Anna Maria College

Paxton, MA

Anna Maria College

Paxton, MA

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Experience Something Greater

At Anna Maria College, we’re a dedicated, diverse community of students and educators who seek to transform our world for the better. Here, you’ll become a professional in training, a bold leader in your field who learns by doing and leads by serving.

At Anna Maria College, the idea that college and career are connected is not an abstract idea. Our students benefit from our unique approach to hands-on instruction from the day they begin with us.Anna Maria College is a private, four-year, coeducational Catholic college with an undergraduate community of 1,000 bold and compassionate students. Anna Maria is located on a beautiful 192-acre campus in idyllic Paxton, Massachusetts, just minutes from urban Worcester—a bustling college town and the second-largest city in New England. This dynamic, innovative small college campus remains completely committed to students. The College has recently completed work on a brand-new Student Campus Center. New academic programs in Digital and Social Media, Digital Marketing, Health Administration, and Video and Photographic Arts demonstrate our continued commitment in assisting students in a rapidly changing business climate so that they remain technology savvy, have the ability to navigate risks and challenges, and recognize the opportunity to drive change in a responsible and sustainable way. These new programs enhance many of the existing outstanding opportunities in our Nursing, Criminal Justice, Business, Music, Art, Psychology, Social Work, and Sports Management programs.

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, and 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 with our Contact learning program that lets you take what you learn in the classroom and apply it hands-on out in the world, turning theory into practice. 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 in 30+ professional and liberal arts majors 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 every day. 

Devoted 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.

Here, faculty are leaders on a campus devoted to servant leadership, supporting students who are drawn to the helping professions and fostering their desire to make a positive difference. 

Professors are also 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 dining hall. In fact, when enrolled, students are assigned a faculty advisor who remains their advisor throughout their four years.

Student life
Anna Maria offers a multitude of extracurricular opportunities in a friendly, close-knit community. More than half our students participate in NCAA Division III and intramural sports. Students are highly involved in campus and residential life activities, and with more than 30 student organizations such as Leadership Club, ALANA, and the Student Nurse Association, you can get involved, develop leadership skills, and make lifelong friendships.

Outside of Anna Maria, social life centers around our extended campus of Worcester, New England’s second-largest city and home to 11 other colleges. You’ll be part of a lively college town, taking advantage of cultural and recreational activities like sporting events at the DCU Center, musicals at the Hanover Theater, exhibitions at the Worcester Art Museum, and concerts at Mechanics Hall. Plus, we’re located only an hour from Boston and nearby Cape Cod, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island, meaning nearly all of New England is at your fingertips.

Apply to Anna Maria today

Our goal is to welcome 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. Applicants for our Art programs are required to submit a portfolio for review, which can be done through SlideRoom. An audition is required for all Music majors. Note that we are test optional for all majors except Nursing. 

Committed to affordability

We strive to make our College affordable for students and families. Nearly 90 percent of full-time undergraduate students at Anna Maria College receive some form of financial aid. Financial Aid is based on a combination of merit and need. At the Graduate level, scholarships, assistantships, and Federal Aid are available for eligible students. New entering day students for the fall of 2022 are eligible for a $500 FAFSA filing incentive grant by submitting your FAFSA before May 1.

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