Located in the city of Detroit, Marygrove College traces its roots back to 1845 and the foundation of the Catholic organization, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which was founded in the nearby town of Monroe. Theresa Maxis, leader of the religious community, began using her resources to develop a school for women known as the St. Mary Academy. In 1905, the school expanded to include a separate institution of higher education known as St. Mary's College, which moved to Detroit and reopened as Marygrove College in 1927. Today, the college continues to provide a strong Catholic liberal arts education and has expanded its mission to include male students.
According to its stated mission, Marygrove College "is committed to fostering Christian values, to educating students from diverse backgrounds and to serving the people of Metropolitan Detroit and beyond" in addition to educating "each student toward intellectual and professional competence, toward career flexibility through ground in liberal arts and toward active compassion and commitment."
Those living in student housing or an off campus apartment at Marygrove College have access to the school's unique academic programs and fields of study. Students may pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in popular departments such as accounting, chemistry, information systems, child development, education, economics, religious studies, English, women's studies, political science, pharmacy technician, liberal studies and music.
Student living and university living at the school revolves around a variety of traditional campus activities and organizations. The Marygrove Mustangs in the NAIA in men's and women's sports such as soccer, basketball, cross country, golf, volleyball and track and field.
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