Enrolled largest incoming class in eight years
Boston, MA (October 9, 2014) – This fall, Pine Manor College welcomed a co-ed class to its campus for the first time since the college was established in 1911. For over a century, Pine Manor has been an all-women’s college, and this is the first time men were matriculated into the college’s full-time bachelor program. The transition to co-ed is part of the college’s broader strategy to grow its student body and expand its commitment to offer a diverse and academically rigorous college education.
In September 2013, the college was approved by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) to transition to a fully co-educational institution. This year’s class of 198 students is the largest incoming class at Pine Manor in the past eight years; almost double last year’s class. The class of 2018 is 54 percent male and 46 percent female. The college has attracted students from sixteen states, the District of Columbia, and eight countries.
Pine Manor College focuses on providing an exceptional education across a variety of disciplines, including science and healthcare, within the context of an applied liberal arts education. This year’s class is most interested in majoring in Biology (24 percent) and Business (20 percent), followed by Communication (14 percent), and Psychology (14 percent).
“Pine Manor College is so pleased to welcome its first co-ed class to the campus,” said Joe Lee, President of Pine Manor College. “Enrolling both men and women at Pine Manor College will expand our diversity, and enrich our students’ learning experience, as well as further honor our mission to ensure that all students are prepared with the collaborative skills and knowledge to successfully meet the challenges of career, community and citizenship.”
President Lee, who will be formally inaugurated on November 7, has instituted several changes to the college since coming on board in 2013, in addition to the change to co-education. The new academic year also brings several faculty and administration changes to the college with the addition of new science faculty, Dean of Academic Affairs, admissions leadership and three new trustees.
Not only did Pine Manor significantly increase its new student enrollment this semester, it broadened the geographic range of new students coming in and made gains in improving its academic profile. Glen Thomas, Vice President for Enrollment Management, said “We increased the College’s inquiry and application pools significantly through more outreach, expanded recruitment travel, and greater targeted use of Internet and social media communication.”
For the first time in the college’s history, Pine Manor College now features men’s sports teams. 60 male athletes field the soccer and basketball teams for the Gators. The college has been actively recruiting talented athletes over the past year.
“We are excited about the athletic department’s expanded opportunities and the privilege to compete in a competitive men’s league,” said John Griffith, Athletic Director at Pine Manor College. “Our inaugural men’s soccer and basketball teams will set the tone for a great athletics program as we continue to add more men’s teams to the college and strengthen the program.”
Pine Manor College men’s soccer team recently won their first game against Southern Vermont College. The team is playing a full season against other teams from schools across New England including Lasell College, Wheelock College and Newbury College. The men’s basketball team will begin its season on November 15. A full schedule of men’s and women’s athletic events can be found on the PMC athletics website, www.pmcathletics.com.
Pine Manor is hosting its first fall Open House events for prospective students and parents on October 25 and November 15, 2014. For more information please visit www.pmc.edu.
About Pine Manor College
Pine Manor is a private four-year liberal arts college situated on 50-plus wooded acres in the Chestnut Hill section of Brookline, Massachusetts, only a few miles outside of Boston. For over 100 years Pine Manor has provided a highly student-focused education and tailored mentoring grounded in the liberal arts tradition. It offers a Biology program, preparing graduates to secure careers in health care, community health and research, as well as strong academic programs in Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership; Business and Management; Communication; Community Healthcare; English; Psychology; Social and Political Systems; and Visual Arts.
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