Marymount California University

Marymount California University (MCU) is a private liberal arts university in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, near Los Angeles.

Welcome to Marymount California University

Marymount California University (MCU) is a private liberal arts university in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, near Los Angeles.

We are an accredited Catholic school that welcomes students of all faiths, backgrounds and diversity of experience to build skills for lifelong learning in a supportive community that promotes academic and career success. Students thrive in small, interactive classes guided by engaged faculty who challenge them to explore, create and imagine—as a foundation for their own personal and professional development. Ranked among the top liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Marymount offers undergraduate and graduate programs that lead to associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

Why choose Marymount?

  • Intimate classes: Our average class size — just 17 students — is ideal for knowing your instructors and classmates on a personal level.
  • Sense of community: We’re friendly, and we smile a lot. People know your name and care about seeing you succeed.
  • Signature majors: Launch your career in business, biology, criminal justice, digital communication media, psychology and more.
  • Easy enrollment: You’ll get the classes you need to graduate in four years.
  • Stackable degrees: Earn your associate’s and bachelor’s in four years and an MBA with just one additional year.
  • Tutoring available: You’ll receive one-on-one help. Just ask.
  • Big city, big nature: The best of both worlds is in easy reach — the culture and excitement of iconic Los Angeles and the outdoor beauty of serene beaches and mountain hiking.
  • Career connections: Our grads work for SpaceX, DreamWorks Animation, U.S. Marshals Service and more.

A different kind of housing

Instead of a university dorm, you`ll live in a two-story townhome--with a kitchen, living room, patio and a garage. The Villas offer central air/heat and lots of amenities, including a sand volleyball court, heated pool, fitness center, free WiFi and onsite laundry. A meal plan is also included. Being a resident at the Villas is like living in your own inclusive community where you can meet new friends from all over the world. Enjoy barbecues, hang out by the pool, watch movies in the outdoor pavilion, and test your sumo skills at the end-of-the-year carnival. Campus safety patrols the area 24/7.


MCU participates in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics with 16 teams spanning baseball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, volleyball and two new additions of surfing and eSports.

Everyone is welcome here

LA is one of the most diverse cities in the world, home to vibrant neighborhoods and the ethnic cultures that shape it.

Like our city, Marymount embraces our differences, welcoming diverse cultures and the exposure many different global perspectives can offer in a close-knit, intimate community.

  • Marymount has been rated #14 Most Diverse College in California, according to Niche.com, with an A+ in diversity.
  • Our vibrant international community is home to students from 43 countries!
  • Our inclusive community means options for you. Be part of Marymount Pride, Campus Ministry, Latinos Unidos, Black Student Union or any one of our many clubs and organizations.

Helping you navigate

The Office of International Services is here to support you in your academic, professional, social and cultural integration into college and the United States. We can advise you on immigration issues, address your concerns and enhance your experience. We can help with:

  • Making the admissions process as smooth as possible
  • Understanding and maintaining your visa status
  • Preparing for your arrival
  • Adjusting to American culture
  • Navigating the resources at MCU and in the community

Financial aid

Although international students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid, you may qualify for merit or need-based scholarships, grants, loans and work-study. MCU’s Office of Student Financial Services is the best place to learn more.


U.S. News & World Report

Marymount California University is ranked among the top liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, earning a spot on the 2020 best colleges list. 


Marymount is the #1 safest college in California and #3 in America, as ranked by the popular college review site Niche.com

First-gen Forward Institution

MCU has received the First-gen Forward Institution designation for continuing the success of and improving experiences for first-generation college students. 



$40,000—$45,000 Year

Fast facts

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Top Programs

Business, Criminal Justice, Psychology

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Type of School


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  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall
  • Test Scores

    IELTS: Band 6+, TOEFL: 69+, Duolingo: 80+, ACT Eng: 18+, SAT Eng: 460+

Rancho Palos Verdes CA
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30800 Palos Verdes Drive East Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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