Colleges of the Fenway
Colleges of the Fenway is a collaborative effort of six neighboring Boston-based colleges in the Fenway area. This collaboration was created to add value to student academic and social life while seeking innovative methods of investing in new services and containing the costs of higher education. Collectively, the colleges represent more than 12,000 undergraduate students, comprising 16.2% of the total Boston population of undergraduates attending four-year colleges, more than 700 full-time faculty and 2,300 course offerings. The Colleges in this consortium include, Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Wheelock College. An introduction to the Colleges of the Fenway »
One of the major advantages to students within the Colleges of the Fenway is the ability to cross-register. Cross registration provides full time undergraduates of the Colleges of the Fenway with the opportunity to take two courses per semester at any of the six institutions at no additional tuition charge. Cross registration provides students with advantages of a small college, but exposes them to resources similar to a large university. This enables students to broaden both their intellectual and social capacities, and introduces them to faculty, research, colleagues and curricula they would not otherwise have experienced. On average, 300 students have cross-registered each semester since the consortium's inception.
Another benefit is that the institutions within the Colleges of the Fenway are members of three library consortia in Boston. Within the Colleges of the Fenway, students may check books out directly at the libraries of fifteen other colleges. They also may request the book though the Inter-Library Loan system. Together, these 15 libraries provide for a much further extended amount of resources compared to the single library of any one of the COF institutions, benefiting studies and research.
In 2005, the Colleges of the Fenway created the Global Education Opportunities Center. The GEO Center offers member colleges a shared resource for preparing students with learning and life experiences to function effectively in a global environment. The Center is dedicated to building awareness of, support for, access to and participation in COF-sponsored cross-cultural education abroad as well as in the U.S.