Mount Mary College
Year established: 1913
Type of school: college, private (nonprofit)
Programs: 4-year undergraduate, graduate school
Religious affiliation: yes
Campus enrollment: 1,732 students
Coeducational information: women's college
Location description: in or near a small/medium city (pop. 75,000-300,000)
Application fee: $25

Street address: Mount Mary College
2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway
Milwaukee, WI 53222
Mailing address: Mount Mary College
2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway
Milwaukee, WI 53222
Main telephone numbers: 414 258-4810
414 256-1224 (fax)

Mount Mary College
Main homepage:

SAT number: 1490
ACT number: 4620
FAFSA number: 003869
FICE number: 3869

Mount Mary College is a Catholic women's college sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Mount Mary College is located on 80 beautiful acres just fifteen minutes from downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Through a curriculum steeped in liberal arts, we encourage development of the whole person through critical thinking. As a student at Mount Mary, you will appreciate a collaborative community that will prepare you for a career, a lifetime of learning, and give you the skills necessary to be a leader. You will believe in yourself and take with you adaptability, credibility, flexibility and skills that will enable you to move wherever your dreams take you.

A balanced approach to education is offered in over 30 majors to our nearly 1,700 women enrolled. Our faculty is dedicated to the art of teaching. And that's exactly who you'll be learning from. No teaching assistants are used and our student to faculty ratio is 14 to 1.

The baccalaureate curriculum integrates liberal arts core courses, which allow each student to become familiar with major intellectual disciplines, with career preparation for women of diverse ages and circumstances. Mount Mary builds its academic program around a core curriculum based on the human search for meaning. Through this search, students explore their own response to the question, "What does it mean to be human?" and "What can a person become?"

The College is noted for its talented faculty and student artists whose work is frequently featured in the campus art gallery. Mount Mary is internationally known for its historic costume collection, with garments often featured in national fashion publications.

Many students participate in off-campus practice, internships, field experiences, and community volunteer work which enriches their classroom experience. The value of this combination of excellent academic preparation and practical experience is reflected in the placement rate of Mount Mary graduates. Over 96% percent of our graduates are employed within one year.

The admissions information below is valid for the 2006-07 academic year.

Mount Mary College
Admissions officer: Brooke Konopacki,
Director of Enrollment
Contacting the office: 800 321-6265
800 321-6265 (toll free)
414 256-0180 (fax)

Is there an application deadline for fall? no
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall: yes
Percent of freshmen who enter in terms other than fall: 1%
Application fee: $25
Can the application fee be waived? yes
Are refunds available on the application fee? no
Is the Common Application form accepted? yes
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application: yes
Admissions requirements:
Minimum composite ACT score of 18 (combined SAT I score of 900), rank in top half of secondary school class, and minimum 2.3 GPA required.
High school graduation is: required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is: neither required nor recommended
Campus visit is: recommended
Interview is: recommended
Visit for interview by: August 15
Standardized test requirements: SAT I or ACT required, SAT II considered if submitted
School's test preference: no preference
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for: counseling, placement
Dates test scores should be received: August 15 for SAT I/ACT, August 15 for SAT II
High school units required or recommended:
English: 4 required, 4 recommended
Foreign language: 2 recommended
History: 2 required, 2 recommended
Lab: 2 required, 2 recommended
Math: 2 required, 3 recommended
Science: 2 required, 2 recommended
Social studies: 2 required, 2 recommended
Academic electives: 2 required
Other: 4 required
Total: 16 required, 16 recommended
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible: conditional admission
School has formalized early decision program: no
School has early action program: no
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school: no

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank important
  • recommendations considered
  • standardized test scores important
  • essay considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview considered
  • extracurricular activities considered
  • particular talent/ability important
  • character/personal qualities important
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence not considered
  • state residency not considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work considered
  • work experience considered
Admissions is need blind: yes
Average secondary school GPA: 2.9
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 91%
Percent of student body in each high school class rank: Top tenth: 12%
Top quarter: 35%
Top half: 64%
Bottom half: 36%
Percent of freshmen who submitted class rank: 67%
Average ACT: 21 English, 19 math, 19 composite
Combined ACT middle 50% range: 17 - 21
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 85%

Notification of admission: on a rolling basis

Number of completed applications received: 495
Number of applicants offered admission: 298 (60%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled: 139 (47%)
School has a waiting list policy: no
Percent of freshmen who came from public schools: 89%
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state: 7%
Tuition deposit amount: $200, refundable May 1
Room deposit amount: $100, nonrefundable
Admission may be deferred: yes, up to 1 year

Semester/term begin dates: in late August and mid-January.
Calendar system: semester system (two terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held: Orientation for new students held in August and January.
Number and length of summer sessions: One summer session of six weeks.

Majors with the highest enrollment: occupational therapy, business administration
Majors with the lowest enrollment: chemistry, foreign languages, philosophy
Average freshman GPA: 2.94 on a 4.0 scale
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year: 71%
Student:Faculty ratio: 10:1
Total faculty: 44 men, 170 women, 214 total
Full-time faculty: 12 men, 56 women, 68 total
Part-time faculty: 32 men, 114 women, 146 total
Graduation rate: 43% within six years

Mount Mary College
General education/core curriculum is required: yes
Minor requirements: not required for graduation
Physical education is required: no
There are religious requirements for graduation: yes
Minimum GPA required to graduate: 2.5

Special programs offered:
student-designed majors, double majors, independent study, accelerated program, honors program, pass/fail grading option, internships, distance learning
Minors and other miscellaneous programs offered:
Minors offered in art, bilingual education, biology, business administration, chemistry, communications, English, English/language arts, English professional writing, French, gerontology, graphic design, history, journalism, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, religious studies, science, social studies, Spanish, and theology.
Preprofessional programs offered:
pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry
Education certifications:
early childhood, elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, bilingual/bicultural
Combined 2-2 programs available:
BS/MS in Occupational Therapy
Graduate schools/programs are offered: yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes: yes
Study abroad opportunities:
China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Nicaragua, Peru, United Kingdom
Other special or unique academic programs:
Additional unique majors:
Behavioral Science/Psychology
Chemistry & Pre-medicine
Communication Design
Army ROTC: offered off-campus Marquette University
Navy ROTC: not offered
Air Force ROTC: not offered

Associate's Degrees

  • Automotive Technology/Management
Bachelor's Degrees

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Art Therapy
  • Arts/Education
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biology
  • Biology Education
  • Business Administration
  • Business/Professional Communication
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry Education
  • Communication
  • Communication Design
  • Computer Science
  • Dietetics
  • Early Childhood/Middle Childhood Education
  • English
  • English Education
  • English/Education
  • English/Professional Writing
  • Fashion
  • Fashion Merchandising Management
  • Fashion/Apparel Product Development
  • French
  • French Education
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Science
  • Healthcare Administration
  • History
  • History Education
  • Individualized Major
  • Interior Design
  • International Studies
  • Justice
  • Justice/Public Policy
  • Liberal Studies
  • Marketing
  • Marketing/Business
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence Education
  • Music Education
  • Nursing
  • Nursing/R.N.
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology/Behavioral Science
  • Public Relations
  • Religious Education
  • Renewable Resources
  • Social Work
  • Student-Designed Major
  • Teacher Education
  • Theology

Credit placement options:
  • credit and/or placement for CEEB Advanced Placement (scores of 3 or higher)
  • placement for CLEP general
  • credit and/or placement for CLEP subject
  • placement for DANTES
  • credit and/or placement for school's own challenge exams
  • placement for relevant life experience
  • credit and/or placement for international baccalaureate

The financial aid information below is valid for the 2007 academic year.

Financial aid officer: Debra L. Duff,
Director of Financial Aid
Contacting the office: 414 256-1258
800 321-6265 (toll free)
414 256-0180 (fax)
FAFSA number: 003869

Undergraduate tuition: $18,995; $18,995 out-of-state
Additional required fees: $210
Book fees: $1,000
Miscellaneous expenses: $2,578
Other expenses: Supplies
Combined room and board expenses: $6,195 - $6,195


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
FAFSAMarch 1yesN/A

Date award notification begins: January 1
Applied for financial aid:
74% of first-year students
73% of full-time undergraduates
81% of part-time undergraduates
Determined to have financial need:
91% of first-year students
89% of full-time undergraduates
91% of part-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any financial aid:
99% of first-year students
98% of full-time undergraduates
99% of part-time undergraduates
Students determined to have financial need who received any need-based gift aid:
100% of first-year students
99% of full-time undergraduates
75% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received need-based self-help aid:
97% of first-year students
92% of full-time undergraduates
97% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid who received any non-need-based gift aid:
5% of first-year students
7% of full-time undergraduates
2% of part-time undergraduates
Students receiving financial aid whose need was fully met (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
8% of first-year students
13% of full-time undergraduates
7% of part-time undergraduates
Average percent of need that was met of students who received any need-based aid (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
66% for first-year students
60% for full-time undergraduates
50% for part-time undergraduates
Average financial aid package (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$13,647 for first-year students
$11,918 for full-time undergraduates
$8,399 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based gift award:
$9,911 for first-year students
$7,891 for full-time undergraduates
$6,261 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based self-help award (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$3,870 for first-year students
$4,451 for full-time undergraduates
$3,837 for part-time undergraduates
Average need-based loan (excluding PLUS loans and private alternative loans):
$2,861 for first-year students
$3,799 for full-time undergraduates
$3,541 for part-time undergraduates
Students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
20% of first-year students
16% of full-time undergraduates
10% of part-time undergraduates
Average award to students who had no financial aid need and who received non-need-based aid (excluding athletic awards and tuition benefits):
$6,200 for first-year students
$8,949 for full-time undergraduates
$6,882 for part-time undergraduates
Students who received a non-need-based athletic award:
0% of first-year students
0% of full-time undergraduates
0% of part-time undergraduates
Average non-need-based athletic award:
$0 for first-year students
$0 for full-time undergraduates
$0 for part-time undergraduates
School participates in Federal Work-Study Program: yes
Percent of students who received aid that participated in Federal Work Study: 10%

Types of loans available:
  • FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • FFEL PLUS Loans
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • State Loans
Parent loans packaged to meet need: yes
Percent of undergraduates who have borrowed through all loan programs: 78%
Average student debt upon graduation: $18,125
Types of payment plans:
  • school's own payment plan(s)
Need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • need-based (general)
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • SEOG
  • state scholarships/grants
  • college/university scholarships/grants (institutional funds)
  • private scholarships/grants
Non-need-based scholarships/grants available:
  • non-need-based (general)
  • academic merit scholarships/grants
  • creative arts/performance
Percent of scholarship aid awarded to out-of-state students: 0%

Total undergraduates: 48 men, 1,411 women, 1,459 total
Full-time undergraduates: 12 men, 897 women, 909 total
Part-time undergraduates: 36 men, 514 women, 550 total
Total graduate students: 15 men, 258 women, 273 total
Full-time graduate students: 5 men, 92 women, 97 total
Part-time graduate students: 10 men, 166 women, 176 total
Average age of full-time undergraduates: 22
U.S. region where majority of students come from: Midwest
Percent of full-time U.S. undergraduates from out of state: 5%
First-year student breakdown:
25.2% Black (non-Hispanic)
2.9% American Indian or Alaskan Native
6.5% Asian or Pacific Islander
7.9% Hispanic
56.1% White (non-Hispanic)
0.7% total international (nonresident aliens)
0.7% race/ethnicity unreported/unknown
Undergraduate breakdown:
17.2% Black (non-Hispanic)
1.2% American Indian or Alaskan Native
3.2% Asian or Pacific Islander
4.5% Hispanic
69.3% White (non-Hispanic)
0.7% total international (nonresident aliens)
3.9% race/ethnicity unreported/unknown

Campus size: 80 acres
City or town school is located in: Milwaukee
Population of city/town: 500,000

Institution offers housing: yes
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year: yes
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • women's dorms (100%)
Percent of freshmen who live in school housing: 37%
Percent of students who live in school housing: 11%
Percent of students who live off campus: 89%
Student conduct policies:
class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age: yes

Every student is required to lease or own a computer: no
Every student is required to take a computer course: no
Computer equipment is provided in: residence halls, library, computer center/lab(s)
Total number of microcomputers available to students: 336
Other computer facilities/services: Mac labs available for Graphics Design, Interior Design, Fashion Design and English/Professional Writing students.
Internet access provided to all students: yes
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students: yes
School has a library on campus: yes
Museums and other special academic buildings/equipment on campus:
Marian Art Gallery
Walter & Olive Stiemke Memorial Hall & Conference Center
Bloechl Recreation Center
Cyber Cafe
Electronic Classroom

Remedial learning services:
reading, writing, math, study skills
Additional services offered:
nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health insurance
Counseling services:
minority student, older student, career, personal, academic, psychological, religious
Career placement services:
internships, career/job search classes, interest inventory, on-campus job interviews, resumé assistance, alumni services, interview training
Services for students with disabilities:
note-taking services, tape recorders, tutors, reader services, adaptive equipment, braille services
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped: 98%

Number of social fraternities on campus: 0
Number of social sororities on campus: 0
Student activities:
student government, student newspaper, literary magazine
School newspaper(s): Arches
Total number of registered organizations: 45
Campus-based religious organizations:
Campus Ministry
Minority student organizations:
Other student organizations, musical groups, activities, and committees:
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Philosophy Club, Social Work Club, Student Art Therapy Association (SATA), Student Dance Association (SDA), Student Education Association (SEA), Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA), Caroline Choir, Gospel Choir, Handbell Choir, International Club, ARTS Organization, Madrigal Singers, Mount Mary Programming and Activities Council (MMPAC), Residence Hall Association, Student Government (SGA), Behavioral Science Club, Columbia college Student Nursing Association (SNA), Communication Club, Fashion Association, Graphic Design club, Math and Computer Club (MACC), Music Club and the Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (MENC)

School has an athletic program: yes
Athletic director: Deanna D'Abbraccio,
Athletic Director
Director of women's athletics: Bernell Hooker
School mascot: Blue Angels

Sports offered Scholarships? Athletic Assoc.
Women's basketballno 
Women's basketballno 
Women's soccerno 
Women's softballno 
Women's softballno 
Women's tennisno 
Women's volleyballno 

Percent of students in varsity/club intercollegiate sports: 5%

Public transportation serves campus: yes
Nearest international airport: Milwaukee (9 miles)
Nearest other airport: Chicago (90 miles)
Nearest passenger train service: Milwaukee (5 miles)
Nearest passenger bus service: Milwaukee (5 miles)

Institutional employment is available: no
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergraduates are: fair
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term: no

Percent of graduates who pursue further study: 10% within one year of graduation
List of graduate schools most often selected by recent graduates:
Concordia University Wisconsin (WI);Marquette University (WI);Mount Mary College (WI);University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee (WI)
List of firms that most frequently hire graduates:
Kolh's Department Store, Boston Store, Medical College of Wisconsin, Mount Mary College
List of most prominent alumni/ae:
  • Margaret Kelsey, Vice President, Finance Mary Staudenmaier, Bank President, retired

The transfer admissions information below is valid for the 2006 academic year.

Transfer applicants are accepted: yes
Number of transfer applications received: 438
Number of transfer applicants offered admission: 310 (71%)
Number of transfer applicants offered admission who enrolled: 167 (54%)
Percent of all new students who were transfers: 8%

Terms for which transfers may enroll: fall, spring, summer
Minimum number of credits applicant needs to apply as a transfer student: 0
Items required of transfer students to apply for admission:
  • high school transcript required of all
  • college transcript(s) required of all
  • essay or personal statement recommended of some
  • interview not required
  • standardized test scores recommended of some
  • statement(s) of good standing from prior institution(s) not required
Minimum high school GPA required for transfer applicants: 2.50 using a 4.0 scale
Minimum college GPA required for transfer applicants: 2.00 using a 4.0 scale
Priority filing date for transfer applicants: August 1 for fall, January 1 for spring
Closing date for transfer applicants: August 15 for fall, January 15 for spring
Notification date for transfer applicants: on rolling basis for fall, on rolling basis for spring
Lowest course grade that may be transferred for credit: 2.0
Maximum number of credits that may be transferred: 64 credits from a two-year institution, 96 credits from a four-year institution
Minimum number of credits that must be earned at school: 32 to receive a bachelor's degree

International student contact: Mary Karr,
Contacting the office: 4142584810379

Number of foreign countries represented: 8
Most represented countries: Japan, Vietnam, Poland, Romania, Pakistan, Ghana

Preapplication form is required of foreign applicants: no
A separate international application form is required: no
Application closing dates: August 1 for fall, May 15 for spring
Advance deposit is required of foreign applicants: yes
Test requirements: TOEFL required
Test preference: none
Minimum TOEFL score: 500 paper, 173 computer
Special services offered for international applicants: special counselors/advisors, special orientation, International Student Advisor, International Club, International Student-Centered Activities

Nonfederal aid is offered to international students: no
Number of international applicants who received aid: 9


Required form Priority date Rolling? Closing date
Foreign Student's Certification of FinancesN/AnoMay 1

Learning disabled program contact: Marci Ocker,
Coordinator of Disability Services
Contacting the office: 414 443-3645

According to the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, "learning disabilities" is a "general term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities." A learning disability is presumably due to central nervous system dysfunction, and is not primarily due to other handicapping conditions, environmental, or cultural influences. It is not a form of mental retardation, or an emotional disorder.
Institution accepts students according to the above definition: yes
Learning disabled program available: no program/support services
Total number of students in LD program: 36
Services available to LD students:
remedial math, remedial English, remedial reading, other special classes, note-taking services, oral tests, readers, tutors, talking books, reading machines, tape recorders, untimed tests, learning center, extended time for tests, Electronic tests
LD students are tutored: individually
A lighter course load is allowed for LD students: no
Additional time to complete degree is allowed for LD students: yes
There are additional costs for LD students: no

Number of LD applications received: 32
Number of applicants accepted: 15 (47%)
Number of accepted applicants who enrolled: 30 (200%)
Requirements that may be waived for LD students: None
An essay is required: no
Untimed tests are accepted: yes
GED is accepted: yes


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