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.