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Emmanuel College
Boston, Massachusetts

Emmanuel College is a Catholic, coeducational, liberal arts and sciences college founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1919. Emmanuel prepares students with the skills to succeed in tomorrow's world and the social conscience to make a difference in that world. At Emmanuel, students become engaged learners and develop leadership skills through participation in campus life. They are critical thinkers, ethical decisionmakers, and contributing members of society.

Students at Emmanuel become active members of the community and participate in internships with the city’s most prestigious, leading-edge businesses and nonprofit organizations. A unique partnership with Merck & Co. Inc., which recently opened Merck Research Laboratories-Boston on the Emmanuel campus, will provide unprecedented opportunities for students and faculty members.

Supporting the College’s mission, the Jean Yawkey Center provides athletic, recreational, and dining facilities and houses the Jean Yawkey Center for Community Leadership. This center focuses on developing service and leadership skills for Emmanuel students and building connections with the young people of the city of Boston through after-school and summer programs. The Carolyn A. Lynch Institute of Emmanuel College strengthens this connection by enabling the development and retention of teachers in urban school systems, focusing on training in math, science, and technology.

Enrollment is 2,097 students, of whom 1,331 were undergraduates studying on the Boston campus. Approximately 80 percent of the College's traditional undergraduate students reside in Emmanuel's residence halls on the campus, while the rest commute from the local area.

The Internship and Career Development Office offers a four-year career-development program for all Emmanuel students. Starting in their first year and continuing until graduation, students are exposed to career planning, assessment, and goal setting. Workshops on resume writing, job/internship search skills, the Internet job search, and interviewing skills are some of the services that are offered to students. The Internship and Career Development Office also maintains a Career Advisory Network of more than 300 committed alumni who are available to students for networking, career advice, and mentorship. Other services include job and internship postings, individual career counseling, and career planning programs and events.

A leader in educating adults for nearly thirty years, Emmanuel College's Graduate and Professional Programs also offer accelerated courses leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees in education, human resources management, management, and nursing. These programs can be taken in flexible format at the Boston campus as well as satellite campuses throughout eastern Massachusetts.

Emmanuel College is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Location and Community
The College’s 17-acre campus is located at the crossroads of Boston's medical, academic, scientific, and cultural communities. Within walking distance from landmarks such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Fenway Park, Symphony Hall, and renowned medical institutions, Emmanuel College’s location gives students access to the ultimate extended classroom.

Academic Life
The bachelor's degree requires completion of thirty-two courses, divided among general education requirements, major requirements, and electives. Students may choose a minor within any department that offers a major and also in the following areas: economics, information technology, music, philosophy, religious studies, speech, theater arts, and women's studies. Internships are an integral part of most majors and provide students with opportunities for career exploration and the acquisition of professional skills. The honors program provides highly qualified and motivated students with opportunities for additional intellectual exploration and challenge. Students with Advanced Placement scores of 3, 4, or 5 may receive credit and advanced placement.

The College has 53 full-time faculty members, 81 percent of whom have a doctorate or other terminal degree. Faculty members hold degrees from prestigious national and international universities. The student-faculty ratio is 16:1. All classes are taught by faculty members, not teaching assistants.

Emmanuel College is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway collaboration, which allows Emmanuel students to take courses at five other institutions within close walking distance: Simmons College, Wheelock College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Massachusetts College of Art. Students are encouraged to spend a semester or a year abroad in any approved program. In addition, the College participates in an exchange program with sister colleges in California and Japan and provides opportunities for internship and study semesters in Washington, D.C.

Majors Offered:
Emmanuel College confers bachelor's degrees in American studies, art, biology, biochemistry, biostatistics, chemistry, education (primary and secondary), English, environmental studies, global studies, history, management, mathematics, political science, psychology, sociology, and Spanish. Students may also design individualized majors that reflect particular academic and career interests. The College confers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design. Tracks within majors allow students with specialized interests to pursue concentrations in art therapy, communications, counseling and health psychology, developmental psychology, global management, marketing–media and design, and medical technology. The education program provides initial licensure for elementary and secondary education.

Facilities and Resources
Emmanuel College offers state-of-the-art computer classrooms and computer labs in a powerful campuswide communications network that provides access to the Internet, voice mail, e-mail, and cable television. The classroom computers, both IBM and Macintosh, are used to teach basic computer skills as well as a wide variety of academic and industry software. Courses in calculus, communications, database design, digital imaging, graphic design, statistics, and Web design are taught in these classrooms. In the computer labs, students have access to powerful IBM and Macintosh computers and peripherals for their studies and outside interests. Other discipline-specific computer labs are equipped with appropriate hardware and software for students in the art, biology, chemistry, and education departments. The Emmanuel College Wireless Network allows all students and staff and faculty members with active FirstClass e-mail accounts and a laptop containing a wireless networking card to access the Internet and FirstClass wirelessly at several public locations on campus.

In addition to administrative and faculty offices, the administration building houses a chapel, an auditorium, a dance studio, lecture and conference rooms, a bookstore, art and music studios, computer classrooms (IBM and Macintosh platforms), and media classrooms.

The Cardinal Cushing Library, which holds 98,000 volumes, 400 journals, and 34 online databases to support student and faculty member research, also includes listening, viewing, and editing rooms; an art gallery; a language laboratory; and a state-of-the-art lecture hall, complete with satellite technology. The library participates with other local institutions in cooperative alliances to share resources and online catalogs and to exchange information. Library services include reference assistance, bibliographic instruction, interlibrary loan services, and electronic research.

Campus Life
A wide variety of academic clubs, honor societies, media organizations, performance groups, leadership teams, and social and special interest organizations are available for student participation. Community service is a campus priority. Many students and staff members volunteer in neighborhood agencies and schools.

Emmanuel students have the opportunity to participate in decision-making processes that affect the College. The student governing body is the Student Government Association (SGA), which comprises student representatives from each class and an Executive Board. The SGA works closely with the College administration and presents the needs and opinions of the students to the College community.

Multicultural Programs is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment, through programs, services and educational opportunities, for Emmanuel students to explore issues of diversity and multiculturalism as well as to strengthen the connection for all students with each other and the Emmanuel College community.

Through the advisement of the College's Multicultural Clubs and Organizations, the Office is able to develop events in collaboration with our students that meet the needs of the college community. The collaboration allows the Office to plan for thematic programs (Black History Month, Native American Heritage Month, Latino Heritage Month and the Lunar New Year), new initiatives and special events.

Sports / Varsity Athletics
Intercollegiate athletics include NCAA Division III sports for men and women. Women's athletics include basketball, cross-country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Men's athletics include basketball, cross-country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, soccer, and volleyball. In addition to athletics facilities supporting team sports, facilities for Emmanuel students include a fitness center, a dance studio, an aerobics room, and access to a swimming pool.

Tuition for the academic year is $30,800. Room and board costs in the College residence halls are $10,700 per year. There are additional fees of approximately $400 per year.

Financial Aid / Scholarships
Emmanuel College is committed to helping students pay for an Emmanuel College education by providing need-based grants, merit scholarships, low-interest student loans, and employment opportunities. Students' eligibility for need-based financial aid is determined through a careful analysis of information provided by students and their families regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, or the presence of any handicap. Entering students who seek financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Emmanuel College Application for Financial Aid. The FAFSA may be obtained from a secondary school or the College or may be completed online at The Emmanuel College Application for Financial Aid may be obtained from the College or can be printed from the College Web site listed below. The priority filing date for financial aid is April 1.

Students who complete the requirements for admission to Emmanuel College are considered for special scholarships that are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and specific eligibility requirements. These include the Presidential Scholarship (full tuition), the Dean's Scholarship (50 percent of tuition), the City of Boston Scholarship, and the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship (for transfer students). Of special interest is the Sisters of Notre Dame Scholarship program, a $2500 scholarship awarded to students recommended, in writing, by a Sister of Notre Dame at the time of application. Also of special interest is the $2500 Friends of Emmanuel Scholarship, for which an alumnus or staff or faculty member from Emmanuel College recommends an incoming student. Students must submit the Friends of Emmanuel recommendation form with the written recommendation at the time of application. In addition, each year, twenty-five $2500 scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate exemplary leadership or community service experience. Students wishing to be considered for this scholarship must submit a written recommendation that states the type of leadership position or community service activity the student participated in, the length of service, and specific accomplishments.

Admission Requirements / Application
An applicant's academic achievement, creativity, initiative, and involvement in the community are considered. No single standard measure for determining ability is used in accepting applicants to the College. The admissions committee reviews each applicant's high school curriculum and record, recommendations, and test results. It is recommended that applicants submit a strong academic program.

Candidates for admission as first-year students are required to take either the SAT I or ACT. A personal interview with a representative of the Admissions Office is suggested. Applicants are encouraged to visit the campus during their junior or senior year of high school so that they may visit classes and talk with students and faculty members.

To apply, a student must submit an application along with a $40 nonrefundable fee, an essay, SAT or ACT scores, an official high school transcript including first-quarter senior year grades, and two letters of recommendation. International students must submit the TOEFL score and Certification of Finances. The College’s application deadline is March 1. Emmanuel observes the College Board's Candidates Reply Date of May 1. The College also subscribes to the early decision plan. All admissions requirements should be completed before November 1 of the applicant's senior year to be considered for early decision.

Students who apply for transfer admissions must submit an application; an essay; a nonrefundable fee of $40; official secondary school and postsecondary school transcripts, including scores on the SAT I or ACT; and two letters of recommendation, at least one from a recent college professor. An interview with a transfer counselor is recommended.

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