Day two at the Colleges of the Fenway independent counselor tour was jam packed with campus visits and good conversation facilitated by student and faculty panels. We visited four COF colleges: Emmanuel College, MassArt, MCPHS, and Wentworth Institute of Technology. Each college has its own campus culture.
Emmanuel is a small liberal arts, Catholic college with 1,700 undergraduate students. The campus is beautiful. Two academic buildings and dorms line a grassy quad, which gives the campus an insular feel.
Students must fulfill distribution requirements, including two semesters of religion. All students must complete a capstone opportunity in their major. This is an opportunity to synthesize the knowledge learned in the classroom into a significant project.
There is a strong sense of community on campus. Seventy-percent of students live on campus. The administration describes Emmanuel as being Catholic with a little “c”, and strives to be universally inclusive and promotes understanding your world. Forty-percent of students identify as Catholic. Emanuel is a dry campus. But, students say there is plenty to do on campus, with nearly 60 clubs and 16 division III sports teams. Women outnumber men: 75-percent women and 25-percent men.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
MassArt is a public college for talented students interested in art and design. There are six interconnected academic buildings and three resident halls, including the Tree House: a modern high-rise dorm with gorgeous city views. Students can showcase their own art and design or view their classmates’ in one of the eight galleries on campus.
The college is both a regionally and nationally accredited institution. Students can choose between 20 majors and have the option to receive a BFA or BA. MassArt is part of the PROARTS consortium: The Boston Architectural College, The Boston Conservatory, The Berkley College of Music, Emerson College and The New England Conservatory. Students may cross register with COF and PROARTS institutions.
The faculty and students are passionate about their work. During our tour students and professors alike offered to show us their projects and studios. The facilities are amazing. Our tour guide described the MassArt students as driven and uber dedicated to their work.
The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
MCPHS is a private university with 4,000 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate students. Students at MCPHS are career focused and all courses are health centric. Students who study here are passionate about their studies and it shows with a 90-percent retention rate.
Students must apply to a major during the admissions process. MCPHS offers 70 different majors and 40 programs. Popular majors are nursing, health science, psychology and pharmacy. There are three year accelerated programs in dental hygiene, nursing and medical imaging and therapy. Popular graduate programs are OT, PT and PA.
MCPHS doesn’t have its own dining hall, but students have a meal plan through Wentworth and MassArt. Most students live on campus the first year. Our tour guide told us that she chose to live on campus throughout her time at MCPHS, since dorm living is more economical than Boston apartments. MCPHS students like traditions. Students look forward to the Harvest Ball and Halloween Dance.
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wentworth is a STEM focused institution. There are over 4,000 undergraduate students here who study in one of Wentworth’s three colleges: The College of Arts and Sciences and Applied Math, The College of engineering and technology and The College of Architecture Design and Construction Management.
Wentworth focuses on EPIC learning: extremely project based interdisciplinary collaborative learning. Students must participate in two co-op work experiences before graduation. All co-ops are paid. Entrepreneurial opportunities are plentiful and encouraged by faculty.
There are two residential halls on campus. Students are required to live on campus the first two years. The new suite style apartments are popular. Wentworth guarantees housing all four years. Approximately one-third of students commute.
As with many STEM institutions, there are many more men than women: 81-percent male and 19-percent female. The majority of students are from Massachusetts and 37-percent are from out of state. The students I met were very articulate and mature.
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