From its roots in the early twentieth century as a women’s college to the Roman Catholic, co-ed school that it has become today, Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts has excelled in immersive academics and preparation of students for the workforce. It offers over fifty majors and emphasizes internship-based experience; over 85% of the student body (1,800 strong) interns at some point in their enrollment. First-year students participate in the Academic Connections for Excellence seminar, which helps bridge the gap between high school and college by discussing initiation-oriented topics and pairing students with faculty mentors. Research opportunities abound at on-campus centers like the Maureen Murphy Wilkens Science Center. Emmanuel students also have access to over a hundred extracurricular organizations, such as the Wordplay Literary Magazine, a photography club, and four club sports, including sailing and ultimate Frisbee. When a college can claim such notable women as figure skater Nancy Kerrigan and literary critic Helen Vendler among its alumna, you can tell it must be doing quite a few things right!