Marymount California University Closing After 54 Years!
Palos Verdes homes owners were surprised to hear that our own local Marymount California University will be closing after 54 years. This disappointing information was announced on Friday afternoon with the university’s Board of Trustees stating that after years of financial struggles, declining enrollment, rising costs and the coronavirus pandemic, they have decided to close.
It has been said that the schools earlier optimism was linked to a merger with Saint Leo University, a larger Catholic campus in Central Florida. However, that merger did not happen and so the last day Marymount’s 500 students and 140 employees will be on the campus is August 31, 2022.
Marymount, was founded in 1968, and has roots dating back to the 1930’s. It has been a small liberal arts college throughout its history offering an associate degree, nine bachelor degrees and a master of business administration degree. In the US News & Worlds Reports 2022 college rankings, it listed Marymount California University as the 12th most ethnically diverse liberal arts college in the nation.
This is a sad loss for the residents of Palos Verdes, who have watched many of their own children attend college here and for years the senior population has been invited to enjoy free classes at this location.
Photo courtesy of Marymount College