Who We Are

Emmanuel College—a Catholic, coeducational, residential, liberal arts and sciences college in Boston—has been educating critical thinkers, ethical decision makers and community leaders since 1919.

Emmanuel College's longstanding tradition as a trailblazing institution began with its founding by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1919 as New England's first Catholic college for women. Today, as the only Catholic college in the heart of Boston, Emmanuel continues to honor this powerful and timeless legacy. Situated in the Fenway neighborhood, Emmanuel's beautiful residential campus is home to around 2,200 students—including more than 1,900 undergraduate students—from 32 states and territories and 52 countries.

Emmanuel both enriches and draws inspiration from the vibrant, innovative city that surrounds it. In this dynamic environment, students take advantage of boundless opportunities to expand their worldview through rigorous coursework, collaborations with distinguished and dedicated faculty, active participation in our campus community, and countless internship and career opportunities throughout the Boston area and beyond.  

Emmanuel's more than 70 programs in the arts, humanities, education, natural sciences, business and nursing foster dynamic intellectual exploration, spirited discourse and substantive learning experiences beyond the classroom that honor our commitment to educate the whole person and prepare students to emerge as tomorrow's leaders. With a solid grounding in the Catholic intellectual tradition, robust academic programs and an ongoing commitment to provide an ethical and relevant 21st-century education, Emmanuel inspires students to dream big and work hard as they discover—and begin to fulfill—their life's profound purpose.

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Emmanuel Awarded Cummings Foundation Grant for Service Initiatives

In May 2019, Emmanuel College was selected as one of 100 Boston-area nonprofits to receive a $100,000 grant through Cummings Foundation's "$100K for 100" program. The grant will help support service initiatives through Emmanuel's Cardinal Seán O'Malley Center for Mission & Ministry.

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A Commitment to Service: Justin Prairie '05

Although half a world away in Pakistan, Justin Prairie '05 is never far from Emmanuel and Boston. A foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department, Justin currently works on political and military affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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Saints Spotlight: Meghan Larkin '19

When Meghan Larkin '19 was a first-year student at Emmanuel, she paid close attention to her resident assistants (RAs) and became inspired by the effort they put into creating a positive living environment.

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Location, Opportunity Driving Influences for McGrath '20

When Rachael was applying to college, she hadn't quite figured out what she wanted to study. There were several routes she could take on the path to her future, but deciding on one seemed impossible. It was then that she realized she needed to attend a school that could support all of her interests.

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