Mount Aloysius College

Mount Aloysius College

Cresson, PA
student ratio
total students
$20,300 | $20,300
in-state | out-of-state tuition
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


The College

Mount Aloysius College is a private, comprehensive, Catholic liberal arts college sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. Established in 1853, the college today specializes in both undergraduate and graduate education. Since the founding of the college, more than 14,500 men and women have become proud Mount Aloysius College alumni. The college is committed to providing a small classroom size and a highly structured environment. Mount Aloysius College students come from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, but many other states are represented on campus, including Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. Approximately 65 percent of the college's students are women. There are over 2,500 students enrolled (unduplicated headcount).

Mount Aloysius College is one of 16 Mercy Colleges nationwide. As part of the Mercy College curriculum, students are encouraged to evaluate ethical issues and form sound character traits consistent with traditional, Judeo-Christian values. Personal growth is valued as a vital element of a complete liberal arts education, encompassing the important ability to relate closely to people.

The college recognizes that student activities play a distinctive role in the total campus educational program. There are approximately 100 organized clubs, groups, honor societies, and intramural sports programs, including a newspaper, residence hall associations, student government, cheerleading, dance team, scholarship-funded theater and choir programs, and a student activities planning board. Student activities include many social events, intramural sports programs, athletic events, comedians, cultural and educational events, campus forums, and lectures by guest speakers.

Mount Aloysius College is a member of NCAA Division III. The following athletic programs are available to both women and men: basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, and tennis. Men's baseball and women's bowling, softball, and volleyball are also offered. Both intercollegiate and intramural athletes benefit from the Ray S. and Louise S. Walker Athletic Field Complex, which includes a softball field, one of the finest soccer fields in the area, and the Calandra-Smith baseball field. This spring a ribbon cutting took place for the Mountie Stables. Adjacent to and augmenting the Walker Field Complex, the Mountie Stables include complete dugouts for the baseball and softball fields as well as lockers, rest rooms, showers, a press box, storage and vending facilities for players, coaches, and fans. The stables were a gift to the college from Michael and Astride McLanahan, long standing friends and benefactors of Mount Aloysius College.

Many buildings make up the 193-acre campus. The main building is a picturesque structure dating back to 1897; it houses the admissions, financial aid, security, health, and academic offices, along with the Office of the President, classrooms, the multi-million dollar nursing simulation and robotics center, and the Wolf-Kuhn art gallery. Cosgrave Center is the main hub on campus, serving as the Student Union. The building contains the dining hall, snack bar, bookstore, child-care center (part of the elementary education/early childhood program at the College), lounges, recreational rooms, student affairs offices, and meeting rooms. The college's Health and Physical Fitness Center is adjacent to Cosgrave Center. Its main athletic arena has a seating capacity of approximately 2,000 and serves as the home to all Mounties fans. The facility provides space for 3 basketball courts, 3 volleyball courts, a tennis court, a weight and exercise room equipped with a sauna, 2 locker rooms, office areas, changing rooms for sports officials, public restrooms, a lobby, and a vestibule.

This spring ground was broken for a $25 million Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center on the western edge of the expansive campus. This new facility will offer the region a new entertainment, special events and sports venue. It is scheduled to open in time for the 2014 basketball season.

Ihmsen Halls are key housing facilities for residential students. Misciagna Residence is a state-of-the-art residence hall, providing 25 suites and private bathrooms. McAuley Hall features both double and single rooms. This hall houses a large multipurpose room as well as study lounges on each of its three floors. Alumni Hall, which was recently renovated to 21st Century standards, is a historic, multipurpose room that is used for college drama, musicals, lectures, and many performing arts events. The college operates 12 months per year and opens its facilities to the outside community as well.

The campus offers 100 percent wireless Internet access for laptops and PDAs. Wireless access points are installed in all buildings throughout the campus. In addition, several smart classrooms are located around campus.

Mount Aloysius is a comprehensive college that is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. All nursing programs and health studies programs are fully accredited by their professional accrediting bodies, including the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, the American Association of Medical Assistants, and the Joint Commission on Accreditation for Programs of Surgical Technology.

In addition to its undergraduate programs, Mount Aloysius offers master's degrees in business administration, community counseling, education, and psychology.


Mount Aloysius College is located in the scenic Southern Allegheny Mountains of west-central Pennsylvania, in the small town of Cresson, which is adjacent to US Route 22. The Cresson area has warm, beautiful summers; brisk, breathtaking autumns; invigorating, snowy winters; and cool, blooming springs. Facilities in the area are available for outdoor activities, including biking, golfing, swimming, horseback riding, waterskiing and water activities, hiking, spelunking, picnicking, and amusement and water parks. The college's setting is rural, with 2 midsized cities, Altoona and Johnstown, within a very short distance. Pittsburgh, a thriving urban center ripe with cultural, sports and entertainment venues is only 90 minutes west.

Majors and Degrees

Mount Aloysius College awards bachelor's and associate degrees in the arts, sciences, and health studies fields in both career-oriented and traditional liberal arts programs. Baccalaureate degrees are available in accounting, behavioral and social science, biology and general science, business administration, which includes a 5th-year MBA option, computer science, criminology, elementary/early childhood education and secondary education (with certifications), English, general science, history/political science, humanities, information technology, math/science, medical imaging, nursing (RN-BSN program), nursing (2+2), occupational therapy (3-2), physical therapy (4-2), physician assistant studies (3-2), prelaw, psychology, sign language/interpreter education, and undecided/exploratory. Associate degrees are offered in applied technology, business administration, criminology, early childhood studies, general studies, legal studies, liberal arts, medical assistant studies, nursing, nursing (LPN to RN), physical therapist assistant studies, pre-nursing, radiography/medical imaging, sign language/deaf studies, and surgical technology.

Academic Programs

Whether preparing students for careers upon graduation or for graduate school, Mount Aloysius recognizes the importance of a broad and liberal education. Thus, in addition to receiving solid preparation for their chosen careers, all students at the college receive a foundation in the arts, sciences, and humanities through an outstanding core curriculum. Strong emphasis is placed on the specialized courses within each program of study, and many academic programs combine classroom experience with internships and related training at area clinical sites, agencies, and institutions. In addition to its regular academic programs, Mount Aloysius offers independent and directed study with a commitment to service, which is a key ingredient in a Mercy education. The college has an excellent honors program and academic services area. The academic calendar has 2 traditional semesters and 2 or 3 optional summer sessions.

Off-Campus Programs

An important feature of many academic programs is off-campus training. The majority of the college's programs of study require credit-yielding practicums, through which students work and receive training at local and regional hospitals, public and private schools, or health or human service agencies. Students in all health programs participate in required on-the-job training during their time at the college.

Academic Facilities

In 1995, Mount Aloysius College opened both a new library and a new era, signifying greater access to information for the college community. This state-of-the-art facility is the campus hub for technology and studying. With a Buhl Electronic Classroom and more than 80,000 print and nonprint titles, the library is an impressive, 31,000-square-foot facility with ample seating space, 4 group-study rooms, a reading lounge, a law library and classroom, an unparalleled 18,000-volume ecumenical collection that was donated by Pastor Gerald Myers, and additional room for future expansion. This facility is completely automated, with an online catalog and access to remote libraries and the World Wide Web at more than 30 public workstations. Also located in the library is the Information Technology Center, home to 15 multimedia computer workstations and some of the latest offerings in educational software.

Pierce Hall serves as the science center on campus and is a state-of-the-art, 31,000-square-foot facility that was completed in 1997 and houses all science laboratories, health science centers, and offices of faculty members in the health studies programs. Academic Hall is an impressive facility that is home to the College Honors Program. It also has classrooms, labs, seminar rooms, faculty offices, and electronic rooms. The college is proud of its bridge to the past and its progress in providing twenty-first-century buildings.


Annual tuition and fees for the 2012-13 academic year for full-time students is $18,640, and room and board is $8450.

Financial Aid

Mount Aloysius recognizes the expense involved in acquiring a liberal arts education and encourages all students to apply for all available aid. Through the Office of Financial Aid, the college assists students in applying for state and federal grants, loans, work-study awards, and college merit scholarships and grants. The college awards academic monies based on GPA and SAT or ACT scores; these awards are renewable over a 4-year period and range from $1000 to $10,000 per year. Mount Aloysius College participates in all federal and state programs; 94% of the college's students receive some form of financial aid. "US News & World Report" has ranked Mount Aloysius College as one of the best-priced private liberal arts colleges in the US.


The Mount Aloysius faculty consists of approximately 60 full-time members, whose primary responsibilities are teaching and advising students. Most full-time faculty members hold advanced or terminal degrees and are expected to maintain close instructional ties with students. Many professors hold national professional certificates in such disciplines as criminology, education, law, and nursing. The Mount Aloysius student-faculty member ratio of 14:1 allows close contact between students and faculty members, providing personal attention in a highly structured environment -- a key ingredient in the college's academic philosophy.

Student Government

The Student Government Association (SGA) represents students on all issues that concern the college. The SGA appoints student representatives to all student-oriented college committees. The college encourages active student participation in the general governance structure and in other matters concerning the development and implementation of policies on residential student life.

Admission Requirements

The college enrolls a freshman class of approximately 350 students, which amounts to a total class of 550 students with transfer and adult learning students. Admission is selective and is based on academic promise, as indicated by a student's secondary school performance and activities, standardized test scores, and special experience and talents. Applicants are required to have, or expect to earn, diplomas from approved secondary schools or, in lieu of those, GED diplomas. Submission of official transcripts and SAT or ACT scores is required. In addition to the general admission requirements, specific admission requirements exist for the health programs; students should visit the college's web site ( for further information. Prospective students are highly encouraged to visit the scenic 193-acre campus. The college is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on select Saturdays.

Application and Information

To apply for admission to Mount Aloysius College, candidates are encouraged to submit their applications and $30 application fees to the Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions. In addition, students may apply online. For further information, students should contact:

Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions

Mount Aloysius College

7373 Admiral Peary Highway

Cresson, Pennsylvania 16630

United States

Phone: 814-886-6383

Fax: 814-886-6441

Location & Contact

7373 Admiral Peary Highway
Cresson, PA 16630-1999

Mr.Frank Crouse

Vice President for Enrollment Management/Dean of Admissions

Phone: 814-886-6383
Fax: 814-886-6441

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems and Services Related
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Information Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Early Childhood Education
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Middle School Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Medical Radiologic Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Medical/Clinical Assistant
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Therapy Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Surgical Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Corrections
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • General Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • 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.
  • Social sciences
    • Social Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


73% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,572
    • Accepted1,163
    • Acceptance Rate73%
    • Enrolled1,794
    • Female Applicants1,147
    • Females Accepted837
    • Female Acceptance Rate72%
    • Male Applicants425
    • Males Accepted326
    • Male Acceptance Rate76%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$30
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some Essay or personal statement
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.20
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 410 510
    • SAT Math 430 500
    • SAT Writing 383 480
    • ACT Composite 16 20
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$20,300
    • Out-of-state tuition *$20,300
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,060
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * 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 offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,794
    • Male Student Percentage28%
    • Female Student Percentage72%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino1.09%
    • Black or African American2.94%
    • White or Caucasian77.76%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.26%
    • Asian.26%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • Unknown16.23%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students5% 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 32%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • 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 Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations student government, Campus Activity Board, Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Spirit Team, Dance Team
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported


Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) Yes No No
    • Soccer No Division 3 No
    • Softball No No No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Skiing (cross-country) Yes No No
    • Soccer No Division 3 No
    • Softball No Division 3 No
    • Table Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty204
    • Full-time Percentage37%
    • Part-time Percentage63%
    • Female Percentage67%
    • Male Percentage33%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio12:1 or 1,867 students to 204 faculty