First-Year Academic Opportunities

College workload is very different than high school. Emmanuel College’s trained peer leaders, devoted staff and experienced faculty are here to help you succeed in your academic pursuits both in and outside the classroom.

Academic Resource Center (ARC)

Looking for an academic advantage? The Academic Resource Center (ARC), located in the lower level of the Cardinal Cushing Library, offers you the opportunity to take a voluntary first-year course. You will learn effective study and learning skills and test-taking tips, and get suggestions for time management and navigating to academic success. The ARC also provides study groups and tutoring.

Academic Advising

Every student is assigned an academic advisor who will work with you until you declare your major. During your first semester, you will have two individual meetings with your advisor in addition to two group meetings.

Your advisor's door is always open to meet more frequently, and an appointment sheet is posted outside your advisor's office. No question is too small to discuss with your academic advisor. Learn more

Majors Exploration Program
Excited about college, but not yet certain about your major? Offered to you through the Office of Academic Advising, the Majors Exploration Program gives you an opportunity to work closely with your Academic Advisor and to complete online career and personal assessment tools that will assist you in determining a major that is appropriate and satisfying. Indicate your interest at your first academic advising session in the month of September or e-mail your Academic Advisor.

Four-Year Plan

We want you to complete your Emmanuel education in eight semesters, which is four years for most students. To ensure that this happens, you and your advisor will begin to construct a four-year plan, during your second semester at the College. This plan can be altered and modified as you continue your academic career, but it gives you a firm framework from which to choose your courses each semester.

Surviving the First Year Team Challenge

The Emmanuel College community is here to help our newest undergraduates make a smooth transition to life as students at Emmanuel.

During the fall semester, all first year students are encouraged to take part in the Surviving First Year Team Challenge. The Team Challenge (#TCatEC) is a semester-long competition that aims to engage and support students academically, socially, and culturally.

Each week, students who complete the most challenges win prizes. Challenges include things like attending campus events, making an appointment at the ARC or with an advisor, and even taking advantage of the many opportunities living in Boston has to offer.

By taking part in the Team Challenge, students can learn more about campus resources, connect with their professors, make new friends, build a support network, and win cool prizes!

Honors Program

Emmanuel College's Honors Program offers highly motivated students a comprehensive, four-year academic and co-curricular experience culminating in a senior capstone project. Honors students take rigorous reading and writing-intensive courses that prepare them for advanced study and successful competition for scholarships and fellowships. Students participate in engaging co-curricular activities, such as a tour of the United Nations in New York and performance of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. There are currently 69 students in the program.

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