Emmanuel College - MA Reviews
Emmanuel College is a small, close knit community in it's own little bubble right beside downtown Boston. This little oasis in the city quickly became my home, not only for the pretty campus and sense of community, but for the fantastic academics. I believed that every one of my professors was there to help me succeed and they often met with me outside of scheduled office hours in order to best support my learning. The professors in the psychology department were the most knowledgeable and friendly people that you could ever interact with. I believe that my psychology degree from EC set me up to get into my top choice graduate school by allowing me to learn skills that other bachelor's level programs simply don't have. This program did an excellent job of preparing me for graduate school and I feel like I was ready to hit the ground running.
It's a school with great teachers and education. There are some complaints about the dorms and community bathrooms as there are with any school and shared living space but for the most part the dorms are clean and kept looking fresh. The academics here are amazing and you do get a real liberal arts education.
Emmanuel College is a perfect hybrid, as it is a small-campus college yet still encompasses that big-campus feel. This feature is what I enjoyed most about my four years at EC and is the element that allowed me to take advantage of every kind of experience you would want to encounter while away at school. Those benefits include: Small classes (always 20 or less and even 10 or less at times), which meant more 1:1 time with my professors that I could reach out to for references, opportunities, or ins when it came to finding internships and post-graduate employment. Likewise, smaller classes meant I became closer to fellow students more connections that Ive been able to collaborate with over the years. As I lived on campus all 4 years, the furthest walk to my classes was 2 minutes (and if you need to walk to the library on campus its 4, which I dramatically hated). Once you leave the gates of EC, the city of Boston is your playground It was hard not to find somewhere to spend your free time, from museums and theatres, shopping, and restaurants, to scenic places perfect for running or yoga (not to mention a plethora of volunteer, internship, and work opportunities). If you want to live off-campus, there a several neighborhoods close by to find an apartment (Allston and Mission Hill). Depending on your major, you have opportunities to take some interesting courses. There are general educational requirements to fulfill, but there are a lot of options that usually are not a bummer to get through (I took a Sexuality and Relationships course for my Religion requirement and it ended up being one of my favorites). Being in a city can seem scary considering the stories you may hear on the news, but I always felt safe on campus. Some not so good qualities: I found that the academic advisor assigned to you the first three years was lacking in qualities youd think would come with your relationship with them. You really need to take advantage of Boston more than Emmanuel (depending on your work ethic and tenacity, you should be able to gauge whether you can be successful and responsible with the opportunities presented at large to you). Administration can be slow and almost seem like a second job tracking down the person you want to get in contact with.