The Colleges of the Fenway Consortium

Learn About the Six Collaborating Schools in Boston's Fenway Neighborhood

For students who want the intimacy of a small college but the resources of a larger university, a college consortium can provide the benefits of both types of schools. The Colleges of the Fenway is a group of six colleges in Boston's Fenway neighborhood that collaborate to increase the academic and social opportunities of students at the participating schools. The consortium also helps the schools contain costs by sharing resources. A few of the perks for students include easy cross-registration at the member colleges, joint theatrical productions, and six-college parties and social events.

The members of the consortium have diverse missions and include a women's college, a technological institute, an art school, and a pharmacy school. All are small, four-year colleges, and together they are home to over 12,000 undergraduates and 6,500 grad students. Learn about each school below:

Emmanuel College in Massachusetts
Emmanuel College. Daderot / Wikimedia Commons
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Enrollment: 2,201 (1,986 undergraduate)
  • School Type: Catholic liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 20; over 50 academic programs; strong community service and outreach initiatives; over 90% of students participate in an internship; active campus life with over 100 clubs and activities
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Emmanuel College profile
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Massachusetts College of Art and Design. soelin / Flickr
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Enrollment: 1,990 (1,879 undergraduate)
  • School Type: public school of art
  • Distinctions: one of the few publicly funded art schools in U.S.; 9 to 1 student / faculty ratio; popular programs in fashion design and art teacher education; near the Museum of Fine Arts; athletic programs offered through Emerson College
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the MassArt profile
MCPHS
MCPHS. DJRazma / Wikipedia
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Enrollment: 7,074 (3,947 undergraduate)
  • School Type: private college with health care focus
  • Distinctions: additional campuses in Worcester, MA and Manchester, NH; school linked to the Longwood Medical and Academic Area; 30 undergraduate and 21 graduate programs; popular majors include pharmacy, nursing, dental hygiene, and pre-med; 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the MCPHS profile
Residence-Campus-Simmons-College.jpg
Residential Campus at Simmons College. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Enrollment: 5,662 (1,743 undergraduate)
  • School Type: women's liberal arts college
  • Distinctions: one of the top women's colleges; NCAA Division III athletic programs; 7 to 1 student / faculty ratio; strong nursing program at the undergraduate level; excellent graduate library science program; online graduate programs have expanded significantly in recent years
  • Explore the Campus: Simmons College Photo Tour
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Simmons College profile
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wentworth Institute of Technology. Daderot / Wikimedia Commons
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Enrollment: 4,576 (4,324 undergraduate)
  • School Type: technical design and engineering chollege
  • Distinctions: 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio; average class size of 15 for undergraduate majors; large coop program so students can gain professional, paid work experience; popular programs in architecture, mechanical engineering, and construction management; NCAA Division III athletic program; associate degree campuses in Dorchester and Fall River
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Wentworth profile
Wheelock Family Theater
Wheelock Family Theater. John Phelan / Wikimedia Commons
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Enrollment: 1,169 (811 undergraduate)
  • School Type: small private college
  • Distinctions: strong focus on improving the lives of children and families; 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio; popular programs in human development and elementary education; NCAA Division III athletic program; the smallest of the colleges in the consortium
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Wheelock profile

More Boston Area Colleges

The Colleges of the Fenway Consortium has another benefit: it's location in one of the country's best college towns. Boston is a great place to be a college student, and you'll discover that there are hundreds of thousands of students at dozens of institutions within a few miles of downtown. Some of the other area colleges and universities include: