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University of Mount Saint Vincent
Latin: Universitas ad Sancti Vincentii Montem
Former names
Academy of Mount Saint Vincent (1847–1911) College of Mount Saint Vincent (1911-2023)
MottoBonitatem et disciplinam et scientiam doce me.
Motto in English
"Teach me goodness and discipline and knowledge."
TypePrivate university
Established1847; 177 years ago (1847)
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Sisters of Charity of New York)
Academic affiliations
Endowment$25.0 million[1]
PresidentSusan Burns
Location, ,

40°54′49″N 73°54′31″W / 40.9135°N 73.9085°W / 40.9135; -73.9085
ColorsWhite, gold[2]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IIISkyline

The University of Mount Saint Vincent (UMSV) is a private Catholic university in Riverdale, New York.[3] It was founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity of New York.

The university serves over 1,800 students with professional undergraduate programs in nursing, business, communication, and education and graduate degree programs in nursing, physician assistant, business, TESOL and education. It is under the auspices of the Sisters of Charity of New York, one of several Sisters of Charity congregations of Catholic women that trace their lineage back to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.


1861 in Central Park

The university was founded in 1847 as the Academy of Mount Saint Vincent, a school for women. It took its name from Saint Vincent de Paul, the 17th-century French priest who worked with the poor and founded the original Sisters of Charity, and from the geographic high point along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan known as McGowan's Pass.[4]

In 1911, the academy became a degree-granting institution and changed its name to the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

In 2024, the college was renamed the University of Mount Saint Vincent.

Campus buildings

See also: Fonthill Castle and the Administration Building of the College of Mount St. Vincent

Fonthill Castle

The castle housed the university's library from 1942 to 1968. Fonthill once formed the architectural symbol of the university and housed the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[5] Fonthill has been vacated due to damage it has suffered throughout the years.

The Villa

One of the original buildings on site, the Villa (or gardener's cottage) was built of ashlar, sometime prior to 1856 in mid-19th century "bracketed" style.[6] From 1887 to 1911 the "Stone Cottage" (originally called "Lourdes Villa") housed the St. Aloysius Academy for Boys. Many of the boys attending had sisters who were students at Mt. St. Vincent Academy.[7] The Villa is the home for several members of Sisters of Charity of New York.

Founders Hall

Founders Hall (formerly the administration building)was built between 1857 and 1859 and subsequently expanded in 1865, 1883, 1906–1908, and in 1951. The original building is a five-story red brick building on a fieldstone base. It features a six-story square tower topped by a copper lantern and spire. The tower is flanked by five story gabled sections.[8]

The Administration Building was listed on National Registrar of Historic Places in 1980.

A fire started in half of Founders Hall in the summer of 2014 and the damage was restored later during the school year.


Maryvale was constructed in 1859; it originally served as a laundry. In 1906 the laundry moved to the newly constructed Rosary Hall and Maryvale housed science classes. In 1954, Science classes moved to the new science building and Maryvale became the Library Annex and Studio Annex. It later housed the communications and fine arts departments. Maryvale features a radio studio and a TV studio. The radio shows streams live on livestream. The TV studio is where students film the school's news program, Mount Saint Vincent News.

Lourdes Grotto

In 1873 the Lourdes Grotto was built and is considered one of the oldest outdoor grottos in the United States.[9] The grotto is situated on a little island in a small lake in an area at one time known as "Lourdes Park".[4]

Le Gras Hall

In 1911, with the opening of a parochial school in Riverdale, Le Gras was remodeled to house the university gymnasium with an auditorium on the second floor.[4] It also housed the commuter students' cafeteria. Le Gras Hall is the headquarters for the Sisters of Charity of New York.

Rosary Hall

Several sisters from the Sisters of Charity of New York reside in Rosary Hall.

Grace Center

Peter Jay Sharp Athletic and Recreation Center

Opened in 2009, the Sharp Center offers 50,000 square feet of recreational space and houses the university's basketball courts, fitness center, and athletic offices. In 2016, the university placed solar panels on top of the roof of the Sharp Center.

Science Hall

In 2013, the university renovated the building, making it state of the art.

Elizabeth Seton Library

In 1968, the new Elizabeth Seton Library, or Seton Library, was opened. The library is named after Saint Elizabeth Seton, the first native-born American to be canonized. Elizabeth Seton founded the Sisters of Charity.

Corazon C. Aquino Hall

Opened in 2021, Aquino Hall serves as a residence hall and houses the Mount's Nursing Program and Physician Assistant Program.[10]

Residence halls



UMSV is registered by the New York State Education Department, Office of Higher Education, in Albany, New York, and is independently chartered to grant degrees by the Regents of the State of New York.

The student-faculty ratio at UMSV is 13:1.[13]


Mount Saint Vincent teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Dolphins are a member of the Skyline Conference. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, tennis and wrestling, while women's sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and volleyball.


The Elizabeth Seton Medal, the university’s highest honor, is named after the native New Yorker, Saint, and founder of the Sisters of Charity. It is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievements, generosity of spirit, and extraordinary self-sacrifice. Recipients include:

Notable alumni

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino BA’53

Notable faculty and staff


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