Six miles outside of the hustle of Washington D.C. – and yet close enough to spot the Washington Monument on drive way in and to glimpse the National Cathedral from the windows of its dorm rooms – lies the idyllic and quiet campus of Marymount University. Their location situates the school perfectly to both seize the myriad of opportunities presented by such close proximity to our nation’s capital as well as to nurture its students in an environment that goes beyond community and forms a true family.
With 31 programs of study for students to select from, Marymount has a little bit of something for every interest, though its fashion design and merchandising, as well as its nursing, business administration, and interior design programs are among its best known and most popular. (The campus fashion club is among the most popular of its student organizations as well.) Moreover, regardless of major, each Marymount student must complete at least one six credit internship before graduation in order to get their feet wet in the real world. (Sometimes that real world is found just a few Metro stops away in D.C. and sometimes it’s found in places outside of the U.S. altogether.)
Marymount is also a school that’s continuing to evolve as time progresses; a shift in class schedule to a Monday-Thursday and Tuesday-Friday class schedule allows for Wednesdays to be reserved for practical skill building. (For STEM students, this is their lab day; for others, Wednesdays are usually reserved for field trips or other similar activities.) What’s more, new residence hall spaces have become available to keep more students living on campus and the nearby satellite campus at Ballston is slated to be torn down and completely rebuilt in early 2015 to offer better living and learning space for future students.
Unfortunately, Marymount lacks an organized equestrian team or club, but its suburban location allows students to get out to local riding stables with relative ease. (Neighboring universities American and George Washington have club IHSA teams so you might even be inspired to start your own if Marymount turns out to have the right balance of academic programs and social offerings for you.)