In 1996, Emmanuel College President Sister Janet Eisner, SND invited presidents of neighboring colleges in the Fenway area to form a collaboration to enhance the educational experience of all their students and faculty, while still retaining the unique and special qualities of each institution. Today, the Colleges of the Fenway is a six-college consortium that includes Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, MCPHS University, Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Wheelock College.
The Colleges of the Fenway was created to enrich the student experience both academically and socially while providing member institutions innovative ways to invest in new services and contain costs. Core programs of cross registration, faculty development workshops, joint purchasing and joint student programs form the foundation of the collaborative. Students and faculty share the best of both worlds: continuing to study, live and teach in a small-college setting while enjoying the resources of a larger academic environment.
Collectively, the colleges represent more than 12,000 undergraduate students, comprising 16.2 percent of the total Boston population of undergraduates attending four-year colleges, more than 700 full-time faculty and 2,300 course offerings.