At Anna Maria remarkable stories are being written every day. Stories of students, just like you, who’ve come here for many reasons and discovered something greater. A college that is passionately focused on them. A college built on community, personal engagement, and professional preparation.
Founded in 1946 by the Sisters of St. Anne, Anna Maria College is a private, four-year, coeducational Catholic college with an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,000 students. Anna Maria is located on a beautiful 192-acre rural campus in Paxton, Massachusetts, just minutes from Worcester—a bustling college town and the second-largest city in New England.
At Anna Maria you will develop the strong foundation you need to live a meaningful life and be motivated and prepared to pursue a productive career. Faculty will stress the importance of personal values, social responsibility, and spiritual growth. The liberal arts courses you take will sharpen your communication and critical-thinking skills. A variety of experiential learning experiences allow you to apply what you have learned in the classroom to real-world situations. In the process, you’ll discover that learning never ends—that fulfilling your potential is a lifelong journey.
How will you excel?
Potential for excellence. That’s what we see in every student we accept to Anna Maria. The desire to work hard to serve others, to be exposed to new ideas, to make the most of the breadth and depth of academic offerings we provide.
While many schools offer tracks in specialized fields, at Anna Maria we elevate professional training to a whole new level. By embedding our career-focused programs within a rich liberal arts curriculum, we educate the whole person—providing you with a solid grounding for life.
Our four-year bachelor’s degrees provide the key you need to advance in leadership positions across a wide range of fields. In health care, business, or nonprofit communities, in law, education, or public health and safety, our graduates make a positive difference.
Passionate faculty set us apart
Faculty at Anna Maria College make a profound impact in the classroom and in their own professions. They are proactive advisors who help connect students with the right majors and the right internships at the right time. They help students design a four-year plan for development and success.
There is a culture of servant leadership, a nexus of those drawn to the helping professions, a campus united by the desire to make a positive difference.
Our professors are experts in their fields: they’ve published books, contribute to scholarly journals, and serve as consultants to businesses and other organizations.
Faculty are instructors in the classroom and mentors outside, who are readily accessible during formal office hours and informally in the hallway or the dining hall. In fact, when enrolled, students are assigned a faculty advisor who remains their advisor through four years.
Anna Maria offers a multitude of opportunities in a friendly, close-knit community. More than half of our students participate in intercollegiate and intramural sports. Our small size also ensures that students are involved in campus and residential life activities. With more than 30 student clubs and organizations, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved and develop leadership skills while making friendships that will last a lifetime.
Off campus, social life centers around the city of Worcester, New England’s second-largest city and home to 11 other colleges. Anna Maria College students, along with thousands of nearby college students, take advantage of social, cultural, and recreational activities at places like the DCU Center, the Hanover Theater, the Worcester Art Museum, and Mechanics Hall. Boston, Hartford, and Providence are just an hour away by car.
Our goal is to admit motivated, college-ready applicants and provide a stress-free admission experience that allows us to get to know our prospective students. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. We are a Common App member and require your application, high school transcript (including first quarter senior year grades), an essay, and one letter of recommendation for a completed folder—note that we are test optional. Applicants for any of our Art majors are required to submit a portfolio for review, and an audition for all prospective Music majors is required.
Anna Maria College is dedicated to maintaining a quality and affordable education. Ninety-seven percent of the 2016–2017 first-year class received financial aid. Our financial aid packages are made up of a combination of need- and merit-based aid and include a combination of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. Merit-based scholarships range in amount from $15,000–$20,000.
School of Business
• Business Administration
• Marketing Communications
• Sport Management
School of Education
• Early Childhood Education (PreK–2)
• Early Education and Care
• Elementary Education (1–6)
• Middle School Education (5–8) (English and History)
• Secondary Education (8–12) (English and History)
School of Fire and Health Sciences
• Emergency Management
• Fire Science
• Health and Community Services
• Health Science
• Paramedic Science
School of Humanities
• Catholic Studies
• Liberal Studies
School of Justice and Social Sciences
• Criminal Justice
• Forensic Criminology
• Human Development and Human Services
• Law and Society
• Social Work
School of Visual and Performing Arts
• Art Education
• Art Therapy
• Graphic Design
• Music Education
• Music Therapy
• Studio Art
NCAA Division III
• GNAC (Great Northeast Athletic Conference)
• ECFC—Football (Eastern Collegiate Football Conference)
• Basketball• Basketball
• Baseball• Cross-Country
• Cross-Country• Field Hockey
• Football• Soccer
• Lacrosse• Softball
• Soccer• Tennis