Anna Maria College has Record Year in Enrollment

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Anna Maria College, a small, private Catholic college in central New England, has a record year in enrollment recruiting the largest class in the history of the College. For example, freshmen applications for admission to the 2009/10 academic year increased 102% with an additional 43% increase for freshmen nursing applications. While many would have cautioned against setting goals high, AMC moved forward with its plan and succeeded.

This year's successful recruitment was a giant step forward for our growing institution

Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA announces that is has had a record year in admissions, recruiting the largest freshmen class in the history of the College. Despite the tough economic times in Massachusetts and the country as a whole, Anna Maria College is experiencing exponential growth unlike any that the College has experienced in its 63 year history (see below for statistics). Under the leadership of the College's 10th President, Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., AMC is making significant progress towards achieving the goals of its strategic plan Vision 2012: Excellence at Anna Maria College.

"This year's successful recruitment was a giant step forward for our growing institution," states Dr. Calareso. "Our commitment to excellence and holistic education, two elements that are unique to Anna Maria, are being well-received by prospective students and their families allowing us to emerge as a leading Catholic college in New England."

In addition to the growth in its student population, AMC is growing other aspects of its campus community with the addition of new sports programs, including football, lacrosse and tennis, new residence halls, an honors program, a new athletic field, additional curricular and co-curricular programs, an enhanced science lab and state-of-the-art nursing lab. AMC's new online program is also helping the College reach out beyond its current geographic area to bring quality, graduate and continuing education programs to adult students around the globe.


  • Freshmen applications for admission to the 2009/10 academic year increased 102% with an additional 43% increase for freshmen nursing applications.
  • Transfer applications increased 173% (with an additional 77% for nursing), despite the predicted return to more affordable public colleges and universities, many of which are AMC's direct competition.
  • Transfer student deposits increased by 43%, with nursing deposits up an additional 22%, compared to 2008/2009.
  • Freshmen deposits grew 55%, with nursing up an additional 25% compared to the same time last year.
  • Over 80% of students depositing at AMC (a 10 - 15% increase) chose to live on campus, resulting in the College needing to initiate a waitlist for the first time in its history.
  • The growth in applications enabled the institution to be more selective. Anna Maria College increased the number of freshmen students denied admission by 141%.
  • Total enrollment at the College is currently around 1600 as opposed to the 1328 enrolled at the same time last year.

About Anna Maria College:
Anna Maria College is a four-year, private, co-ed, Catholic, liberal arts institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Founded by the Sisters of Saint Anne in 1946, the College is located on a 190-acre campus in Paxton, MA, minutes from the vibrant college-town of Worcester, MA. AMC provides quality programs that integrate liberal education and professional preparation that is committed to the fundamental value of liberal arts and sciences education rooted in the traditions of the Sisters of Saint Anne.

Anna Maria College offers 35+ undergraduate degree programs and over 22 graduate and continuing education programs. AMC distinguishes itself through its career-oriented liberal arts education, prominent and responsive faculty, small class sizes, and a variety of co-curricular activities including 15 varsity sports teams. Popular majors include art, business, criminal justice, education, English, environmental science, fire science, health science, legal studies, music, nursing, political science, social work, and psychology. AMC also offers an Honors Program with unique study abroad opportunities, as well as special majors, such as art and music therapy and sport management. AMC is also a member of the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, a group of 12 colleges that allows students to cross register at no additional cost.

The New England setting of Paxton, Massachusetts offers students the best of both worlds: a relaxed, closed-campus environment in which to live and study, and close proximity to a vibrant college-town. AMC students can enjoy all that an AMC campus life has to offer and also partake in the excitement of the Worcester area, including concerts at the DCU Center and the Palladium, skiing at nearby Wachusett Mountain, art exhibits at the world-class Worcester Art Museum and great restaurants in Worcester's growing downtown. AMC is also about an hour's drive to Boston, Cape Cod, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island.

Paula Green


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