Emmanuel Then

Founded in 1919 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Emmanuel College was the first women’s Catholic college in New England.  Young Catholic women could now experience a liberal arts education that would stretch their minds in fresh, exciting new ways.

From our roots as a small women’s liberal arts and sciences college to a coeducational academic institution now educating nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students annually from around the world, Emmanuel College continues its mission to prepare students to be critical thinkers, ethical decision-makers and contributing members of society. 

Like the many alumni who have gone before and will come after you, you are a vital part of Emmanuel’s history.  You share traditions, and you have all called this place—the 17-acre campus of broad green lawns and soul-restoring stillness, nestled within the vibrant bustle of the City of Boston—home.

No matter whether you traveled to Emmanuel every day by train from the South Shore in the 1940s or just walked from Julie Hall to your classes in the 2000s you are part of the Emmanuel legacy.



Are you ready to uncover some Emmanuel history?  Start with the Archives. Here you will find yearbooks, commencement programs and other interesting documents where you can discover interesting facts and retrace events that remind you of your years at the College.

The Epilogue is the oldest student organization on campus. Every issue since 1923 is digitized so check out these valuable reminders of the good times, the smiles and memories that were your Emmanuel.