Pine Manor College

Pine Manor College
Latin: Pineae Manoris Collegii
Motto Aymez Loyaute
(Love Loyalty)
Type Private liberal arts
Established 1911
Endowment $9.5 Million[1]
President Thomas M. O’Reilly (2016)
Dean Dr. Diane Mello-Goldner
Academic staff
Administrative staff
c. 140
Students 490
Undergraduates 450
Postgraduates 40
Address 400 Heath Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA
Campus Suburban (50 acres)
Colors Green      
Nickname Gators
Mascot Gator
Affiliations NCAA DIII

Pine Manor College (PMC) is a private, liberal arts college located in Chestnut Hill, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1911 and currently serves almost 500 students, 75% of whom live on the 60-acre (240,000 m2) campus.

PMC was rated the nation's most racially diverse liberal arts college by U.S. News and World Reports. Pine Manor alumnae represent 60 countries and all 50 U.S. states.


The college was founded in 1911 as Pine Manor Junior College (PMJC) by Helen Temple Cooke, as part of the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts. It was a women-only institution at a time when even wealthy women were generally denied access to higher education.

Author and educator Ella Lyman Cabot taught at PMJC in its early days. Pioneering female architect Eleanor Manning O'Connor taught at PMJC in the 1930s;[2] educator Mary Nourse taught history there in 1933–1934.[3]

Frederick Carlos Ferry, Jr. (1913–2004) served as Pine Manor's president from 1956 to 1974. The school's Ferry Administration Building is named after him.

In 1965 the school moved to a 78-acre (320,000 m2) estate in Chestnut Hill. The estate, then known as Roughwood, was the residence of Ernest B. Dane, at that time president of the Brookline Savings and Trust. Many of the school's buildings are original to the estate and have been renovated to accommodate the college.

In 1977, the school expanded its mission to offer four-year bachelor's degrees, and became Pine Manor College.

In September 2014 PMC welcomed its first co-ed class, as it admitted men for the first time in its 103-year history.[4]


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and admission decisions are made throughout the year. In addition to academic achievement, the Admissions Committee looks for students possessing seriousness of purpose, leadership potential, motivation, breadth and depth of interests, social responsibility and other attributes.


PMC offers nine majors: Biology, business administration, communications, English, history and culture, liberal studies, psychology, social and political systems, and visual arts.

Upon graduation, students receive the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Associate of Arts, or the Associate of Science.

Within each major, students can pick their own concentration from a list of more than 50 options.[5] For example, a student majoring in English can concentrate on creative writing or English education, while a student majoring in visual arts can concentrate on graphic design. According to the The Princeton Review, the most popular majors at Pine Manor are business administration, communications, and psychology.

PMC also offers a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing known as the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program. Solstice students may concentrate in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or writing for children and young adults.


PMC is a Division III member of the NCAA.

Women's teams compete in the Great South Athletic Conference in the sports of basketball, cross country, softball, soccer, and volleyball. The college also previously fielded teams in women's tennis and lacrosse. Pine Manor was a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference from 1995–2012 before joining the GSAC in the spring of 2013.

The school started sponsoring men's programs in 2014 with the addition of men's basketball and soccer teams. Both teams participate as NCAA independents.

The school sports mascot is the Gator.

Notable alumni



  1. "Financial Information," Pine Manor College website. Accessed Nov. 19, 2015.
  2. MIT (1906). Senior Portfolio, p. 30. Sparrell Print, Boston, p. 7.
  3. Who Knows, and What, Among Authorities, Experts, and the Specially Informed. 1949. p. 473.
  4. "Pine Manor College Welcomed First Co-Ed Class". Pine Manor College. October 9, 2014. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  5. "Departments & Programs," Pine Manor College official website. Accessed Sept. 14, 2015.
  6. "The Lewiston Journal - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 25 December 2014.


Coordinates: 42°19′00.93″N 71°09′22.99″W / 42.3169250°N 71.1563861°W / 42.3169250; -71.1563861

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