About Marymount California

Airal view of Marymount California University campus

Situated on a picturesque bluff on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Marymount California University was a South Bay gem revered for its intimate learning environment and tight-knit, family-like community.

Founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary in 1932, Marymount embraced its Catholic identity. First, as an all-girls high school, then as a liberal arts college for women and California’s first Catholic junior college and eventually as a four-year university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Having moved frequently in its early years, the school arrived at its final ocean-view address in 1968. Thousands of Mariners fondly remember some of their best years at the Rancho Palos Verdes campus overlooking Catalina island, many who went on to significant accomplishments in their careers, leaving their own marks on the world.

Like other small, tuition-dependent schools, Marymount unfortunately struggled financially in the face of declining enrollment, rising costs and a pandemic. Sadly, after a prolonged search for alternative paths forward, the university permanently closed on August 31, 2022.

It is heartbreaking to close an iconic institution like Marymount whose greatest achievement was that of empowering multiple generations to pursue lives of leadership and compassionate service to others. We are hopeful the lasting memories of our Mariner community can be of the joyous moments, personal growth and enduring friendships that were made here.