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.

Explore Emmanuel

Research Spotlight: Searching for an Evolution Solution

Propelled by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, students and faculty in the Mathematics Department are studying the rate of evolution in spatially structured populations using evolutionary graph theory, which may inform the estimation of important events in our evolutionary past, such as when humans split from our closest primate relatives.

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Research Spotlight: Powerful Partnerships

In collaboration with Emmanuel graduate, Kierstin Giunco ’17, Associated Professor of Education Christine Leighton and current student Kayla Balthazar '20 are working with local elementary students to deepen reading engagement and comprehension.

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Research Spotlight: Economics Education on a Global Scale

As her research in economics education has focused on innovation in the classroom and finding ways to help students apply economic theories to real-world situations, students are vital in every aspect to Associate Professor of Economics Rebecca Moryl’s work.

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Eileen Milien '22: A Career-Affirming CURE

When choosing a college, Eileen knew two things for sure—that she would be able to get to know her professors and peers and that she wanted to be in an area in which she would have myriad opportunities in the research and medicine.

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Melissa Duffy '20: Artist and Appreciator

When Melissa started at Emmanuel, she chose what she believed to be two separate and distinct majors—studio art and history—to fulfill her both her personal and professional interests.

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Kai Uehara '20: Social Justice Scholar

Kai has always had the inclination to try to make any situation better. When he was searching for colleges, Emmanuel's social justice mission resounded deeply with his ideals of supporting those who need the help.

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Robert Columbus '20: The Idea Man

Robert’s interest in the workings of the wider world grew in 2011 as the Arab Spring became international news. “I love history,” he said, “so knowing the history of the states as well as their current affairs made their actions and interactions much more interesting to me.”

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Jake Hill '20: Seeing Citizenship with a Capitol C

Growing up in a suburban town outside of Boston, going to college in the city had always been a goal for Jake. After touring Emmanuel's campus he felt it had the perfect mixture of “small campus feel and big city appeal.”

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Jessie Wang '19: Head of the Class

What began as an on-campus job in Emmanuel's student center transformed into a new career path for Jessie, one that brought her to Harvard University as a master's candidate in higher education administration. 

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