Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles

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Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles
Seal of Mount Saint Mary's University
MottoDeus Illuminatio Mea (Latin)
Motto in English
God, My Light
Religious affiliation
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (Roman Catholic)
Endowment$144.9 million (2018)[1]
PresidentAnn McElaney-Johnson
ProvostBob Perrins
Academic staff
135 full-time, 341 part-time[2]
Administrative staff
Students2,079 full-time, 709 part-time (2019)[2]
Undergraduates1,621 full-time, 522 part-time (2019)[2]
Postgraduates458 full-time, 187 part-time (2019)[2]
Location, ,
United States
Campustwo urban campuses
Chalon (Brentwood):
34°05′06″N 118°28′56″W / 34.08512°N 118.48216°W / 34.08512; -118.48216
56 acres (23 ha)
Doheny (Downtown):
34°01′47″N 118°16′40″W / 34.02978°N 118.27771°W / 34.02978; -118.27771
20 acres (8.1 ha)
ColorsPurple and gold   

Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles (known as Mount St. Mary's College until January 2015)[4] is a private, Catholic university primarily for women, in Los Angeles, California. Women make up ninety percent of the student body.[2]

It was founded in 1925 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and today has two campuses just over 16 miles (26 km) apart: Chalon in Brentwood and Doheny in North University Park, near Downtown Los Angeles.


Chalon Campus[edit]

The university first held its classes at St. Mary's Academy, then located at West Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard.[5] In 1928, the Sisters purchased 36 acres (15 ha) of land along the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains from the Rodeo Land and Water Company for $162,000. In 1947, an additional 20 acres (8.1 ha) was acquired to complete what is today the university's Chalon campus. The campus contains a blend of architecture familiar to Los Angeles, largely in the tradition of the Spanish Colonial Revival and Mission Revival styles. The unique location of the campus in Brentwood, on a 1,100-foot (340 m) ridge, provides an overlook to both the Getty Center and 40 miles (64 km) of the Pacific Ocean.

Being the university's first campus, Chalon has been home to a number of important events in the history of the university. In 1929, the university's first graduation was held on the Chalon campus. In 1952, the university granted its first baccalaureate degrees in nursing, also the first in Southern California.[citation needed] In 1955, the university began offering graduate degree programs.

Today, Chalon is home to the university's traditional baccalaureate programs, offering more than 35 academic majors and minors. The most popular majors are: nursing, pre-nursing, psychology, biology, sociology, and business.[citation needed]

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is located at the university.[6]

Doheny Campus[edit]

The Doheny Mansion, the center of the university's Downtown campus

The university grew to two campuses in 1962 when it was given 20 acres (8.1 ha), holding two city blocks of Queen Anne style and Victorian mansions, in Los Angeles next to the University of Southern California. The tranquil property was formerly owned by Edward L. Doheny and his wife, the Countess Estelle Doheny, who made their fortune in oil. The Chester Place residences were built at the turn of the century by Judge Charles Silent. The university named the campus after the Countess Doheny and her husband. Due to the Countess' desire for privacy,[citation needed] the Dohenys purchased all the adjacent houses and made it into a private street. The University Park campus is located in one of the oldest neighborhoods of the city.[citation needed]

The Doheny campus first played host to the university's Associate in Arts program when it opened in 1962. Forty years later, in 2002, the university began its first doctoral degree, in physical therapy, which joined the other graduate programs now offered at the Doheny campus.[citation needed]

In 1992, the university launched its Weekend and Evening College program at the Chalon campus, which primarily focuses on providing working professionals the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degrees within four years by attending classes scheduled on weekends. The Weekend and Evening College program moved to the Doheny campus in 2006, joining a number of courses for the associate and graduate programs offered at Doheny on weekday evenings and on weekends, furthering the idea of accessibility introduced by Weekend and Evening College.

Doheny is home to the university's associate, daytime and evening graduate programs, Weekend and Evening College (undergraduate and graduate), and educational credential programs.


The student body is 90 percent female and 10 percent male.[2]

Spring 2019 Demographics of student body[2]
African American 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 14%
White 11%
Hispanic 58%
Other/Multiracial 11%

In the media[edit]

Due to its isolated location and beautiful vistas and architecture, a number of movies and television shows have filmed on either the Doheny or Chalon campus of the university. The list includes, but is not limited to:[7]


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2018. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2017 to FY 2018" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute. 2018. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Fast Facts". Mount St. Mary's University. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "Faculty Profile" (PDF).
  4. ^ New Name, Expanded Programs At L.A.'s Only Women's University: Mount Saint Mary's University
  5. ^ Facts – College history (web page archive of October 16, 1997), Mount St. Mary's College.
  6. ^ "About Us".
  7. ^ "Film at the Mansion". The Doheny Mansion. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  8. ^ The O.C. Filming Locations

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