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Mount Ida College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn about Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts. Read about its admission requirements, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About Mount Ida College

Formerly a women's high school, Mount Ida College is now a coeducational private institution offering associate, baccalaureate and graduate degree programs to more than 1,400 students each year. The school is situated on a 72-acre campus, just eight miles from downtown Boston in Newton, Massachusetts. In addition to boasting a student body representing almost 40 countries, the college prides itself on its sustainability initiatives, including green construction, a recycling program and a campus clean-up day.


Mount Ida College is comprised of five schools (School of Animal Science, School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, School of Design and the New England Institute) offering over 25 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Students can choose from a wide array of majors, including business administration and management, dental hygiene, interior design, veterinary technology, fashion merchandising, criminal justice, child developmental and psychology.

Mount Ida College also offers pre-professional options in dental hygiene and law. Other career training programs are available through the New England Institute. These include a bachelor's degree in funeral home management and an associate degree in funeral service.

Additionally, Mount Ida College offers Master in Science in Management programs. Students can receive an MSM in interior architecture or leadership in sport.


All first-year students seeking admission to Mount Ida College are required to complete an application. The online version can be submitted for free, while a paper application costs $45. Prospective students must also submit official high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, at least one letter of recommendation and a 300- to 500-word personal essay. Students applying to Mount Ida College's dental hygiene program need to meet additional requirements, including prerequisite coursework, CPR certification and a minimum ten hours of clinical observation.

Of the 1,717 applicants in Fall 2011, 75% were admitted, and 28% eventually enrolled. Mount Ida College reported that 67% of students were female, while 92% of the student population was enrolled full-time.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and fees for students enrolled in at least nine credit hours were $26,929 for the 2012-2013 academic year. Part-time students paid $705 per credit hour. Those opting to live on campus spent an additional $12,500 per year for housing. Students enrolled in the dental hygiene program also paid an annual program fee of $1,925.

Several options are available to help pay for the cost of attendance, including federal grants and student employment. Mount Ida College also offers scholarships to funeral service majors, design majors and students who participate in extracurricular leadership programs. In 2011, 96% of first-year students received financial aid in the form of institutional grants or scholarships for an average award of $9,735.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Associate, bachelor's and master's*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 1,415 undergraduate and 19 graduate students in Fall 2011*
Student Housing Six residence halls**
Schools and Programs Five schools; over 25 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 14 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate: Dental hygiene (26)
Bachelor's: Business administration and management (42), veterinary/animal health technology (36), interior design (21)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 31% in four years, 44% in six years*
Admission Rate 75% in Fall 2011*
Entering Class Size About 400 in Fall 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 61% for full-time and 100% for part-time students*
Middle 50% SAT Scores of Admitted Students 380-470 in critical reading, 380-485 in math and 370-480 in writing*
Undergraduate Application Due Date Rolling admissions**
Decision Notification Date Rolling notifications begin October 1st***
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013) $26,929 per year for full-time students**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For first-year students in 2010-2011: Federal grants (44%), Pell grants (44%), other federal grants (30%), state and local government grants or scholarships (26%), institutional grants or scholarships (96%), federal student loans (83%), other student loans (26%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 97% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Mount Ida College, ***

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Mount Ida College, 777 Dedham Street, Newton, MA 02459
  • Phone: (617) 928-4553
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