Marymount California University

Marymount California University

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
student ratio
total students
$32,980 | $32,980
in-state | out-of-state tuition
July 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Minimally Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


An Extraordinary Place to Learn: Marymount College Combines a Postcard Location With Big City Opportunity

Marymount College is situated directly on the picturesque Southern California coastline. A series of cliffs descend from the campus, giving students a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. The pristine beaches and verdant hills surrounding the campus -- in combination with a mild, sunny climate -- offer students a resort-style experience minutes from the exciting city of Los Angeles. When not studying, students can watch a pod of dolphins swim past through the telescopes in Marymount's rose garden, or enjoy a plethora of outdoors activities, including ocean kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, surfing, scuba-diving, sailing, and mountain biking.

More traditional metropolitan pursuits are just a short drive from campus. Marymount is nestled in the nexus of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Orange Country, providing centralized access to virtually everything greater Los Angeles has to offer. Professionally, students can take advantage of the wide array of employment, internship, and pre-professional opportunities in one of the largest economies in the world. Recreationally, it's difficult to be bored in Los Angeles. On any given weekend students can cheer on one of LA's sports teams, dine at any of thousands of world-class restaurants, ride Space Mountain at Disneyland, or catch a movie premier on Hollywood Boulevard. Forget "college town." Los Angeles is a college student's dream.

When it comes to student housing, Marymount's residential communities are a luxurious departure from the norm. Rather than a square, concrete room, Marymount's students live in a gated community of two-story, fully-furnished townhouses. Transportation is provided to and from the college, as well as to local shopping and entertainment venues. Amenities include: basketball and volleyball courts; communal barbeques; a furnished patio on each unit; a large pavilion with a fireplace, sound system and gaming tables; garage parking; free campus-wide high-speed wireless internet; on-site laundry; and an on-site dining facility. Upperclassmen have the option of fully remodeled apartment-style housing overlooking the Los Angeles harbor.

An Extraordinary Way to Learn: An Education Focused On The Students

Marymount College is a small institution that combines a rigorous education with an unparalleled level of student-focused attention. Marymount's largest classroom on campus is 40 seats, its student to professor ratio is 17:1, and its classes are guaranteed to be available. Students at Marymount can expect to benefit from one-on-one interaction with faculty members who have advanced experience in real-world occupations. Students develop capstone educational portfolios for future graduate and occupation endeavors and build character and life-skills through countless co-curricular experiences. If students' goals include being involved in the campus and community on a personal level rather than just another face in the crowd, then Marymount College is the perfect choice.

Marymount College offers a wide variety of academic programs to meet virtually any student's goals. Marymount's dynamic bachelor programs are based in the liberal arts tradition of broad-scope multidisciplinary learning, and allow students to choose from a diverse pool of concentrations to create an educational experience that is perfectly customized to their unique strengths and interests. Marymount also offers dozens of associate degree programs designed for students who want to form strong academic foundations in small liberal arts settings before completing their degrees at other institutions. Each program is designed for easy transferability to both public and private universities, and over 90% of Marymount's transfer students are admitted into their top-choice schools -- one of the highest transfer rates in the United States. On either track, students can expect personalized guidance, highly involved faculty and staff members, and real-life enrichment from co-curricular and internship experiences.

The Marymount experience isn't just limited to the classroom; Marymount's students can take advantage of a huge range of athletic, leadership, and social pursuits. Marymount is proud to be included in the National Associate of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for Men's and Women's Soccer, and scholarships are available for talented athletes. The college also offers competitive club lacrosse, a wide variety of intramural sports, and over 40 clubs and student organizations -- from the Hawaiian Culture Club to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The diversity of Marymount's student body adds great depth to the richness of its student life programming, and students can expect a "big school" social experience in a much more intimate setting.

An Extraordinary Opportunity to Grow: Values-Based Education Dedicated To Students' Advancement

Marymount College was founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary in 1932, and is dedicated to the Catholic Liberal Arts tradition of providing a student-centered, culturally rich learning environment to persons of every faith and background. Marymount challenges its students to pursue lives of leadership and service and embody the values of integrity, respect for human dignity, and commitment to justice.

Marymount seeks to graduate well-rounded students who are fully prepared to reach their personal and professional goals. Part of this process is nurturing a spirit of service and global understanding, and Marymount students can expect to use their talents to benefit communities in need -- from Cuba, to Thailand, to the college's own backyard. Student can also anticipate a superior level of accessibility to academic resources, including private tutoring, value-added study-skill and time-management development programs, and a patented job-placement program. A Marymount student will have all of the tools in the ideal environment to grow -- personally and academically -- into his or her greatest potential.

Marymount's highly diverse student body, state-of-the-art facilities, student-focused approach to education, and stunning location ensure that Marymount College offers an elite education on par with much larger institutions while retaining all of the benefits of a small Liberal Arts college. Interested students should contact Marymount today to discover the Marymount advantage.

Location & Contact

30800 Palos Verdes Drive East
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-6299

Mr.Alan Liebrecht

Dean of Admission and Enrollment Services

Phone: 310-303-7311
Fax: 310-303-7698

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences and Humanities Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Digital Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


62% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,586
    • Accepted987
    • Acceptance Rate62%
    • Enrolled1,086
    • Female Applicants949
    • Females Accepted566
    • Female Acceptance Rate59%
    • Male Applicants637
    • Males Accepted421
    • Male Acceptance Rate66%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$50
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some Essay or personal statement
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman2.88
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen July 1st September 1st Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer August 15th September 1st Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 460 400 510
    • SAT Math 450 390 500
    • SAT Writing 460 390 510
    • ACT Composite 18 15 21
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$32,980
    • Out-of-state tuition *$32,980
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,700
    • Room and board *$13,930
    • Room only *$8,700
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,086
    • Male Student Percentage46%
    • Female Student Percentage54%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino35.17%
    • Black or African American8.2%
    • White or Caucasian19.34%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.28%
    • Asian3.87%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.83%
    • Two or more races3.04%
    • Unknown8.1%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout21.18% representing 34 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students6% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 40%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper No
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Yes
    • Most popular organizations Not Reported
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported


Member of the: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Yes No
    • Lacrosse Yes Yes No
    • Soccer Yes Yes Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Track Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Yes No
    • Lacrosse Yes Yes No
    • Soccer Yes No No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Track Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty114
    • Full-time Percentage29%
    • Part-time Percentage71%
    • Female Percentage51%
    • Male Percentage49%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio18:1 or 1,086 students to 60 faculty