January 25, 2012
Kathleen O’Keefe (right) of the Mount Saint Mary College Career
Center welcomes students to “Sophomores Survive and Succeed,”
More than 50 sophomores returned to campus a day early at Mount
Saint Mary College to get a jump start on the semester and their
“Sophomores Survive and Succeed” power sessions included campus
leadership and career success, career options for various majors,
summer research projects, alumni mentors, and study abroad
opportunities, including those for nursing and pre-professional
More than two dozen nursing students and two faculty recently
travelled to the Dominican Republic on a humanitarian mission
providing healthcare services in the poorest communities.
At the Mount, 33 percent of freshmen aim for health professions.
The college’s nationally accredited four year nursing degree
program features high tech simulator labs, real world clinical
experience and community nursing, plus a NYCLEX exam pass rate of
98 to 100 percent. Graduates are working as registered nurses in
hospitals in the Northeast and around the country.
The college offers concentrations in criminology, educational
technologies, international studies, and web technologies, among
others, as well as pre-professional concentrations in pre-law,
pre-med, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary.
In addition to strong academic programs, a vibrant campus life
includes 30 student clubs and organizations, making the Mount a
great living/learning experience.
With the demand for campus living on the rise, Mount Saint Mary
College recently renovated the Garden Apartments and has a master
plan to add residential space in the newly acquired Dominican
Center. Other residence halls, many with river views and
suite-style living, have kitchens, cable, study lounges, exercise
rooms, and even solar panels.
For students who want more academically, the Mount’s honors
program provides field experiences exploring the Hudson River’s
historic sites and increased lab time for science majors.
As part of its strategic goal to involve students in applied
learning, Mount Saint Mary College offers centers of excellence:
the Center on Aging and Policy, the Center for Adolescent Research
and Development, and the Catholic and Dominican Institute.
The Center on Aging and Policy promotes an interdisciplinary
perspective and is dedicated to excellence in research and
scholarship in the field of gerontology. Routinely, Mount students
are involved: e.g. through the Aging United student organization.
As part of their coursework in social science classes, students are
able to assess situations utilizing the center’s resources and
offer solutions for the problems people face.
The Center for Adolescent Research and Development assists in
appropriate research-based program development for schools,
agencies, and families, and hosts an annual conference each spring
focused on adolescence in the 21st century, engaging students in
real world concerns.
The CDI, rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, promotes
the college’s Dominican heritage, advances the charism of learning
and service, provides a forum for discussion of contemporary
ethical issues, and enhances Catholic and Jewish dialogue.