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Where is Mount Aloysius College?

Mount Aloysius College is located in scenic Cresson, Pennsylvania. The college sits on top of Cresson Mountain, just off Route 22. Mount Aloysius College is nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, between Altoona and Johnstown, and is approximately 2 hours from the Commonwealth’s Capital of Harrisburg and 1 and 1/2 hours from Pittsburgh.

How many students attend Mount Aloysius College?

Mount Aloysius College has approximately 2,500 students (unduplicated head-count). 1,300 of these students are full-time, while 1,200 are either enrolled part-time as an undergraduate or graduate student, or in an off-campus program such as our Dubois Campus, online program or dual enrollment.

Where do Mount Aloysius College students come from?

Our student population comes primarily from Pennsylvania and the states contiguous of Pennsylvania. Some states represented on campus include Kentucky, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Kansas, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Texas, Florida. Several countries have recently been or are represented on campus, including: England, Poland, Macedonia, Ireland, Greece, Germany, South Korea, Canada, Guiana, the United Arab Emirates, Latvia, Jamaica, China, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Australia, the Bahamas, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ghana.

Do you offer Liberal Arts?

Building upon the Liberal Arts tradition, students will further develop a sense of curiosity and an inquiring disposition by employing a variety of learning styles and complex reasoning strategies to serve as a foundation to a commitment of lifelong learning.

Do I need to take the SAT/ACT?

Mount Aloysius College is a Test Optional College where students are not required to submit scores for the majority of academic programs. Students are required to submit SAT/ACT scores if they wish to be considered for cooperative academic programs in Dental, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Assistant, and Physical Therapy.  Nursing applicants are required to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) and submit scores for consideration for direct acceptance into the program.  Four Year students wishing to be considered for the Mercy Presidential Scholarship Program should submit SAT/ACT scores or submit a letter of recommendation from your high school principal and two letters from high school teachers from academic course of study.

What types of programs do you offer?

Academic programs at Mount Aloysius College are designed to prepare you for your future while broadening your horizons. Our more than 70 programs of study are encapsulated into three distinct divisions: Humanities, Social Science, and Professional Studies; Health Studies and Sciences; and Nursing. As a comprehensive college, the institution provides Master, Bachelor and select Associate degree programs based on regional job demand.

How many majors/academic programs does Mount Aloysius College provide?

More than 70 programs of study are offered 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.

What are the SAT and ACT codes for Mount Aloysius College?
  • The SAT code for Mount Aloysius College is 2420.
  • The ACT code for Mount Aloysius College is 3635.
What is your federal Financial Aid Code?

Our Financial Aid code is 003302.

Do you provide opportunities for service?

Our students do service learning and projects here and around the world! Mount Aloysius College students have various service opportunities, both through the campus and the community. In the past, our students have helped in Houston, Texas with the Hurricane Harvey aftermath and have traveled to Guyana, South America on mission trips. Mount Aloysius is a nationally ranked college for service.

Do you have a housing requirement?

There is a housing requirement at Mount Aloysius College for freshman, sophomore, and juniors students who live more than a half hour from campus. Students within a half hour of campus are encouraged to live on campus for the full college experience, but are permitted to commute from the home of a parent or legal guardian.

May I bring my car to campus?

Yes, all students attending Mount Aloysius College may have a car on campus. The parking registration fee is $40 yearly.

Do I need to bring a computer to campus?

While computers are growing more important by the day, they are not required at Mount Aloysius College. For those who do not supply their own computer, there are computer labs in most academic buildings across campus for personal and college use. For those who bring a computer, MAC is 100 percent wireless across campus, and, in the residence halls, students have the ability to hook up to high-speed internet — all for free. Laptop check-out service is also available at the campus library.

What other means of transportation exist if I do not have a car?

The Cambria County Transit Authority (CamTran) is on campus daily for students who do not bring a car to campus. In addition, there is a Greyhound bus station just a few miles away in Ebensburg. Both Altoona and Johnstown provide regional airport service, as well as train and bus stations.

What division is your athletic program and what sports programs are provided?

Mount Aloysius College is an official NCAA Division III participant and calls the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference home. Currently, students are able to compete in 15 different sports: baseball, softball, men’s/women’s basketball, women’s bowling, women’s volleyball, men’s/women’s golf, men’s/women’s cross country, men’s/women’s tennis and men’s/women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse.

Do you have an alcohol policy?

Alcohol is strictly prohibited on the Mount Aloysius College campus, regardless of the age of the student.

Is Mount Aloysius College a suitcase campus?

Mount Aloysius College is an advancing residential college with approximately 550 resident students. Those who live on campus enjoy spending weekends in the scenic setting of Cresson Mountain, participating in one or several of MAC’s more than 100 clubs and organizations, events and activities.

How safe is Mount Aloysius College?

With a 24-hour campus safety staff and two full-time Residence Life staff members living on campus, safety is a primary focus at Mount Aloysius College. Mount Aloysius College prides itself on having an incident report that is borderline non-existent.

Do you have career services and assist with job placement?

The Career Development office on campus is located in the Main Administration Building, with the goal of helping students choose a career and find a job. Many programs have a 100 percent placement rate. Currently, Mount Aloysius College boasts a 99 percent job-placement-rate for students in nursing and health studies majors and 97 percent placement overall. The majority of our students gain employment within three to six months after graduation or enroll in graduate, law or other professional school.

How do students seek a job on campus?

Students are able to seek jobs through the Federal Work Study program, coordinated in the Financial Aid Office on campus. Work Study positions are posted in the Financial Aid Office and various offices around campus. In addition, some campus offices offer employment on a budgeted basis.

Who are the Sisters of Mercy?

The Religious Sisters of Mercy founded and sponsor Mount Aloysius College. Catherine McAuley founded the Religious Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland in 1831 as a congregation devoted to service. Today, the Sisters of Mercy serve world-wide, continuing to service the needy through advocacy and direct service in healthcare, education and social service agencies and institutions. Mount Aloysius College is one of 18 Mercy colleges nation-wide.

Do you have to be Catholic to attend Mount Aloysius College?

While Mount Aloysius College was founded in the Catholic tradition, and Catholic masses are offered on campus, you do not have to be Catholic to attend Mount Aloysius College.

Can students smoke in the residence halls?

All residence halls are non-smoking and non-vaping, however, there are designated smoking areas for students and staff located around campus.

Do you have fraternities and sororities?

While Mount Aloysius College does not have fraternities or sororities, there are over 100 different clubs and organizations, social events and activities for students to become involved with, including intramurals and service opportunities.

What is there to do at Mount Aloysius College?

Mount Aloysius College offers students the opportunity to be involved with over 100 different clubs, academic associations, intramural programs and activities, 15 different NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic programs and various intramural sports. MAC’s very own Vox Nova choral ensemble and Theatre program produce various concerts and plays throughout the school year. In addition, Mount Aloysius College welcomes different lecturers, comedians and bands to campus. Mount Aloysius College is also offering new outdoor activities such as skiing, downhill and cross-country, biking, hiking, kayaking, birding, boating, fly-fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, snow shoeing, and spelunking. All located in the surrounding areas such as Blue Knob Ski Resort, Raystown Lake, Wilmore Dam, Prince Gallitzin State Park, Little Juniata River and a vast variety of federal state and local parks.

Do you have graduate students teaching?

No.  The Mount Aloysius faculty consists of approximately 175 members, whose primary responsibility is teaching and advising students.  Many faculty members hold advanced or terminal degrees and are expected to maintain close instructional ties with students.  Many professors hold national professional certificates in disciplines such as criminology, education, law, and nursing.

May I enroll at Mount Aloysius College as an Undeclared/Exploratory Major?

Students who are interested in enrolling into a Bachelor’s Degree program, but are undecided on a particular major, can select Undeclared/Exploratory on their admissions application. However, all students must declare a specific major by the end of their sophomore year. Each semester, numerous students enroll at Mount Aloysius College in the Undeclared/Exploratory track.

Is Mount Aloysius College affordable?

Mount Aloysius College is one of the most affordable private colleges in the United States of America and definitely in the region. Currently, more than 94 percent of our students receive scholarships and financial aid.

What is academic advising like at Mount Aloysius College?

Student Success and Advising at Mount Aloysius College is committed to combining education for life with preparation for professional experience. The Student Success and Advising Office assists and guides students in developing educational plans, supporting career goals and achieving academic success.

How close are you to major cities?

Located in scenic Cresson, Pennsylvania, Mount Aloysius College is just 13 miles from Altoona, 25 miles from suburban Johnstown, 2 hours from the Commonwealth’s Capital – Harrisburg, and 1.5 hours from Pittsburgh.

Do you prefer online application or traditional application?

Students can apply for admission either online or with a traditional application. We do not have a preference. However, if students visit campus, we’ll waive the $30 application fee! It is important to apply early during your senior year!!!

Now that my application has been accepted, what’s the next step?

Once a student has been accepted, it is important to apply for financial aid. Currently, 94% of Mount Aloysius College students receive financial aid and scholarships. To apply for need-based financial aid, Mount Aloysius College requires all students to complete the FAFSA form. Also, be sensitive to paying your tuition and housing deposits on time and join us for ACCEPTED STUDENT DAY, traditionally held in March!

What kind of financial aid/scholarships do you offer?

Mount Aloysius College offers merit scholarships, ranging from $2,000 to $9,000/year. Our Mercy Presidential Leadership Scholarship is awarded to 30 students and is a $14,000/year award. Some majors and programs offer $1,000/year fellowships including the Honors Program. The College provides over 5 million dollars a year in scholarships and grants to all full-time undergraduates!

Mount Aloysius College also offers federal, state and private grants/need-based and non-need-based aid, plus work study. Students attending MAC are also able to apply for loans. Visit our Financial Aid page for more information.

When is the enrollment deadline?

Once your application has been accepted, you have until April 1 to let us know if you plan to enroll in the fall. Please send your tuition and housing deposits to secure your space for the fall class. We have limited space available for new freshmen and after April 1, we may not be able to accommodate you in terms of admission, financial aid or housing. Many academic programs at Mount Aloysius College require students to commit at an earlier date – be sure to check your official acceptance letter! Typically refunds are issued up until May 1 as long as formal notification is received in writing and an extenuating circumstance exists. Housing deposits are not tuition deposits and are non-refundable.

Does Mount Aloysius College accept dual enrollment or AP credits?

Mount Aloysius College recognizes the Advanced Placement program and will grant standing and college credit for courses in harmony with the college curriculum to students who complete the Advanced Placement Test with a score of 3 or higher. Students who are ‘dual enrolled’ can receive credit for classes taken, provided they are in harmony with college curriculum and students earn a C or higher.

Mount Aloysius College provides Mount Aloysius courses via dual enrollment at a variety of local and regional high schools. Please contact Mr. Jules Dill, Coordinator for Dual Enrollment in the Division of Enrollment Management and Office of Dual Enrollment at 814-886-6361 or at

International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are also recognized provided the student scores a 5 or higher on either the standard level or higher level IB examinations and the courses are in harmony with the college curriculum.

What does MAC offer to military members, their spouse and dependents?

Mount Aloysius College offers our qualifying veterans and military members one-on-one assistance in determining and obtaining their VA,  Yellow Ribbon and Vocational Rehabilitation benefits, priority registration, membership in SALUTE (the national honor society for veterans), free tutoring, free career counseling and other counseling/disability services, if needed.

We offer our qualifying spouses of veterans and military members one-on-one assistance in determining and obtaining their transferred VA and Yellow Ribbon benefits, as well as MYCAA benefits, benefits for spouses of 100% or deceased veterans and the Fry Scholarship for spouses of deceased veterans.  We also offer free tutoring, free career counseling and other counseling, if needed.

We offer our qualifying dependents of military members one-on-one assistance in determining and obtaining their transferred VA and Yellow Ribbon benefits, as well as benefits for dependents of 100% disabled or deceased veterans.  We also offer free tutoring, free career counseling and other counseling, if needed.

There is a military lounge on campus, to be used primarily forveterans, military members and their families who are attending Mount Aloysius College, as students.  This is a nice quiet place to study and it is equipped with a refrigerator, lockers, a microwave, a Kuerig, a TV/VCR and fiction books for your reading pleasure.  The lounge is also used for our Military Club meetings.

Mount Aloysius values its veterans and military members and we thank them for  their commitment and service to our country.  If you have questions, please contact Sally Weber, VA Certifying Official at or by phone at (814) 886-6337.  To learn more click here.

How do I add Military Science to my schedule?

For more information, please visit the Army ROTC Page.

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