Consortium Information

All Marymount degree-seeking students in good academic standing are eligible to enroll in courses offered through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.  Undergraduate students are also eligible to enroll in synchronous online language courses offered by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC). Non-degree students are not eligible to enroll in Consortium or VFIC courses. Degree-seeking students may enroll under the following conditions:

  • The course must be recommended by the student’s advisor and approved by the student’s associate dean prior to enrollment.
  • The course may not be offered concurrently at Marymount.
  • A maximum of two courses through the consortium and two language courses through VFIC (undergraduate students only) may be counted for credit toward Marymount degree requirements.
  • Students should not enroll in consortium classes during the semester of their anticipated graduation. Students who take a course outside of Marymount during their final semester may delay their graduation.
Enrollment at Marymount does not guarantee enrollment at a visited school or a VFIC participating institution.

Member Institutions

A current list of member institutions can be found on the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area website.

Registration Procedures

Students interested in taking a course through the Consortium should begin by look at the visiting institution's course schedule/schedule of classes. Member institution's websites are located at:

  • Once a course has been selected, the student should complete the Consortium Registration Form (available in the Registrar’s Office and online) and obtain the signatures of your academic advisor and school associate dean.
  • Consortium Forms must be turned in one week before Marymount classes begin.
  • Eligibility requirements will be verified by the Consortium coordinator, who will process your form and send it to the visiting institution. The visiting institution will notify students once their form has been processed. Please note: availability of classes cannot be guaranteed. 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for your Consortium course is paid directly to Marymount, using Marymount’s tuition rates. Students must observe Marymount’s payment schedules and deadlines.

Course fees, lab fees, and other special fees are paid directly to the visited institution.

Dropped couses are subject to Marymount University's refund schedule and procedures.

General Information

Closed/Cancelled Courses

The visited institution will attempt to notify the Marymount Consortium coordinator if the course is full/closed or cancelled. The Consortium coordinator will, in turn, notify the student in time for them to choose an alternate course. It is ultimately the student's responsibility to ensure that the class is still available for registration.

Dropping/Withdrawing from a Course

Students registered for a Consortium course must follow Marymount University's Academic Calendar for drop/withdrawal dates. If a student would like to drop/withdraw from a Consortium course, please contact the Registrar's Office at Failure to observe the published drop/withdrawal deadlines will result in a grade of 'F' on a student's academic transcript.

Graduating Students

If a student must enroll in a Consortium course in their final semester at Marymount, it is the student's responsibility to let their advisor and school associate dean know when the Consortium grade has been reported. Only then can the graduation process proceed.

Purchasing Books

Students will obtain their books from the visited institution’s bookstore.


Contact the visited institution’s Parking/Security Office to secure information regarding any special ID or parking pass requirements. It is suggested that students use public transportation, such as Metrobus and Metrorail, when possible.


Observe the visited institution’s academic and social policies, rules, and regulations. Marymount honors the unique policies and procedures of each Consortium member.

Grades and Transcripts

Grade Exchange

Grades and credits earned through the Consortium are reported directly to Marymount by the visited institution. Students do not have to request the visited institution to forward their grades to Marymount. Each visited institution reports grades according to its own policies, procedures, and deadlines. These grades will be available approximately 2 – 4 weeks after the completion of the course.


Grades and credits earned through the Consortium are recorded on the Marymount transcript as if they were taken at Marymount.

Grade Point Average

Courses taken through the Consortium are calculated into the Marymount credit totals and grade point average.

Course Repeat

If a student repeats a course, Marymount forgives the lower grade. Thus, it will not be calculated into the credit totals and grade point average. In order for Marymount to forgive a lower grade in a Consortium course, a student must repeat the same course at the same institution.


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