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  • Five of the top ten US public universities are in California.
  • Silicon Valley is home tech giants – Google, Facebook, Apple, Tesla.
  • Great cities, beautiful beaches, incredible mountains.

California University

(Years 1 and 2)

  • Located in Palos Verdes, 40 minutes from downtown LA
  • Amazing 26-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
  • Transfer to UC system and other top CA universities

Key facts

Founded: 1933 (Private)

Location: Palos Verdes, California

Students: 1,099

Housing: Town houses (15 min bus)

Unconditional: GPA 2.5, IELTS 6.0 / TOEFL 69 iBT, No SAT required
Conditional: From TOEFL iBT 20

Transfer: After 2 years

Transfer to the University of California
The UC system requires transfer students to complete 60 credits. This means 2 years at Marymount.

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Great location
  • Breezy campus at the top of the hill with breathtaking views over the Ocean and Catalina Island.

Typical Major Pathways

  • Architecture / Pre-Architecture
  • Business and Management
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Media
  • Economics and Finance
  • Engineering / Pre-Engineering
  • Health Sciences and Nursing
  • Humanities
  • Law / Pre-Law
  • Mathematics
  • Music / Performing Arts
  • Natural Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
"When I first came to the US I didn’t know anything about the application process and didn’t even know where I wanted to go, but Kings really helped me with the whole process and got me to the university of my choice."
Larry Sukharya
University of Southern California
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Key facts

Start dates: August, January
Semester 1: August – December / Semester 2: January – May
Semester 1: January – May / Semester 2: August – December

Length: 2 semesters per year

Average class size: 20

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Entry requirements

English Language: TOEFL iBT 69* / IELTS 6.0

(TOEFL waived on completion of GO: Prepared program at Level 4).

*If you are below this level you can still apply for this program but will need to take additional terms of the GO: Prepared program beforehand.

Academic Entry Requirements:

  • Completed Senior High School
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Minimum age: 17

Clubs and societies

Campus and student organizations are integral to the University community.

They provide opportunities to explore a wide range of interests: academic, professional, political, social, cultural, recreational, spiritual and service.

Examples include:

  • Drama Club
  • Journalism Club
  • The Green Club (environmental matters).
  • Marymount Community Leaders
  • Psychology Club
  • STEM Club / Vita Society
  • Women United


The University’s sports teams are nicknamed the Mariners.

They are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and compete in the California Pacific Conference (CalPac).

There is a wide range of sports available. These include:

  • Baseball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track

Take the next step: Apply today

Application is simple, straightforward and quick.

If you meet our criteria, we will confirm your offer as quickly as possible.

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