Emmanuel College (EC) is a coeducational Roman Catholic liberal arts college located in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded as a women's college by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1919, Emmanuel became coeducational in 2001. It is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway consortium.
The college was founded in 1919 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur as the first women's Catholic college in New England. The trustees of the college were incorporated by the state in 1921. In 2000, cash-strapped and with fewer than 500 students enrolled, Emmanuel College faced an uncertain future. Led by longtime President Sister Janet Eisner, the college signed an agreement with Merck Pharmaceuticals to lease a portion of its campus for a new research laboratory, for 75 years and approximately $50 million. The agreement makes Emmanuel the only college in the country with a pharmaceutical lab on campus.
The subsequent windfall and alliance with Merck permitted Emmanuel to add dormitories so it could start admitting men in 2001, sparking a sustained revival that has made Emmanuel one of the fastest growing colleges in New England. Emmanuel developed an ambitious building campaign featuring the state-of-the-art Jean Yawkey Student Center, which opened in 2004 as the first new building on campus in 35 years. That same year, Merck opened its 12-story facility, whose glass facade glitters over the college's main quad and English Gothic buildings.
Until 2001, Emmanuel was a women's college primarily known for training teachers but long-time President Sister Janet Eisner used the windfall to secure millions in federal science grants to fund the construction of a $50 million science center. The Maureen Murphy Wilkens Science Center open in fall 2009 effectively doubling the academic space of the campus. The Wilkens Center is four floors and 47,500 feet and contains faculty/student research space and offices, student study areas, new classrooms for all academic areas, 120 underground parking spaces, as well as teaching laboratories for Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics. Since 2001, overall enrollment has tripled, but male enrollment has declined since the initial surge.
Emmanuel's 17-acre campus is located adjacent to the Longwood Medical District in the Fenway area of Boston. The gated campus consists of 11 buildings, including seven academic buildings and four dormitories. Academic buildings include the original Administration Building, the Cardinal Cushing Library, the Jean Yawkey Center, Marian Hall, the new Maureen Murphy Wilkens Science Center and Merck Research Laboratories-Boston. Approximately 75% of Emmanuel's traditional undergraduates reside in the residence halls on campus, while the remainder commute from the local area. The four dormitories include St. Ann Hall, Loretto Hall, St. Joseph Hall and Julie Hall. Additionally, classes are offered at the graduate and professional level at satellite locations in Quincy and Woburn.
Emmanuel worked with architect Rob Chandler (Goody Clancy) who has been with the school since the early 1990s. Rob has designed the Jean Yawkey Center, the Maureen Murphy Wilkens Science Center, and renovations to the East Wing of the Administration building. Plans for the West Wing of the Administration building were shown to students on February 14, 2012, though the Performing Arts/Theater department was not consulted until the construction plans became finalized. Sister Anne Mary Donovan, treasurer, and Kristen Conroy, Assistant Vice President of Operations, were present. The final plans are to build three new classrooms (a tiered classroom and two regular), place air-conditioning and a new elevator in the Auditorium (2nd floor) and renovate classroom space on the 3 floors above. Amongst controversy, the Performing Arts/Theater department has suffered greatly in the process of renovating the Auditorium, which is a space used for Theater productions and other campus activities as well. As a result of the extra classrooms added there is no longer a "green room" for students to work on and store set pieces for productions. In addition, higher restrictions where students are allowed to work on set pieces have limited the Performing Arts/Theater department even further. Emmanuel College administration has stated that since Performing Arts/Theater majors make up a minority of the student body then less resources are being put towards their arts.
The college is Roman Catholic, founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. It is also a member of the Colleges of the Fenway consortium, which also includes neighboring Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Wheelock College.
At the undergraduate level, Emmanuel offers over 40 majors, minors and concentrations in the liberal arts and sciences. Academics at Emmanuel are grounded in the integration of rigorous classroom studies with experiential learning opportunities, including cooperative education, student research, service learning, and global experience. The Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees require the successful completion of a minimum of 128 credits, distributed among the general requirements, major requirements and elective or minor courses. Students are required to complete the first-year seminar program during the first semester of their freshman year, which comprises a one-semester topical seminar related to "Knowledge, Values and Social Change.".
Emmanuel offers undergraduate programs in over 40 areas.
Internships are an integral part of the curriculum, and approximately 85% of Emmanuel students participate in a for-credit internship prior to graduation, from nearly all disciplines. The Office of Internships and Career Development has over 850 internship opportunities in Greater Boston listed on its career website, EC3: Emmanuel College Career Connect. Fully 1/3 of the job offers that new Emmanuel graduates receive come from the companies at which they interned.
Emmanuel began offering Graduate and Professional Programs in management, nursing and education in 1980. Today the college enrolls 700 Graduate and Professional students at its campuses in Boston, Quincy and Woburn and offers degrees and certificates in Biopharmaceutical Leadership, Education, Human Resources, Management, Nursing and Research Administration.
The college sponsors approximately 50 student clubs and organizations, most of which are managed by the Office of Student Activities and Multicultural Programs. Academic clubs include Art, Art Therapy, Biology, Chemistry, Education, Business Organization, Political Forum, Philosophy, Pre-Med (36 Hours), Psychology and Sociology. Arts/Performances clubs include Shakespeare Society, Acapocalypse, For Good Measure, and Legacy of Praise Gospel Choir. Community Service/volunteer clubs include the Emmanuel College Community Outreach (ECCO) Volunteer Group and Spark the Truth High School Mentor Program. There are a variety of cultural organizations, including an International Student Association (ACCENT - Association of Countries Cultures Events Nations and Traditions), Asian Student Association (ASA), Black Student Union (BSU), Cape Verdean Student Association (CVSA), Latino Student Association (HUELLAS - Helping Latinos to Lead and Achieve Success), and OUTspoken (LBGTQA). Media/Publications groups include Bang! (Literary Magazine), Emmanuel College Radio, Epilogue (Yearbook), and The Hub (Newspaper). Political/special interest groups include an Animal Rights Club, College Democrats, Model U.N., Social Awareness and Environmental Action. The Student Government/Programming Board groups include the CASE (Campus Activities & Student Events Crew), Class Officers, Commuter Council, Residence Hall Councils and Student Government Association. The "Chess Nuts", the chess club of Emmanuel College has most recently been recognized as "Best New Club" on campus.
Emmanuel competes in NCAA Division III Great Northeast Athletic Conference. The Saints' athletics program sponsors 17 varsity teams, as well as intramural sports clubs. Women's athletics include basketball, cross-country running, outdoor and indoor track, soccer, softball, tennis, lacrosse and volleyball. Men's athletics include basketball, cross-country, outdoor and indoor track, soccer, golf, lacrosse and volleyball. Club sports include men's baseball, women's dance, women's field hockey and coed cheerleading.
In the summer 2009, Emmanuel College partnered with the City of Boston for the $4 million comprehensive restoration of Roberto Clemente Field, a city-owned field located in the Back Bay Fens across the street from the campus in the Emerald Necklace. The renovations included an upgraded 120,000 sq. ft. NCAA-regulation synthetic turf field, a three-lane rubberized all-weather track, Musco lighting, practice facilities for expanded track and field events, a new scoreboard, as well as spectator stands and handicapped seating. The field serves as home for Emmanuel softball, men's and women's soccer and women's lacrosse teams, as well as the practice facility for men's and women's track and field. The field is open to the public, and is used by Boston Latin School athletics, Fenway High School gym classes, Colleges of the Fenway intramurals, and adult and young summer softball leagues. The City of Boston-Emmanuel agreements is valid for 10 years and will presumably be revisited in 2019.
Notable alumni include Mary Beth Cahill, a political figure, and Nancy Kerrigan, a figure skater, as well as Helen Vendler, a literary critic. Dick Berggren, a motorsports announcer and editor, is a notable former faculty member. Linda McCarriston, is a poet and professor in the Department of Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Alaska Anchorage, teaching creative writing and literary arts since 1994.