Marymount California University
Marymount College PV.jpg
Entrance to the campus
MottoTua Luce Dirige
Motto in English
Direct Us by Thy Light
TypePrivate university
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic
(Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary)
Academic affiliations
PresidentBrian Marcotte
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban, 26 acres (11 ha)
Colors   Blue & white
Sporting affiliations

Marymount California University is a private Catholic university in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Originally founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RHSM), the university awards associate, bachelor's, and graduate degrees.[2] The institution is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.[3] The university plans to close in August 2022.[4]


The college was established in 1932, by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, on Sunset Boulevard in Westwood. It began as a liberal arts college for women and was the first Catholic junior college in California. In 1947, it received accreditation as a four-year college. In 1960, a new campus was started on Palos Verdes Peninsula that included dormitories for on-campus residential living, an auditorium, dining facility, a library, and a chapel. The college’s preparation for a merger with Loyola University of Los Angeles in Westchester, was started in 1967. It separated its two-year and four-year programs. The two-year programs remained on the Rancho Palos Verdes campus and received accreditation, in 1971. In 1968, the four-year college moved to the Loyola campus. The merger was finalized in 1973, and became a new entity - Loyola Marymount University. In 1975, Marymount College moved to its present site. The Weekend College Program was added, in 1983. Accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the college offers degrees in both Associate in Arts and Associate in Science. The courses are conducted in various divisions, which include Computer Science, History, Business, Physical Education, Philosophy, Geography, Science, and Theatre Arts. Support services for students with disabilities are provided through the Learning Center. The Library at Marymount College houses an excellent collection of books and current periodical subscriptions. The college offers a wide range of activities to challenge the mind and enhance the spirit. Cultural events such as exhibits, concerts, films, and lectures are also conducted.

Marymount California University was established in 1968 by the RHSM as Marymount Palos Verdes College. It was split from the original Marymount College in Westwood, Los Angeles; this Marymount later merged with St. Joseph's College and then Loyola University to form Loyola Marymount University. At the time, the college was a two-year institution of higher education. In 1975, responsibility for the college was transferred to a lay board of trustees.[5] In 1986, the college changed its name from Marymount Palos Verdes College to Marymount College, Palos Verdes. In summer 2011, Marymount opened its Waterfront Campus in downtown San Pedro, Los Angeles.[6] In spring 2013, Marymount changed its name from Marymount College to Marymount California University to reflect "an ongoing transformation of the 45-year-old institution of higher education to a multi-campus institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs." In fall 2013, Marymount opened its Lakeside Campus in the community of Lucerne in rural Lake County, in Northern California.[7]

In February 2018, the university appointed trustee Brian Marcotte its new president. It was not immediately clear why the previous president, Lucas Lamadrid, left the position although the local newspaper Daily Breeze reported "allegations of inappropriate behavior, exorbitant spending and discriminatory conduct."[8]

The university announced plans in July 2021 to merge with Saint Leo University, another private Catholic university. The transition was expected to be completed by January 2023.[9] However, plans for the merger fell through and Marymount California University plans to close in August 2022.[10][11]


The Oceanview Campus encompasses 26-acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island in Rancho Palos Verdes.[12]

Residential Community include The Villas located in adjacent San Pedro, a community of fully furnished, two-story townhomes that can accommodate 400 students and staff. In the center of the community is a swimming pool, fitness center, outdoor covered pavilion, beach volleyball court, basketball court and a soon to be completed outdoor kitchen.[13]

Free Shuttle Service is available for all enrolled students, faculty and staff between all of our Southern California campuses, as well as a number of other sites around the community.[14]


Marymount California University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.[5] Marymount California University offers the following undergraduate degrees:[2]


The Marymount athletic teams were called the Mariners. The university was a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the California Pacific Conference (CalPac) from 2012–13 to 2021–22.[15] The Mariners previously competed as an NAIA Independent within the Association of Independent Institutions (AII) from 2010–11 to 2011–12.

Marymount competed in 16 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports included baseball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and track & field; while women's sports included cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, volleyball and beach volleyball; and co-ed sports included eSports and surfing.[16]


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  10. ^ "Struggling Marymount California University to Close". U.S. News. Associated Press. April 24, 2022. Retrieved 27 April 2022.
  11. ^ Jaschik, Scott (April 22, 2022). "Saint Leo and Marymount California Won't Merge". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  12. ^ " - Campus Facts - All California Colleges". Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
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  15. ^ "About the Cal Pac". California Pacific Conference. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
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Coordinates: 33°44′07″N 118°20′02″W / 33.735217°N 118.333783°W / 33.735217; -118.333783