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Marymount University
Motto Tua Luce Dirige ("Direct us by Thy Light")
Established 1950
Type Private Co-educational University
Endowment $17.9 million[1]
President James E. Bundschuh
Faculty 129 full-time/258 part-time
Students 3,684
Undergraduates 2,327
Postgraduates 1,357
Location Arlington County, VA, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Royal Blue and White
Mascot Saints

Marymount University is a coeducational, four-year Catholic university which has its main campus is located in Arlington, Virginia.



Marymount was founded in 1950 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) as Marymount College, a two-year women's school. It was a member school of the Marymount colleges operated by the sisterhood in New York, California and several other states. The campus was located on the former estate of Admiral Presley Marion Rixey, Naval Surgeon General and personal physician to Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William McKinley. Classes and activities were centered around the former Rixey Mansion, renamed as the university's "Main House".

Marymount became a four-year college in 1973, added master's degree programs in 1979, and its first doctoral program, the Doctor of Physical Therapy, in 2004. Its first male students were admitted into the nursing program in 1972 and the college became fully coeducational and moved to university standing in 1986.

The university established the Center for Ethical Concerns in 1993. In 2002, Marymount began offering an honors track for exceptional incoming freshman and transfers.

In January 2009, Marymount University began construction on its 26th Street Project, which will transform a current Marymount-owned parking lot at the corner of 26th Street and Old Dominion Road into a 52,000-square-foot academic building, a suite-style residence hall for 239 students, and a four-level underground parking garage. The new building is scheduled to open in August 2010[2].

Academics & Accreditation

The school grants associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, undergraduate and graduate certification, and pre-professional programs in teaching, law, medicine and physical therapy. It is the only Washington-area university to offer Fashion Design and Merchandising programs.

The student to faculty ratio is 13:1.

The School of Business Administration offers graduate programs that provide a strong foundation in business principles, as well as instruction in the latest technological advances. Graduate students can take advantage of full- or part-time study options, with an emphasis placed on evening and Saturday classes that are convenient for the working professional. Faculty advising, peer networking, and a cutting-edge education afford a wide array of professional opportunities in the Washington, DC, region.

Marymount University's nationally ranked MBA program prepares graduates for broader management responsibilities in business. Students can tailor their studies to meet specific career objectives with specializations in finance, health care management, human resource management, information technology, international business, legal administration, and marketing. The average GMAT score for an MU MBA student is 650, with an average undergraduate GPA of 3.6.



Main Campus

Marymount's main campus is located on 21 acres (85,000 m2) in the North Arlington area of Arlington, Virginia. The campus includes five residence halls: Rowley Hall, Butler Hall, St. Joeseph's Hall, Berg Hall, and Gerard Phelan Hall; two academic buildings: Rowley Academic Center and Gailhac Hall; St. Joeseph's Hall computer labs; the Rose Benté Lee Center which includes two gyms, the campus bookstore, Bernie's Cafe, mail facilities, and recreational and meeting spaces; the Gerard Phelan Cafeteria; the Emerson G. Reinsch Library and Auditorium; the Lodge; Ireton Hall; the Main House; the Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Mary; and the synthetic-turf practice field[3].

Ballston Center

Marymount's Ballston camppus incluses the School of Business Administration.

Marymount's Ballston Center is 2 miles (3.2 km) away from the main campus in Arlington and houses the School of Business Administration and the Physical Therapy program. The center also includes the Truland Auditorium; the Ballston Center library extension; computer labs; the Ballston Center Cafeteria; the Ballston Center chapel; the Career and Internship Center; and the Study Abroad Office.[3].

Reston Center

Marymount also has a Reston center. Its mission is to provide undergraduate and graduate programs that help adult learners further their education and achieve their personal and professional goals[4].


Marymount's teams compete in NCAA Division III in the Capital Athletic Conference.

Sports available for men and women include Basketball, Cross-Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, and Swimming. In addition, Volleyball is available for women, and Golf is available for men.

The Marymount women's basketball team has a long and rich history both on the court and in the classroom. They have won eleven Capital Athletic Conference titles (in 20 years) including the first seven in the CAC's history and most recently, in 2010. The Saints have advanced to the NCAA post-season tournament 14 times, moving on to the Final Four in 2002, the Elite 8 in 2004, and the Sweet 16 seven other times. The Saints are one of only three teams (of 425 in Division III) to advance to at least the Sweet 16 in the four seasons from 2001-2004. They also excel in the classroom with a team GPA over 3.0 for the past nine consecutive years and have had two CAC Scholar Athletes of the Year and one NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winner.

In 2003, the Marymount cheerleading squad won a Capital Athletic Conference championship.

Clubs and Student Organizations

Marymount University has over 40 different clubs and student organizations. The majority of these clubs are managed by the Office of Student Activities[1] while others, like the Student Government Association[2], fall under the direction of various other university offices. Many departments on campus also offer specialized clubs based on academic interests, like the Fashion or Philosophy Clubs.

Students have the opportunity to become involved in groups dedicated to community service or philanthropy like the Campus Ministry Association[3] and the Global Charity Project[4] or participate in a career related club like the Fashion Club, Interior Design Association, and Students for Free Enterprise. The Student Government Association, Co-Curricular Council, and Activities Programming Board provide students with an outlet to improve the quality of life at Marymount.

Awards & Acknowledgements

- Recognized in The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development

- Recognized for Quality and Diversity in U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 Edition of America’s Best Colleges[5].

- Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the 42nd Best Master's College (South)


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ Marymount University Website. "26 Street Project." Retrieved on 2009-02-16
  3. ^ a b Marymount University Website. "Campus Map." Retrieved on 2009-02-16
  4. ^ Marymount University Release. "THE RIBBON IS CUT AT MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY'S RESTON CENTER." October 11, 2007. Retrieved on 2009-02-16
  5. ^ Marymount University Release. "Marymount University Recognized for Quality and Diversity in U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 Edition of America’s Best Colleges" August 22, 2008. Retrieved on 2009-02-16

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Coordinates: 38°54′18″N 77°07′44″W / 38.905°N 77.129°W / 38.905; -77.129


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