All Dreams Welcome. Now, Dream Even Bigger.

We’re proud to introduce the University of Mount Saint Vincent.

We are not rewriting our history, nor are we becoming something new or completely unrecognizable. Together, we are transforming traditions here at the Right Place on the River. - President Susan R. Burns, PhD

President Susan R. Burns, PhD

From College

To University

From the College of Mount Saint Vincent to the University of Mount Saint Vincent: it’s a difference of one word in our name, and one letter in our acronym. But it signifies more promise in our institution, elevates our reputation in higher education, and positions us for growth in the future.

This name change is a big deal.

For nearly two centuries, Mount Saint Vincent has been faithful to our values and held firm to our core strengths. Now, we’re at a moment that allows us to step back and reflect, thinking about how we can best serve our students and our community. We’re turning the page to a new chapter, transforming the traditions that have brought us to where we are today and will carry us forward.

A collaborative and inclusive approach

In every stage of the process, we’ll bring in people who are invested in the success of Mount Saint Vincent so they can share ideas, give feedback, and be part of the excitement.

Meet Our Partner


(Late Fall '23 - Winter '24)

We’ll have conversations with University stakeholders—including students, alumnae/i and faculty—to listen to their perspectives and uncover what’s at the heart of Mount Saint Vincent.


(Winter '24)

After listening to our community and what’s most important, we’ll assemble a brand strategy that elevates our strengths and positions us favorably in the marketplace.


(Spring '24)

We’ll explore a few different ways to tell our story through compelling visuals and a confident voice that reflects the best of the Mount.


(Summer '24)

We’ll debut a new look, feel and tone of voice that aligns with the exciting new direction of Mount Saint Vincent—but stays authentic to who we are at our very core.

Your biggest questions, answered.

What is the difference between a college and a university?

Colleges typically are smaller institutions that emphasize undergraduate education with a broad range of academic areas of study, while the definition of a university is that of a larger institution, offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as housing various colleges and schools—which means that, technically, the Mount has been a university for a few years, offering multiple master’s degree programs.

Why did the Mount make this change?

On January 26, 2022, the New York State Board of Regents amended its definition of university to enable colleges that provide advanced academic offerings to apply to change their designation. With close to 4,000 students and a broad range of undergraduate, graduate, professional, and certificate programs, the designation of university will not only enhance our reputation, marketability, and opportunities—both nationally and internationally—but will allow us to continue to grow and look ahead to the next 175 years and beyond.

What will happen to the Undergraduate College at Mount Saint Vincent?

The College of Mount Saint Vincent will remain the University’s primary undergraduate division. Undergraduate students will continue to receive an exceptional education rooted in the tradition of the liberal arts, providing a foundational education with selected majors and professional fields of study. Now, our renowned undergraduate curriculum will be backed by all the resources of our newly established university status.

How will this change impact the Mount Saint Vincent community?

This change will only impact the Mount Saint Vincent community in a positive way! Our mission and core values remain the same—we are an academically excellent, authentically inclusive, independent liberal arts institution, founded by the Sisters of Charity of New York. In the spirit of Saints Vincent de Paul and Elizabeth Ann Seton, we will continue to foster an understanding of our common humanity, a commitment to human dignity, and a full appreciation of our obligations to each other. We remain committed to providing a strong undergraduate core curriculum with a full array of majors in the liberal arts and, within the tradition of liberal education, various professional fields of study. This moment in our history reflects the growth and transformation of the Mount into a highly competitive, regional leader serving the students of the Bronx and beyond.

Will the university distinction affect tuition or how my financial aid is received?

As the University of Mount Saint Vincent, we remain committed to exceptional quality and authentic value. We lead the region in affordability, with 100% of our first-year students receiving scholarships and financial aid—and that will not change. Additionally, the change in designation from college to university will have no impact on your financial aid status, packaging, or disbursement.

What will degrees and transcripts say?

Degrees conferred after January 1, 2024 will be from the University of Mount Saint Vincent. Transcripts ordered after January 1, 2024, will also say University of Mount Saint Vincent.

Can I request a new diploma with University of Mount Saint Vincent on it, even if I graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent?

Yes, you may request a new diploma. More information regarding the process and fees will be shared with the community as it is made available.

Can alumnae/i say they graduated from the University of Mount Saint Vincent? Will a College of Mount Saint Vincent degree remain just as valuable?

Of course! All of our alums should be even more proud to be Mount Made—especially as all who have graduated have been significant participants and pivotal in the growth of Mount Saint Vincent. We encourage you to share that you graduated from the University of Mount Saint Vincent and note, when appropriate (or as you feel most comfortable!), that you attended at a time when we were formerly known as the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

Are College of Mount Saint Vincent ID cards still valid?

Yes, ID cards that read ‘College of Mount Saint Vincent’ are still valid on campus. This includes students, faculty, administrators, staff, and alumnae/i.

Will our beloved Vinny the Dolphin mascot change? And will student athletes be getting new uniforms?

No, Vinny the Dolphin isn’t swimming anywhere anytime soon—we wouldn’t be the ’Phin Fam without him! As we update visual identity elements, you may notice changes across campus, including with our mascot, so keep an eye out as our school spirit splashes to new heights. As for our student athletes, new uniforms and apparel that reflect the updated brand will be shared with the community as they are made available.

Will the University of Mount Saint Vincent undergo a rebrand and/or logo change? How long will this take?

This is an exciting time for Mount Saint Vincent! We truly appreciate our community’s support as we embark on this journey to refresh our visual identity and brand assets that help define the institution that is so near and dear to our hearts. But don’t worry—we will still be cheering for the white and the gold! Many of the changes you will see moving forward will be subtle, while others may take us in a slightly different direction. We ask that you please be patient with us, as this will take some time. We anticipate launching elements of our rebrand as they are available, beginning in January of 2024, with other guidelines and information announced and available for the entire community through the 2023-2024 academic year.

I have some concerns—when and how can I share my opinion?

We’re transforming traditions at the University of Mount Saint Vincent and you’re a part of this—your opinion matters! There will be plenty of opportunities for our community members—students, employees, alumnae/i, trustees, friends, and more—to engage in the process and share feedback. We will host discovery sessions, focus groups, and much more. More information will be shared in the coming weeks. If you are unable to join us for any upcoming university and rebranding conversations, we encourage you to get in touch with us via email at