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Curry College
Curry College is a private, four-year, liberal arts-based institution that is committed to educating...

Curry College

Milton, Massachusetts

Curry College provides rigorous and relevant academic programs to undergraduate and graduate students. Its rich blend of liberal arts and career-directed programs is enhanced by practical field experiences and co-curricular activities.


Students are attracted to Curry’s friendly and caring academic community. The student body consists of approximately 2,000 traditional undergraduate students, and approximately 75% of students reside on the Curry campus.


Curry students have access to a wide range of co-curricular and extracurricular activities, including student newspaper and other campus media; performing arts programs such as theatre and dance; and intramural sports and NCAA Division III athletic teams.



Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
2,688 undergraduate students
79% of undergrad students are full time
41% male — 59% female
31% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
246 full-time faculty
128 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
57% of all students live on campus

School Location

Curry College was founded in Boston in 1879 and moved to its present campus in Milton, MA in 1952. Curry’s 131-acre campus is one of the most attractive college campuses in New England.

Only seven miles from downtown Boston, its proximity to the city gives students access to a wide variety of internships at leading companies as well as clinical placements at world-class hospitals. The city provides myriad opportunities for cultural, recreational, and sports-related activities.
Curry’s location is also less than two miles from the scenic Blue Hills, a natural reservation which offers skiing, hiking, horseback riding, and resources for environmental education and recreation.

High-Impact Practices

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

Retention Fall 2016

671% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2016

47% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 10%
White 67%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 9%


Curry College hosts intramural sports and fourteen NCAA Division III athletic teams. Varsity sports for men are baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and tennis; women’s varsity sports are basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. The College’s mascot is the Colonel, and athletic uniform colors are purple and white.


Curry College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts-based institution founded in 1879. The College awards Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees and offers 25 undergraduate majors and over 65 minors and concentrations. The College’s academic programs of study include pre-health professions, pre-law, and pre-medicine, as well as an accelerated, five-year, dual degree M.Ed. program. Curry awards four master’s degrees, including a Master of Education (M.Ed.); a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice; a Master of Business Administration (MBA.); and a Master of Science in Nursing. Curry College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; its nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Academic Programs

Digital Video, Film, Gerontology, Homeland Defense, Human Resources, MIS, Mobile Application Development, Public Relations, Radio, Television, Theatre, Video Game Studies

In an inclusive community of diverse learners and educators, Curry students are mentored and empowered. They build meaningful relationships that inspire them to achieve their ambitions.


At Curry College, diversity is central to excellence in education, not a separate goal. The College believes that training students to become inclusive, empathetic citizens requires consistent learning throughout all four years of study. As a result, diversity plays a core role in both the College’s Mission Statement and as a guiding principal in cores courses.  Regardless of their program of study, students are encouraged to develop a deep respect for diversity in all its forms. By graduation students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the world’s diversity and interconnectedness as well as identify similarities and differences among cultures, religions, genders, and value systems. Students graduate able to identify and demonstrate an understanding of both their own values and those of others.


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

General Education

At the heart of Curry College’s undergraduate curriculum is the General Education (Gen Ed) curriculum. Gen Ed is required of all students and explores the liberal arts through a series of topical, real-world issues. The Gen Ed curriculum addresses the “Essential Learning Outcomes” and High Impact Practices established by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. The curriculum develops skills needed to participate in the 21st century economy. These valued skills include global knowledge, effective written and oral communication, critical thinking, information literacy, quantitative reasoning, intercultural sensitivity, teamwork, and ethical judgment.


Honors programs are available for motivated, intellectually curious students who wish to challenge themselves and their classmates, including options for first-year students and those in designated academic disciplines.

Exceptional Faculty

There are 122 full-time faculty members at Curry, 81 percent of whom hold terminal degrees in their fields. Additionally, the College annually hires highly qualified part-time faculty members and visiting lecturers to augment its teaching staff. Although primarily a teaching faculty, Curry’s professors are also engaged in writing, research, and consulting. One-on-one faculty-student relationships provide many opportunities for personalized instruction and close interaction. The average class size is 20 students, and the student-faculty ratio is 10:1.

Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL)

The internationally acclaimed Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) at Curry College was established in 1970 as the nation’s first college-level program for students with language-based learning differences. PAL is the longest-standing comprehensive support program designed to help intelligent and motivated students with language-based learning differences achieve at the college level. PAL faculty at the master’s and doctoral level work directly with students to provide individual or small-group instruction. Each student is matched with a professor with whom they meet for 2.5 hours per week. Students must apply and be admitted into the program in order to take advantage of PAL’s services. Students receive academic credit for enrollment in the program for the first year and are able to continue in the program for as long as needed.


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


Other: Information Literacy 


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 121 270 193 48 0 0 0 632

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Learning at Curry extends beyond the classroom and is embedded throughout co- and extracurricular activities. Students engage in common and collaborative learning across a wide range of programs and activities, including the First-Year Living Learning Communities Program. This program allows students to collaborate with faculty and other first-year students both in and out of the classroom. Students investigate a common theme as they complete required courses. They are asked to challenge themselves as they engage in discussions, lectures, activities, and community events throughout the semester. Students seeking a holistic experience that integrates their classroom and residence hall experience should consider this beneficial learning opportunity.


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


Undergraduate internship experience is a key factor in job marketability after graduation. The Internship Program at Curry College offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of career paths. By learning about their interests, skills, strengths, and values, students are able to narrow down their career options to the fields that best suit their talents. Curry students may earn up to 30 credit hours for field internships. In consultation with faculty members, students develop learning contracts that articulate their educational and personal goals, establishing the criteria for the evaluation of their field experience.


Students at Curry College maintain an ePortfolio that tracks their beginning first-year inquiry course all the way up to their junior-year inquiry. This digital portfolio demonstrates the reflection and integration of learning within the entire Gen Ed curriculum. The ePortfolio also supports a responsibility for learning, providing both evidence and direction for career choices and longer-term career advancement.


Admissions Fall 2016

6,143 total applicants
5,442 total admissions
678 total freshman enrollment

88.59% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2018-19 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA

Rigor of secondary school record

Class rank
Standardized test scores
Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Alumni/ae relation
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshman Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 420 520
SAT Math 420 520
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 18 23
ACT Math 17 22
ACT English 17 24
ACT Writing    



Tuition $38,936
Room and Board (on campus) $14,735
Estimated Total On Campus $53,671