Mount Saint Mary College welcomes freshmen, returning students

August 24, 2014


It was a small trip from her home in Newburgh, N.Y. to Mount Saint Mary College, but for Katherin Lopez, moving into Sakac Hall was a big jump for her academic career.

Move-in day

Katherin Lopez of Newburgh, N.Y., a freshman physical therapy-psychology major at Mount Saint Mary College, recently moved into Sakac Hall. Helping were her sister, Krishna, and her father. 

As the 60-acre campus buzzed with new and returning students on Sunday, August 24, Lopez, a freshman physical therapy-psychology major, split the unpacking duties with her sister and father.

The Higher Education Opportunity Program student said that her long-term goal is to provide physical therapy for hospital patients.

Her goal for this semester: “I’m planning on doing a great job in all my classes,” she explained. The college’s faculty, she added, “are really helpful, really supportive, and are there to make sure you succeed.”

Freshman Gabriel Bazquez of Puerto Rico comes to the Mount with an interest in science and technology. After a four hour plane ride to New York, Bazquez was eager to move into the college’s Guzman Hall.

Move-in day

Freshman Gabriel Bazquez came to the Mount from Puerto Rico, and was aided on move-in day by his mother, Annie, and father, José. 

Bazquez heard about the Mount through an admissions visit to his hometown.

“Once I saw the college, I really liked it,” he said. “I’m going to enjoy it here.”

The Dominican Center, a five-story, gothic revival gem on the Mount campus, welcomed traditional upperclassmen as residents for the first time. Students like cross-country runner Aimee Caron of Chatham, N.Y., a junior with a double major in English and psychology, and Christine Urio of Highland Mills, N.Y., a junior English major, are excited to live in the cutting edge residence hall.

Move-in day

Moving into the newly transformed Dominican Center at Mount Saint Mary College were students Aimee Caron of Chatham, N.Y. a junior with a double major in English and psychology (left), and Christine Urio of Highland Mills, N.Y., a junior English major. 

The first and second floors of the Dominican Center were converted into a state-of-the-art library – The Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center – which opened in spring 2014. The building also sports modernized living spaces, laundry facilities, a recreation room, and a dining facility.

The Dominican Center was once home to the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh, serving as their motherhouse from 1927 until 2011. It also housed and educated Mount Saint Mary Academy students until the high school closed in 1979. The building contains the Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary, an important part of Mount Saint Mary College’s heritage.

Nearly 2,500 students from the tri-state area and beyond began or resumed bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at the college, which is ranked a Top-Tier Regional University by U.S. News & World Report.

The Mount is anticipating another strong year. More than 45 percent of incoming freshmen are aiming for a career in health professions, including nursing, pre-med, pre-veterinary, and pre-dental. The Mount’s nursing programs, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, boast and an online RN to BS program and an NCLEX pass rate that consistently outperforms the state average. The Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center features advanced laboratories for nursing, pre-med studies, and more.

Around 11 percent of Mount freshmen are majoring in business, including accounting, finance, management, administration, and marketing. The programs, accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, gain relevance through the college’s Business Advisory Council and with connection to organizations such as The Solar Energy Consortium.

Teacher education has long been a Mount mainstay. This fall, about 11 percent of the freshmen begin preparation in their major fields for certification in childhood or adolescent education.

The college also offers comprehensive areas of study in psychology, English, math, sociology, history, and more.

Students are looking forward to many new courses at the Mount, including: Business Marketing Principles, Consumer Behavior, Marketing and Management Research, Nursing Chemistry Fundamentals, Screenwriting for TV/Film, Public Relations Campaigns, Criminology & Film, IEP and Transition Planning, Instruction for Early Childhood Students with and without Disabilities, Writing Instruction for Literacy Leaders, Martial Arts: GoJu Karate, and more.

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