October 17, 2012
(Left) Mount Saint Mary College attracted hundreds of
prospective students to its recent open house. Located 60 miles
north of New York City along the majestic Hudson River, the Mount
offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs preparing students
for careers in healthcare, business, education, social services,
communications, media and more. (Right) At the recent open house,
Darnell Dorcé and his mother, of Saddle River, NJ, both said they
enjoyed Mount Saint Mary College’s breathtaking views of the Hudson
The first fall open house at Mount Saint Mary College attracted
more than 280 high school students looking forward to their college
careers: in healthcare, business, education, social services,
communication/media, and more.
By meeting with current college students, faculty, financial aid
experts, and admissions staff, visitors learned about the array of
bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, and extracurricular
Tours of the campus, led by student ambassadors, showcased
residence halls, classrooms, and the college’s state-of-the-art
Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center.
Hailing from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and beyond, the
visitors were wowed by breathtaking views of the Hudson River and
the early autumn leaves bursting with color.
(Left) Ashley Vanderman, a Port Jervis High School senior from
Middletown, NY, came to Mount Saint Mary College to research a
major in nursing. At the Mount, 40 percent of freshmen aim for
health professions. (Right) Doris Hettinger-Mackey of Queens, NY, a
1980 graduate of Mount Saint Mary College, came to the recent open
house with her daughter, Julia Mackey, who is considering a major
in social sciences.
Many found that the experience alleviated fears of moving on to
adulthood and into careers.
“I think it’s going to be a great experience. I’m really
excited,” said Ashley Vanderman, a Port Jervis High School senior
from Middletown, NY.
And then there’s the view.
“I think it’s beautiful. Great view, nice people,” she said.
Vanderman is interested in becoming a teacher.
So is Richard Dufresnes, a high school senior from Old Bridge,
NJ. His cousin, Danielle Bihuniak, a 2004 graduate of the Mount,
suggested that Richard attend the open house at her alma mater.
“I was a science/education major, so I got a lot out of it,”
said Bihuniak, of her time at the Mount.
Mount Saint Mary College’s nationally accredited teacher
education program is distinctive, with fieldwork embedded in
coursework starting in sophomore year. The program earns high marks
in preparing well qualified graduates for New York State licensure
in careers as teachers and administrators.
(Left) Wantagh, NY resident Bernadette Claravall visited Mount
Saint Mary College with her parents to explore a career in nursing.
(Right) Rachael Heard and her mother, both from Trumbull, CT,
visited Mount Saint Mary College to explore a major in biology.
Courses can prepare students for careers in industry and education,
as well as graduate study like medical, veterinary or dental
Wantagh, NY resident Bernadette Claravall, currently a senior at
General Douglas MacArthur High School, came to the Mount to
research a nursing career.
Forty percent of Mount freshmen aim for health professions. The
college’s nationally accredited four year nursing degree program
features high-tech simulator labs, hands-on clinical experience,
and an NCLEX pass rate that consistently outperforms the state
The natural sciences are high on students’ lists of academic
interests. Rachael Heard of Trumbull, CT, headed to the Mount’s
open house to learn more about a major in biology. Courses prepare
Mount students for medical, veterinary, or dental school, or other
graduate study; and careers in industry or education.
Mount Saint Mary College also offers comprehensive areas of
study in communication, language arts, math, information
technology, psychology, social sciences, philosophy, and
The campus has well-equipped residence halls, many with river
views and suite-style living. In addition to sports (a high-tech
turf athletic field, six tennis courts, and an indoor pool),
students also enjoy participating in clubs, such as Habitat for
Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
(Left) Colleen Larkin of Bloomfield, NJ explored Mount Saint
Mary College’s opportunities in nursing. (Right) Anna Bognot and
Kristopher Garcin, Newburgh residents who recently moved to the
area from Los Angeles, learned about nursing studies at Mount Saint
Whether extracurricular or embedded in coursework, service is a
core element of a Mount education. When asked why she is
considering a career in nursing, Colleen Larkin from Bloomfield, NJ
had a simple answer:
“I want to help people,” she said.
Located 60 miles north of New York City, the college is ranked a
Top-Tier Regional University (North) by U.S. News & World
The Mount’s next open house will take place Sunday, October 21.
For more information about the application process or to register
for open house, call 1-888-YES-MSMC (1-888-937-6762) or visit the
college’s website at www.msmc.edu.