Mount Ida College

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 & 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.

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Contacting Mount Ida College

Mount Ida College
777 Dedham Street
Newton , MA 02459
General Phone: (617) 928-4500

Mount Ida College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management63business management, fashion merchandising
Medical Support and Technology45dental hygienist, veterinary assistant
Design39fashion design, interior design
Media17media studies, animation and special effects
Security and Law Enforcement13criminal justice and safety, forensic science
Animal Science and Care10equestrian studies
Funeral and Mortuary Science9funeral and mortuary
Hospitality5hotel management
Liberal Arts5American studies, English language and literature, liberal arts and sciences, liberal arts and humanities
Education and Teaching5early childhood education
Therapy and Counseling3psychology courses
Family and Social Work1child care provider, human services
Photography and Commercial Art0commercial art

Number of programs and degrees for Mount Ida College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree18021
Associate's degree3615

Mount Ida College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Mount Ida College had a total enrollment of 1,429 students (1,382 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 34%
Women 66%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 57%
Black 9%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 22%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 40%
20-21 34%
22-24 16%
25-29 4%
30-34 1%
35-39 1%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%

Mount Ida College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 61 %
Part-Time 67 %

Mount Ida College Room and Board (2007)

Mount Ida College offers campus housing for 984 of its 1,382 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Newton, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Mount Ida College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal390490
SAT Math380490
SAT Writing400500
ACT Composite1621

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT98%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT11%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Mount Ida College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 22,275
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 22,275
Room and board $ 11,100
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,554

Financial Aid:
Mount Ida College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 219300)

Mount Ida College Faculty

Mount Ida College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year12$73,24618$70,731
Associate professoracademic year6$62,1588$59,719
Assistant professoracademic year6$56,19211$53,532
Instructoracademic year1*1*
All faculty totalacademic year25$65,30438$62,753

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Mount Ida College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Independent Northeast Region
Basketball North Atlantic Conference
Track North Atlantic Conference

Mount Ida College Degree Programs (2007)

Animal Science And Care
Equestrian/Equine Studies

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Fashion Merchandising

Fashion/Apparel Design
Interior Design

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching

Family And Social Work
Child Care Provider/Assistant
Human Services, General

Funeral And Mortuary Science
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General

Hotel/Motel Administration/Management

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Communication and Media Studies, Other

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, Other

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% of degrees in animal science and care
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Female % of student body
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Top 19%Mount Ida College Female % of student body

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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