In 2020, Boston College and Pine Manor College signed an integration agreement that established The Pine Manor Institute for Student Success, featuring four components aimed at enhancing educational opportunities for underrepresented and first-generation students:

The Academy, a two-part experience, includes a Summer Enrichment Program for students in grades 8–12 and school year tutoring and mentoring.

Mentoring and Academic Achievement, an initiative consisting of two of BC's existing academic support programs, including Learning to Learn and Options Through Education (OTE).

Messina College, a two-year college division of Boston College that will grant associate degrees, slated to begin in 2024 with an entering class of 100 students.

Alumni Support, an ongoing outreach initiative for graduates of the Academy and Messina College, featuring year-round mentoring and life/success coaching.


Erick Berrelleza, S.J., named founding dean of Messina College

Boston College has named Erick Berrelleza, S.J., assistant professor of sociology at Santa Clara University, as the founding dean of Messina College.

Erick Berrelleza

Erick Berrelleza


BC announces plans for Pine Manor Institute for Student Success

Initiatives will enhance educational opportunities for underrepresented students

The Academy: Your Path to Success

Free of Cost

All Academy programs are free of cost for admitted students.

Individualized Plans

We review each student's needs to optimize outcomes.

Success Coaches

Our Success Coaches work with students to help make their post-secondary goals possible.

Personal Support

We offer personalized coaching, tutoring, and mentorship.

The Pine Manor Institute for Student Success will help increase access to high quality education for underrepresented students. Boston College was founded in 1863 to help educate Boston’s immigrant community. The Pine Manor Institute represents an extension of our mission in response to societal needs.
William P. Leahy, S.J., University President