Marymount California University

Marymount California University


With Southern California campuses along the picturesque coastline of Rancho Palos Verdes and in the vibrant community of San Pedro, Marymount California University challenges its students to pursue lives of leadership and service. In the spirit of its founding order, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, the University strives to graduate students who embody the virtues of integrity, respect for human dignity and commitment to justice. Marymount offers M.S. degrees in Community Psychology and in Leadership and Global Development, and a Master of Business Administration and B.A. Degrees in Business, Criminal Justice, Film and Media Production, Liberal Arts and Psychology. The university plans to begin offering both a B.A. and a B.S. in Biology beginning in fall of 2017.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Mariner Visit Days

The Office of Admission will host Mariner Visit Days throughout the year for prospective students and their families. During the Mariner Visit Days prospective students will be able to tour the Oceanview and Waterfront Campuses, visit the San Pedro Residential Community (SPRC), interact with current students, learn more about the admission and financial aid processes, and hear from faculty and staff members about academic and student life programs at MCU. In addition to the Mariner Visit Days, the Office of Admission is open for campus tours and information sessions Monday through Friday at 10:00am and 2:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am until noon. Appointments are preferred and can be scheduled by calling 310-303-7311, but walk in visitors are welcome too. Learn more about Mariner Visit Days

Scholarship & Financial Aid Scholarships

Marymount California University is pleased to offer a variety of scholarships based on academic ability and special talents. We offer scholarships based on academic performance, artistic talent, and athletic ability. All prospective students are evaluated for an academic merit scholarship when submitting a completed application including transcripts; in order to increase the merit scholarship opportunities, it is recommended that all first-year students submit SAT and/or ACT scores. Students interested in being considered for an art scholarship will need to submit a portfolio of their work and can get more details about the process by contacting the Office of Admission. Student athletes that are interested in being awarded an athletic scholarship should reach out to the coaching staff. All students submitting a FAFSA will be considered for need-based aid. Learn more about Scholarships

First-Year Experience & Transition Freshman Seminar and Service Learning

The Marymount California University Freshman Seminar will take students on a journey beyond classroom instruction, building on their critical and reflective thinking skills. Students will participate in experiential learning opportunities that help develop life skills, analytical ability and diverse perspectives in order to become a well-rounded student. With service as one of the College’s core values, Marymount students, faculty and staff perform hours of service in the greater Los Angeles community in order to help others while applying what they learn to the classroom curriculum.

Academic Advising & Support Advising and Career Services

Advising and Career Services at Marymount California University develops men and women with maturity, intellectual curiosity, and the skills to succeed. We strive to help students learn to take a proactive role in the academic and career advising process, thereby empowering themselves to become capable of making informed decisions regarding their future. Advising and Career Services also works with students to place them in internships and study abroad experiences.

Student Diversity

  • 942
  • 50/50
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 5%
  • 7%
    Black or African American
  • 39%
  • 2%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 20%
  • 2%
    Two or more races
  • 7%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 18%

Student Success

  • 62%
    First-to-second year retention
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 65%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 43%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 29
    Full-time faculty
  • 8
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 16:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business, Film and Media Production, Liberal Arts, Psychology, Bio-Medical Sciences, Criminal Justice

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Latinos Unidos, Black Student Union, Jewish Student Union, Muslim Student Union, International Peers, Christian Outreach and Renewal (COR), Gay/Straight Alliance, Hawaiian Student Organization, M.O.V.E. (Marymount Opportunities for Volunteer Experience), Marymount Advantage


Cost of Attendance

  • $34,134
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,750
    Required Fees
  • $14,262
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $10,835,254
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $34,529
    Average aid package
  • $26,936
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 41%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 67%
    Students with financial need
  • 91%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 66%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 20%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 1,755
    # of applicants
  • 76%
  • 3.01
    Average HS GPA
  • 20
    ACT Composite
  • 410—510
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 410—510
    SAT Math
  • 410—520
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • $50
    Application Fee
  • $50
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date