Our History

A Trailblazing Institution

Educating critical thinkers, ethical decision makers and community leaders since 1919.

With a long standing tradition as a trailblazing institution, Emmanuel College has been providing a Catholic liberal arts and sciences education for more than a century. At its founding in 1919 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Emmanuel was New England’s first women’s Catholic college. For more than 80 years, the school served as a liberal arts and sciences institution for women. In 2001, Emmanuel became a coeducational institution to provide its rigorous academics to young men in its undergraduate programs.

Today, Emmanuel College continues to honor its powerful and timeless legacy as the only Catholic college in the heart of Boston. Throughout its years, the school has been dedicated to its mission and core values: intellectual inquiry and integrity, a commitment to justice and peace, a strong sense of community and service to others.


Emmanuel College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514
(781) 425-7785
E-Mail: info@neche.org

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Emmanuel College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).