Anna Maria College (AMC) is a private Catholic college located in Paxton, Massachusetts on a 190 acre campus. Founded by the Sisters of Saint Anne in 1946 in Marlborough, Massachusetts, Anna Maria College moved to its current location in 1952 which is within an hour drive to the cities of Hartford, Providence and Boston. The sisters of Saint Anne created Anna Maria College with the hope of offering a quality education to the less fortunate. At the time of Anna Maria College’s founding, the Sisters of Saint Anne had a goal of making college education a possibility for women of lesser means, and today Anna Maria College remains dedicated to its original goal and offers a quality education to women and men wishing to obtain a college degree.
Anna Maria College is deeply invested in the Roman Catholic tradition of higher education, and not strives to prove a quality academic education, but also provides a type of education that nurtures self-development, teaching students to respect themselves as well as others, and that promotes social awareness and responsibility. The College of Anna Maria offers an undergraduate program that combines career preparation with a liberal arts education, and graduate students are offered an educational program that fosters accelerated standards of professional achievement and personal growth. Anna Maria College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Bachelors, masters and certificate programs are offered at Anna Maria’s campus location, as well as online. Anna Maria is part of the Worcester Consortium, which is comprised of 12 colleges and offers students the option of cross registering at other colleges in the Consortium at no added cost.
AMC currently has approximately 1600 students enrolled in its 35 undergraduate and 21 continuing education and graduate programs. Six academic schools including the School of Education, School of Humanities, School of Business, School of Justice and Social Sciences, School of Visual and Performing Arts, and School of Fire and Health Sciences make up AMC’s academic unit.
In addition to its academic offerings, AMC has several programs and activities available for its students to make their college experience more exciting and enjoyable. A health services and counseling center, learning center and advising center are also available to offer support to students and a residence life team is available and supports student efforts to enjoy a safe learning and living environment.
Five residence halls exist for students wishing to live in on campus housing. Currently more than 500 students reside in the on campus housing facilities. The Residence Life office at AMC is committed to enhancing its students personal and intellectual growth and has created residence halls that promote personal responsibility and encourage social awareness, fee thinking and respect. Each of AMC’s residence halls is staffed by residential advisors or residential coordinators who are available to assist residents with questions and concerns, and are available in the case of an emergency.
First year students at AMC are required to take a First Year-Experience course, AMC100, which is designed to assist them with the college transition, and with their development as a college student. Students have access to advisors that help them determine their professional, personal and educational goals and how they align with their interests. Advisors assist students in reaching their goals and succeeding in their college experience.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Post-master's certificate
Adult Age Enrollments:643
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