Anna Maria College was founded in honor of Esther Blondin, who struggled to fulfill her lifelong dream of educating the children of the Quebec countryside. The Sisters of Saint Anne, founded by Blondin, later established Anne Maria College. Founded in 1942, the school is located in the heart of New England, in Paxton, Mass. It is just minutes away from the college-city of Worcester, Mass.; the cities of Boston, Providence, and Hartford lie only an hour away. Anna Maria College is a Catholic coeducational institution that offers undergraduates a liberal arts education, and offers schools of business, criminal justice, education, and more to graduate students. The school boasts a student body of about 1,100 undergraduates and 400 graduates, allowing for a small student-faculty ratio that stands at 12:1. Approximately 78.5% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
Anna Maria College offers 35 undergraduate programs in fields such as business administration, graphic design and public policy. Online, continuing education, and graduate programs are also available. The most popular areas of study are homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services. An honors program further challenges those students who seek further learning and community service opportunities on a local, national, and international scale. Students can also supplement their educational experience with various study abroad opportunities. In addition, the school offers a graduate music and imagery certification program that trains students in humanistic musical therapy.
Since 1955, Anna Maria College has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which is the official accrediting agency for institutions in the New England states. It is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
Anna Maria College has a rolling deadline, meaning that it accepts applications year-round. However, an applicant’s test scores must be received by September 10. Anna Maria College accepts both SAT and ACT scores, but the student’s high school transcript is the most important credential that Anna Maria College uses in evaluating applicants. Approximately 63.4% of applicants receive admission. To apply to Anna Maria, students must submit a completed application, a personal essay on any topic, a letter of recommendation, a high school transcript, and standardized test scores. Music and art students must also submit a music audition or art portfolio review.
Anna Maria College
Anna Maria College Admissions Office
50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, MA 01612