Anna Maria College (AMC), established in 1946, is a small career-oriented Catholic liberal arts college located in Paxton, Massachusetts. With over 150 years behind them, this college stays true to its roots, still operating in conformity with the values of the Roman Catholic tradition. It is home to about 1,600 students who are given the privilege of cross-registering at any of the other 11 education institutions that are members of the Worcester Consortium to which Anna Maria College is part of.
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Anna Maria College has a very strong sports program, with 17 varsity sports programs and 17 Division III athletic teams (the “Amcats”) in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Sports participated in by the Amcats include basketball, baseball, cross country skiing, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, and tennis for the men’s sports teams; and basketball, cross country skiing, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball for the women’s team.
Anna Maria College offers 35 undergraduate degree programs organized under their five Academic Divisions: Humanities and International Studies, Business Law and Politics, Human Development and Human Services, Environmental Natural & Technological Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts. They also offer graduate degree programs in Business (MBA), Counselling Psychology, Criminal Justice, Education, Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety, Pastoral Ministry, and Visual Arts. Graduate certificate programs they offer include a Certificate in Victim Studies and Certificate in Computer Forensics/Investigation. Aside from these they have 11 Continuing Education Programs, namely: Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies, Associate of Science in Business Administration, B.A. in Catholic Studies, B.A. in Human Growth & Development, B.A. in Liberal Studies, B.A. in Paralegal Studies, B.S. in Business Administration, B.S. in Criminal Justice, Certificate in Paralegal Studies, Emergency/Medical Technician Program, and SHRM Learning System Course.
The college offers four of its programs as fully online programs. These programs are namely: the Masters in Emergency Management program, Masters in Public Administration Program, Fire Science Management, and RN to BSN program.
Tuition for full-time undergraduate students (12 -17 units per semester) at Anna Maria College is listed at $13,572 per semester (Fall 2011 and Spring 2012), or $27,144. Tuition for graduate programs, online programs, and continuing education programs are assessed on a per 3-credit course basis. Tuition rate for graduate programs is $1,572 per 3-credit course, for online graduate programs it is $1,284 per 3-credit course, and for the online RN-BSN program it is $1,182 per 3-credit course. Note that these tuition rates do not include other possible fees such as resident fee, computer fee, health insurance, etc. Continuing Education programs also assess an additional $100 per credit/CE student.
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Financial assistance is available to students of the Anna Maria College, mostly in the form of loans. Specific loans that can be used at the college include Federal Direct Stafford Loan, student alternative loans (private loans), and parent loans. Monthly payment plans that are interest-free are also available, as well as annual and semester-based plans.
Anna Maria College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and other national and regional accrediting bodies.