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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, while also preparing them to succeed in it.


At Newbury, the students are real-life ready. 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, and professors are experts in their fields who work with students on their projects. Students develop quickly, which ready for internships and future career success.


All of this happens in a warm and friendly environment just minutes from downtown Boston. Students rave about their opportunities at Newbury, which guarantees them a great foundation for success both in their careers and throughout their lives.



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. Newbury sits exactly where Boston meets Brookline, which was recently named the top suburb in the United States. The school sits six blocks from the town line and a T stop that sends passengers to the middle of the city in just a few minutes. Newbury’s undergraduates are in touch with hundreds of thousands of other students in Boston, which is the top college town in the U.S., 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 


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%


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

Newbury College’s athletics webpage can be found here.

In 2016, Newbury students won both the male and female New England Collegiate Conference Athlete of the Year award. It was the first time that 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.

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

  • In 2016, Newbury’s softball team had the highest GPA in the nation among all Divisions of NCAA and NAIA schools.

Common Intellectual Experiences

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

The Core Curriculum, grounded in the Liberal Arts, encourages both personal and professional success through an emphasis on the fundamentals of writing, reading, and oral communication. 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 and apply their skills to an ever-changing world as well as how to become active thinkers and global citizens. It is designed to instill habits of the mind to face the challenges that inevitably show up in a range of career fields and personal communities. These Core courses open students’ minds to the diversity of the human experience, empowering students 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 that students develop a “C wall” of clearly defined skills and competencies. Faculty teaching in these programs use common assignments and rubrics to assess their proficiency while maintaining the consistency of course content across the curriculum.


In their first year, Newbury students take HU100, the College’s first-year seminar course. Students engage the self, the community, and the world through a study of the human condition from diverse, liberal arts-based perspectives. The course introduces students to scientific inquiry, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, diversity, aesthetics, and socio-cultural, historical, and geographical contexts. Not only that, but it also teaches 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 a knowledge of community resources.

Collaborative Assignments and Projects

Newbury offers many opportunities for students to collaborate with both faculty and each other. Many classes are project-based, especially at the junior and senior levels. With small classes, Newbury is able to offer the dynamic and interactive classroom experiences that the current generation of students need and expect.

Diversity/Global Learning

Newbury offers several exciting opportunities for study abroad, both via the conventional semester format as well as through unique courses that travel to places like Orvieto, Italy, or Tokyo, Japan. Faculty in various disciplines lead many of these overseas opportunities, while students can also find their way around the world through resources offered through Newbury’s Career Services & Internship Placement Center.

Activities Offered

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

Writing-Intensive Courses

In support of Newbury College’s mission statement, faculty take advantage of their small class sizes to provide engaging, hands-on learning environments. Several years ago, Newbury College’s professors made an intentional commitment to ensure that all of their courses—even math courses—include some type of writing assignment. Every academic major measures students’ competencies through oral and written assignments in upper-level courses. And, through professional development initiatives, the College provides resources that make it easy for every professor to create quality writing assignments.

Faculty working together to provide excellent courses

Professors incorporate effective pedagogical techniques into their classes through the College’s 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 as well as 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, students, and staff. All of this helps faculty members succeed in the classroom by making it easy to work together and inspire students to pursue lifelong learning.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts  
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) x
Foreign languages  
History x
Humanities x
Mathematics x
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 the integration of learning across courses as well as to engage students with “big questions” that matter beyond the classroom. Students take two or more linked courses as a group, working closely with one another and their professors. Many learning communities explore a common theme through the lenses of different disciplines. Some deliberately link the liberal arts with professional courses, while others feature service learning.

Student Activities

Newbury hosts 27 clubs, including the Campus Activities Board, which plans campus events; the Student Government Association, in which students collaborate with one another and create change on campus; the Newbury College Olympics; the Multicultural Student Organization; and so much more. Students can even start their own 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. Through the Office of Student Involvement, students even learn valuable leadership skills 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 their time to Cradles to Crayons, served dinner and gave donations to underprivileged women at a homeless shelter, saved 83 lives through a Blood Drive, volunteered at the Boston Marathon, 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.

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 

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, aiming to stimulate and encourage personal growth, academic achievement, and lifelong success. The Center guides students through their academic pursuits, career placements, and life goals 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.
  • The Career Center, which includes areas in which to practice mock interviews as well as to conduct real 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 spaces 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, which is located on the ground floor beneath the Center. There, students can speak with the circulation staff to borrow books as well as find books on reserve for specific classes.

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, creating and contributing to 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. Students are encouraged to develop their own personal leadership philosophy, explore leadership in the community and how it connects to their major, interact with leaders in the Newbury community, and live in specialized housing.


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

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

Newbury College students have access to tremendous resources that help them secure their desired internship placements. These include resume review, interview preparation, various networking opportunities, and advice from the staff of the Center for Career Services and Internship Placement.

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

Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience

In their senior year, students in such programs as communication, graphic design, computer science, and interior design complete final collaborative projects that they share with the entire community. Additionally, students in the Honors program—regardless of class year—also present projects on an annual basis. The supportive Newbury community has the chance to learn something new by attending these innovative display shows and presentations.

Successful Alumni

Newbury graduates are successful not only because they learn theory in the classroom, but also because they learn to apply their lessons to their work. Faculty are true practitioners in the fields in which they teach, meaning that design courses are taught by actual designers, culinary courses are taught by actual chefs, and hotel management courses are taught by people who have actually managed hotels. Because of this practical approach, students build bridges to great future careers. With such a meaningful experience in one of the world’s greatest cities, as well as its 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.


Admissions Fall 2015

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

79.07% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA

Rigor of secondary school record
Application Essay
Character/personal qualities

Extracurricular activities
Volunteer work
Work experience


Net Price Calculator 


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


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

Newbury College’s scholarships range between $12,000 annually to full tuition awards for truly outstanding students.

Newbury College’s merit awards for 2017-2018:

  • Trustee Scholarship: Full tuition scholarship – awarded to students in the top 2% of their classes with GPA’s above 3.95 and SAT’s above 500 in each section..
  • Presidential Scholarship: $23,000 – awarded to students with GPA’s above 3.5 and SAT’s above 500 in each section.
  • Distinguished Scholarship:  $19,000 – awarded to students with GPA’s above 3.2.
  • Dean’s Scholarship: $17,000 – awarded to students with GPA’s above 2.8
  • Nighthawk Scholarship: $12,000 – $14,000 – awarded to student with GPA’s above 2.0
  • Newbury also awards scholarships for great work outside the classroom. Students can earn additional $2,500 scholarships for Leadership, Community Service, and having Newbury Spirit.  


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

The most up-to-date information can be found here.