A comprehensive Catholic university located just minutes from Washington, DC, Marymount serves approximately 3,700 students from more than 40 states and 60 countries. The close-knit academic community provides a culture of engagement that fosters intellectual curiosity, service to others and a global perspective. Marymount offers undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs through four schools: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education and Human Services, and the Malek School of Health Professions.
Service has been central to Marymount since its founding and is expressed through every aspect of campus life. The university catalog states that “Marymount inspires a shared sense of community among individuals drawn from diverse national, cultural and social backgrounds, and emphasizes a spirit of service to others and responsiveness to the needs of persons and groups who do not fully share in the bounty of the larger community.”
The University provides Spirit of Service Scholarships to students who have demonstrated both academic achievement and outstanding commitment to service. Recipients provide 60+ hours of service a semester while at Marymount.
A tradition at the start of the academic year is Volunteer Service Day for students, faculty, staff and alumni. Weekly and monthly community outreach activities include tutoring children, spending time with senior citizens, providing food for the homeless, and serving people with mental and physical disabilities. Marymount campus groups also regularly organize food, clothing and fund-raising drives for charities, and volunteer in area schools. For Alternative Spring Break, groups of Marymount students annually assist an Appalachian community in need by repairing homes and help the Banica community in the Dominican Republic.
On the academic side, service is an integral part of the liberal arts core, and Marymount faculty integrate service-learning into the curriculum whenever possible. Examples include nursing and physical therapy students and faculty who staff a free clinic that the University established in the community; education students who work on language, math and science skills with children in Washington, DC, northern Virginia and Bumwalukani, Uganda; and business students who collect food for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).
In addition, a variety of courses address poverty issues and emphasize the interconnectedness of people around the globe. These include: “Addressing Injustice,” “Social Justice: Ethical Dilemmas in Social Context,” “Social Class in American Society” and “The Global Village.” Marymount also offers a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. In addition, physical therapy, nursing and health care management students are providing ongoing assistance to an orphanage in Costa Rica that serves children and adults with physical and mental handicaps.
Both locally and globally, Marymount students reach out to help others. While the DC region is generally perceived as affluent, in reality it is home to many disadvantaged citizens. Marymount offers students opportunities to become involved with the wider community, encouraging them to open their eyes and their hearts, and put their beliefs into action.
Brian M. Doyle, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, and Associate Professor of Theology
Brian J. Hollar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Business Administration
David Pomeroy, Ph.D.Director, Experiential Learning & Center for Career Services, Marymount University