Pine Manor College Fall Re-Opening

July 22, 2020

Hello everyone,

As a follow up to President O’Reilly’s letter below, letting you know about our plan for a hybrid approach to the fall semester, we wanted to give you some more information to give you a better sense of what this will look like. We will be sending information with more details to you throughout the summer, so please keep checking your Pine Manor College email. Remember, be flexible. Things can change. We will update you as they do regarding any of the below.

Academic Calendar - 2020-2021 PDF

• New Student Orientation will be held virtually beginning on August 24, 2020.

• Classes will begin on September 22 and the semester will end on December 18.

Starting classes on this later date allows time for Pine Manor College’s operations and Student Affairs teams to work with Boston College and prepare the Pine Manor College campus for enhanced safety and technology measures.

• Starting Monday, November 30 (after Thanksgiving break) all classes will resume fully on-line and there will be no more in person meetings or on-campus housing allowed. Since public health officials expect a spike in Coronavirus over the winter, which coincides with flu season, we believe this will help minimize health and safety risks if students remain off campus during this heightened period.

• Most classes will be fully online and a few will be hybrid (meaning they will have some in person components).

  • Even with Hybrid courses, students can elect to take the class fully online if that is what is best for them.
  • Your schedule on the Student Portal will identify which courses are planning to be online only and which are planning to be hybrid. Please know that this is subject to change.
  • For many online classes, your teacher’s plan to use the time listed for class for virtual session as a group (synchronous). If someone is not able to make that class time they can let the teacher know and students will be able to take the class without specific meeting times (asynchronous).

• All advising meetings, tutoring sessions, and faculty office hours will be conducted virtually or in open spaces such as the library or an open classroom.

Residence Life

• As an initial step, we are asking all students to complete a Housing Questionnaire to assist us in gathering important information. While this does not serve as an application for housing, it helps us to determine how many students are hoping to live on campus for the fall semester. Please click the following link to access the questionnaire -

• The official housing application will be emailed to all students on Friday, August 7, 2020. 

  • Included in this email will be detailed information about the application and approval process, room layout, updated housing policies, and steps you’ll need to take before arriving for move-in.

    • There will be staggered move-in dates starting in the second week of September. 
  • Each residential student will be given specific instructions on the move-in process and when you are expected to arrive.

As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out.

Thank you!

Lisa Rodrigues, M.Ed., '06, Dean of Student Affairs

Robert E. Shea, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs


July 20, 2020

Dear Gator Family:

I am pleased to share with you that Pine Manor College has decided to offer both on-campus and on-line living and learning experiences this fall. This hybrid approach is designed to meet the needs of the entire Pine Manor College Community as best we can and in the safest ways possible. While the details of this plan will be rolled out in each of the coming weeks ahead, know that as the pandemic environment changes we will make changes to our plans. In this ever-changing environment, the key is to remain flexible in our expectations and disciplined in adhering to the public safety rules that we all know: wear a mask and physically distance.

As with all of our decisions, we centered on Pine Manor College’s values and ideals, while also weighing the important concerns for our community’s health and wellbeing. We collected perspectives from various segments of our community and consulted with health officials as well as experts in higher-ed. We are fortunate to know that we can draw heavily on our new relationship with Boston College, which has committed the highest level of support for a safe environment, including, but not limited to: testing, personal protection equipment, sanitizing services, health and welfare assistance, and nearby off-site quarantining locations.

A few details: Student housing will be offered and prioritized based on students who need it most and who will benefit the most from it. Return to campus will be on a staggered schedule and require appointments. Learning modalities will be a mixture of on-line and in person to accommodate the interests and needs of students and faculty. Staff operations will be a mixture of on-campus and remote.

While we believe that the decision we have made is in the best interest of our community, we know that it may not be ideal for everyone. Students who have questions and need additional support should reach out to their Student Success Coach and/or Faculty Advisor. Families who have questions can reach out to the Dean of Student Affairs, Lisa Rodrigues, at Faculty and staff who have additional questions can reach out to their supervisor and/or the Director of Human Resources, Shelley Dropkin, at

Plan details will continue to evolve over the remainder of the summer, and we will continue to update the community through the PMC website and social media beginning next week.

While this semester will certainly offer a new and different learning experience, our commitment to student success, excellent teaching, and high level of support remains just as strong as ever. I am confident that, in a true Pine Manor College manner, we will create innovative solutions to address our students’ individual needs and deliver on our mission of Educating with Purpose.

Orientation Day is August 24th. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Go Gators!

Thomas M. O'Reilly