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Marymount University, the first Catholic college to be established in Virginia, was founded in 1950. Through the years, it has grown from a two-year college for women into a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic university serving approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students.

While much has changed since the early years as a result of greatly expanded programs and services, the university’s core values and mission have held steady.

Founding by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary

The name “Marymount” has long been associated with excellence in education. The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, founders of Marymount University, provide Marymount with a heritage, spirit, and tradition that date back all the way to the founding of the RSHM Order in Bezier, France, in 1849 by Father Pierre Jean Antoine Gailhac and the first RSHM member, Mother St. Jean. The learning institutions they began would evolve into a worldwide network of schools and colleges, including Marymount University. The roots of Marymount’s founding Congregation reflect a commitment to education and to serving those in need – a commitment that remains vital at Marymount today.



 

From Humble Beginnings



Marymount High School opened its doors.
 

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Marymount is founded by Mother Gerard Phelan, RSHM, as a two-year women's college at the suggestion of Bishop Peter L. Ireton of Richmond...
 

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SISTER BERCHMANS WALSH, RSHM, becomes Marymount's second president, serving until 1960.
 

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