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Who we are & what we offer

We're so glad your student is considering Mount Mary University, and know that she's lucky to have your support and guidance during her college search. Here's what your student can expect from our university:

  • An emphasis on women’s leadership. As an all-women’s university at the undergraduate level, we’ve cultivated an empowering campus environment where women lead and shine.
  • A supportive, genuine and inclusive community. We’re a small university with just 1,200 students and an average class size of 12 students. We prioritize personal attention and care for each individual student.
  • Engaging coursework with a focus on social justice. In her highly collaborative classes, your student will deepen her critical thinking skills and become a strong advocate for herself and others.
  • Opportunities to gain work experience and develop career-relevant skills. Resume-building experience and meaningful internships will prepare your student to embark on her career with confidence, poise and a creative outlook.
  • An affordable education. We offer outstanding scholarships and financial assistance, ensuring that nothing stands in the way of your student’s ambitions.

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National recognition for graduating diverse and low-income students

The 2021 U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of best colleges recognizes Mount Mary for overall growth, and successful outcomes in graduating diverse and low-income students. These rankings underscore the university’s focus on equity for students, regardless of economic or first-generation status, or ethnicity.

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Your student's bold beginning at Mount Mary

We're here to ensure your student has a bold beginning at Mount Mary University! Our dedicated staff and faculty will empower her to achieve success right from the start.

Here's how we make this happen:

  • We've designed our New Student Registration and Orientation programs to immerse your student in the Mount Mary community and equip her for a successful first year.
  • Our advisors will help keep your student on track to finish college in a timely manner - saving her time, money and energy. She'll be strongly encouraged to complete 30 credits each school year, as this is an indicator of proven long-term success.
  • Our direct self-placement initiative means that your student can decide which writing and math courses are the right fit for her.
  • If your student needs extra support in key foundational classes, she can participate in 1-credit English and math workshops.
  • Your student will be assigned a Mount Mary mentor, who will stick with her throughout her first year, helping her navigate campus resources and achieve her goals.
  • Financial literacy and planning is a top priority for us. Our financial aid and business office staff members are here to help you and your student understand her financial aid offer and payment options to finance college.

Tips for parents and supporters

Based on where your student is in the admissions process, below are some tips to help her succeed in selecting and applying to college.



  • Offer assistance with the admission process. This process can sometimes seem overwhelming. Help her apply to Mount Mary University. It is best to complete the admission application during the fall semester of her senior year.
  • Visit college campuses. Even if you’ve visited campuses already, we encourage you to visit campus a second time as your daughter narrows her college selection. A more involved second visit, like sitting in on a class or spending a night in the residence hall, can be incredibly beneficial and can help with final decision making.               
  • Attend recruitment events. At recruitment events, your family can talk with admissions and financial representatives and your student can explore the academic program(s) she's interested in. This is a great way to get your questions answered about each particular institution of consideration.
  • Seek out and apply for scholarships. Encourage your daughter to apply early for scholarships and help her locate resources to do this. Scholarship can make a huge difference in whether or not a specific institution is affordable for your family. Plus, Mount Mary has partnered with RaiseMe, so your daughter can earn microscholarships toward college while she's in high school. 
  • Offer help and guidance with financial aid processes. To apply for financial aid and scholarships, your daughter will need access to your personal and financial information to complete forms. Make yourself available to help her with this, and remember to submit her FAFSA by March 1 to get the most financial aid possible. 



  • Explore colleges. This is the fun part! Help your student search for colleges and universities by researching options online and discussing what features of an institution (such as size, location, academic programs, extracurricular activities) are most important to her.
  • Attend college fairs with your student. In addition to attending college fairs, encourage your studentr to visit the college representatives that come to her high school each fall semester.
  • Visit college campuses with your student. There’s no better way to explore a college than to take a campus tour. Go with your student to support her during this exciting time, and don’t be afraid to ask questions during your visit -- she'll thank you for it!  
  • Discuss how you’ll afford college. This is an important conversation to have with your student, and the earlier you have it, the better. She needs to know if you are planning to help her pay for college and how much you’re expecting her to contribute towards funding her education.
  • Begin looking for scholarships. Several organizations offer award competitions or scholarship opportunities that your daughter can apply for as early as her junior year. Plus, Mount Mary has partnered with RaiseMe, so she can begin earning microscholarships toward college while she's in high school. 
  • Support her as she studies for the ACT or SAT. Mount Mary is test-optional, so students are not required to submit a standardized test score. However, if your student chooses to take the ACT or SAT, it's important that she takes the test early in her junior year so she'll have plenty of time to retake the test if she wants to improve her score.



  • Support your student’s academic achievements. Encourage your daughter to study hard and achieve good grades. Colleges look at academics from all four years of high school, so now's the time to work hard! Plus, Mount Mary has partnered with RaiseMe to offer micro-scholarships that recognize high school students' everyday achievements. This means that your daughter can start earning money for college as early as 9th grade. 
  • Promote getting involved in extracurricular activities. Colleges like to see students who are involved in extracurricular activities, community service and other clubs or activities of interest. Encourage her to participate and take on leadership roles.
  • Encourage your student to take the PLAN test. This test will help your daughter learn more about career options so she can start making a plan for her future. Go with her to ask her school counselor about taking this test. Talk with her about her possible career interests and explain to her more about your career and what you do.
  • Encourage job shadowing. Help your daughter find a professional to job shadow in a career field she is interested in exploring. This can make a strong impact on her future choice of major.

  • Encourage applying early. As soon as the Admission Office receives your student's application and transcripts, our counselors can perform a credit evaluation so she will know what coursework will transfer to Mount Mary. Encourage her to apply for admission and submit all transcripts to Mount Mary as soon as possible.
  • Promote involvement in extracurricular activities. Encourage your student to get involved and take on leadership roles in student activities, community service or study groups.
  • Help her find resources to support her success. Remind your student that there are support services like tutoring, career counseling and personal counseling available at Mount Mary, and let her know it’s okay to ask for help!
  • Put yourself in her shoes. Whether it’s your mom, sister or daughter going back to school, she’s likely being pulled in many different directions and wearing many different hats. She may face new challenges in adding a new role as student. Sometimes just a little patience and understanding goes a long way. She may need you to boost her spirits and remind her why she is working so hard: to achieve her goals.
  • Lighten her load. She may need you to help more around the house or running errands, or she may need a babysitter or help caring for elderly parents so she can spend time studying, working on a project or attending class. She has a lot going on and may not ask you for help, but offer any assistance you can and she will appreciate it!

We look forward to working with your family

We look forward to working with you and helping your student find her perfect college fit. If you have any questions about Mount Mary and the admissions process, please contact our Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Jim Wiseman, at wisemanj@mtmary.edu or (414) 930-3445.