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Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CAhttps://www.msmu.edu
Mount Saint Mary's University, a Catholic women's college, significantly outperforms schools with similar student demographics on measures of graduation rates and career earnings. A full 50% of students are the first generation college students, and about 90% are minority students. And about half of the 1,600 undergraduates qualify for low-income grants. MSMU's program features a strong commitment to liberal arts, with each student required to take 16 courses -- in philosophy, arts, and Catholic theology, among other subjects -- that make up the school's core curriculum. The school offers around 30 majors as well as a host of minors and special programs. Students can gain certification in youth ministry, or in the university's long-established and well-known nursing program. Many activities focus on women's leadership development, and MSMU students are known as Athenians, named after Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom. Less than a quarter of students live on the undergraduate campus in the Santa Monica Mountains. The university also has a downtown Los Angeles campus used primarily for co-ed graduate programs and associate degrees.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$62,000
% of students who get any grants
82%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$30,900
Average price for low-income students
$25,620
admissions
Acceptance rate
81%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1020/19
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,575
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
79%
% of need met
41%
% of students who get merit* grants
6%
Average merit grant
$11,774
student success
Graduation rate
70%
Average time to a degree
4.4 years
Average student debt
$26,000
Average salary within 3 years
$52,800
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
30%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Dec 1
Regular application
Aug 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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