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College Profile: College of Mount Saint Vincent

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The College of Mount Saint Vincent is a Catholic liberal arts college located in the Riverdale section of The Bronx, New York. It was founded by the Sisters of Charity of New York. The college was founded in 1847 as the Academy of Mount Saint Vincent, a school for women. It took its name from Saint Vincent de Paul, the 17th Century French priest who worked with the poor and founded the original Sisters of Charity, and from the "mount" that was a geographic high point along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. When New York City began acquiring land for Central Park in 1855, the school purchased the 70-acre "Fonthill," the estate of famed Shakesperian actor Edwin Forrest, in the Riverdale neighborhood in what has been called The Bronx since New York City's consolidation in 1898. Today, the picturesque castle that was the centerpiece of Forrest's estate is still used as the College's Office of Admission and Financial Aid and forms the architectural symbol of the college. In 1911, the Academy became a degree-granting institution. In 1974, the College of Mount Saint Vincent bcame a co-educational institution as it began admitting men. Today, the school serves 1,800 students, with strong professional undergraduate programs in nursing, business, communication, and education. In addition, the college offers the standard liberal arts undergraduate curriculum with distinctive strengths in biology, biochemistry, English, psychology, and sociology. The College also offers strong graduate degree programs in nursing and education. The college is the peak of the educational network under the care of the Sisters of Charity of New York, one of several Sisters of Charity congregations of Catholic women that trace their lineage back to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. Over the past decade, the College of Mount Saint Vincent has grown to twice its former size. In 2006, the College and nearby Manhattan College decided to end a program under which they offered certain subjects jointly.
6301 Riverdale Ave
Bronx, NY
718-405-3200 (general)
718-405-3290 (financial aid)
718-405-3267 (admissions)

Mission Statement

The College of Mount Saint Vincent provides to qualified, motivated students an excellent values-oriented education rooted in its Catholic heritage and in the liberal arts tradition. The College requires of all its students a common core of learning experiences as well as specialization in a major field that will permit them to attain their academic, career, and personal goals. Recognizing the ability and dignity of each person, the College teaches students to think critically, to develop self-respect and self-discipline, and to make informed choices which will affect positively their own lives and the world in which they live. Students who graduate from the College are prepared for a variety of careers and professions and for responsible leadership in their fields.

General Information
Other Names
Type Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Control Private not-for-profit
Size 1,000 - 4,999
Campus Setting City: Large
Calendar System Semester
Title IV Eligibility Participates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Relgious Affiliation Roman Catholic

College Student Services Offered
Yes Remedial ServicesYes Academic/career counseling service
Yes Employment services for studentsNo Placement services for completers
No On-campus day care for students' children   

College Special Learning Opportunities
Yes ROTCNo Distance learning opportunities
Yes ROTC: ArmyYes Study abroad
No ROTC: NavyNo Weekend/evening college
Yes ROTC: Air Force   

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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College of Mount Saint Vincent Website

Admissions Considerations & Recommendations
Open admission policy No
Admission test scores Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language Recommended

Applicants (most recent fall period)
Admissions (most recent fall period)
Percentage of Students Submitting Test Scores
SAT Percentile Scores
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ACT Percentile Scores
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Percentage Receiving Financial Aid
Average Amount of Financial Aid Received
Average Tuition for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Average Tuition for Full-Time Graduates
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Comprehensive Fee for Full-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Undergraduates
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Per Credit Hour Charge for Part-Time Graduates
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Student Body
2,458 Student Body SizeYes On-Campus Housing
2,637 Fall Applicants855 Total Dormitory Capacity
2,418 Fall Admissions

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