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  • One of the oldest Catholic Colleges (1853) in the United States and one of the first in the region to become co-education (1968/69)
  • Ranked consistently in the top half of all Colleges in the United States North for value, graduation rates, job placement, affordability and commitment to excellence.
  • Mount Aloysius College has been recognized and listed with the United States Presidents Honor Roll for Distinguished Community Service for 5 out of the past 6 years.
  • Named a 2009 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs and consistently since the inauguration of the program.
  • A US News and World Report ranked College for 14 consecutive years.
  • One of the Commonwealth’s premier nursing and medical imaging programs with 1/3 or more of the regions nurses and imagers coming from Mount Aloysius College.
  • Listed and voted as a College of Distinction each year since 2007 for engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes.
  • One of the oldest Catholic Colleges (1853) in the United States and one of the first in the region to become co-education (1968/69).


Fast Facts

NCAA Division III Varsity Sports

Student to Faculty Ratio

Job Placement in Certain Health Majors

Alumni in Leadership Roles All Over

One of 18 Mercy-based Schools

Average Class Size
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Established in 1853, Mount Aloysius is a comprehensive, liberal arts and science-based institution with a commitment to career-directed study. Rooted in Catholic tradition,  Mount Aloysius College is one of 18 Mercy-sponsored colleges, and universities in the United States and is a member of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education.

Mount Aloysius College is a caring and just learning community with deep traditions of hospitality and compassion. A co-educational college, Mount Aloysius history as a women’s college is still evident in our interest in the advancement of women. However, the college’s commitment to creating a widely welcoming environment for living, learning and personal development for all is deeply embedded within the culture of the school.

Mount Aloysius College is a student-centered and accommodating community, tailoring academic and co-curricular programs to each learner. Acknowledging diverse ranges of ability and economic resources, accessible faculty and staff help each student reach for their potential. Academic advising, counseling and enrichment courses are available throughout the college. Students are encouraged in extracurricular pursuits like student government, clubs, athletics, theatre and many other social and service programs.

Values & Mission

Values-based, we focus on justice, hospitality, mercy and service. MAC’s core liberal arts curriculum provides a foundation for leadership and professional success. With academics foremost; we also consider spiritual, cultural and social development as essentials in personal growth.

The mission of Mount Aloysius College is to respond to individual and community needs with quality programs of education in the tradition of the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Each student is provided the opportunity to acquire knowledge and to develop values, attitudes, and competencies necessary for life-long learning within an environment that reflects a liberal arts orientation and a Catholic, Judeo-Christian heritage.

To read more about the mission and heritage of Mount Aloysius College, visit our Mission & Heritage page!

The history of the College is rooted in the life of the Religious Sisters of Mercy who founded and sponsor Mount Aloysius. Catherine McAuley founded the Religious Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, in 1831 as a congregation devoted to service. It was one of the first active congregations of women religious in Ireland.

Today, Sisters of Mercy serve in North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia continuing their original charism of service to the needy through advocacy and direct service in health care, educational and social service agencies and institutions. The spirit of the congregation, dedicated to honoring the mercy of God, is one of enterprising response to need, coupled with compassion and hospitality, a spirit, which is a goal of the Mount Aloysius family.

Mount Aloysius College traces its Mercy heritage to the small community of sisters who were sent to Pittsburgh in 1843. From Pittsburgh, they established a community in Chicago in 1845 and by 1848 they settled in nearby Loretto. On St. Mary’s Street in Loretto, the Sisters built a school in a tinner’s shop, which was to be the forerunner of St. Aloysius Academy. The Academy, built in 1853, was moved to its present site in 1897. In 1939 Mount Aloysius Junior College was founded through the initiative of Sister M. de Sales Farley, R.S.M. In 1991, Mount Aloysius amended its charter and scope of programs to include bachelor degrees. In the Spring of 2000, the College’s charter was again amended to include master’s degrees. Today, Mount Aloysius College is a vibrant leader in higher education.

Total Enrollment

Approximately 2,500 students are enrolled.

  • 1,300 Full-Time Undergraduate Students
  • 1,200 Part-Time Undergraduate, Graduate, Continuing, Education Students and Dual Enrollment Students
  • Average Freshman Class = 387, Average Transfer Class = 200

To learn more about our enrollment statistics and specifics, visit our FAQ page.


MAC has almost 175 faculty members. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate assistants.

To learn more about the professors here at Mount Aloysius, visit our FAQ page.

Academic Programming Offerings

More than 70 academic program offerings on the undergraduate and graduate levels in Health Sciences and Nursing, Humanities, Education, Social Sciences, Natural and Applied Sciences, Business Administration and Pre-Professional Study. Students may choose from more than 20 concentrations and minors.

To view a list of all the academic programs at Mount Aloysius, visit our Majors page.

Home States & Countries

Our student population is made up of many states including California, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware. Several countries are also represented on campus, including England, Poland, Macedonia, Ireland, Greece, South Korea and Jamaica.

To learn more about the students and countries represented on campus, visit our FAQ page.

Activities/Student Life

You can choose from 100 activities, clubs, intramurals, social events, etc.

To view more of the activities and clubs on campus, as well as a calendar of upcoming events on campus, visit our Student Life page.


Fully networked campus with high-speed Internet access, 100% wireless access, an email account for each student and 25+ Smart Classrooms.

Scholarships/Financial Aid

More than 94 percent of our students receive scholarships and financial assistance. Mount Aloysius continues to be the most affordable private college in the region, and in the northern United States (Top five percent) according to the US News and World Report.

To learn more about financial aid and scholorship opportunities at Mount Aloysius, visit our Financial Aid page.


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