Mount St. Mary’s College

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Mount St. Mary’s College is a private, independent, Catholic liberal arts college, primarily for women, in Los Angeles, California

Mount St. Mary’s College was founded in 1925 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and today has two campuses, which are just over 16 miles (26 km) apart: Chalon in Brentwood and Doheny in North University Park, near Downtown Los Angeles.

Nearly sixty percent of the entering freshman class are first generation college students. Three quarters of the student body is made up of visible minority students, while women make up nearly 95% of first-year undergraduate students.

According to the 2007 U.S. News & World Report listing of America’s Best Colleges, Mount St. Maryโ€™s College is one of the highest ranked master’s-granting universities in the western United States, placing among the top twenty schools evaluated, out of 574 colleges and universities nationally.

The college’s seal, a circular shield, was designed by Baker’s Heraldic office in London. It has four divisions, each representing the college’s founding. An open book at the base of the shield holds the college motto, Deus Illuminatio Mea, or God My Light. At the highest point of the shield, a lily surrounded by thorns represents the Immaculate Conception by Mary. The fleur-de-lis of France on the right symbolizes the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, established at Le Put, France, in 1650. On the left, three angel wings with the rose signify the City of Los Angeles.

Particular care is necessary in distinguishing the college’s name from that of other institutions with some variant of Mount St. Mary in their name. Usage of the abbreviated form ofMount or the complete form of St. is discouraged, and the possessive form Mary’s (with an apostrophe) is required.


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