Thursday, July 30, 2009

Anna Maria College

About Anna Maria College

Anna Maria College is a four-year, private, co-ed, Catholic, liberal arts institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Founded by the Sisters of Saint Anne in 1946, the College is located on a beautiful 192-acre campus in Paxton, MA minutes from Worcester, MA. AMC provides quality programs that integrate liberal education and professional preparation that is committed to the fundamental value of liberal arts and sciences education rooted in the traditions of the Sisters of Saint Anne.

AMC is a close-knit community with small class sizes that allow for mentor relationships to develop between faculty members and students. Freshman and sophomore classes generally have between 15 and 20 students; some upper-level classes have as few as five students. Faculty members teach and advise students based on their knowledge of each person as an individual, and classes are never taught by graduate assistants.

AMC offers over 35 undergraduate degree programs and over 22 graduate and continuing education programs. Popular majors include business, criminal justice, education, fire science, social work, and psychology. AMC also offers special majors such as art therapy, sports management, an RN-to-BSN program and an associate in nursing degree program. Fifth-year master’s options are available in business administration, counseling psychology, criminal justice, education, emergency management, fire science, pastoral studies/counseling, and visual art. Popular graduate programs include an accelerated MBA,Criminal Justice and Fire Science. A new honors program is being introduced in the fall of 2008, as well as a Master in Public Administration and a certificate in Victimology. Other academic programs being explored include applied history, video game design and dance and dance therapy.

Co-curricular programs abound at AMC including 15 competitive sports teams. Five new teams have been added including lacrosse, tennis and football. The College is also opening a new instructional location in Worcester, MA for its continuing education and graduate programs and will continue to expand its Paxton campus with new residence halls and educational facilities to meet the growing demands of its current and future undergraduate students.

Just minutes from downtown Worcester, New England’s third-largest city and home to 10 institutions of higher education, AMC students are able to take advantage of many cultural and entertainment opportunities at the DCU Center and Palladium, both of which host popular bands and musical attractions, a world-class art museum, and a beautifully refurbished 19th Century concert hall, to name few. AMC is also driving distance from Boston, MA, Providence, RI, Hartford, CT, Vermont, New Hampshire and Cape Cod, presenting opportunities for skiing, boating, swimming, and an exciting night life.


  • Career-oriented liberal arts college

  • Distinguished faculty and small class sizes

  • Co-educational with approximately 40% male and 60% female undergraduates

  • Fifteen NCAA Division III competitive sports teams for men and women

  • 192-acre campus located just outside of Worcester, MA, less than an hour's drive to Boston, Hartford, and Providence

  • Member of the 13 college Worcester Consortium that allows students to cross register at other Consortium colleges at no additional cost

  • Honors Program with Dr. Paul Russell

  • Study abroad programs and a wide range of internship opportunities

  • Roman Catholic affiliation (Founded by the Sisters of Saint Anne in 1946)

  • Many campus life activities and opportunities, especially for service to others (Anna Maria was nicknamed "The small college with a big heart" by a television newsman reporting on the college's providing disaster relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina.)

  • Scholarships, merit and need-based financial aid available

  • Fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and other national and regional accrediting bodies

  • Offers certificate programs and associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees

  • Home to the nationally known Molly Bish Center for the Protection of Children and the Elderly

  • Committed to a core curriculum that fosters critical and integrated thinking, scholarly and personal exploration of religious faith and the meaning of human existence, and an appreciation for the diversity of human cultures and society

  • Has a Fifth Year Option that allows students to complete the requirements for a master's degree within one year of being awarded their undergraduate degree

  • On-campus Learning Center provides academic assistance to any student needing extra help

Anna Maria College, a Catholic institution of higher education, recognizes its obligation to serve its immediate community, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts , the nation, and the world through the provision of education, the preservation of learning, and the sponsorship of research.

Rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition of higher education, Anna Maria College is maintained and operated in conformity with the values of the Judeo-Christian tradition and in keeping with the ideals of its foundresses, the Sisters of Saint Anne. These ideals, which reflect the development of the total human being, also include increasing access to quality education, educational innovation, and respect for practical skills.

Specifically, Anna Maria College sees its mission to be that of fostering in its students intellectual involvement, career preparation, social awareness, dedication to justice and peace, religious and moral sensitivity, and a lifestyle capable of sustaining these within balance. In addition, the College is committed to nurturing the development of a sense of respect for oneself and for others, as well as a sense of responsibility to society and the world.

To effect this mission, the College offers its undergraduate students a program integrating a liberal arts education and strong career preparation. To its graduate students, the College offers an education fostering high standards of personal development and professional achievement, as well as a mature sense of responsibility.

In fulfilling its role as an institution of higher education, Anna Maria College does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, disability, ethnic background, or socio-economic status in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarships, loan programs, and other College administered programs.

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