Mount Ida College

777 Dedham Street, Newton, MA 2459

School Details

Mount Ida College is a private not-for-profit, four-year institution of higher education, located in the city of Newton, Massachusetts, near Boston. 

The college was founded in 1899 by George Jewett as a private all-female high school. In 1907, the high school began offering junior-college level courses but degrees were not awarded until 1967.During difficult times in the Great Depression, the school was forced to close, but was purchased by William Carlson in 1939 and moved to its current location in the Oak Hill neighborhood. The institution began to admit men in 1972.

Demographics at Mount Ida College are as follows:

  • Nearly 1,400 students enrolled
  • Student to faculty ratio of 12:1
  • More than 90 percent of undergraduates and 19 percent of graduate students study full-time
  • Approximately 63 percent of students are female
  • Nearly 60 percent of students are White and 15 percent are Black
  • Approximately 10 percent of students are over the age of 25
  • About half of the student body comes from Massachusetts
  • Overall graduation rate is 41 percent

Mount Ida College awards associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees in the following five schools: School of Arts & Sciences, Chamberlayne School of Design, School of Business, School of Animal Science, New England Institute. Mount Ida offers an Art Gallery that features regional, national, and international artists and designers in several art forms.  Both undergraduate and graduate students participate in career training through internships with several companies. Continuing education programs serve the needs of community members who seek non-degree credits and professional development. Other special learning opportunities include teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad. Approximately 18 percent of undergraduate students and 95 percent of graduate students are enrolled in online classes.

About 60 percent of students live on-campus in campus housing. Students can live in co-ed, single gender, and gender-neutral residence halls. Residence halls include: Chapman Hall, Malloy Hall, Brown Hall, Shaw Hall, Wingate Hall, and the townhouses at Hancock Village.

Student activities include various clubs and organizations, student government, community service, fitness programs, campus events, and athletics. Intramural teams are offered in volleyball, indoor soccer, floor hockey, and basketball (for men). Athletic teams at Mount Ida College include: men and women’s basketball, women’s equestrian, men’s football, men and women’s lacrosse, men and women’s soccer, women’s softball, women’s tennis, men and women’s track, and men and women’s volleyball. The “Mustangs” compete in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference in NCAA Division III.

Mount Ida College receives nearly 3,000 applications for admission each year and accepts about 61 percent of those students into the college. Students applying to Mount Ida College must submit the following: an application (paper or online), official high school/college transcripts, official SAT/ACT scores, one letter of recommendation (minimum), and a 300-500 word essay describing your future plans and how Mount Ida will help you achieve your goals. Additional requirements may be necessary for some programs of study. Graduate students must submit all documents listed above, but need a minimum of two letters of recommendation. International students must submit official TOEFL scores to determine proficiency in English.

About 98 percent of Mount Ida College students receive financial aid. To apply for student aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year after January 1, or shortly after applying for Mount Ida College admission. Forms of student aid include Federal Direct Loans,  Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEO Grant, GradPLUS Loan, Trio Grant, Massachusetts GEAR UP, Gilbert Grant, Massachusetts State Grant, various Mount Ida Scholarships, and Federal Work Study.

Tuition costs $26,909 per year for undergraduate students, a 3.8 percent increase in tuition price from the 2012-2013 academic school year. The average tuition for graduate students costs $10,710 per year.

Mount Ida College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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