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Undergraduate College Academic FAQs

Can I major in pre-law?
What does it mean to be an Undecided Major?
How successful is your nursing program?
Do you have a program to help students with learning disabilities?
Do you have an honors program?
Do you offer any five-year bachelor's/master's programs?
How large are your classes?
Can I study abroad as a College of Mount Saint Vincent student?
How many computers are available to students?
What is the core curriculum?

Can I major in pre-law?
Pre-law is not a major at any academic institution, but at the College of Mount Saint Vincent you may participate in our pre-law program in conjunction with any major you choose. The pre-law program consists of a series of courses that help you prepare for, and gain admission to, law school.

What does it mean to be an undecided major?
If you enter the College of Mount Saint Vincent as an undecided major, you’ll be in good company; half of our incoming students haven’t yet settled on a major. All students at the Mount take core curriculum courses, giving them the opportunity to explore all different types of academic programs. They declare a major after their sophomore year.

How successful is your nursing program?
Our nursing program is extremely well regarded, and our students have had great success. In fact, a large majority of our graduates pursue masters education in nursing.

Do you have a program to help students with learning disabilities?
We don’t have any programs specifically targeted to students with learning disabilities, but our academic support services office offers a range of free services for all students. Services here include study skills classes, tutoring, peer tutoring, a writing center, and more.

Do you have an honors program?
Yes. Our honors program offers challenging classes and a variety of dynamic learning experiences, including independent research and creative projects. Students who earn the Erasmus Scholarship at the time of their admission are expected to participate in the honors program.

Do you offer any five-year bachelor’s/master’s programs?
Yes. Our five-year program in education allows students to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s in education within five years. More…

How large are your classes?
With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, you are certain to know your professors—and they’ll know you. While class size varies from one subject to another, our average class has 15 students.

Can I study abroad as a College of Mount Saint Vincent student?
Yes! Traveling abroad is a great opportunity to learn about other cultures and broaden your experience. College of Mount Saint Vincent participates in travel-abroad programs in England, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, and Mexico.

How many computers are available to students?
College of Mount Saint Vincent has 10 computer labs across campus to serve your computer needs. Lab hours vary; some are open around the clock, while others close at the end of the business day. And computer support services are available through the Help Desk, which is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. 

What is the core curriculum?
The core curriculum is a series of courses that all College of Mount Saint Vincent students take, providing a common intellectual experience and a core of shared learning. The core extends over a full four years, pairing classes from a range of disciplines to provide every student with a solid foundation of knowledge, an appreciation of values, and a wide range of skills such as analysis, problem solving, and communication.

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