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Fast Facts

NCAA Division III Varsity Sports
11 to 1 student to faculty ratio
Student to Faculty Ratio
Job Placement in Certain Health Majors
More than 16,500
Alumni in Leadership Roles All Over
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One of 17 Mercy-based Schools
Average Class Size

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Mount Aloysius is a College of Distinction

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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 17 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 & Identity


  • Justice
  • Hospitality
  • Mercy
  • 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!

Identity Statement

Mount Aloysius College is an accredited, comprehensive, degree-granting institution offering Associate, Baccalaureate, and select Graduate Programs where women and men of diverse cultural, educational, and religious backgrounds optimize their aptitudes and acquire skills for meaningful careers. Mount Aloysius graduates are job ready, technology ready, and community ready.

  • Catholic Tradition:

We affirm and embrace the Catholic heritage of higher education, seeking knowledge and communicating truth from its manifold sources.

  • Liberal Arts Tradition:

We challenge and empower students in all programs to attain the goals of a liberal arts education – character development, critical thinking, communication skills, a passion for continual learning – and to become responsible, contributing citizens.

  • Mercy Tradition:

We cherish and revere the charism and example of the Sisters of Mercy, our founders and inspiration. We make concrete the Mercy Values – mercy in all relationships among students, faculty, staff, and administration, justice in all our endeavors, with hospitality and service to all at Mount Aloysius and in the larger community in which we live. In pursuit of these values, our faculty and staff personally engage, care for, and mentor each student. In practice as well as in word, we help all our students – including those facing significant challenges – to pursue their objectives.

  • Mount Aloysius Tradition:

We honor and sustain the Mount Aloysius legacy of being an “engine of opportunity” for all our students, helping them surmount economic and educational hurdles that inhibit their aspirations for productive and fulfilling professions. To this end, we recognize that responsibility is shared across the Mount Aloysius community. Our faculty acknowledge and promote the truth that learning for career and for life takes place both in and outside classroom settings. Our staff give daily support to students, enhancing the process that brings them to their graduation day. We require service of our students so that they will recognize that educational attainment and self-giving are inseparable components of the good life. We rejoice in the assistance and loyalty of trustees, alumni, and the larger community who contribute in multiple ways to our mission, modeling the conviction that fulfillment ensues as a result of generous living.

Moving forward, we intend to continue providing high-quality, affordable, and accessible higher education, within a collaborative and holistic learning environment, with support services designed to help students meet their goals, and to respond to employment needs in our region and beyond.

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.

  • Academic Convocation
  • All Campus Opening Liturgy
  • Blessing of the Pets
  • Christmas at the Mount
  • Day of Service: Freshmen Orientation
  • December Graduation Tea
  • Graduate Salute
  • Lollanobooza
  • Mercy Week
  • MLK Week 
  • Pinning Ceremonies
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.


Where are we?

7373 Admiral Peary Highway, Cresson, PA 16630-1999 – Directions & Parking

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