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Anna Maria College
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Anna Maria College

Paxton, Massachusetts

Anna Maria College is a four-year, private, co-ed, Catholic, liberal arts institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Founded by the Sisters of Saint Anne in 1946, the College is located on a 192-acre campus in Paxton, MA, minutes from the vibrant college-town of Worcester, MA. Anna Maria College offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as continuing education programs, both on-ground and online. AMC distinguishes itself through its career-oriented liberal arts education, accessible and responsive faculty, small class sizes and a variety of co-curricular activities including 13 NCAA Division III sports teams. AMC is also a member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts, a group of 12 colleges that allows students to cross register at no additional cost.


The New England setting of Paxton, Massachusetts offers students the best of both worlds: a relaxed, close-campus environment in which to live and study, and close proximity to Worcester’s urban conveniences. AMC students can enjoy all that an AMC campus life has to offer and also partake in the excitement of the Worcester area, including concerts at the DCU Center and the Palladium, skiing at nearby Wachusett Mountain, art exhibits at the world-class Worcester Art Museum and great restaurants in Worcester’s growing downtown. AMC is also an hour’s drive to Boston, Cape Cod, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
4,065 undergraduate students
95% of undergrad students are full time
42% male — 58% female
74% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
603 full-time faculty
293 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Students have the choice of living in one of four different residential halls. All residence halls are smoke free, including student rooms. All rooms have twin beds, bureaus, study desks, closets, desk chairs and overhead lighting. Most rooms accommodate two residents, but there are rooms and suites that accommodate three and four residents as well.

School Location

Paxton, MA

Retention Fall 2014

91% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

73% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Black or African American 3%
White 72%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 10%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


Thirteen NCAA Division III Sports, Mascot: AMCAT, Colors: Burgundy and Black

Men’s Sports:
Cross Country

Women’s Sports:
Cross Country
Field Hockey

Other Information

Anna Maria College is a four-year, private, co-ed, Catholic, liberal arts college founded in 1946.

Academic Programs

On-ground: School of Business – Business Administration, Sport Management, and Marketing Communication. School of Education – Early Childhood Education , Elementary Education, Middle School Education, and Secondary Education. School of Fire and Health Sciences – Emergency Management, Fire Science, Health and Community Services, Health Science, Nursing, Paramedic Science, and Pre-Pharmacy. School of Humanities – Catholic Studies, English, History, and Liberal Studies. School of Justice and Social Sciences – Criminal Justice, Forensic Criminology, Human Development and Human Services, Law & Society, Psychology, and Social Work. School of Visual and Performing Arts – Art, Art Education, Art Therapy, Graphic Design, Music, Music Education, Music Therapy, and Studio Art. Anna Maria College also offers online degrees to choose from: B.S. in Fire Science, B.S. in Emergency Medical Services Administration, RN to BSN and a Master of Public Administration. More information can be found at  

More Distinctions

  • Institutional merit-based scholarships for full-time undergraduate freshmen and transfers, in addition to need based aid. Scholarships are also available for students attending New England Catholic High Schools. Merit grants and scholarships do not require the FAFSA. Amounts vary and are based on academic achievement.

  • Honors Program with Dr. Paul Russell.

  • Study abroad programs and a wide range of internship and service learning opportunities.

  • Strong multi-cultural programs.

  • Fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and other national and regional accrediting bodies.

  • Committed to a core curriculum that fosters critical and integrated thinking, scholarly and personal exploration of religious faith and the meaning of human existence, and an appreciation for the diversity of human cultures and society.

  • Committed to sustainability and being good stewards of the environment with the College’s President as a signatory of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment.

  • Honors Program with Dr. Lisa LeBlanc as program director.

Supporting Growth

AMC engages students by creating an environment that supports academic achievement and personal growth. Anna Maria educates the mind and spirit with a Core curriculum that encourages students to pursue their minds, reach beyond their potential, and become valued members of the campus community and society as a whole.  

Through the efforts of the Student Affairs Office, programs and activities are developed to support student-led initiatives, community service projects and other opportunities that allow students to become leaders in their own right.  Many campus life programs and activities are planned and sponsored by the Student Council of the Student Government Association (SGA), which sets the tone for student leadership and engagement on campus.

The Student Council at AMC consists of the thirty-one students who have been elected to represent different aspects of student life.  The Council is also the official representative of the student body, the link between administration, faculty, and the students.  The Office of Multi-cultural Affairs also connects students with different ethnic and racial backgrounds through programs and activities that encourage respect and understanding of other people and cultures.

Support Services

AMC believes that it is the responsibility of the College to provide the resources and services necessary to support student success in the classroom and in life. In addition to small class sizes, dedicated faculty work closely with students to ensure that they are receiving the necessary academic support to succeed in the classroom and that they are taking the courses they need to graduate on time.

The Advising Center, Learning Center, Health Services, and Counseling Center also contribute to a student’s overall college experience with academic advising, mentoring, tutoring and counseling services available to all students free of charge. The College has also invested in new learning technologies for the classroom and the campus as a whole so that students are able to tap into the resources they need to achieve success. In addition, the Office of Residence Life provides a living/learning environment throughout the residence halls designed to support students’ academic and social endeavors. The AMC Honors Program provides student achievers with high academic standards and opportunities to participate in unique study abroad programs.

Get Involved

In addition to athletic events in the College’s gym or on its new, all-purpose athletic field, AMC students enjoy a vibrant campus life through a variety of programs and activities. Clubs and activities vary by interest, but some of the available options  include Spring Weekend, Student Leadership night, dances with DJ’s or live bands, comedians, special concerts with popular musical artists, trips to sporting events, skiing, and other activities off campus. AMC also hosts student plays and concerts, as well as student-led film series, seminars, and social events.

Campus Ministry

The College’s Campus Ministry program infuses the campus with programs and activities that remain consistent with the AMC mission to foster respect for others and the environment. Community service programs abound with students participating in the United Way Day of Caring, Earth Day activities, and Habitat for Humanity, locally, regionally and nationally.

Preparing Students for Success

AMC is a special place where students have an opportunity to achieve excellence in all facets of their lives. The quality and tradition of a Catholic education has a long history at AMC rooted in the mission of the Sisters of Saint Anne. The unique blend of AMC’s liberal arts education, honors program, sports, and community service teaches students to reach far beyond their expectations. At AMC, students become leaders in the classroom, in on-campus clubs and organizations, and on the College’s NCAA Division III sports teams.


Career Services

With the help of Career Services and faculty members, students also engage in meaningful internship and service learning opportunities, which often helps them find gainful employment beyond AMC.

Fifth Year Option

Pursuing a graduate level education is also made convenient for students at AMC with its Fifth Year Option, allowing students to begin graduate level work in their senior year.


Admissions Fall 2014

8,398 Total Applicants
6,103 Total Admissions
1,025 Total Freshmen Enrollment

72.67% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 520 630
SAT Math 550 665
SAT Writing 520 640
ACT Composite 24 29
ACT Math 24 29
ACT English 24 31
ACT Writing 8 9


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $33,796
Fees $1,564
Total $35,360
Room and Board (on campus) $9,996
Room Only $5,680
Board Only $4,316
Estimated Total On Campus $45,356


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

98% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
79% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$19,280 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$7,744 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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