On Saturday, October 24, 2015 Mount Ida College welcomed nearly 800 guests for its largest Fall Open House ever. The campus was at its fall best as visitors enjoyed an outdoor barbecue after taking tours and attending mock classes.

President Brown, who was on the road visiting west coast alumni, recorded a welcome video detailing the many improvements Mount Ida has made over the past few years, our unique career-focused programs, dedicated faculty and staff, and vibrant, supportive community.

If you missed Open House, there are many other opportunities to come visit us. We offer morning and afternoon campus tours throughout the week, and host one Saturday information session each month. For more information, go to mountida.edu/visit or reach out to our Admissions Office at admissions@mountida.edu.

You are also welcome to stop by  anytime to take in our gallery show or attend on of our varsity Division III athletic events. You can  also catch a glimpse of life here at Mount Ida by following us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat. We look forward to showing you all that Mount Ida has to offer!

Every day when John Saulle leaves his internship working in the pathology lab at Boston’s Children’s Hospital he knows he is one step closer to realizing his dream of becoming a doctor of pediatric medicine.

That dream was the result of, as a teenager, having survived a 50-foot drop from a ski lift,  “I realized on the way to the hospital, that somehow, not a single bone in my body was broken.  I knew at that moment that life is a gift and I had to make the most out of it.”


John decided to enroll in community college near his home town in New Jersey.  “I was the first in my family to go to college and chose to go in undecided.   I had this wonderful biology professor, loved the class and we really connected.”  His fate, he says, was sealed.

“I decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree and had three friends who were at Mount Ida encouraging me to apply.  It was my only application and I was accepted.”

The biology program at the time was small, but through the hard work of the faculty and students like John, It’s grown and is growing by leaps and bounds, as evidenced by the recent opening of the new School of Applied Sciences laboratories.

“I founded and formed the Pre-med organization and have been working with the faculty to help on the program side and at the same time educate myself so I will be ready to apply to medical school.  I’ve also dived into my internship experiences.”

The pathology internship is the third time John has worked at Children’s.   He has volunteered and worked as an administrative assistant on a general pediatric unit and is now in the pathology department.   “When I was the admin, I would handle samples and always wondered where they went and what happened to them.  Now I see every day how they are processed, how the samples are utilized and prepared for diagnosis.”

In Patient Services he was able to interact one-on-one with families and tend to their needs, answer their questions and to assure they were as comfortable as possible while their child was being treated.

But more than that, John has seen the children as patients, from the child with severe seizures who always recognizes him and says hello, to a teenager who had brain surgery but could smile every day and be optimistic about the future.  “I realized how exciting and rewarding the work could be. When I think back on my pre-accident days without a purpose or direction, I’m amazed at how far I’ve come.”

Now John is set to pass on his legacy.  “As a first generation college student, I had no one to show me.  I want to be sure when I leave Mount Ida that I’ve passed something along to the next generation of students.”

John plans to apply to Harvard medical school and is hopeful they will see that he is dedicated and committed to being the very best doctor to his patients.  Until then, he will concentrate on his classwork, work his 12 days on/2 days off schedule at the hospital, read as much as he can to learn, what he calls, the new language of medicine,  and play a little ice hockey in his spare moment or two.

October 15, 2015-

Dear Mount Ida Community,


It is with great pleasure that I share with you the receipt of an $8 million gift from an anonymous donor in recognition of our unwavering commitment to our mission and our record of success over the past few years.

This is the largest gift Mount Ida has received in our 116-year history.

The funds will be put to the best use; to support our mission to provide innovative and cutting-edge programs built upon a foundation of career-focused education, while at the same time enhancing our commitment to financial aid and scholarship support.

We are grateful for this extraordinary gift which confirms our growing success and affirmation of the education we provide each student. This generous support will help us to continue on our path to create the programs that lead to productive and growing professions, and maintain our approach which values each student from the moment they join us, throughout their years at the College and ultimately as they succeed throughout their professional lives.

Over the past three years, the College has grown in both the size of its freshman entering class and in total student enrollment.  In September, we welcomed the largest and most academically accomplished freshman class in our history.  This substantial growth at Mount Ida comes at a time of great change in higher education.  With the support of each and every one of you, our expansion has remained true to the College’s mission of inclusion and a strong sense of community.

Here are just a few points of pride that indicate the unique significance of Mount Ida:

  • More than 1/3 of our students are the first in their family to attend college
  • Our student body represents 26 states and 19 foreign countries
  • 85% of our graduates are employed in their degree areas within 11 months of graduation – well above the national average
  • Over 97% of our students receive significant financial aid to help them attain this education. This funding, as well as the individualized attention and support they receive, leads to their success

In addition to the College’s admission success, the physical campus has, as you know, also evolved. The College has invested more than $25 million to restore and modernize our historic buildings and playing fields, including the new student center, athletic fitness center and teaching laboratories for programs in veterinary technology and dental hygiene.  The past two years have also seen the opening of an expanded and innovative School of Design and new biology and chemistry laboratories in the School of Applied Sciences, which supports the College’s growing STEM programs. Approximately half of Mount Ida students major in the sciences programs, where enrollment has increased by 13%.

Again, thank you for all that you do every day for Mount Ida.  This gift is something we share.



Barry Brown