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August 29th, 2012

The Class of 2016 enters Mount Saint Mary

Fayola Cyprien (center), a nursing student, moved into Mount Saint Mary College’s Sakac Hall on Saturday morning. Her mother Lorie, father Johnny, and brothers Joshua and Omar lent her a hand.
NEWBURGH – With a Hudson River summer breeze to help them on their way, Mount Saint Mary College’s new freshmen began their higher education journey on Saturday, August 25, 2012.

This semester, around 650 new students are entering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at the Mount, which is ranked a Top-Tier Regional University (North) by U.S. News & World Report.

Most of the new students hail from the tri-state area.

As classes begin on Monday, August 27th, the college is anticipating another strong year. More than 40% of incoming freshmen are aiming for careers in health professions. The Mount offers the only nationally accredited four year nursing degree program in the mid Hudson Valley, and boasts a NCLEX-RN passage rate that far exceeds the state average.

Another 16% of freshmen are interested in education. Mount Saint Mary College’s nationally accredited teacher education program is distinctive, with fieldwork embedded in coursework starting in sophomore year. The program earns high marks in preparing well-qualified graduates for NYS licensure in careers as teacher and administrators.

The Mount also offers comprehensive areas of study in business and accounting, psychology, English, math, sociology, history and more. Even busy college president college president Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, teaches a course, on the history of Christianity.

The college’s Center for Student Success, which recently added an academic coach, prepares students to make the most of their college experience.

In addition to offering nursing clinical and student teaching experiences, excellent internships open doors for Mount students in all fields.

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