Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 
    Jul 15, 2019  
Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019

The College


Welcome to Mount Saint Mary College! Whether you are a full-time student, or just taking a course or two, we hope your experience will be a satisfying one.

Mount Saint Mary College is an independent, co-educational, institution of higher education with about 2,500 students. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1, the Mount community is a close and supportive one. In all of the College’s programs, faculty work closely with students in the classroom and in independent research.

The College is proud of the academic excellence of its faculty, who have distinguished themselves in many fields. They contribute to the quality of life in the Hudson Valley community, sharing their expertise and vitality in numerous ways, including membership in professional and service organizations.

The Mount’s curriculum aims at educating the total person, offering varied and stimulating academic opportunities in which liberal arts courses balance professional training to give graduates a variety of career options. The College is interested in the development of sound values, goals, and commitment in its students, and prepares them to assume responsible roles in society.

We are confident you will find everyone connected with the Mount — students, faculty, staff, and administrators — helpful and friendly. If you have a question or problem, please contact the Office of Student Affairs, and you’ll be directed to the right office.


The Dominican Sisters of Newburgh established Mount Saint Mary College in 1959, but the Sisters had an academic presence in Newburgh since 1883 with Mount Saint Mary Academy. The College grew out of the Dominican Sisters’ school for teacher training, founded in 1930. Since opening its doors in 1959, the College’s goals have been the pursuit and dissemination of truth and the development of the capacity to discern and use it.

Mount Saint Mary College maintains a firm belief in the value of a liberal arts education and a commitment to the Judeo-Christian traditions upon which it was founded. It retains the spirit of the intellectual, cultural, ethical, spiritual, and social philosophies of its founders.

The College remains on sound footing, supported by meaningful academic programs, prudent fiscal management, and a commitment to serving the Hudson Valley. Mount Saint Mary College has a respected position in the region.

Preamble to the Mission Statement

Mount Saint Mary College is an institution of higher education guided by the Catholic and Dominican traditions of academic rigor, pursuit of truth, social justice, leadership, and service. The College Bylaws indicate that Mount Saint Mary College “aims to give its students a Catholic cultural-professional education in the liberal arts tradition.”

This distinctive approach provides the philosophy for our commitment to educating the whole person and to cultivating intellectual achievement, religious and spiritual growth, and the development of moral character.

Consistent with these principles, Mount Saint Mary College endeavors to graduate students who

  • are inquisitive and value the free exchange of ideas in pursuit of truth
  • are analytical in their approach to problem solving
  • are motivated toward self-improvement
  • have developed an aesthetic sense
  • possess effective leadership and communication skills
  • respect the values and ethics of the Catholic and Dominican traditions
  • embrace civic responsibility and community service.

The deepening of Mount Saint Mary College’s commitment to these principles will involve the leadership efforts of the entire community, within a culture of academic excellence.

The College’s Strategic Plan aims to advance our legacy of excellence, leadership and service in light of our brand identity as a Catholic and Dominican college, as communicated in our name and through the college’s motto “Doce Me Veritatem” (Teach Me the Truth). The Plan will augment our attributes, shaped by signature programs, and demonstrated by Mount students and graduates who think critically, communicate effectively, and exemplify virtues of leadership and service.


As reflected in its motto “Doce Me Veritatem” (Teach Me the Truth) Mount Saint Mary College, founded by the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh, is an independent, coeducational institution committed to providing students with a liberal arts education to prepare them for lives of leadership and service. Through a variety of majors and professional programs, students are also prepared for career entry or graduate and professional studies.

Consistent with Judeo-Christian values and the Dominican tradition of education that values the inherent worth of the individual, the mission of Mount Saint Mary College is to create an environment which fosters close student-faculty interaction that enables students to reach their full potential as lifelong learners. Mount Saint Mary College strives to provide a stimulating environment that promotes the intellectual and personal growth of undergraduate and graduate students.

Mount Saint Mary College Vision

Mount Saint Mary College will be a pre-eminent college for the liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional programs in the Northeast, recognized for its excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship, and community. The College will be a vibrant community celebrating in all its activities the values and traditions expressed in its mission.

Governance and Accreditation

Under the Education Law of the State of New York, a Board of Trustees governs and bears full responsibility for Mount Saint Mary College, an incorporated institution. The Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York has chartered Mount Saint Mary College.

The following have accredited Mount Saint Mary College:

  • The New York State Department of Education
  • The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.  (NCATE)
  • The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)

Accrediting and licensing documents may be reviewed in the Office of Academic Affairs. See more on accrediation here.

Institutional Affiliations

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)

American Library Association (ALA)

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU)

Association for General and Liberal Studies (AGLS)

Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB)

Association of Physical Plant Administrators of University and Colleges (APPA)

College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR)

Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of the State of New York (CICU)

Cooperative Education and Internship Association, Inc.(CEIA)

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

Council on Independent Colleges (CIC)

Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE)

Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC)


Lower Hudson Valley Catholic Colleges & Universities Consortium

Mid-Hudson Career Consortium

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NYSACTE)

New York State Cooperative and Experiential Education Association

Orange County Citizens Foundation

Pattern for Progress

Planned Giving Group of New York

Skyline Conference

Southeastern New York Library Resources Council

Tech Valley Chamber Coalition

Various regional Chambers of Commerce

College Advancement, Alumni Affairs, and Annual Giving

The Office of College Advancement plans, directs, and coordinates all activities related to philanthropic support of the College with internal and external audiences in support of institutional goals and priorities. These activities include securing unrestricted financial support for annual operations and restricted financial support for scholarships, programs, endowment, and capital projects.

The Office of College Advancement includes the offices of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving.

The Office of Alumni Affairs is the liaison between the College and all individuals who have been accepted for active, honorary, and associate membership in the Mount Saint Mary College Alumni Association. It is responsible for the coordination of all communication, events, and activities relating to alumni.

The Office of Annual Giving is responsible for efforts to secure unrestricted operating support through the MSMC Annual Fund, as well as restricted support for scholarships and programs