Messina College

Located on the Brookline Campus of Boston College, Messina College is a two-year fully residential associate's degree program. Beginning in the inaugural 2024–25 academic year, Messina College will provide 100 first-generation, high financial need students each year with an opportunity to pursue an associate's degree from Boston College, with the goal of preparing them to enroll in a bachelor’s degree program or to begin their careers. As undergraduates at BC’s ninth school, Messina College students will have full access to Boston College's campus, facilities, and programs.

The excellence of a top university in a supportive small-school setting

Acquire an Adaptable Education

The curriculum integrates BC's distinctive Core Curriculum, which gives students a broad intellectual foundation for their future endeavors.

Learn from Respected Scholars

Messina College's academic programs will be taught by new faculty as well as existing BC undergraduate professors.

Find Your Community

Enjoy access to BC facilities and programs, including dining halls, athletic events, libraries, and theater productions. Join a BC student organization or start your own.

As a first-generation college student, I didn’t have people to talk to about applying to college or navigating college life. Serving as dean of Messina College will enable me to provide access and vital support to students who are often facing that same uphill battle. Messina College is grounded in Boston College’s academic excellence, student support, and caring faculty.
Erick Berrelleza, S.J., Founding Dean, Messina College

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About a mile from its main Chestnut Hill Campus, Boston College’s 50-acre Brookline Campus offers a dedicated home for Messina College students within the larger University. 

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