Emmanuel College


Founded in 1919 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur as the first Catholic college for women in New England, Emmanuel today is a coeducational, residential college with a 17-acre campus in the heart of Boston's educational, scientific, cultural and medical communities. Emmanuel enrolls more than 2,200 students including 1,950 traditional undergraduate students from 37 states and territories and 41 countries.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Emmanuel College
400 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

Website: emmanuel.edu

Phone: 617-735-9715

Email: president@emmanuel.edu

Organization details

EIN: 042105769

CEO/President: Janet Eisner

Chairman: Margaret McKenna

Board size: 29


Year founded: 1946

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Emmanuel will be widely esteemed as the college in the heart of Boston that leads the nation in combining an extraordinary liberal arts and sciences education in the Catholic intellectual tradition with a commitment to strong relationships, ethical values and service to others. Students will choose Emmanuel as the place to develop in every respect while preparing for lives of leadership, professional achievement, global engagement and profound purpose.

Mission statement

To educate students in a dynamic learning community rooted in the liberal arts and sciences and shaped by strong ethical values, a commitment to social justice and service, the Catholic intellectual tradition and the global mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

Statement of faith

Emmanuel's philosophical basis is affirmed in John Henry Newman's Idea of a University, which recognizes the need for open, informed debate in the search for truth. These ideas provide the context for how Emmanuel understands its mission, as do more recent discussions on the characteristics of American Catholic colleges. These characteristics include a continued dialogue between faith and reason; a strong sense of community; the centrality of theology and philosophy in the curriculum; a commitment to education for social justice; service to others; and the celebration of Liturgy.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating400 of 61859 of 85
Fund acquisition rating312 of 61855 of 85
Resource allocation rating231 of 61844 of 85
Asset utilization rating550 of 61870 of 85

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,526,540$4,066,070$3,617,388$3,340,200$3,531,883
Short-term investments$136,562,851$125,652,312$97,348,222$96,495,556$72,774,482
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$139,009,929$131,080,664$104,474,344$103,374,488$88,036,467
Long-term investments$2,477,219$2,443,740$2,398,970$2,253,161$2,150,019
Fixed assets$202,538,530$161,296,022$171,713,908$173,701,790$178,804,764
Other long-term assets$93,060,293$128,446,549$42,000,000$42,000,000$42,000,000
Total long-term assets$298,076,042$292,186,311$216,112,878$217,954,951$222,954,783
Total assets$437,085,971$423,266,975$320,587,222$321,329,439$310,991,250
Payables and accrued expenses$14,701,471$6,955,437$7,526,114$6,816,534$6,061,106
Other current liabilities$96,778,431$98,147,856$99,513,585$100,720,031$102,300,641
Total current liabilities$111,479,902$105,103,293$107,039,699$107,536,565$108,361,747
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,243,938$2,268,913$2,258,303$2,159,024$2,244,481
Total long-term liabilities$205,761,916$207,575,359$89,121,237$90,979,818$93,023,136
Total liabilities$317,241,818$312,678,652$196,160,936$198,516,383$201,384,883
Net assets20172016201520142013
Temporarily restricted$11,759,655$11,767,825$13,073,351$13,330,639$10,637,670
Permanently restricted$15,819,750$13,980,347$12,053,638$11,432,677$11,238,394
Net assets$119,844,153$110,588,323$124,426,286$122,813,056$109,606,367
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,727,463$4,456,529$3,056,709$2,639,412$5,093,373
Program service revenue$89,083,413$84,359,972$83,976,522$84,892,939$81,941,408
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$5,588,761($6,469,607)$6,257,854$5,141,133$4,371,309
Other revenue$2,213,749($1,059,054)$1,891,376$1,861,210$2,141,822
Total other revenue$96,885,923$76,831,311$92,125,752$91,895,282$88,454,539
Total revenue$100,613,386$81,287,840$95,182,461$94,534,694$93,547,912
Program services$82,243,493$77,181,970$76,002,896$75,898,656$74,213,676
Management and general$13,309,727$13,355,598$13,579,789$12,695,180$20,973,864
Total expenses$97,047,411$91,994,653$91,621,879$90,886,950$97,422,156
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$3,565,975($10,706,813)$3,560,582$3,647,744($3,874,244)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$3,565,975($10,706,813)$3,560,582$3,647,744($3,874,244)

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In 1919, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, an international Catholic religious congregation, opened Emmanuel College as the first Catholic college for women in New England. Deeply committed to education, the Sisters founded the College to provide women with educational opportunities they might not have had otherwise. For more than 80 years, Emmanuel served proudly as a Catholic liberal arts and sciences college for women and enjoyed a reputation for academic rigor and a commitment to social justice. In 2001, the College officially became a coeducational institution, expanding its educational mission to include young men in its undergraduate arts and sciences program. As the College enters its second century in 2020, it does so as a thriving, future-focused institution, still deeply committed to the tenets of its founding.

In the early years, Emmanuel was a day college preparing women for professional fields such as business, law, medicine and social work. Despite being commuters, students were involved in numerous co-curricular activities including student publications and athletics. The 1920s, 1930s and 1940s saw growth not only in the student population, academic programs and activities, but also in the physical campus, with additional land purchases on Brookline Avenue and Avenue Louis Pasteur. In 1949, the College completed the construction of Alumnae Hall. This science center, the first building constructed on campus after the original Administration Building, signified Emmanuel's strength in the sciences, which continues today.

During the building boom of the 1950s and 1960s, Emmanuel became a residential college. New buildings included Marian Hall (residential, dining and student center), St. James Hall, Julie Hall, St. Ann Hall, Loretto Hall and St. Joseph Hall. The Cardinal Cushing Library was also dedicated in 1965. By 1968, residential students outnumbered commuters for the first time.

Over the years, the College has responded to shifting demographics in higher education and the world at large with an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. In the 1970s, Emmanuel began to offer degree completion programs to adult learners and, in 1990, the College expanded its programs to include flexible accelerated formats, with programs in business and nursing offered at satellite centers.

The 2000s saw dramatic growth and innovation, with enrollment tripling in the decade following the College's decision to become coeducational. During this period the College added new facilities including the Jean Yawkey Center (student center) and the Maureen Murphy Wilkens Science Center. In 2009, the College partnered with the City of Boston to restore Roberto Clemente Field, across the street from campus, to serve as Emmanuel's home athletic field. In 2013, Emmanuel completed the restoration of the historic Administration Building. In 2018, the College opened it's newest and largest building, an 18-story, apartment-style residence hall for upperclass students, on the site where Julie Hall once stood.

And in 2019, the College marked it's Centennial with celebrations that reflected on 100 years of transformative educational experiences and the bold, entrepreneurial spirit that enabled the College to thrive amid changes in society and in higher education.

Amid changes, Emmanuel has remained steadfastly committed to its Catholic educational mission and its core values, which emphasize intellectual inquiry and integrity, a commitment to justice and peace, a strong sense of community, and service to others.

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