Community Education

Desmond Campus

The Desmond Campus of Mount Saint Mary College is located two miles north of the main campus.

The property was a gift of the late Alice Curtis Desmond, a wealthy author and photographer who lived in the mansion until her death in October 1990. Mrs. Desmond was the widow of a former state senator, Thomas C. Desmond. His interest in botany prompted him to cultivate a wide variety of trees and shrubs, making the Alice and Thomas Desmond arboretum a well-known local feature.

The Desmond Campus houses the Center for Community and Educational Services (CCES) and accommodates special events. The center has a computer educational center that is linked to the main campus network.

Desmond Art Class

The programs offered through the Desmond Campus support the goals of Mount Saint Mary College in providing learning opportunities and enrichment for residents of the greater Hudson Valley. These are non-credit educational programs. Classes are offered days, evenings, and Saturdays at the Desmond Campus on a year-round basis.

CCES organizes several bus trips to arts events or historical sites each year. The courses and instructors get rave reviews from the students, who are very pleased at the variety of courses offered and the quality of instruction. In the year 2009, over 2,000 people took classes at the Desmond Campus, over 700 people went on trips, and 225 people were enrolled in the Exploritas Program.

You can register online, mail in the registration form from the catalog, or call us to register at 845-565-2076.

Find out about our Community Education Noncredit programs, Road Scholars, and L.I.F.E. programs (for 55+), defensive driving and pre-licensing classes.

To request further information or a brochure from the Community Education area, please call 845-565-2076. Our fax number is 845-565-4199. You can also send an email to

The back porch of the house has panoramic Hudson River views.

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