MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY Arlington, Virginia
Your window on the WORLD
Frame your future At Marymount University, a whole new world of experiences and ideas awaits you. Located in suburban Arlington, Virginia – just six miles from Washington, DC – Marymount offers you exciting opportunities to • • • • •
expand your knowledge develop your talents discover new interests build valuable relationships prepare for your future
Marymount is a coeducational Catholic university that offers a great education in a capital location!
When it comes to your higher education, make sure the college you choose is right for you. Look for one that is the right size... Marymount is small enough to give you a level of personal attention you won’t get at larger institutions. At the same time, Marymount is big enough to offer you a rich range of programs, activities, and resources. Best of all, it’s a learning community where each individual is known and valued.
strikes the right balance... Marymount provides an integrated living and learning experience, with a healthy balance of academic challenge and extracurricular activities. The University’s emphasis on educating the whole person will help you prepare for the next chapter in your life – whether that’s a great job or an outstanding graduate program.
offers the right location... Spread over a 21-acre campus in suburban Arlington, Marymount is in a residential neighborhood just six miles from Washington, DC. This location affords MU students both pleasant surroundings and the unparalleled educational, cultural, recreational, and employment opportunities of the nation’s capital. All undergraduates complete an internship or field experience related to their majors. Think of the possibilities! Marymount students intern at the White House, the Smithsonian, the World Bank, and the National Institutes of Health; on Capitol Hill and along the Dulles technology corridor; in multinational corporations, world-class health care organizations, and major media outlets. Few universities integrate the internship experience into every major like Marymount does; it’s one of the things that sets the MU educational experience apart. The University’s faculty also reflect the richness of the national capital area, with professional experiences and connections that will deepen and enrich your learning.
and all at the right price! You may be surprised at how affordable a private college education can be. Marymount is committed to helping qualified students achieve their educational goals. A variety of merit- and need-based scholarships, grants, loans, and other financial aid options are available to help make your MU education an affordable reality.
MU students intern at the White House, the Smithsonian, the World Bank, the National Institutes of Health, and more ...
Marymount is six miles â€“ just five Metro stops! â€“ from Washington, DC.
It’s the right time Founded in 1950, Marymount University has a proud history of growth and achievement. The institution that opened its doors with just 13 students now serves more than 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Today, Marymount offers cutting-edge programs that span a variety of disciplines – from the arts and sciences to business, technology, education, human services, and the health professions. Right size. Proximity to Washington, DC. Exceptional internships. A wealth of resources. These are the top reasons students choose Marymount. What’s more, your college experience will be enriched by MU’s diverse student body. With students from 42 states and 68 countries, the University offers you opportunities to make new friends, broaden your cultural horizons, and learn from individuals who come from all around the globe. Marymount’s environment will challenge and support you. Can you see yourself in this dynamic learning community where students come first?
Marymount’s student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1.
Marymount – your window on a world of knowledge Marymount’s small classes provide an ideal setting for quality learning, and the University’s faculty are invested in student success. Your MU professors will challenge your assumptions and offer new ways of looking at the world. They will encourage you to sharpen your critical thinking skills, ask probing questions, and explore fresh ideas. And they will be available to give you extra help and talk about whatever’s on your mind. At Marymount, ethics and values are emphasized across the curriculum and throughout campus life. This focus will help you prepare for true personal and professional success.
undergraduate degree programs Art (B.A.)
Information Technology (B.S., B.S./M.S.)
Applied Information Technology
Biology (B.S.) General Biology
Forensic Computing Information Systems
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Interior Design (B.A.)
Liberal Studies (B.A.)
Business Administration (B.B.A., B.B.A./M.B.A.)
Mathematics (B.S.) Multidisciplinary Studies (B.A. with teaching
licensure for Elementary Education, grades
PK-6; B.A. with teaching licensure for
Special Education, grades K-12)
Paralegal Studies (B.A. including Paralegal
Studies certificate, if earned)
Criminal Justice (B.A.)
Theology and Religious Studies (B.A.)
Criminal Justice (B.S.) Forensic Science
Pre-professional Studies Pre-Law
Economics in Society (B.A.)
Teaching Licensure Programs
Fashion Design (B.A.)
Fashion Merchandising (B.A.)
Graphic Design (B.A.)
Health Sciences (B.S., B.S./M.S.)
Health Promotion Pre-Physical Therapy History (B.A.)
History and Social Science Mathematics Special Education
Marymount’s average class size is 21 students.
If you haven’t yet decided on a major, Marymount’s Academic Success Center will guide and support your decision-making process. About 20% of MU freshmen do not initially indicate a major. If you are still thinking about what you want to do in college and in life, Marymount can be a great choice because it offers a strong liberal arts foundation and a broad variety of program options.
“I came to Marymount majoring in Graphic Design, but I took a Philosophy class and fell in love with it, so I declared it as my major.” Korey Johnson, Philosophy, ‘10 Woodbridge, VA
How about taking a class from… A former network TV news producer who brings his connections to the classroom Paul Byers, associate professor of Communications, spent nearly 25 years working in broadcast news at CBS, NBC, and Post-Newsweek Stations. Today, Marymount students benefit from Mr. Byers’ real-world knowledge and connections. For example, this one-time Asian Bureau Chief for CBS News recently led a group of MU students to Beijing, China, to study the roles of marketing and the media in that country as it prepared to host the summer 2008 Olympic Games. Mr. Byers and Mr. James Ryerson, dean of Marymount’s School of Business Administration, co-developed and team-taught the course, which attracted both Communication and Business majors.
A world-renowned Arthurian scholar who makes history come alive Dr. Chris Snyder, professor of History, can often be seen on A&E’s History Channel and the BBC Learning Channel, in programs focusing on the Middle Ages and the legend of King Arthur. Dr. Snyder believes that the opportunity to do “hands-on history” helps bring the past to life for Marymount students. He explains one popular class project: “I have them do a research report using primary sources, then re-create a physical object from the past. Students tend to perk up when I walk into the classroom and say, ‘This semester we’re going to re-create objects from the Middle Ages.’” Dr. Snyder’s office is decorated with realistic-looking pieces of armor, jewelry, religious items, tabards, and weaponry from the Middle Ages – all the products of student research and creativity!
A former police officer who helps students stay on the leading edge of criminal justice Criminal justice and forensic science are among the hottest career fields in America today. Dr. Michael Bolton, Marymount professor of Criminal Justice, relishes the opportunity to share his knowledge of law enforcement with future criminologists. A former Arlington, Virginia, police officer, Dr. Bolton observes, “Marymount’s location near federal agencies like the FBI, DEA, and Secret Service opens up tremendously exciting internship and employment opportunities for our students.”
A Fulbright Scholar who shares her zeal for literature Dr. Karen Waters, professor of English, spent five months during academic year 2006-07 in India as a Fulbright Scholar, teaching literature, advising students, and mentoring faculty at the National Islamic University in New Delhi. Dr. Waters says, “What I like best about teaching literature is that every time I read a text, it becomes something new and different. I try to convey this excitement to my students – whether in India or right here at Marymount!”
All Marymount classes are taught by faculty members, not teaching assistants.
Faculty members whose students aided hurricane-stricken Gulf Coast residents Following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans native Dr. Nancy Furlow, associate professor of Management and Marketing; Dr. Diane Murphy, associate professor of Information Management; and their Marymount students launched a Web site to help struggling Gulf Coast business owners. The e-commerce site allowed customers around the globe to patronize small businesses that were still in operation in the Gulf area following the storm. Dr. Murphy says, “We used technology to establish an extended online community to help in the revitalization of the Gulf Coast. Our site offered concerned citizens an opportunity to provide assistance directly, by doing business with Gulf-area merchants who still had the ability to fulfill orders online. The Marymount students whose work made this opportunity possible have the satisfaction of knowing that they completed a real-world project that made a difference.”
A scientist who engages students in research and service Dr. Todd Rimkus, professor of Biology, provides his students with opportunities to collaborate on an ongoing research project involving turtle hatchlings. During the past three summers, Dr. Rimkus has taught Marine Biology and Tropical Ecology in Belize. He says, “Our objective was to go and learn about the country and the environment, while giving something back to Belize.” Closer to home, Dr. Rimkus’s students serve as science fair judges at local elementary and middle schools. He explains, “This is an excellent opportunity for our students to show leadership and do something for the community. And they are always surprised by how much they get out of working with younger kids; helping someone else learn leads to a great feeling of satisfaction.”
“Marymount students are engaged learners. They want to be stimulated and challenged. They want enthusiastic professors who can make the classroom a dynamic environment. They are why I teach. ... I’ve often said that an outstanding teacher must have a mastery of the subject matter, be an effective communicator, and be enthusiastic. I think I have the first two attributes. I know that I possess the third one – the enthusiasm, the passion. That passion can get less-motivated students to come to class; it can keep students engaged even at the end of a long day. Enthusiasm is contagious, and it is one of the keys to great teaching.”
85% of graduating students say that their MU faculty “have a high level of expertise in their fields.”
James Ryerson Dean, School of Business Administration
Marymount – your window on a world of opportunity At Marymount University, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities abound. Study in a far-away land... conduct research and present your findings at a national conference… enjoy an enriched academic experience with other highly motivated students... take advantage of the amazing intellectual and cultural resources of America’s capital city. These opportunities, and more, are available to you at Marymount.
Study Abroad In an increasingly global society, employers are looking for college graduates with an international perspective. Studying in another country – and using that location as a “home base” for further travel – is a great way to broaden your worldview. Participants in Marymount’s Study Abroad program, coordinated by the University’s Center for Global Education, say that living and learning in a foreign country was a life-changing experience that helped them gain new levels of independence, self-confidence, and flexibility. Through partnerships with organizations and universities around the world, Marymount offers semester-long programs in Africa, Australia, Austria, Central and South America, China, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Middle East, Spain, and more. In addition, occasional short-term, faculty-led programs provide opportunities for MU students to undertake focused learning in a new country and culture. Past initiatives have included a program in Brussels for Business students, an architecture study tour in Italy for Interior Design majors, and two weeks of Shakespearean study in London and Stratford-upon-Avon.
“My minor was Art History, so I went to the American University in Rome in my junior year. My favorite class, without a doubt, was Late Antique and Early Byzantine Art. We met at various locations around the city, and it really kept everyone’s interest. In my first two months in Rome, I traveled to 11 different cities and saw some of the most amazing sights of my life.” Danny Yonto, Politics, ’08 Bethel Park, PA
Study Abroad Locations Argentina Australia Austria Belgium Chile China Egypt El Salvador England France Ghana Ireland Italy Japan Mexico New Zealand Peru Russia Scotland South Africa Spain … and many more places around the globe!
Internships Abroad Some locations, such as Brussels, London, Dublin, and Florence, offer the option of doing an internship.
“Studying abroad in Dubai over the summer changed the way I think about design. It brought something new to my palette. I also learned a great deal about the Arab world and now have a better understanding of the people there. World politics and religion came up in every conversation. It never before occurred to me that people in another culture could be so knowledgeable and passionate in their views about America.” Seth Van den Bergh, Interior Design, ’08 Wasilla, AK
Honors Program Marymount’s Honors Program is a great choice for those seeking extra academic challenges and rewards. This selective program enrolls up to 20 students each year. Honors students at MU enjoy unique course offerings and special activities that draw upon the educational and cultural resources of Washington, DC, and the world beyond. Recent enrichment programs for Honors students have included a behind-the-scenes tour at the Smithsonian, a class in art and theology held at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a summer study program at Oxford University in England. Students in the Honors Program also benefit from priority course registration, substantial scholarship support, and special recognition on their diplomas and transcripts. As a senior, each Honors student writes and defends an Honors Thesis – outstanding preparation for those planning to go on to graduate study!
“I thought being in the Honors Program would be a good way to stretch and challenge myself. I figured I should take advantage of all of the opportunities when I went to college. And I think the hard work I did as an undergrad will pay off in the future.” Justin Domes, Mathematics, ’08 Develen, NY
What will you DISCOVER at Marymount?
Honors students help shape the program’s operation and activities.
Many Marymount programs provide opportunities for students to conduct original research under the direction of faculty mentors. Now, the University’s new DISCOVER program is providing increased emphasis on research and scholarship. Through DISCOVER, Marymount students in all disciplines learn how to learn – by asking probing questions, exploring beyond the surface, and working one-on-one with faculty mentors. It’s called inquiry-based learning and it’s a fundamental part of a Marymount education. DISCOVER is designed to engage students in all majors in creative research, scholarship, and projects both inside and outside the classroom. Through this program, you may get to present your research findings at Marymount’s annual Student Research Conference, be selected to receive a summer research grant, or even obtain funding to travel to a professional conference related to your field of study.
Consortium Resources Marymount is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, and MU students can arrange to take approved courses at the other member institutions. These include American University; The Catholic University of America; Georgetown University; The George Washington University; and The University of Maryland, College Park. This partnership provides opportunities for students to participate in courses not offered at their home institutions, while making new friends at schools around the DC area. Marymount is also a member of the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), through which library resources are shared. WRLC-member institutions share an online catalog; requests for materials can be made online, and the items requested are delivered to the student’s home institution or via the Internet.
Distinguished Speakers Marymount students have opportunities to meet and learn from worldclass speakers. Leaders from diverse fields speak at universitywide lectures, give in-class presentations, and talk with students at informal gatherings. Here are just some of the distinguished leaders who have spoken to the Marymount community in recent years: Ben Bradlee, vice president at large, The Washington Post Rita Colwell, former director, National Science Foundation Garret FitzGerald, former Prime Minister of Ireland Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Michael Kors, fashion designer Roger Mudd, veteran broadcast journalist and History Channel host Colin Powell, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Secretary of State Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, author and anti-death penalty activist William H. Rehnquist, late Chief Justice of the United States Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder, Special Olympics Helen Thomas, former UPI White House Bureau Chief Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus, Cape Town, South Africa
“The collapse of apartheid is one spectacular example that history is not just a meaningless gibberish, that human existence is not just a tale full of sound and fury signifying nothing, that life is not a theater of the absurd. No, God’s intention is that all should come to a glorious climax of goodness, of duty, of truth.” The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu Recipient, Marymount University Ethics Award, in an address to the Marymount community Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr.
Sr. Helen Prejean
Donna Brazile and Bay Buchanan
“One thing you do know is that you’ve been prepared at this wonderful university. Whatever is awaiting you... you were grounded with a solid education. You were grounded with an understanding of the need for character and competence. You were grounded in your faith, and you’re prepared for whatever road opens to you.” General Colin Powell (USA, Ret.) Recipient, Honorary Doctorate speaking at Marymount’s 2006 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Carolina Herrera
Marymount – your window on a world of success Marymount University prepares students for the “real world” through hands-on learning and networking. The resources of Washington, DC, offer unparalleled opportunities to gain experience and connections that are directly related to your career goals. And MU’s Career and Internship Center will help you all along the way – from identifying the right internship or employment opportunity to polishing up your résumé and practicing your interviewing skills.
“One of the wonderful things about Marymount is that our students gain practical experience with first-rate organizations. For example, our Nursing students get rigorous professional preparation through clinical placements at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, the National Institutes of Health, and other well known hospitals and health care agencies.” Dr. Theresa Cappello Dean, School of Health Professions
Internships and Fieldwork All Marymount undergraduates complete an internship, clinical experience, or student-teaching assignment as part of their program of study. This is a great way to test your career goals and build your résumé. Some students find these hands-on learning opportunities so rewarding that they choose to do more than one internship or field experience, and it is not unusual for internships to lead to offers of full-time employment.
“At my internship with the John A. Boneta & Associates law firm, I sat in on consultations with the attorneys and asked questions of the clients. I attended court on a weekly basis, so I could learn the ropes of the courthouses. I had to make sure the client files were prepared before court hearings. My internship gave me a great advantage in the legal field because it allowed me to build relationships with police officers, judges, and attorneys in the northern Virginia area. And best of all, my internship led to a fulltime job as a paralegal with the firm after graduation!” Janay Burton, Paralegal Studies, ’09 Chester, PA
A sampling of MU internship sites American Red Cross Catholic Diocese of Arlington Capitol Hill Children’s National Medical Center Comcast SportsNet Discovery Communications Federal Bureau of Investigation Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Lord and Taylor Morgan Stanley National Center for Missing and Exploited Children National Science Foundation The Smithsonian Institution SmithGroup Virginia Hospital Center Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
“My sophomore year, I completed an internship on Capitol Hill, where I worked for Senator Arlen Specter. That was an excellent experience: not only can I put this on my résumé, but I learned first-hand how the political process works. I met President Obama on the first day of my internship, and I also spent some time with John Kerry. DC is the political center of the world and you really can’t escape that when you cross the Potomac and enter the city.” Colin Farrell, History and Secondary Education, ‘09 North Wales, PA
“During my undergraduate career, I had the opportunity to work in a variety of hospitals in the DC area. This allowed me to experience different hospitals and clinical settings. In my last semester, I interned at the Cardiac Telemetry Unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital, one of the top hospitals in the United States. At the end of my internship I was offered a position in the same unit and I accepted!” Geoffrey Maina Kamau, Nursing, ‘09 Nairobi, Kenya
Illuminate your future The time to prepare for the future is now, and Marymount is ready to help you get where you’re going. The University’s Career and Internship Center offers many programs to assist you in defining and achieving your goals. The annual Résumé Rescue is an opportunity to have your résumé critiqued by hiring professionals, Mock Interview Day is a great chance to practice your interviewing skills, and on-campus recruiting events throughout the year offer opportunities to connect with potential employers. Your career search will be made easier through CICWeb, an online site that allows MU students and alumni to post their résumés, see current job and internship openings, and register for upcoming recruitment events. The University’s “FindAnInternship” listserv is another great tool for securing an experiential learning opportunity that will help you move ahead. The close-knit Marymount community will also work to your advantage. Many students keep in touch with their professors after graduation and find that faculty members can provide leads for employment in their particular fields. Alumni are another excellent resource. MU sponsors many events that encourage alumni networking – often the key to identifying exciting new career opportunities.
“I landed my internship at Ernst & Young through a Marymount alum. Thanks to my MU education and network of contacts, I’m now a senior accountant at Ernst & Young.” Shingai Mavengere, B.B.A./Accounting, ’02 M.B.A. ’03, University of Virginia Harare, Zimbabwe
Nearly two-thirds of Marymount graduates secure a first job that is directly related to their field of study.
Who’s Hiring? A variety of government agencies, multinational corporations, health care and human service organizations, public and private schools, and leading-edge science and technology enterprises recruit and hire Marymount students and alumni. Some examples: Booz Allen Hamilton Children’s National Medical Center ExxonMobil Fairfax County Public Schools Federal Bureau of Investigation International Monetary Fund Inova Fairfax Hospital National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Neiman Marcus Northrop Grumman U.S. Department of Homeland Security U.S. Department of State USA Today
Grad school? An undergraduate degree from Marymount University is solid preparation for further study at Marymount or elsewhere. MU students have gone on to graduate study at such institutions as
Four out of five MU alumni say that the University helped them develop strong critical thinking skills.
Harvard Law School Johns Hopkins University University of Notre Dame Parsons School of Design The George Washington University John Jay College of Criminal Justice University of Michigan College of Engineering University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“I interned with USA Today’s magazine, called USA Weekend. I worked with editors to find images that fit the articles, and they taught me how to apply software programs to real-life projects. The biggest thing I learned there was that I chose the right profession. When my internship was over, my supervisor offered me a freelance job as a graphic designer and illustrator. Our first project is an exhibit at the Annapolis Maritime Museum.” Daniel Lozano, Graphic Design, ’09 Arlington, VA
Marymount – your window on
a world of faith and service As a Catholic university, Marymount is committed to the education of the whole person – including healthy spiritual, social, and cultural development. The University emphasizes values, ethics, faith, and service. A diverse learning community that welcomes individuals of all faith traditions, Marymount has always attracted students who are interested in nourishing their minds and opening their hearts. Here, you will find a wide range of opportunities for moral and spiritual growth. Social justice initiatives, volunteer service activities, and faith formation and fellowship programs will enable you to become your best self and make a positive difference in the world. Members of the MU community have opportunities to explore and share their diverse religious and cultural traditions. Some examples include the annual International Thanksgiving Dinner, the annual Iftar Dinner, and interfaith discussions and prayer services. At Marymount, students lead by serving others. They tutor children at local schools and shelters, visit with residents at senior centers, and help to clean up local parks. They also organize and run volunteer activities right on campus – from the annual Halloweenfest celebration for disadvantaged children to the Special Olympic Basketball Tournament that is hosted by MU each spring. And for those who want to reach out even farther, Campus Ministry’s Alternative Spring Break program is a great choice. Each year, Marymount students and staff members pack their sunscreen and toolbelts and travel to places like South Carolina and the Dominican Republic to help build and repair homes for families in need.
Spirit of Service Scholarship Students who have a record of high academic achievement and outstanding volunteer service in their high school, church, or community may be eligible for Marymount University’s Spirit of Service Scholarship. Spirit of Service scholars are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at MU and complete 60 hours of community service per semester.
“I volunteered each semester in a variety of programs. It certainly was a challenge, but a good challenge. Doing service consistently opened my eyes to what it means to be able to truly give myself to someone else. I think God wanted me to do it, so he gave me the strength I needed.”
In 2007-08, nearly 800 MU students completed a total of 9,500 hours of community service.
Paul Reynolds, Biology, ’08 Herndon, VA Spirit of Service Scholar
Marymount – your window on a world of discovery A college education involves so much more than just what goes on in the classroom. The more you participate in campus life, the more meaningful your college experience will be. At Marymount, both resident and commuter students have diverse opportunities for participation, leadership, and self-discovery. More than 30 clubs and organizations are active on campus, and MU students are encouraged to start new clubs to meet their special interests. At Marymount, students come first, and everyone is encouraged to get involved in creating a dynamic campus community that responds to student needs and interests. The Rose Benté Lee Center is the hub of campus life. It’s a great place to relax, refresh, and recharge. Students come to the Lee Center to shoot some baskets, play a game of pool, or enjoy a swim. They come to cheer for the MU Saints, to work up a sweat in the fitness room, or to enjoy a cup of specialty coffee with friends. On the weekends, they come to the Lee Center to catch a movie, see a comedian or hypnotist perform, or participate in a campus game show or open-mike night. Nationally known recording artists like Gavin DeGraw, Josh Kelley, Pat McGee, and The Ataris come to the Lee Center, too, and MU students love it when they rock the house. Since the Lee Center is also home to the University bookstore and student mailboxes, there is always a reason to stop by and see what’s happening.
Coming Soon: Marymount’s 26 th Street Project Like you, Marymount is preparing for a brighter future. The University is now constructing its $50 million 26th Street project, scheduled to open in fall 2010. The sustainably designed, energy-efficient project includes a new residence hall with suite-style housing for students; a new academic building with state-of-the-art science and health science laboratories; four levels of underground parking; and outdoor gathering spaces.
Getting to Know You Before becoming roommates at Marymount, Katie Acker ’07 and Angela Sheehan ’07 were worlds apart – literally and figuratively. Katie and Angela found that life at MU gave them the opportunity to forge a friendship that they would not have previously imagined. Katie: I was raised in a military family and have lived all over the world. My family now lives in Burke, Virginia. I transferred to Marymount from a school in Texas to major in Biology. Angela: I’m a Communication major from La Paz, Bolivia. Katie: Angela is much neater than I am. I’m not messy, just disorganized. I don’t really ever watch TV, and Angela watches it a lot. Angela: Katie is messy…but she has gotten better! She feels bad because I’m always cleaning and picking up her stuff. We balance each other because she’s very energetic and always doing something, while I’m more relaxed. Katie: Do we work on school work together? I never let Angela near my homework! She couldn’t even name two parts of a cell. Angela: I agree; I don’t know much about Biology, and I doubt I could pronounce some of the words in her textbooks. But last semester she took a Spanish class and a Latin American History class. So I helped her study for the spelling tests and looked over her essays. I also started speaking to her in Spanish, which I think helped her become more familiar with the language. Katie: Even with all our differences, we get along just great and we’ve learned a lot from each other. Hey, before meeting Angela, I could not have identified Bolivia on a map if my life depended on it! And we have a lot of fun together. Angela: My favorite memory was when we decided on a Tuesday to take a road trip to North Carolina for the weekend. By Friday, we were off. It was great to do that together, just on the spur of the moment. Katie: I see myself never losing touch with Angela. In fact, we – along with a couple of other friends – have rented a house near Marymount so we can all live together after graduation.
Clubs and Organizations At Marymount, there is something for everyone. Campus clubs and organizations include Activities Programming Board African Caribbean Student Association Black Student Alliance Blue Harmony (vocal ensemble) Blue Crew Campus Ministry Association Cheerleading Chess Club Circle K College Democrats College Republicans Commuter Advisory Board Dance Team Fashion Club Fitness Club Global Charity Project Graphic Design Club History Club Interior Design Association International Club Judo Club Latino Student Association Muslim Student Association Outdoor Club Psychology Club Residence Hall Association Saudi Arabian Student Association Student Government Association Student Nurses Association Student Physical Therapy Association Student Virginia Educators Association Students in Free Enterprise (Business Club) Theatre One2One Urban Freestyle Dance Session
Student Publications The Banner (newspaper) blueInk (literary arts magazine)
Building Campus Spirit
More than 30 clubs and organizations are active on campus.
If you can’t find a club that fits your interests, start your own! At Marymount, it’s easy. Just ask Matt Rackiewicz ’07 and Franc Alicea ’08, founders of the Blue Crew. Matt: The Blue Crew came about when our women’s basketball team was traveling to Fredericksburg to play the University of Mary Washington in the Capital Athletic Conference Championships. Franc and I decided we should get all decked out and painted up in MU’s colors, blue and white. We got wigs and face paint and everything. When we got there, the other side had far more fans than we did. So, what did we do? We got our fans so revved up that we completely outshouted the other half of the gym. It got our team really pumped up, and we won! Franc: Our dean of students, who was at the game, thought it was cool and asked if we could do it at all the games. That was the start of the Blue Crew. Matt: There are ten of us now. It doesn’t mean we all go to every game, but we pull a group of people together to be at each game. The Blue Crew has become a real presence; people look to us to stir up the excitement and stoke the spirit of the MU fans. It’s just getting bigger and stronger and it’s going to be wild. Franc: If you want to charter your own club, like we did with the Blue Crew, do it! All it takes is time and desire. If you want to do something positive, this school wants to help you. Matt: Marymount really takes care of you. They even give approved campus groups funding. So there’s an opportunity to make your passion come to life and grow it into something worthwhile.
Focus your energies Marymount is a member of NCAA Division III, where student-athletes pursue their goals in an atmosphere that encourages athletic and academic excellence. Participation in Division III athletics fosters the positive characteristics associated with team sports, including leadership, cooperation, tenacity, and sportsmanship. And the extra hours that student-athletes must commit to practice and games during the season, and to off-season training and conditioning, help them develop valuable time-management skills. MU athletes also excel in the classroom. Each year, a significant number of them are named Capital Athletic Conference ScholarAthletes, in recognition of maintaining a 3.2 or better GPA throughout the academic year. Marymount’s long and storied history of success in NCAA Division III athletics inspires energy, spirit, commitment, and fun – not only for student-athletes, but for the entire MU community that gathers to cheer them on.
“My swim coach is all about goals. In the beginning of my freshman year, I had problems juggling everything. My coach helped me figure out better ways to manage my time. It worked: I swam. I was an RA. I worked with the student fashion show, Portfolio in Motion. I did cheerleading toward the end of the year. I got a job off-campus to help pay for stuff. And during my junior year, I studied abroad in Marymount’s London program.” Michael Evans, Fashion Design, ’08 Newport News, VA
MU’s NCAA Division III Teams Men’s Basketball Cross-Country Golf Lacrosse Soccer Swimming
Women’s Basketball Cross-Country Lacrosse Soccer Swimming Volleyball
“One reason I chose Marymount was its cross-country program. We often have meets in other towns, and those are great times for the team to bond. It becomes more than just going to a race. At sporting events, everyone wears a Marymount T-shirt, so you’re sort of an ambassador for the school.” Kate Bell, Psychology, ‘11 Abingdon, MD
Picture yourself here The nation’s capital is a source of limitless fun, entertainment, culture, and learning. On the weekend, it’s not unusual to see MU students flying kites on the National Mall; rounding up friends for a paddleboat ride in the Tidal Basin; visiting a Smithsonian museum or the National Zoo; or heading into Georgetown for some food, shopping, and entertainment. DC is easy to reach, too, since Marymount’s free shuttle buses connect with the Metro system. Historic landmarks and world-class museums are just five subway stops away. Also nearby, you’ll find amazing shopping, restaurants, theatre, music, and more – all accessible by mass transit. From art galleries in Alexandria to night spots in Georgetown – it’s all just minutes from MU!
“See the monuments at night when they’re all lit up. For a residence hall program, some RAs and I took about 30 students down there. Some people had never seen the monuments before. During the day it’s crowded, but at night it’s awesome.” Colleen Perry, Fashion Merchandising, ’07 College Park, MD
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“Because it is so easy to get into DC, we go there almost every weekend, to just walk around, visit one of the Smithsonian museums, or hang out at the monuments. It never gets old; we love it every time we go!” Amanda Peacock, History, ’11 Hampstead, MD
What should we do today? Walk along the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria Watch the National Cherry Blossom Festival parade Play a game of flag football on the National Mall Shop in Georgetown See the National Christmas Tree Lighting Picnic at the Washington Monument Enjoy a concert under the stars at Wolf Trap Check out the National Portrait Gallery Say “ooh” and “ah!” at the Fourth of July fireworks over the Potomac
What should we eat today? Tex-Mex in Ballston Pizza in Georgetown Ethiopian in Foggy Bottom Lebanese in Adams Morgan Brazilian in Penn Quarter Sushi in Dupont Circle Seafood along the waterfront Tapas in Clarendon
A clear first year Marymount University helps smooth students’ transition to college life with a variety of programs and activities that make the first-year experience enjoyable, productive, and successful. As a new MU student, you will benefit from Summer Orientation Sessions (SOS) The Marymount experience actually begins long before you crack open a textbook. During the summer preceding your first year, you will attend a Summer Orientation Session. This two-day program is a chance to meet your classmates, talk with an academic advisor, review your class schedule, and get a glimpse of all the fun that MU offers.
“As an Orientation Leader welcoming first-year students to Marymount, I love the fact that I have an impact on the experience of the incoming freshmen. My best advice to new students is ‘Don’t be afraid to take full advantage of everything this University has to offer, from academics to employment to recreation.’” Spencer Ball, History, ‘10 Bremen, OH
The Peer Mentor Program Many first-year college students have lots of questions: What if I want to change my major? I’m having problems with my roommate – what should I do? How do I get to DC? Marymount provides a Peer Mentor Program to help you find the answers! Your peer mentor, an upperclass student, will help you learn about the University and the surrounding community. He or she will answer your questions, plan group activities for you and your friends, and generally ease your adjustment to college life.
“At Marymount we assign each freshman a Peer Mentor; it’s like having an older sibling who knows the ropes around campus and around town and is always available to listen, guide, and support you. The job of your Peer Mentor is to help you figure out whatever is on your mind – large and small – so don’t be shy about asking for help!” Kelly L. DeSenti Assistant Dean, Student Development
Fall Welcome Aboard A three-day program immediately before classes begin, Fall Welcome Aboard gives new students an additional opportunity to ask questions, meet classmates and peer mentors, and be formally welcomed as the incoming class during an Academic Convocation.
Every MU freshman is assigned a peer mentor to help ease the transition to college life.
Academic Advising Marymount University is committed to providing each student with the personal attention that leads to academic success. The academic advising process is one key to meeting this goal. Your academic advisor will help you prepare class schedules, understand degree requirements, and navigate academic policies and procedures. At Marymount, the advising relationship is a continuous dialogue from admission through graduation.
“A Marymount advisor can be a friend for life. Many faculty advisors keep in touch with their student advisees long after they graduate. Think about this: the President of the United States has his advisors; you should have yours, too. At Marymount, we want to be sure you get guidance – from your faculty advisor, from your peer mentor, from your career counselor. From beginning to end, Marymount is there for you, and we encourage you to take advantage of all the resources at your disposal.” Dr. Robert Otten Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs Director, Academic Success Center
DISCOVER 101 DISCOVER 101 (DSC 101), part of the first-year experience at Marymount University, is a three-credit freshman seminar that provides the foundation for a new approach to undergraduate education – one that emphasizes active learning, student engagement, inquiry, and original research. Each section of DSC 101 focuses on a different topic and is taught by a faculty member with assistance from a student peer mentor. A small sampling from among the seminar topics offered in fall 2009: Banned Books, CSI Marymount, The Anatomy of a Film, and Spying in a Democracy.
Are YOU a Marymount student?
Admission to Marymount University is competitive. Your high school record will be considered, along with national test scores, the breadth of your academic preparation, positive recommendations, and personal character. You will thrive here if you are looking for a participatory classroom and social environment, a place where you can interact with your professors and peers, and a setting where you can lead and serve.
By the numbers Based on fall 2008 Total undergraduate students: 2,193 Enrolled freshman class: 411 Total graduate students: 1,355 Average high school GPA for entering students: 3.02 Student population represents 42 states and 68 countries Student diversity: Asian 8% African American 15% Caucasian 51% Hispanic 9% Multiracial/other 17% Faculty: 138 full-time teaching faculty, 88% of whom hold the highest degree in their field of study Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15:1 Average Class Size: 21
A Marymount Snapshot Mission Marymount University is an independent Catholic university that emphasizes academic excellence. Committed to the liberal arts tradition, the University combines a foundation in the arts and sciences with career preparation and opportunities for personal and professional development. Marymount is a student-centered learning
community that values diversity and focuses on the education of the whole person, promoting the intellectual, spiritual, and moral growth of each individual. Scholarship, leadership, service, and ethics are hallmarks of a Marymount education. Location Marymount’s Main Campus is located on 21 acres in Arlington, Virginia, six miles from Washington, DC. The University’s Ballston Center is two miles from the Main Campus and just two blocks from the Ballston-MU Metro Station. MU also has a Reston Center in western Fairfax County, which specializes in undergraduate and graduate programs for adult learners. Academic Life Marymount offers a wide array of undergraduate majors and graduate programs through its four Schools: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education and Human Services, and Health Professions. Academics A Marymount education provides a strong liberal arts foundation and solid career preparation. All undergraduate students, regardless of major, take a specified number of credits in the Liberal Arts Core. These include courses in writing, mathematics, social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, philosophy, and theology/religious studies. Students also complete University requirements in ethics, global perspective, and experiential learning. Internships/Experiential Learning To help prepare students for a career, all undergraduates complete an internship, clinical experience, student-teaching placement, or research project. This experiential learning provides hands-on opportunities to test career interests and valuable professional connections.
Study Abroad Marymount offers Study Abroad programs in Africa, Australia, Austria, Central and South America, China, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Middle East, Spain, and other locations for qualified juniors and seniors. Some condensed, highly focused programs are offered in other international locations periodically. Students who wish to study in another country can consult with MU’s Center for Global Education to identify the program that best fits their goals. Honors Program Marymount’s Honors Program challenges students with high academic potential. Up to 20 students are admitted into the program each year. Students with a 3.5 high school GPA and a 1200 score on the SAT or composite score of 26 on the ACT are eligible to apply to this program. Library a nd Lea rning Services The Emerson G. Reinsch Library offers more than 237,000 volumes; access to more than 19,000 journals available in print and through electronic resources; and access to additional online information sources, many of which are full text. Marymount is a member of the Washington Research Library Consortium, giving students access to the collections of many other DC-area university libraries. Marymount’s Learning Resource Center offers tutoring assistance in writing, English, and mathematics. Help with study skills, Supplemental Instruction, computer-assisted learning, and a Testing Center are also available. Technology Services Every residence hall room includes two data-port jacks for easy access to campus computing resources and the Internet. Marymount offers computer labs and specialized design facilities connected to the campus fiber-
optic Ethernet. In addition, most Main Campus and Ballston Center locations have wireless Internet access. The E-Learning Services Center assists students with materials and resources for the development of multimedia projects, videos, and graphic presentations. Academic Success Center This resource center provides advising for students who have not declared a major, helps students decide upon a major, assists students with understanding academic policies and procedures, and provides referrals for academic and personal counseling. Student Life Clubs and Activities More than 30 clubs and organizations, including student government, social clubs, and career-oriented groups, are active on campus. Athletics Marymount is an NCAA Division III institution and a member of the Capital Athletic Conference. Men’s teams Basketball Cross-Country Golf Lacrosse Soccer Swimming
Women’s teams Basketball Cross-Country Lacrosse Soccer Swimming Volleyball
Campus Ministry Marymount provides diverse opportunities for spiritual growth, welcoming students of all faiths to participate. Campus Ministry plans and promotes many of these events and activities, including retreats, prayer services, socialaction programs, and volunteer opportunities. Career Services Through the Career and Internship Center (CIC), students gain comprehensive career discovery, planning, and decision-making assistance. Services are offered free of charge. MU alumni can also use
the resources of the CIC. Throughout the academic year, the CIC hosts workshops, on-campus job recruiting events with regional employers, job fairs, networking opportunities, and one-on-one career counseling. The CIC also offers a number of online tools and resources to assist students in career discovery and employment searches. Counseling Center Marymount’s Counseling Center offers confidential individual and group counseling services to all students, free of charge. Students may speak with professional counselors about any issue of concern, including adjusting to college, stress, relationships, etc. Residence Life Five residence halls are located on Marymount’s Main Campus. Students who are 21 or younger and whose families do not live within commuting distance of the University are required to live on campus during their first two years of college. 2009-10 Financial Information Undergraduate Tuition For the 2009-10 academic year $22,370 Room and Board For the 2009-10 academic year $9,745 double occupancy; $350 for resident telephone, data, and cable TV service; $110 in miscellaneous fees Fees For the 2009-10 academic year Technology Fee: $180 One-time New Student Fee for first-year students to cover student ID cards, Orientation, etc.: $185 Student Government Activity Fee: $70 Financial Aid and Scholarships Approximately 86% of full-time undergraduate students at Marymount receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans from a variety of public
and private sources. The University offers numerous scholarships based on academic accomplishment, volunteer service performance, and financial need. Learn more about these opportunities by visiting www.marymount.edu/admissions/ undergrad/aid.html. The Financial Aid Office can also answer questions about all forms of financial aid, (703) 284-1530. Visit us! The best way to find out if Marymount is right for you is to visit. You can do it... online – at www.marymount.edu in person – by scheduling an appointment with an Admissions counselor, then taking a campus tour. Times and days are listed on MU’s Web site under the “admissions” button. To schedule your appointment, call (800) 548-7638 or (703) 284-1500 or e-mail email@example.com. overnight – by staying in a residence hall with other students and visiting a class. Times and days are listed on MU’s Web site. Overnights are only available during the academic year. To learn more, click on “visiting us” under the “undergraduate admissions” button on Marymount’s Web site. Application Process Marymount has a rolling admissions policy. To apply for admission, request an information packet from Office of Admissions Marymount University 2807 N. Glebe Road Arlington, VA 22207 (703) 284-1500 (800) 548-7638 firstname.lastname@example.org Or apply online at www.marymount.edu/apply
MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY 2807 N. Glebe Road Arlington, VA 22207-4299 (703) 284-1500, (800) 548-7638 email@example.com