The Dominican Sisters of Hope in Newburgh, New York, established Mount Saint Mary College in 1959. Since opening its doors, 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.
Mount Saint Mary College is an institution of higher education guided by the 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 college 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 Hope, 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 Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, D.C.; the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Accrediting and licensing documents may be reviewed in the Office of Academic Affairs.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
American Library Association
Association of American Colleges and Universities
Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Catholic Higher Education Research Project
College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
Commission on Independent Colleges - USA
Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of the State of New York
Cooperative Education and Internship Association, Inc.
Council for Advancement and Support of Education
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
Council on Independent Colleges
Dominican Colleges and Universities – USA
Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference
Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities
Lower Hudson Valley Catholic Colleges & Universities Consortium
National Association of College and University Business Officers
National Collegiate Athletic Association
National Commission for Cooperative Education
New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Orange County Citizens Foundation
Pattern for Progress
Planned Giving Group of New York
Southeastern New York Library Resources Council
Tech Valley Chamber Coalition
Various regional Chambers of Commerce