 percent female

Student/faculty ratio: 14:1

Average class size: 20

Clubs and organizations: more than 70

Greek life: No

Athletics: 19 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports

Famous alumna: Susan O'Malley, president of the NBA's Washington Wizards and the WNBA's Washington Mystics

- Sources:;; www.princeton; Mount St. Mary's printed material and financial personnel

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