Mount Saint Mary College's Desmond Campus for Adult Enrichment
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
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 on Saturdays at the Desmond Campus on a
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
The back porch of the house has panoramic Hudson River views.
The Desmond Campus for Adult Enrichment offers non-credit,
life-enriching education geared toward the adult learner. Browse
our website to learn more about our Community Education, Day Trips, Speaker Series, Road Scholars, and L.I.F.E. programs (for 55+), or download our most
recent catalog to browse courses. You can register
online, mail in the registration form from the catalog, or call
us to register at 845-565-2076. For more information, please email
or call 845-565-2076.