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Mount Aloysius: 9 Things You Need To Know

Founded in 1853, Mount Aloysius (MAC) is a comprehensive, liberal arts and science–based college offering bachelor’s, master’s and select associate degrees. Mount Aloysius is committed to helping students become job-ready, technology-ready and community-ready.


U.S. News & World Report listed Mount Aloysius College among the top five percent of the Most Affordable Private Colleges in the North. Many MAC students hail from proud families of modest means. A full 97 percent of MAC students receive some form of financial aid.


Located in Cresson, Pa., Mount Aloysius is directly off of Route 22 — close to Pittsburgh, Johnstown, and Altoona. MAC is an easy drive from Northeastern and Northwestern Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia/Wilmington, Delaware corridor.


Mount Aloysius College was named one of 100 Best Value College’s in the U.S. It is also a College of Distinction, a Pennsylvania College of Distinction and three separate academic areas — Business, Education and Nursing — have also earned the College of Distinction status. Mount Aloysius was named one of four colleges deemed “an engine of opportunity” in a White House Report.

Academic Programs

More than 70 academic programs and concentrations are offered on the undergraduate and graduate levels in health sciences and nursing, humanities, education, social sciences, natural and applied sciences, business administration, and pre-professional study.

• Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics: What separates Mount Aloysius College is that all of its curriculum has a hands-on component. MAC students have the opportunity to work in a dedicated Cybersecurity lab under the instruction of highly-trained faculty with years of in-the-field experience. The College graduates are landing jobs everywhere from local agencies to the FBI.

• Sign Language Interpreter: Mount Aloysius College is one of only 12 programs in the United States accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education, (CCIE). American Sign Language (ASL) uses visual cues, such as the position, shape and movement of hands, body and face, to form words. Students in MAC’s sign language/interpreter education major build their skills in a Sony Virtuoso–equipped ASL Lab — an elite resource and the only lab of its kind in this part of the country.

• Healthcare Professional: You already know that MAC’s nursing program has produced many of the state’s top RNs. The College’s surgical technology program prepares students in a state-of-the-art operating room suite. The medical imaging program prepares radiographers and ultrasonographers with exceptional technical skill driven by a strong, compassionate patient-centered focus on this exciting career.

MAC’s Residence Life

More and more MAC students live on campus. Dorm life at MAC is full, fun, accommodating and safe. From studying for tests to enjoying the weekends, students love living on top of the mountain.

Outdoor Life

The College encourages students to explore academic programs in the classroom but also in the surrounding outdoors. Mount Aloysius College has emphasized it’s relationship with the the surrounding community and beautiful Laurel Highlands that surround campus. The College offers environmental based academic majors that include: Conservation Law Enforcement and Natural Resource Management. The beautiful surroundings of Mount Aloysius allow students to enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing and so much more. Hiking trails are located just off the campus, while two ski resorts are nearby.

College Sports

Mounties varsity sports teams compete in the NCAA Division III in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. The 14 athletic programs include women’s basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. MAC men compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and tennis. Look for women’s lacrosse to be a Div. III Mountie team in Fall 2019.

Never a Dull Moment

Music, theater, community interaction, student clubs and organizations galore! MAC’s Student Government Association, academic clubs, Campus Ministry, student newspaper and lots of special interest clubs make MAC life stimulating, fun and meaningful.

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