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Study at Mount Ida College

Mount Ida College was originally established as a women's high school in 1899. It moved to its present 72-acre campus in Newton, Massachusetts, in 1939, and started offering associate's degrees from 1967. Mount Ida College became a coeducational institute in the 1980s. The Chamberlayne Junior College, Coyne School of Technical Electricity, and New England Institute of Funeral Service Education merged with the college in the late 1980s.

Mount Ida College offers a wide variety of majors through the following academic divisions:

  • New England Institute
  • School of Animal Science
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Design
The athletics department of Mount Ida College is a member of the North Atlantic Conference of NCAA Division III. Nicknamed the Mustangs, the teams participate in basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, cross country, equestrian, and softball.

Profile of Mount Ida College

Mount Ida College is located in a small city, in Newton, MA. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degree levels at Mount Ida College top out at the Bachelor's degree.

Course Topics

One of the good things about the school is its wide range of programs leading to degrees. Students at Mount Ida College often study design, animal science and care, and photography and commercial art.

Mount Ida College Selectivity

The admissions department at the school does not accept all those who apply. Most students' verbal SAT scores were in the range of 390 to 480 in 2007. A quarter of students admitted in 2007 scored 480 or higher on the math SAT. It's not unusual for students to find their classmates include those from other parts of the country.


The school's tenure system is geared toward rewarding and keeping the most valuable professors. By paying its faculty better than most schools, the school tries to attract and retain a high quality teaching staff.

Student Enrolment

Mount Ida College offers classes to 1, 429 students (1, 368 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

The school has a residential or campus feel. Many students live in housing on or near campus. The school does offer meal plans to students. Students sports include formal participation in Independent Northeast Region and North Atlantic Conference competitions.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Mount Ida College provides a diverse community of learners a challenging education that blends the liberal arts with professional preparation. We dedicate our energy, imagination, and resources to empowering all students to achieve academically and contribute responsibly in a changing world. "

Mount Ida College Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Medical Support and Technology47veterinary assistant, dental hygienist
Business and Management46business management, fashion merchandising
Design30interior design, fashion design
Photography and Commercial Art23commercial art
Security and Law Enforcement17criminal justice and safety, forensic science
Funeral and Mortuary Science12funeral and mortuary
Animal Science and Care8equestrian studies
Family and Social Work7human services, child care provider
Media6media studies, animation and special effects
Liberal Arts5liberal arts and humanities, American studies, English language and literature, liberal arts and sciences
Education and Teaching5early childhood Education
Therapy and Counselling4psychology courses
Hospitality4hotel management

Contact: Mount Ida College

Mount Ida College

777 Dedham Street

Newton, MA 02459

General Phone: (617) 928-4500


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