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Newbury College

Brookline, Massachusetts

Students don’t just want to learn. They want to do. To put ideas into action. To make something of those ideas. To connect the classroom to the real world. To get out there and show what they are made of. A great education reveals to them a complex and changing world but also prepares them to make it in that world.

 

At Newbury, students matter. They are seen. They are known. And in this highly personalized environment, they are mentored, challenged, and prepared to achieve their personal and professional goals. Classes encourage collaboration and involvement. Professors are experts in their fields; and students work with them on projects. They develop quickly which makes them ready for internships and then career success.

 

All of this happens in a warm and friendly environment, just minutes from downtown Boston. Students rave about the opportunities at Newbury, where they build a great foundation for success in career and in life.

 

Make it. Matter.

 

 

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
865 undergraduate students
90% of undergrad students are full time
45% male 55% female
23% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
28 full-time faculty
65 part-time faculty
15 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
46% of first year students live on campus
40% of all students live on campus

School Location

There might not be a better location for a college – three miles from Boston but set off in a beautiful residential setting surrounded by mansions and tall trees. Brookline was recently named the top suburb in the United States, and Newbury sits exactly where Brookline meets Boston, six blocks from the town line and a T stop that sends you downtown in just a few minutes. Brookline is home to great restaurants and shopping, and, of course, Boston is the top college town in the U.S. Newbury’s undergraduates are here with hundreds of thousands of other students, but they experience their collegiate journey in a small, welcoming, and well-connected community.

High-Impact Practices

Read more about the importance of High-Impact Practices

First-Year Seminars and Experiences x
Common Intellectual Experiences x
Learning Communities x
Writing-Intensive Courses x
Collaborative Assignments and Projects x
Undergraduate Research  
Diversity/Global Learning x
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning  
Internships/Coops/Practicums x
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience x

Retention Fall 2015

59% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

37.8% of students graduated in 6 years 

ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2015

Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 14%
Black or African American 34%
White 37%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 8%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%

Athletics

NCAA Division III

Mascot: Nighthawk     
Colors: Green and Gold

MEN’S SPORTS: Baseball; Basketball; Cross Country; Soccer; Track & Field; Volleyball
WOMEN’S SPORTS: Basketball; Cross Country; Lacrosse; Soccer; Softball; Track & Field; Volleyball

ATHLETICS WEBPAGE

In 2016, Newbury students won both the male and female New England Collegiate Conference Athlete of the Year award.  It was the first time both of the NECC scholar-athletes of the year came from the same school.  

Also in 2016, Newbury hired former Boston Celtics Dana Barros to coach the Men’s Basketball team.

More Distinctions

  • In 2016, Newbury was only one of two colleges nationwide to win the prestigious Ace/Fidelity Investments award for Institutional Transformation. The award was earned for Newbury’s new Student Success Center and the work of faculty in Newbury’s English Mastery curriculum. https://www.newbury.edu/Newbury_ACE/Fidelity_Investment_Award 

  • In 2016, Newbury had 16 student athletes named Academic All Conference.

  • In 2015, Newbury’s softball team had the second highest GPA in the nation, among all NCAA Division III schools.

Newbury has 27 clubs that include the Campus Activities Board, which plans campus events; the Accounting Club, in which students collaborate with one another; the Newbury College Olympics; and so much more. Students can start a club and bring a new hobby or idea to campus, like Newbury’s Yoga Club, which was started two years ago by a first-year student. Students learn valuable leadership skills through the Office of Student Involvement that help them in the classroom, in their internships, and eventually in their careers.

The Office of Student Involvement also provides excellent volunteer opportunities.  Last year Newbury students donated time to Cradles to Crayons, served dinner and gave donations to underprivileged women at a homeless shelter, saved 83 lives through our Blood Drive, and served dinner at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans.

Newbury’s scholarship program is uniquely designed to attract students who are passionate about leadership and community service.

Connect with Newbury’s Office of Student Involvement:
Facebook: Newbury College Office of Student Involvement
Twitter: @NewburyOSI
Instagram: @NewburyOSI

Common Intellectual Experiences

Newbury aims to offer their students a well-rounded curriculum, while preparing them to enter their chosen field upon graduation. .

The Core Curriculum emphasizes the fundamentals of writing, reading, and oral communication, as they are key in every personal and professional activity. It nurtures the skills of critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and the ability to collaborate in a diverse environment.

The General Education sequence at Newbury College is built to teach students how to communicate effectively, how to apply their skill sets to an ever-changing world, and how to become active thinkers and global citizens. It is designed to instill habits of the mind to face the challenges that students will encounter in their chosen career fields and personal communities. These Core courses open students’ minds to the diversity of the human experience and multiple frames of reference. Students are empowered to make ethical life decisions that contribute to the richness of their lives and the lives of others. These outcomes achieve information literacy, critical thinking, communication, knowledge, ethical awareness, and social responsibility.

The English and Math programs at Newbury are built on a mastery model to ensure a “C wall” of clearly defined skills students must master in order to pass the course. Faculty teaching in the English and Math programs use common assignments and rubrics to assess these competencies and ensure consistency of course content across the curriculum. In addition, all Introductory courses have a signature assignment associated with the course to both assist in assessing learning outcomes as well as in ensuring consistency across faculty instructors teaching the courses.

HU100

Newbury students take HU100 in their first year, which serves as the College’s first year seminar course. Students engage self, community, and world through study of the human condition from diverse perspectives offered in the liberal arts. The skills that will be developed are scientific inquiry, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, diversity, aesthetics, and socio-cultural, historical and geographical contexts. Through this academic course, students also learn about and practice the basic skills that allow curricular and co-curricular success in a college community, including study skills, communication skills, time management, self-efficacy, community involvement, and knowledge of community resources.

Collaborative Assignments and Projects

Newbury offers many opportunities for students to collaborate with faculty, and each other. Many classes are project-based, especially as students move into their junior and senior years. With small classes, Newbury is able to offer the dynamic and interactive classroom experience the current generation of students expect.

Diversity/Global Learning

Newbury offers several exciting opportunities to study abroad, both via the conventional semester format and through unique courses offered in places like Orvieto, Italy. Faculty in various disciplines lead the overseas opportunities, along with Newbury’s Career Services & Internship Placement Center.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries  
Choral groups x
Concert band  
Dance  
Drama/theater  
International Student Organization x
Jazz band  
Literary magazine  
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles  
Musical theater  
Opera  
Pep band  
Radio station x
Student government x
Student newspaper  
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  
Yearbook  

Writing-Intensive Courses

Writing-Intensive Courses

Due to the small class size and in support of Newbury College’s mission statement, faculty provide engaging, hands-on learning environments that foster writing to learn. Newbury College faculty made an intentional commitment several years ago to ensure that all courses have some type of writing assignment, including math courses, on top of  the more career-focused classes. The College writing faculty created professional development opportunities to provide guidance for how to create and evaluate quality writing assignments.

Such professional development opportunities continue and focus on writing as well as other effective pedagogical techniques through the College’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). All majors have a specific outcome tied to effective oral and written communication and this is assessed as part of the signature assignments in the upper level courses in the disciplines.

Faculty working together to provide excellent courses

Faculty at Newbury pioneers the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). This center allows for faculty to collect, share, and use data to continually improve and assess their teaching, and to focus on the interpersonal issues that are at the heart of successful teaching.

CELT is housed directly across from the entrance to the Student Success Center in the Academic Center building. This allows participating members to create productive synergies between faculty, student, and staff. All of this helps faculty members succeed in the classroom by giving them opportunities to work together outside of it and this inspires students to develop into lifelong learners.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts  
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) x
Foreign languages  
History x
Humanities x
Mathematics x
Philosophy  
Sciences (biological or physical)  
Social science x

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 81 87 84 9 0 0 0 261

Learning Communities

The key goals for learning communities are to encourage integration of learning across courses and to involve students with “big questions” that matter beyond the classroom. Students take two or more linked courses as a group and work closely with one another and with their professors. Many learning communities explore a common topic and/or common readings through the lenses of different disciplines. Some deliberately link “liberal arts” and “professional courses”; others feature service learning.

CAMPUS HOUSING OPTIONS FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Coed dorms x
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students  
Special housing for disabled students x
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options x

 

Other: off-site housing, close to campus 

Service Learning, Community-Based Learning

The Leadership Living Learning Community (LLC) provides opportunities for students to build their personal leadership skills through involvement in the Newbury Community. Members of the Leadership LLC aspire to develop their own philosophy of leadership and will contribute to and create campus traditions through civic engagement and programming.

Members of the Leadership LLC have the unique opportunity to engage with faculty and staff from all different areas of campus.  The Leadership LLC programming is based off The Social Change Model of Leadership Development. Student are encouraged to develop their own personal leadership philosophy, explore leadership in the community and how it connects with their major, interact with leaders in the Newbury community, and live in specialized housing.

Internships

Newbury College prides itself on producing career-ready graduates with the professional tools and experience to jump head-first into their chosen fields. Internships provide opportunities for students to apply their acquired skillsets beyond the classroom, to gain practical experience, and to develop as professionals. Through their internships, Newbury students are able to build both their resumes and the foundations of their careers paths.

Easy access to Boston and its infinite opportunities allow Newbury students to explore the work world long before graduation. As interns, students can go behind the scenes at a five-star restaurant or hotel, gain firsthand knowledge at a four-star accounting firm, or go pro with a dozen professional sports teams across Massachusetts.

Newbury College students have access to tremendous resources to secure their desired internship placements. Those include resume review, interview preparation, various networking opportunities, and the availability of Center for Career Services and Internship Placement.

Following the completion of 80 credit hours at Newbury College, all baccalaureate degree candidates are required to enter into a 150-hour internship experience directly related to their major course of study. This placement will be paired with an online course in which students and faculty across disciplines discuss their professional environments, projects, challenges, and successes in their respective workplaces.

Eligibility for internship placements requires the completion of the appropriate credit hours and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience

Students in select programs complete final collaborative projects that they share with the entire community. Examples of this are the communication, graphic design, computer science, and interior design programs. Students in the Honors program – regardless of class year – also present their annual projects. The supportive Newbury community attends display shows and presentations and learn from the exhibitions.

Successful Alumni

Newbury graduates are successful because they learn not just theory in the classroom but how to apply their lessons to work. Faculty are practitioners in the fields in which they teach. So, if one studies business, it is a business person teaching the course. Design courses are taught by actual designers. Culinary courses are taught by actual chefs. Hotel management courses are taught by people who have managed hotels. Because of this practical approach, students build bridges to great careers. With such a meaningful experience in one of the world’s great cities and such a strong commitment to student success, Newbury offers students a passport to their dreams.

Examples of alumni success are Leo Fonseca ’93, CEO of Stephanie’s Restaurant Group; Laurie Watson ’08, successful Boston entrepreneur;  Jason Santos ’96 of Blue Inc. and Abbey Lane Restaurants and finalist on “Hell’s Kitchen” of FOX; Jean-Philippe Rollet ’90 the general manager of Stash in Santa Clara, CA; Laurie Casler ’96, Senior Vice President of Seasons 52; Emily Williams Knight – ’93 VP Global Enrollment and Operations – Laureate Education in Geneva, Switzerland;  and Julian Jaeger ’93, who was once the Director of Partnerships the Clinton Global Initiative and is now the managing director at Palm Ventures.

Great student outcomes – Newbury’s new Student Success Center

Renovated and reimagined in 2015, the Newbury College Student Success Center contains tremendous resources and support for students and alumni, with the goal of stimulating and encouraging personal growth, academic achievement, and lifelong success. The Center  guides students through their academic pursuits, career placements, and life beyond their time at Newbury College.

Located on the first and second floors of the Academic Center, the Student Success Center offers a variety of individual and group work/study spaces, technologies, and staff/faculty resources, including the following:

  • 9 Mac computers, 22 PCs, and 16 laptops
  • The Tutoring and Learning Center (TLC), staffed by professional peer tutors for all courses. The TLC includes a designated space for test accommodations.
  • Academic Counselors specialized in time management, study skills, and organizational skills are located on the second floor and available for appointments throughout the school year.
  • The Career Center includes areas for videotaping mock interviews and for doing real-time interviews with prospective internship sites and employers. It also supplies handouts for students on resume building, interview preparation, and up-to-date listings of upcoming events and job openings.
  • Gallery and display space for showcasing student work
  • The Office of Health and Counseling Services
  • The Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CELT)
  • Additional study space
  • Starbucks Café, offering additional casual seating and meeting space.
  • The library and its circulation desk are located on the ground floor beneath the Center. There, students can speak with the circulation staff to borrow books and find books on reserve for specific classes. The library operates during the same hours as the Center.

ADMISSIONS

Admissions Fall 2015

2,580 Total Applicants
2,040 Total Admissions
272 Total Freshmen Enrollment

Selectivity
79.07% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA

Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Character/personal qualities

Considered
Interview
Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability
Volunteer work
Work experience

Application Dates

Newbury operates on a rolling admissions basis, and we offer early action admission deadline of December 1 and a priority deadline of February 1. We reserve our highest scholarships for students who apply before this dates.

Student can apply via the Common Application of the Newbury online application.

TUITION AND COSTS

Net Price Calculator

http://newburyaidestimate.com/ 

TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID

Expenses  
Tuition $30,128
Fees $1,280
Total $31,408
   
Room and Board (on campus) $13,740
Estimated Total On Campus $45,148

FINANCIAL AID

Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 (estimated)

$25,404 First year students
$23,964 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 (estimated)

67.8% on average, the percentage of need that was met
7% of financial need students that had need fully met

$19,878 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,074 Average need-based loan

Scholarship Information

Scholarships range from $5000 annually to full tuition awards for truly outstanding students. Newbury’s merit awards for 2016-2017:

  • Trustees: Full tuition scholarship – awarded to students in the top 2% of their classes with GPA’s above 3.95.
  • Presidential: $23,000 – awarded to students with GPA’s above 3.5 and SAT’s above 500 in each section.
  • Distinguished:  $19,000 – awarded to students with GPA’s above 3.2.
  • Dean’s: $17,000 – awarded to students with GPA’s above 2.8
  • Nighthawk: $5,000 – $14,000 – awarded to student with GPA’s above 2.0

 

Newbury also awards scholarships for great work outside the classroom. Students earn these for Spirit, Leadership, Community Service, and particular Skills, such as winning culinary arts competitions.

These are $2,500 each.

Financial aid is awarded to students who qualify by completing a FAFSA. Each year, Newbury awards more than $12 million in financial aid and scholarships to students, making an excellent private education highly affordable.

More information: newbury.edu/apply.  

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