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.

Academic Connections for Engagement

The ACE: Academic Connections for Engagement seminar assists first-year students in making the academic transition into the Emmanuel College community. The seminar offers students necessary information and tools for a successful beginning to their college experience at Emmanuel and provides an opportunity to reflect on one's goals for college. The seminar meets for 6 weeks and is required for all first year students. Individual seminars are unified by the common themes of community, connection/belonging, purpose.

The ACE seminar supports the following objectives:
• Introducing you to the intellectual and practical value of the liberal arts
• Initiating you to college work and academic expectations
• Providing you with a link to a faculty or staff member
• Enhancing the sense of community and belonging among first year students
• Promoting resiliency and mindset strategies key to academic success.

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.