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Diversity & Inclusion

Mount Mary University’s vision is to be recognized as a diverse learning community that works in partnership with local, national and global organizations to educate women to transform the world.

All are welcome at Mount Mary University. Our teaching and learning environment fosters unity in a divided world. Core values of compassion, competence, community and commitment promote a holistic education that welcomes students from diverse backgrounds and emphasize the development of the whole person.

Building a Diverse Campus

Mount Mary consistently ranks as one of the most diverse in the Midwest region. Young women from a myriad of races, ethnicities, cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, and religious affiliations are represented on campus. 

Demographic data since 1980

We have intentionally moved to inclusion over the past several decades. The diversity of the university’s student body increased from 12% minority in 1980 to 47% in the fall of 2015. 

Berenice Bahena Jurado

Berenice Bahena Jurado

Admissions Counselor and Mount Mary Alumna

"As a first generation college student, I appreciated the support system at Mount Mary. Today I’m proud to be a graduate and employee of the university."


Photo Credit: Sophie Beck

Photo originally appeared in Winter 2016 issue of Arches

Supporting a Diverse Student Body

As diversity has increased so have programs and services to support student success. Two grant funded programs are designed to attract and retain disadvantaged students and underrepresented minority populations:

  • Grace Scholars – increases access to post-secondary education in communities where college might otherwise be out of reach. Each year, the program provides 30 incoming freshman with 85 percent tuition coverage for four years.

  • Promise Program – a federally funded TRIO Student Support Services program, also serving first-generation and low-income college students at the university in order to help them remain in good academic standing, persist in college, and graduate with a baccalaureate degree.

Council on Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are vital to a vibrant campus community. Mount Mary and its Council on Diversity and Inclusion seek to cultivate inclusive excellence at the university and beyond.