Frequently Asked Questions

How can I learn about PMC’s course offerings?

Pine Manor College offers nine majors - Biology, Communication, Community Health, Early Childhood, English, Psychology, Social and Political Systems and Visual Arts - many minors and numerous ways to shape your own educational experience. For more information browse our online Academic Catalog.

Do you have an internship program?

Yes, all Pine Manor students are required to participate in one or more internships with the help of our Career Development Department. Internships allow students to explore career options, develop skills, and increase their competitiveness in the job market. Pine Manor students are frequently offered positions at their internship sites.

What does the Pine Manor College campus look like and where is it located?

Our beautiful campus is spread over 55 acres of rolling hills and wooded grounds nestled within a quiet, affluent neighborhood in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. New England enjoys the four seasons of ever-changing scenery, temperature, and activities. Pine Manor College is five miles from the heart of Boston, two hours from New Hampshire and Vermont mountains, and three-and-a-half hours from New York City.

How do I get to and from Boston?

Students take a Pine Manor College shuttle (or take a 15-minute walk) to the Chestnut Hill Green Line station of the “T”, the Boston subway, to bring them into town. Twenty minutes later, they will be in the heart of Boston. The subway is the most affordable, quickest and easiest way to navigate the Boston area. Shuttles generally leave our campus every 30 minutes bringing students to the subway and a local supermarket and mall.

What is Boston like?

Ask many people and you will get many answers...but all will say, Boston has it. Boston is a cultural and intellectual classroom with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Theatre District and other artistic landmarks. A rich history includes treasures such as the Old North Church, U.S.S. Constitution and Bunker Hill monument. Boston sports fans cheer on the Red Sox, the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, the Boston marathon runners and more! One can stroll through Harvard Square or watch sailboats on the Charles River. People love shopping at busy Downtown Crossing, fashionable Newbury Street, and touristy Quincy Market. There is a variety of casual to fine dining cuisine choices in many of Boston’s distinctive neighborhoods. Students venture out to see bands, watch performances, or dance the night away on Lansdowne Street. Boston is a center of business, technology, communication and healthcare offering dynamic and diverse internship opportunities. With over a quarter million college students, Boston has year-round events: lectures, movies, parties, concerts, seminars and workshops. Come see for yourself–Boston has it!

What kind of support will I get as a Pine Manor College student?

Students benefit from our highly interactive classes and personalized attention from professors. A faculty advisor mentors each student throughout their college experience. The Learning Resource Center offers weekly tutoring from professional staff members. In addition, through our Portfolio Learning Seminar Program, students learn to be reflective, self-directed learners with the help of the group’s faculty advisor, Student Life staff member and upper-class peer advisor. Students are part of a close-knit community.

What is on-campus housing like?

First-year students who choose to live on-campus live in large double rooms sharing a residence hall with 30 other students. Living on-campus creates a sense of community and residence life staff helps organize social events, group outings, workshops, films, and discussions about contemporary issues. Students can request available single rooms after their first year. There are five residence halls in each village and three villages in total. All students may have cars on campus although Boston is easily accessible by T.

How does the Meal Plan work?

Residents pay in advance for meals at our Dining Hall. The Dining Hall, which is operated by ARAMARK, provides 14 meals per week including brunch and dinner on the weekends. These include hot and cold entrees and many cook-to-order options.  Students and visitors may also pay cash on a per-meal basis.

How many Pine Manor College students commute?

Approximately 40% of students commute to Pine Manor College. Students living at home or off-campus often connect with others in our Commuters Club and easily jump into campus activities and services.

What does Pine Manor College’s Campus Safety do to keep students safe?

Our Campus Safety department works to protect students’ welfare, facilitate transportation, and educate the community about crime prevention. Three security officers including a supervisor are always on duty. In addition, Pine Manor College’s front gate is manned 24-hours a day while at least one officer walks the campus. Pine Manor College resides in the safe, elegant Chestnut Hill suburb of Boston in a quiet and beautiful neighborhood.

What will my personal expenses be for one year at Pine Manor College?

Please see Tuition & Costs for detailed information.

Will my college credit transfer to Pine Manor College?

Transfer credit is evaluated by the Registrar only for courses in which a grade of “C” or better has been earned. Grades earned at other colleges do not affect a student’s cumulative Grade Point Average at Pine Manor College. Non-credit or remedial courses are not accepted for transfer.

How much credit can apply towards my Pine Manor degree?

A student entering with previous college credit may apply up to 32 semester hours of credit towards the A.A. or A.S. degree or up to 96 semester hours towards the B.A. degree. B.A. Coordinators determine whether courses taken 10 years ago or longer may fill major requirements or be transferred in as elective credit.

Do you offer credit for military experience?

Equitable credit for military experience is awarded in accordance with the American Council on Education’s guidelines for Registrars.  PMC also grants credit for other significant life experience at the school's discretion, subject to a comprehensive review.