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Mount State Mary’s University

Mount St. Mary's University, also known as The Mount, is a private, liberal arts, Catholic university in the Catoctin Mountains near Emmitsburg, Maryland.



16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd
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In 1805, French �migr� Father John DuBois (P�re Jean Dubois) laid the cornerstone for a church Saint-Mary's-on-the-Hill and bought land with the intention of constructing a school. In 1809, Pigeon Hall, a seminary of the French Society of St. Sulpice was transferred to Emmitsburg and marked the beginning of higher education at Mount St. Mary. In the same year, Elizabeth Ann Seton, saint and founder of the Sisters of Charity, came to the Mount. She attended Mass there until her death in 1821. The first charter for a university was obtained in 1830. However, until the early 1900s, Mount Saint Mary's University also acted as a boarding school. Some remnants of the boarding school, such as Bradley Hall (one of the oldest buildings on campus), still existDuring World War II, Mount Saint Mary's College was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission. In June 1809, Seton established the first parochial school for girls in Emmitsburg. That school grew to become Saint Joseph College, for women. In 1973, sagging enrollment numbers and rising operating costs forced St. Joseph's College to close its doors and to merge with Mount Saint Mary�s University. The university concurrently became co-educational.

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Mount St. Mary�s is a Catholic university committed to education in the service of truth; we seek to cultivate a community of learners formed by faith, engaged in discovery, and empowered for leadership in the Church, the professions, and the world. The Undergraduate Mission Mount St. Mary�s is a Catholic institution of higher education dedicated to liberal learning in the pursuit of truth. Mount St. Mary�s, mindful of its role in the Church�s mission to the world and respectful of the religious liberty of all, affirms the values and beliefs central to the Catholic vision of the person and society, and seeks to deepen understanding of our faith and its practice in just and compassionate engagement with the world. In order to enable individuals to understand and to challenge or embrace the cultural forces operating on them, Mount St. Mary�s, in all its curricular and co-curricular programs, encourages each student to undertake free and rigorous inquiry leading to a reflective and creative understanding of the traditions which shape the communities in which we live. Mount St. Mary�s strives to graduate men and women who cultivate a mature spiritual life, who live by high intellectual and moral standards, who respect the dignity of other persons, who see and seek to resolve the problems facing humanity, and who commit themselves to live as responsible citizens.



Francis Bernard Green, prominent tobacco plantation owner in Charles County, Maryland. Lived at Green's Inheritance. Geno Baroni, civil rights and anti-poverty activist Agnus Berenato, (1980) head women's basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh John Baer, journalist. Rory Michael Bourke, (1964) Songwriter -Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame '89 Wrote: �Most Beautiful Girl�, �Carlene�, �Little Red Rodeo�, and (�Bye Bye�). Also writer & publisher of �Eyes of a Woman.� Charles C. Byrne, U.S. Army general Fred Carter, professional basketball, 1969-1976 Jennifer P. Dougherty, first female mayor of Frederick, Maryland, 2001�2005 Edward J. Flanagan, founder of Boys Town in 1921 William J. Frank, member of Maryland House of Delegates Bridget Anne Kelly, (1994) former Deputy Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie fired for her role in the Fort Lee lane closure scandal Richard A. La Vay, (1975) former Maryland State Delegate John LaFarge, artist Francisco I. Madero, democratic president of Mexico from 1911�1913; boarding school graduate John McCloskey, first American Cardinal, archbishop of New York 1864-1885, first president of Fordham University 1841-43; university and seminary graduate Matthew F. McHugh, former United States Congressman Susan O'Malley, first female president of an NBA franchise, the Washington Wizards James William Reilly, Ohio state representative and American Civil War general in the Union Army Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church Peter Rono, gold-medal winner of the 1,500 metres event at the 1988 Summer Olympics; university graduate Stanley Rother, priest and martyr; seminary graduate Harry A. Slattery, US Under Secretary of the Interior, 1938�39; the Slattery Report John F. Sullivan, basketball (1953�57), later played in American Basketball League Hugo Winterhalter, (1931) Musical composer, arranger, musician, and orchestra leader - MSM Choir and Chorus (1928 -1931) William E. Lori, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore.



1,400 acre (5.7 km�)