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University Pathways
On Campus Plus in California

Key information

Start dates:
August, January.

August start:
Semester 1, August – December
Semester 2, January – May
January start:
Semester 1, January – May
Semester 2, August – December
Course length:
2 semesters (per year)
Class size range:

Entry requirements

Completed Senior High School and a minimum GPA of 2.5
TOEFL iBT 69 (no sub-score below 15)/ IELTS 6.0 overall (no band below 5.5) or equivalent
Minimum age:

If your TOEFL/ IELTS score is lower than the above, you can still apply for this program but will need to take 1–4 terms of the Undergraduate Preparation Program to progress your English language to the required score.


On Campus Plus at Marymount California University is the unique, fast, and direct pathway to a degree at your dream school in California, or beyond.

Our pathways are designed to integrate with the unique flexibility of the California university system. This means after two years at Marymount you can choose to complete your major at a whole range of university options throughout California, or the wider USA.

Or, you are guaranteed entry to years 3 and 4 at Marymount California University. Either way, you will be on track to complete your degree in just 4 years.

The California Advantage


California has more than 300 accredited colleges and universities. Five of the top ten public universities in the US are in California, making it one of the finest education systems in the world.


Beautiful beaches, amazing sunsets, and incredible mountains provide a backdrop to your studies. This thriving area of technology, creativity, and opportunity is one of the most dynamic places on the planet.


As one of the world’s largest economies, and the home of Silicon Valley, California is sure to open up many career options to ensure your future prosperity.

The California University System

Once you are in the California University system, you have built-in options for your pathway. That is because with the right support and guidance, it is common for students in California to transfer from one institution to another after two years.

  • The California higher education system is designed to facilitate easy transfer from one institution to another. Every institution has articulation agreements that recognize credits and grades from other schools. They have staff designated to manage the transfer process.
  • Students spend the first two years studying pre-requirement courses. They then transfer their grades and credits to study a major.
  • Over 30,000 students a year transfer into the UC system alone.
  • Marymount offers hundreds of courses that fulfill the pre-requirements for study at UC, CSU and private universities in California.

Transfer students admitted into the UC system, Fall 2015

UCLA: 5,227
UC Berkeley: 3,753
UC Santa Cruz: 4,905
UC Davis: 8,321
UC Irvine: 7,445
UC Merced: 1,154
UC Riverside: 5,722
UC San Diego: 8,149
UC Santa Barbara: 6,938

Admissions criteria

Every school and department in the system has its own admissions criteria, which varies depending on the quality and popularity of the program.

The key factors for admittance are the courses studied and GPA gained during your first two years of study. Your study counsellor at Marymount will advise you how and when to apply.

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About Marymount California University

Marymount California University logoOffering both associate and bachelor’s degree programs, Marymount California University provides students of all faiths with a formational learning environment where their academic, professional and life goals are achieved. Upon achieving an associate degree, Marymount students have transferred to highly competitive colleges and universities throughout the country.

Marymount College Palos Verdes was established in 1968 as a two-year institution of higher education by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM). In 1975 the RSHM transferred responsibility for the College to a lay Board of Trustees. The RSHM provides a legacy to the University, through which their charism and education tradition inspires the institution’s mission.

From the first semester, when freshmen begin their “Art of Being Human” experiential seminar, to the last semester, when seniors put the final touches on their summative Capstone Project and E-portfolio, Marymount students are in a constant pursuit to realize their full potential, and the Marymount Experience makes it hard not to achieve that goal.

At a glance

Location: Palos Verde and San Pedro, California

Founded: 1932

Student Population: 1,050 students

Enrollment Dates: August, January

Degree Level Available: Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Type of Institution: Private, Catholic 


First and Second Year students live at the superb Marymount California Villas. 

  • 78 fully furnished, two-story townhouses
  • All include kitchen, living room, patio and garage
  • Four-person apartment-style units and seven-person suite-style units, plus a limited number of single bedrooms
  • Laundry room, study lounge, basketball and volleyball courts, snack shop and outdoor pavilion.

Program content and structure

The Academic modules are taught by university faculty and attended by all students. This means you will be studying and mixing with American students right from the start of your course. 

Academic modules across 4 pathways

Students can choose one of four pathways:

  • Business
  • Science/Technology/Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Liberal Arts
PathwaysYear 1Year 2
Business Expository Writing
Analytical Reasoning and Composition
Music/Art General Education Course
Intro to Business
Perspectives on Global Development
Intro to Philosophy
Fundamentals of Speech
Freshman Seminar
Business Ethics
Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Business Law
Physical Geography
World Religions
Expository Writing
Analytical Reasoning and Composition
Music/Art General Education Course
Calculus I
Calculus II
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Perspectives on Global Development
Freshman Seminar
Physics I
Physics II
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Fundamentals of Speech
World Religions
Social Sciences Elective
Social Sciences Elective
General Biology I
General Biology II
Psychology Expository Writing
Analytical Reasoning and Composition
Music/Art General Education Course
Calculus I
Calculus II
Human Nature and Values
General Psychology
Perspectives on Global Development
Freshman Seminar
Human Life Span Development
Research Methods
Intercultural Psychology
World Religions
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology Elective
Psychology Elective
Liberal Arts Expository Writing
Analytical Reasoning and Composition
Music/Art General Education Course
Intro to Philosophy
World Religions
Perspectives on Global Development
Fundamentals of Speech
Freshman Seminar
Research Methods
Information Literacy
Physical Geography
Mind, Brain and Behavior
Social Science Elective
Social Science Elective

Support from the Kings Center on campus

Aside from the Academic modules, On Campus Plus students benefit from on-going support from a dedicated team at the Kings Center on campus who provide all the essential skills needed to succeed in the American university system.

Our rigorous student support program is designed to ensure you quickly settle in to American college life, and to maximise your potential in everything from English and study skills to extracurricular experience.  It includes the following components:

1. Profile Analyzer

We will:

  • Find out your academic strengths
  • Discuss your intended major or final degree with you
  • Work out how much language development you need for your transfer school
  • Establish whether you have any special talents in sports or the arts
  • Discuss whether you are aiming for a public or private university
  • Talk to you about where in the USA you want to transfer

2. Profile Builder

We will:

  • Work with you to help you write a great Personal Statement
  • Improve your interview skills and techniques
  • Develop your leadership profile and skills
  • Suggest community and volunteering activities in which you can participate
  • Help you maximize any available scholarship opportunities for sports or the arts
  • Work with you to develop your personal and communication skills

3. Academic Guidance

We will:

  • Create weekly lesson plans, regular quizzes, seminars and writing assignments
  • Incorporate technology into your study plan to make your learning come alive
  • Provide you with regular guidance on subject and major choices
  • Give you techniques and skills to improve note-taking, listening and speaking
  • Ensure you benefit from up to 10 hours per week of guided private study
  • Provide regular seminars and workshops aimed at developing your student profile
  • Guide you on writing skills, editing and proofreading documents

4. Regular Personal Assessment

We will:

  • Provide you with regular tests and assessments
  • Offer opportunities for one-to-one counseling
  • Make sure you have detailed feedback from your teachers
  • Schedule regular meetings with Kings advising staff
  • Give you written assignments which count towards your final grade
  • Provide regular examination practice
  • Issue you with a formal report which you can discuss with Kings academic staff

5. Personal Care and Support

We will:

  • Ensure you always have access to specialized care from our Advising Center
  • Support you with any housing issues you might have
  • Help you adapt to the US higher education system and culture
  • Help you develop strong links with University departments and faculty
  • Utilize technology to ensure timely and effective communication with you