Anna Maria College is a private, co-educational institution founded in 1946 by the Sisters of Saint Anne. With an annual enrollment of 1,500 students, the College prides itself on providing a values-based, service-focused liberal arts education. AMC has grown to offer a variety of undergraduate majors, as well as many graduate and certificate programs, both on-ground and online. The small student-faculty ratio allows for a highly personalized learning experience, while the modest class and campus size allow for optimal student involvement. The College offers 13 Division III NCAA athletic programs for men and women. AMC's campus is conveniently located just minutes away from Worcester, MA on 192 acres in Paxton. Students at Anna Maria College receive a professionally-focused, liberal arts education consistent with the College's Catholic identity and values. AMC distinguishes itself through its career-oriented liberal arts education, accessible and responsive faculty, small class sizes, and a variety of co-curricular activities including Division III athletics. Popular majors include criminal justice, fire science, music therapy, nursing, social work and sports management. AMC offers an Honors Program, as well as numerous and unique study abroad opportunities. Anna Maria College is also a member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts, a group of 12 colleges that allows students to cross-register at no additional cost.
Mission & Values
Anna Maria College, a Catholic institution of higher learning, recognizes its obligation to serve its immediate community, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the nation and the world through the provision of education, the preservation of learning, and the sponsorship of research. Rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition of higher education, Anna Maria College is maintained and operated in conformity with the values of the Judeo-Christian tradition and in keeping with the ideals of its foundresses, the Sisters of Saint Anne. These ideals, which reflect the development of the total human being, also include increasing access to quality education, educational innovation and respect for practical skills. Specifically, Anna Maria College sees its mission to be that of fostering in its students' intellectual involvement, career preparation, social awareness, dedication to justice and peace, religious and moral sensitivity, and a lifestyle capable of sustaining these within balance. In addition, the College is committed to nurturing the development of a sense of respect for oneself and for others, as well as a sense of responsibility to society and the world. To effect this mission, the College offers its undergraduate students a program integrating a liberal arts education and strong career preparation. To its graduate students, the College offers an education fostering high standards of personal development and professional achievement, as well as a mature sense of responsibility. In fulfilling its role as an institution of higher education, Anna Maria College does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships, loan programs, and other College-administered programs.
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