Pine Manor College (PMC) is a private, liberal arts college located in Chestnut Hill, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1911 and currently serves almost 500 students, 75% of whom live on the 60-acre (240,000 m2) campus.
PMC was rated the nation's most racially diverse liberal arts college by U.S. News and World Reports.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and admission decisions are made throughout the year. In addition to academic achievement, the Admissions Committee looks for students possessing seriousness of purpose, leadership potential, motivation, breadth and depth of interests, social responsibility and other attributes.
PMC offers nine majors: Biology, business administration, communications, English, history and culture, liberal studies, psychology, social and political systems, and visual arts.
Upon graduation, students receive the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Associate of Arts, or the Associate of Science.
Within each major, students can pick their own concentration from a list of more than 50 options. For example, a student majoring in English can concentrate on creative writing or English education, while a student majoring in visual arts can concentrate on graphic design. According to the Princeton Review, the most popular majors at Pine Manor are business administration, communications, and psychology.
PMC also offers a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. Students in PMC's low-residency MFA Program may concentrate in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or writing for children and young adults. Pine Manor alumnae represent 60 countries and all 50 U.S. states.
PMC is a Division III member of the NCAA. Students compete in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference in the sports of basketball, cross country, lacrosse, softball, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. The mascot is the Gator.
Pine Manor College, originally Pine Manor Junior College, was part of the Dana Hall School in Wellesley center. In 1965 it moved to a 78-acre (316,000 m2) estate in Chestnut Hill. The estate, then known as Roughwood, was the residence of Ernest B. Dane. E.B. Dane was president of the Brookline Savings and Trust. Many of the school's buildings are original to the estate and have been renovated to accommodate the college.
The women's college was founded in 1911, at a time when even wealthy women were generally denied access to higher education, except at women-only institutions.