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Pine Manor College
Pine Manor College seal.jpg
Latin: Pineae Manoris Collegii
MottoAymez Loyaute
(Old French for "Love Loyalty")
TypePrivate liberal arts
Endowment$9.5 Million[1]
PresidentThomas M. O’Reilly (2016)
Academic staff
Administrative staff
c. 140
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban (50 acres)
AthleticsNCAA Division III independent schools

Pine Manor College (PMC) is a private, liberal arts college in Brookline, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1911 and was historically a women-only college until 2014, when it admitted its first male students. It currently serves 450 students, 75% of whom live on the 60-acre (240,000 m2) campus. Originally the college was for girls who had gone to Dana Hall School, an all girl's preparatory high school, although today it is an independent college.


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. A finishing school, 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;[3] educator Mary Nourse taught history there in 1933–1934.[4]

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.

Pine Manor College campus

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

In 1996, under new president Gloria Nemerowicz, the school changed its mission from educating women in the social elite to focusing on ethnic minorities and under-served communities. Although this shift brought the school praise and admiration, over the years enrollment declined, from around 1,200 to around 400 full-time students. The school's endowment similarly declined.[5][6][7]

In 2011, the college failed to meet the financial benchmarks required by its accreditation agency.[8] Fiscal year 2012 ended with a $1.7 million deficit.[9] In May 2013, the college sold 5.2 acres to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for $4.5 million to build his family home.[10] The school had earlier sold off another acre for a home site.[11]

In September 2014, the college welcomed its first co-ed class, admitting men for the first time in its 103-year history.[12] The following year, President E. Joseph Lee stepped down amidst reports of the school's financial difficulties and declining enrollment.[9][13]

In April, 2016, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges placed Pine Manor on probation following the possibility of losing its accreditation in November 2015.[14] One year later, the town of Brookline informed the college that they would be seeking to seize seven acres of the school's 52 acres under eminent domain for the building of an elementary school.[15]

In March 2019, The Boston Globe reported that just 25 percent of the incoming students graduate from the college in six years. The college president, Tom O’Reilly, said he has drastically changed the education process and the rate of graduation will improve soon.[16]


Pine Manor offers nine undergraduate majors. Upon graduation, students receive the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Associate of Arts, or the Associate of Science.

Since 2006, PMC has also offered a four-semester Master of Fine Arts in creative writing known as the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program. Solstice students may concentrate in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, comics & graphic narratives, or writing for children and young adults.[17]

The college also hosts a profitable English as a second or foreign language program run by multinational company, Kings Education, which can also serve as a university pathway program.[18][19]


Pine Manor is a Division III member of the NCAA.

The college's athletic teams compete as NCAA independents. Most recently its women's teams competed as members of the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) before the conference disbanded in 2016. Before joining the GSAC in the spring of 2013, Pine Manor was a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) from 1995 to 2012.

PMC sponsors women's in the sports of basketball, cross country, softball, soccer, and volleyball. The college also previously fielded teams in women's tennis and lacrosse. The school started sponsoring men's programs in 2014 with the addition of men's basketball and soccer teams. In 2015, the school added men's cross country. The men's volleyball team started varsity competition in 2017. Pine Manor will add its fifth men's sport, and tenth sport overall, in 2017-18 with the addition of baseball.[20]

The school sports mascot is the Gator.


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.

According to a letter from the school, 85 percent of the current students are people of color and 84 percent of the student population are first-generation students.[15]

Notable people[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Pine Manor College presidents[edit]

  • 1930–1952: Marie Warren Potter[22]
  • 1952–1955: Alfred Tuxbury Hill[22]
  • 1956–1974: Frederick Carlos Ferry, Jr.
  • 1976–1996: Dr. Rosemary Ashby[23]
  • 1996–2011: Gloria Nemerowicz[7]
  • 2011 – November 2012: Alane K. Shanks[24]
  • November 2012 – August 2013: Ellen Hurwitz (interim)[25]
  • August 2013 – June 2015: Dr. E. Joseph Lee[23]
  • July 2015 – 2016: Dr. Rosemary Ashby (interim)[23]
  • May 2016 – present: Thomas M. O’Reilly[8]


  1. ^ "Financial Information," Pine Manor College website. Accessed Nov. 19, 2015.
  2. ^ "Enrollment". Pine Manor College. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  3. ^ MIT (1906). Senior Portfolio, p. 30. Sparrell Print, Boston, p. 7.
  4. ^ Who Knows, and What, Among Authorities, Experts, and the Specially Informed. 1949. p. 473.
  5. ^ Carmichael, Mary. "Educating the poor comes at a price for Pine Manor; Newton college looks to retool its finances," The Boston Globe (December 23, 2011).
  6. ^ Zezima, Kate (30 May 2010). "Chestnut Hill Journal: Women's Colleges Shift Gaze to Less Well-Off". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
  7. ^ a b Khadaroo, Stacy Teicher. "Difference Maker: How a college president toppled the ivory tower: Pine Manor College was once a haven for privileged white women. Now it's seeing a surge in low-income and minority students," Christian Science Monitor (Dec. 13, 2010).
  8. ^ a b Krantz, Laura (May 25, 2016). "Pine Manor College placed on probation by accrediting agency". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  9. ^ a b Moore, Mary (Jul 15, 2015). "Pine Manor College president is out". Boston Business Journal. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  10. ^ Carapezza, Kirk (May 13, 2015). "Tom Brady once saved this tiny college. Can it still survive?". PRI. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  11. ^ Restuccia, Paul (December 21, 2013). "Patriots fan's paradise". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Pine Manor College Welcomed First Co-Ed Class". Pine Manor College. October 9, 2014. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  13. ^ Shannon McMahon. "Tom Brady's Hail Mary cash hasn’t saved this tiny college", (July 16, 2015).
  14. ^ "PUBLIC STATEMENT ON PINE MANOR COLLEGE" (PDF). New England Association of Schools and Colleges. May 25, 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  15. ^ a b Krantz, Laura (2017-09-28). "Brookline considers seizing college land by eminent domain". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  16. ^ Krantz, Laura (2019-03-06). "At region's smallest colleges, poor graduation rates threaten their financial stability". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  17. ^ "MFA in Creative Writing > Program Overview". Pine Manor College. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Kings Pathways at Pine Manor College". Pine Manor College. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  19. ^ Swidey, Neil (May 18, 2016). "The college debt crisis is even worse than you think". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  20. ^ "Pine Manor Tabs Anthony Leonelli as Inaugural Baseball Coach". Pine Manor College. Sep 28, 2016. Retrieved Jan 6, 2017.
  21. ^ "The Lewiston Journal - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  22. ^ a b "Dr. A. T. Hill Heads Pine Manor," New York Times (January 6, 1952).
  23. ^ a b c "Rosemary Ashby returns to Pine Manor College," Brookline TAB (July 22, 2015).
  24. ^ Carmichael, Mary. "Pine Manor searches for new president," '"The Boston Globe (MAY 19, 2013).
  25. ^ Mattero, Sarah N. "Pine Manor College names Ellen Hurwitz as interim president," The Boston Globe (Nov. 14, 2012).

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