Emmanuel College’s 17-acre campus is located within the bustling Fenway neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1919 as the first Catholic college for women in New England, Emmanuel College today is a thriving co-educational, residential institution in the city’s scientific, cultural, and medical center. Throughout this growth, its mission to educate and cultivate the whole person has remained constant and powerful.
The College’s student body is a diverse community from more than 30 states and 50 countries, enriching the campus culture and exposing students to new, enlightening worldviews. Likewise, professors hail from myriad personal and professional backgrounds, bringing with them distinguished experience and dedication that expands students’ intellectual and personal horizons.
Emmanuel’s more than 60 undergraduate programs promote investigation across a breadth of disciplines. Whether they pursue science, business, nursing, education, or the humanities, students enthusiastically embrace the College’s mission to foster effective and ethical leaders for the 21st century workplace. Beyond the classroom, significant opportunities lie just outside Emmanuel’s gates, surrounding students with internship and career connections at renowned leaders in countless fields of work.
Emmanuel College was founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur as the first Catholic college for women in New England. The mission of Emmanuel encompasses its identity as a Catholic collegeーuniversal in breadth and inclusive of all. The College celebrates its connection to the religious and educational mission of a Catholic Church committed to human rights, social justice and global peace within the context of the Catholic intellectual tradition. As part of its Catholic identity, the College encourages students and faculty of all religious backgrounds to learn and to teach in a respectful, civil environment shaped by intellectual inquiry, open, informed debate, integrity and strong ethical values. These ideas provide the context for how Emmanuel understands its mission, as do more recent discussions on the characteristics of American Catholic colleges. These characteristics include a continued dialogue between faith and reason; a strong sense of community; the centrality of theology and philosophy in the curriculum; a commitment to education for social justice; service to others; and the celebration of Liturgy.
Emmanuel College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
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- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Model UN
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Pep band
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- Symphony orchestra
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Faculty Mentors
- Disability Services
- Multicultural Engagement Center
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Financial Aid Advisors
- Student Success Initiative
- Peer Mentors
- Gender & Sexuality Center
At Emmanuel, students are actively and enthusiastically involved in the many academic, social, and spiritual experiences available to them in the classroom, the community, and the city of Boston. Here, excellence in the liberal arts and sciences intersects with experiential learning opportunities and scores of co-curricular activities that promote engagement and leadership, encouraging students to have a positive, significant impact on the wider world.
Emmanuel is a place at which countless collaborations between faculty and students happen every day. In each of the College’s areas of study, students tackle complex projects and investigate innovative, interdisciplinary subject matter with professors, often resulting in co-authorships on papers and publications, presentations at national conferences, and work published in literary and scientific journals. Such hands-on experiences offer powerful advantages, building upon knowledge gained in the classroom and, ultimately, better preparing students for professional opportunities or graduate-level study.
HANDS-ON, REAL-WORLD LEARNING
Students dive into the extensive and integral real-world opportunities available to them in the Fenway neighborhood and throughout the city of Boston, laying the groundwork for success in the workplace or graduate education alike. Every student engages in at least one type of experiential learning experience—internships, student teaching, assistantships, fellowships, and/or service-learning—before they graduate.
Emmanuel students are eager to embrace new languages, new cultures, and new perspectives. Students have studied everywhere from Italy and Uganda to China and Argentina. The College offers semester- and summer-long study abroad opportunities through more than 500 programs in over 70 countries. Don’t have a semester to spare? Faculty also offer classroom-based courses with short, complementary travel components to such places as Cuba, Greece, South Africa, India, Paris, Dublin, and Australia’s Gold Coast.
A TRUE LIBERAL ARTS EXPERIENCE
The knowledge, skills, and habits of the mind honed through the study of liberal arts disciplines develop the intellectual, aesthetic, and moral sensibilities of every Emmanuel College student. In addition to their major program, Emmanuel students complete a breadth of courses through the Domains of Knowledge program, which focuses on themes of aesthetic inquiry, historical consciousness, social analysis, scientific inquiry and quantitative analysis, and religious thought and moral reasoning.
HONOR SOCIETIES AND FELLOWSHIPS
Through chapters of 17 national and international academic and leadership honor societies, as well as a four-year Honors Program, Emmanuel students are driven to set themselves apart. Additionally, the College has a fellowship committee, which encourages and assists students as they apply for nationally competitive scholarships. Students have also earned Emmanuel-funded scholarships to observe schools in Finland, Boren scholarships to study public health in Brazil, Fulbright fellowships to teach English in Indonesia, and Andorra and Gilman awards to learn Arabic in Morocco.
A PERSONALIZED EDUCATION
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is available for all Emmanuel students to refine their skills and improve their academic performance. The ARC embodies the College’s dedication to personalized attention, connecting students with tutors, study groups, and more helpful programs.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 17 | 10-19: 127 | 20-29: 114
30-39: 88 | 40-49: 0 | 50-99: 0 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 7%
White, non-Hispanic: 69%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 3%
Emmanuel recently reorganized its academic programs into four schools: School of Humanities & Social Sciences; School of Business & Management; School of Science & Health; and School of Education. This initiative builds upon the already strong interdisciplinary nature of the College’s academic programs, more intentionally fostering connections among both students and faculty in complementary areas while also serving as a platform to launch new programs.
Every Emmanuel College class is taught by a professor, not a teaching assistant. Here, students and faculty form bonds that often last long after graduation. With a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, classes are small and professors know students by name. They are sincerely interested in what and how students think—and fully committed to their ultimate success. What’s more, Emmanuel professors are outstanding scholars. They win prestigious grants and author articles in renowned academic journals, often with student co-authors.
In addition to a robust curriculum that consists of more than 60 majors, minors, and areas of study (including new programs in Computer Science and Big Data & Data Analytics for fall 2019) Emmanuel students have the benefit of engaging in a number of unique academic opportunities.
AWARD-WINNING ACADEMIC ADVISING
At the start of Orientation, students participate in the College’s award-winning academic advising program to build their personal mission statements and four-year plans. The creation (and revision) of these plans makes certain that everything a student could dream about accomplishing in college can—and will—be achieved by graduation.
Emmanuel recognizes that the transition to college, while exciting, can be a challenge. The ACE (Academic Connections for Excellence) Program for all first-year students introduces college-level academic workloads and expectations; encourages goal setting; connects students to faculty, staff, and on-campus resources; promotes resiliency; and enhances the sense of community for new Saints.
Students also engage in career development as requirement in their first-year curriculum. Through a course on Career Planning & Engagement, students learn how to engage effectively in the process of their own career development and take the first steps toward their search for internships and employment.
Additionally, first-year students have the opportunity to enroll in a semester-long, writing-intensive course that provides them with the writing and research skills necessary for academic success. Students sharpen their abilities to organize, synthesize and interpret data, assess and make persuasive arguments, and practice advanced research strategies.
Serving the community is at the root of Emmanuel’s mission, and with the College’s service-learning courses, students provide meaningful support to local organizations, all while gaining significant experience that extends outside the classroom. For example, students enrolled in Spanish courses lend their language skills to nonprofits and Boston-area schools, psychology students work with local women and teens on issues of body image and gender roles, and education students explore the historical and societal foundations of education through work with school-aged children and the elderly.
Dedicated students looking to take advantage of extensive and rigorous resources are invited to join the Emmanuel College Honors Program for an enriching challenge. These Honors students may have the extra privilege of close faculty mentoring, but they are also stretched to think independently and rise up as leaders. Culminating in a professionally crafted project within each student’s major, the Honors Program boosts the Emmanuel experience with immersive coursework that is complemented by the arts and lectures in Greater Boston’s cultural sphere.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Liberal arts/career combination
Teacher certification program
100 Percent Internship Participation: Enhancing Employability through Real-World Experiences. Beginning in the fall of 2018, all members of the incoming Class of 2022 will complete at least one internship as a standard component of their undergraduate education.
Emmanuel students never settle. From presenting research at national conferences to competing on any of 16 Division III varsity teams, they push beyond perceived limits to achieve and surpass their goals. Through it all, they ultimately foster a spirit of kindness in their connections with one another. This is an inclusive, values-based community where students develop habits of heart: compassion, generosity, and the desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Ask any Emmanuel student what it means to “be a Saint” and they will speak to being a part of a lively, warm, intellectually stimulating, and diverse community. A community that wears its blue and gold proudly. A community that pours its energy and creativity into everything it does—large and small.
A DYNAMIC CAMPUS COMMUNITY
Student life is an essential part of the Emmanuel experience, sparking new interests, new experiences, and new friendships alike. Students enthusiastically pursue leadership opportunities and engage in the College’s more than 100 clubs, organizations, and activities that that range across topics like academics, community service, multiculturalism, leadership, and athletics (just to name a few).
FOUR YEARS ON-CAMPUS HOUSING EXPERIENCE
Emmanuel College offers a four-year housing experience on its beautiful residential campus. The majority of students take advantage of this unparalleled opportunity to foster connections within their residence halls, engage in myriad co-curricular activities, and live just steps away from class with no commute time.
LIFE IN BOSTON
Emmanuel’s home in the heart of Boston is a huge part of the student life experience. In a cultural capital as dynamic as Boston, there is always something new to see or an old favorite to revisit. Emmanuel students enjoy all city life has to offer—exhilarating games and hard-won championships by our hometown sports teams, tons of green space and waterfront views, celebrated works of art, music and theatre and, of course, some of the best food in the country.
Emmanuel student-athletes may be Saints, but with a combination of passion, skill, and grit, they play to win. The College has 16 NCAA Division III varsity men’s and women’s athletics teams (as well as intramural and club sports). And while Emmanuel shapes individual growth with strong athletic competition, the College also holds its student-athletes to high academic standards. In 2017-2018, nearly 75 Emmanuel students earned a spot on the GNAC Academic All-Conference Team.
COLLEGES OF THE FENWAY
Emmanuel is a founding member of the Colleges of the Fenway (COF) consortium—along with Massachusetts College of Art and Design, MCPHS University, Simmons University, and Wentworth Institute of Technology—which offers an enhanced student life experience that allows for academic and social collaboration between nearly 12,000 undergraduate students and 600 full-time faculty through hundreds of undergraduate course offerings. Together, COF students can cross-register for courses at each other’s colleges, eat in each other’s dining halls, and get involved in joint activities ranging from performing arts and jazz bands to intramural sports.
A COMMITMENT TO SERVICE
Just as Emmanuel makes an impact on its students’ lives, its students are moved to make an impact on the world around them. Community service is an everyday activity among the Emmanuel community; in fact, over 80% of students contribute to the 50,000+ hours of service each year. Within Boston, across the country, and even beyond the U.S. borders, students extend their hearts of service through fundraisers and outreach groups.
First-year students pursuing biology, biochemistry, biostatistics, and chemistry are able to plunge into their field by joining the Science Living-Learning Community. As this small group of twenty students lives in close proximity with one another, they are automatically steeped in their curriculum. This resident program gives students the extra advantage of meeting with their professors outside the classroom, gaining direct access to a dedicated study lounge, receiving career guidance, and sitting in on gripping presentations of scholarly work.
Emmanuel College’s Notre Dame Campus is an opportunity for students to make the ultimate connection between the residential-life experience and service to their community. The campus houses around 30 upper-class students who have committed to a living-learning experience that focuses on Emmanuel’s mission, reflection, urban education, and weekly service to dozens of community partners. The campus also serves as the hub for the College’s Urban Food Project, which connects Emmanuel students with neighbors and local community groups on issues of food availability and nutrition, particularly among low-income families. The Project includes the planting and maintenance of an urban garden on campus, the harvest of which is shared with local organizations.
Emmanuel College’s campus is right in the heart of Boston, smack dab in between the famous Fenway Park and the world-class Longwood Medical and Academic Area. Settled in such a central location, Emmanuel students are just a few steps away from a hub of hospitals, colleges, and research institutes as well as the Museum of Fine Arts and a train stop with direct access to the rich historical sites.
NCAA Division III; GNAC, ECAC Conferences
16 varsity sports
Men’s: basketball, cross-country, indoor track, golf, lacrosse, outdoor track, soccer, volleyball
Women’s: basketball, cross-country, indoor track, lacrosse, outdoor track, soccer, softball, volleyball
More than 20 club and intramural sports
Colors: Blue and gold
Mascot: Halo the St. Bernard
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 86%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
At Emmanuel, academic excellence meets career-igniting internships throughout Boston. In fact, every Emmanuel student is required to complete an internship, regardless of their major. Here, small classes meet world-class research opportunities. And a timeless college education meets innovative programs in emerging professions. Students grow in every dimension and prepare for a lifetime of purpose in a changing world.
The critical and creative habits of mind that employers prize most are at the core of an Emmanuel education. Quantitative reasoning. Problem solving. Teamwork. Digital literacy. The capacity to apply knowledge in dynamic, fast-moving situations. The ability to think, speak and write extraordinarily well. These skills provide an incomparable foundation for a lifetime of employability in a marketplace characterized by constant change.
Bright futures await Emmanuel College students. According to data collected on Emmanuel’s Class of 2017, 97% were employed, enrolled in graduate school, or engaged in full-time service work within a year after graduation.
At Emmanuel, 100% of undergraduate students participate in an internship or other real-world learning experience as a standard component of the curriculum. This is where academic engagement intersects with career preparation and where theory meets practical application in the 21st-century workplace.
THE POWER OF PROXIMITY
Emmanuel’s Boston location gives students unparalleled access to the ultimate extended classroom. Within walking distance or a short ride on public transportation, students reach dozens of industry-leading organizations in medicine, finance, media, and many other fields. In addition, Emmanuel is part of the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, one of the world’s premier centers of education, culture, and biomedical research.
Emmanuel is committed to preparing each student for their post-graduate career. Through the Career Center, students receive the guidance and empowerment they need to take an intentional and active step toward their goals. Whether a student has a dedicated plan or can’t even think of where to begin their search, the Career Center staff are ready to help them at any stage throughout their process.
Emmanuel’s staff maintains active communication with employers looking to hire well-rounded students, and the Career Center organizes a variety of networking events and career fairs. This resource proves to be an invaluable liaison for students aspiring to succeed and top-notch industry professionals on the hunt for passionate, dedicated scholars.
THE CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE
Emmanuel seniors culminate their academic journey through the Capstone Experience, which challenges them to complete a project that ties together their coursework and knowledge. Through the Capstone, every student in every major gain significant experience in consolidating and presenting advanced scholarly material.
Rigor of secondary school record | Academic GPA
Application Essay | Recommendation(s)
Extracurricular activities | Character/personal qualities
Volunteer work | Level of applicant’s interest
Class rank | Standardized test scores | Interview | Talent/ability
First generation | Alumni/ae relation | Geographical residence
Religious affiliation/commitment | Work experience
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 560 | 75th Percentile: 650
25th Percentile: 540 | 75th Percentile: 630
25th Percentile: 24 | 75th Percentile: 27
Students interested in Emmanuel are encouraged to experience it for themselves by scheduling a campus tour with a current student as well as an interview with an admissions counselor. The College also hosts special events and information sessions to give prospective students a feel for the spirit of the community.
Emmanuel College welcomes applications from students across the country and around the world to join a diverse student body that brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with the College community. The Office of Admissions considers all aspects of students’ records and experience as part of the admissions decision. In addition to a strong secondary school academic program, the College carefully considers what it learns about students through recommendation letters, essays, activities, standardized test scores (optional), and other information.
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $15,444
Emmanuel is committed to making its quality private education affordable. In addition to a comprehensive merit scholarship program, students may apply for need-based financial aid including Emmanuel College grants, federal and state grants and scholarships, federal student loans, and student employment. Emmanuel also participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, which provides additional assistance to eligible veterans and their dependents.
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