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History of Marymount University

The name "Marymount" has long been associated with excellence in education.  Its roots reach back to 1849 and the establishment of the  Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary in Beziers, France.  Dedicated to serving the poor and needy, the RSHM sisters founded a series of schools throughout western Europe.  In 1877 they reached the United States, and in 1917 they expanded their mission to include higher education.  Today, the RSHM legacy is proudly shared by five institutions of higher learning:  Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York; Marymount Manhattan College, New York City; Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia; Marymount College, Palos Verdes, California; and Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles.  Additional ministries extend from Brazil to Zimbabwe. 

Since its founding in 1950, the Marymount community in Virginia has grown from a handful of students and faculty to a comprehensive, coeducational university serving approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students.