all honesty, I really wanted to like this school because
of the personalized attention and great location, in essence a
?big fish in a little pond.? However, I intend on
transferring after one more semester. Rather than complain incessantly about
the school, I intend on giving you an informed and
objective view of the school so you can think about
whether or not this school is right for you. A
lot of these reviews look like they have been written
by admissions officers, so I intend of setting the record
Hardly any variety, but it?s alright.
It can get ridiculously crowded at times, especially during special
events. I only eat at the all-you-can eat cafeteria. However,
a lot of people like to eat at Bernie?s, which
is in the Lee Center (The campus?s new building). There,
a lot of people like to have meetings, hang out,
or just nap. Bernie?s serves fast food and it?s not
my fare, but hey, everyone has their opinion.
Coming from a DC-area Catholic school where 93% of
the students were white (no kidding!), I find the diversity
at Marymount to be refreshing. In fact, quite a few
guidebooks have said that Marymount is one of the most
ethnically diverse schools in the south. I believe Marymount made
2nd place on those lists while, I?m guessing, nearby George
Mason University made first. Anyways, diversity?s very good for a
small liberal arts school. Spiritually, I was surprised to learn
that the majority of students don?t adhere to Roman Catholicism.
The dorms can fit just over 700 people,
which is roughly 20% of the student population. In September
2010, they will be opening up a new residence hall/classroom
space/health sciences offices adjoining the main Arlington campus.
what admissions officers tell you, Marymount IS a commuter school.
Personally from my experience, I can see why many
of the people would want to commute. At Marymount, living
in a dorm is a relative novelty, it wears off
fast. The dorms are not very nice at all, considering
the money that you pay to go here. When you
go to Marymount, you can go on the metro and
visit other DC schools and see their dorms. There are
NEVER any parties in the dorms, since the RA?s DO
Do keep in mind
that everyone?s college experience will be different, since college is
a buyer?s market: if you don?t want to spend your
hard-earned money on one school, you are free to spend
money at one of over 2,000 colleges across the US.
At visiting events for high school students, you will
notice a sign that says ?The REAL college experience!? I
think the administration knows this is a lie, since ?real?
is underlined and italicized.
I don?t know if this
is with Marymount or with every liberal arts school, but
I feel like the size of Marymount breeds high school
drama. There are stupid rumors, silly misunderstandings and tons of
cliques flying all around. I myself haven?t gotten involved in
any of these, but it?s definitely not uncommon to see
Greek life doesn?t exist. Something to keep in
mind, a good or bad thing depending on the person.
Most of the people have fun off campus, usually
in DC. This will inevitably leave the campus a ghost
town during the weekend (It happens every single weekend). Essentially,
you are paying for the location. I don?t know about
you, but if I pay so much money to go
here, I?d want a bunch of fun stuff to do
As a guy, I can?t help but
notice that many of the girls are superficial, people you
would definitely not want your mother to meet.
of the people that I have seen here are very
laid-back and come from upper-class families and attended Catholic high
school. Personally, I got tired of seeing the same people
over and over again. Do keep this in mind when
looking at a small school such as Marymount. Unless you
know a lot of people, expect a bunch of sheepish
glances when walking past people. A lot of the people
don?t say hello to me when I walk by, so
I often break the ice and say hi to people.
Coming from a Catholic school, I have found this
school to be almost devoid of any faith presence. Save
for the crucifixes in every classroom and a campus ministry,
there is definitely no in-your-face Catholicism, which is a good
Despite starting a club, joining campus ministry, being
a member of the SGA, and working an on-campus job,
I have found the social scene for me to be
Personally, none are very interesting and
not a ton of people go, from what I?ve seen.
I went to a lot of events my first semester:
Welcome party (late-August), Service Day (early-September), Campus Ministry?s beach
retreat and a Traffic Light dating party (mid-September), and Midnight
madness (late-October), among many others. Movies or musical acts will
come to play every Wednesday night at 9:30pm. None of
the acts you will have heard of, but they aren?t
terrible, though not very good either. A lot of the
events had a lot of people not even show up,
which kind of reminded me of a failed bake sale
Not a lot of events will occur
during the weekend, since most commuter students will be home
Only about thirty exist, which
is minuscule compared to other schools of the same size.
Clubs are being added all the time. I?m a member
of SGA and I started a club, so I know.
I joined Campus Ministry my first semester. They have
some pretty interesting events: Home-cooked dollar dinners every Monday evening,
VERY spiritually-intense retreats in September and January, bible study, esto
vir (A Catholic Men?s ?fraternity??the guys are VERY intense), and
bunch of other stuff.
The majority of students in campus
ministry are Catholic and I can kind of see why.
Although they advertise as being very welcoming to other faith
traditions, I as a Catholic couldn?t swallow their orthodoxy. But
if you?re a devout Catholic, you?ve found your home in
Marymount doesn?t have a national
reputation in this department, in case you care. However, its
graduate programs are regionally-known and fairly respected, from what I?ve
seen. I attended a community college for a semester before
coming here and I can say that it?s no different,
which isn?t a bad thing?only that you are paying so
much for the same thing.
The classes are not
difficult at all. As a result, there is no need
for office hours, but you can still meet up with
your teachers if anything arises. However, I don?t feel inspired
by my teachers. It just reminds me of ?get your
degree and get out.?
There isn?t a lot of variety
of classes, which is disappointing to me. A bunch of
classes are held on the Ballston campus, an old office
building where most of the graduate classes are held. Many
undergraduate classes are held here too. You need to take
a shuttle to get there, which is ALWAYS late. Seriously,
it?s never on time! Don?t schedule back-to-back classes between the
main campus and the Arlington campus and you should be
A lot of uncommon majors exist, such as Fashion
Merchandising/Design and Interior Design.
Aside from the location, this
is where your money goes. I am not disappointed in
this department and I feel like I am learning what
I am supposed to be learning. However, I don?t feel
it?s worth the money at all.
was in here a lot, to earn some good grades
to transfer. This area definitely does not disappoint.
is very nice and the staff are very helpful. It?s
great that Marymount is a member of the Washington Resource
Library Consortium, which means that you can check out books
from other DC-area schools. Often, when a large writing assignment
is assigned, the first thing I do is go on
the WRLC catalog and order books. My books are often
delivered within 2-3 days at no charge, which is definitely
Keep in mind that printing, as well as
laundry, are free.
The school is
located on a tiny 19 acre campus in Arlington, VA.
It?s mostly located in suburbia, away from the hustle and
bustle of DC. This makes for a very peaceful atmosphere,
which is good for me.
Honestly, there is very little
within walking distance. Resident students can bring their car starting
their junior year. However, just take the MU shuttle and
there is tons of stuff to do: Ballston mall, Ballston/
MU metro stop, etc.
I feel very safe on campus,
although the security guards look out of shape.
84% the last I checked?not very difficult at all. I
had a 2.0 in high school, but I got in
because I went to a Catholic school.
of now, the sticker price to live and go to
school at MU is almost $33k. The financial aid isn?t
very generous, considering there is a recession and a lack
of donors. I think $33k is way too much, considering
the paltry endowment valued just over $26 million, which is
very weak for a DC-area school. As a result, many
of the buildings are old and the upkeep of many
bathrooms, dorms, and equipment is quite poor.
Personally, I wouldn?t recommend this school because of the very
high price tag and bad financial aid, underwhelming social scene,
average academics, and poor upkeep of the campus.
of the people that I know (You will know everyone
in the whole campus in 2 weeks) transferred to George
Mason, which is depressing. The retention rate here isn?t very
high, which isn?t surprising. The people that I knew here
who transferred often complained that this school is a joke,
which I?m half-inclined to believe.