The Pine Manor Institute for Student Success builds on the Boston College and Pine Manor College legacies of providing academic support and personal attention to first-generation college students through a cost-free summer enrichment program for students in grades 8–12 and a two-year residential college that will grant associate degrees.

The Pine Manor Institute for Student Success includes four components:

The Academy

Designed for students in grades 8–12, the Academy is a cost-free, post-secondary readiness program that begins after 7th grade and continues through high school.

Messina College

A two-year college of Boston College named after the first Jesuit school founded in Sicily in 1548, Messina College will begin an associate degree program in 2024–2025.

Mentoring & Tutoring

Boston College’s existing academic support and mentoring initiatives will be placed under the umbrella of the Pine Manor Institute for Student Success. The Institute will also coordinate outreach to Academy students from BC student tutors, mentors, and trained success coaches.

Alumni Outreach

The Institute will provide support for graduates of the Academy and Messina College for up to two years after graduation.

We foster and inspire academic growth, social development, and personal enrichment through educational and individual support programs for qualified first-generation, underrepresented and underserved pre-college and college students—helping them obtain high school and post-secondary education and job training, and to lay foundations for successful, productive lives.


Founded in 1863 to help educate Boston’s immigrant community, Boston College has evolved into one of the nation’s best and most respected universities, emphasizing formative undergraduate education and the liberal arts. 

Pine Manor College was established in 1911 as a school for young women, and became an increasingly popular destination for first-generation college students in Massachusetts, attracting one of the most diverse student bodies in the state. In 2020, Pine Manor College and Boston College signed an integration agreement that included the establishment of the Pine Manor Institute for Student Success, with a $50 million commitment from Boston College that has grown to $100 million through investment returns and a $25 million anonymous gift.