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2012 - 2013 College Catalog 
2012 - 2013 College Catalog [Archived Catalog]

General Information for Undergraduates

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2012-2013 Undergraduate Academic Calendar


Tu   July 10   Transfer Orientation
  July 12 -
July 13
  Summer Orientation Session 1


  July 16 -
July 17
  Summer Orientation Session 2


  August 23 -
August 24
  Summer Orientation Session 3


Tu   August 21   Opening of College Meeting
Fr   August 24   New Students “Here I am Check-in”
Academic Convocation
  August 25 -
August 26
  New Student Orientation
Su   August 26   Returning Students “Here I am Check-in”
Mo   August 27   Fall Classes Begin
Add/Drop Begins
Mo   September 3   Labor Day (no classes)
We   September 5   Add/Drop Ends
Fr   September 28   September Graduation Date
Mo   October 8   Columbus Day (no classes)
Fr   October 19   Mid-semester Warnings/Conversion of Incompletes
We   November 7   Registration for Spring 2013 Begins
Mo   November 12   Veterans Day Observed (classes are in session)
Fr   November 16   Last Day for Course Withdrawal
  November 21 -
November 23
  Thanksgiving Break (no classes)
Mo   November 26   Classes Resume
Mo   December 10   Last day of classes that do not meet on Wednesday
Tu   December 11   Make-up Day for Wednesday (Thanksgiving Eve) Holiday:
classes are held; Last day of classes that meet on Wednesday

December 12-17

  Final Exam Period 
Mo   December 17   Residence Halls Close at 9:30 pm
Tu   December 18

  Final Exam Snow Date



We-Fr   January 2-11   Intensive Term
Mo   January 14
  New Students “Here I Am Check-in“                         Returning Students “Here I Am Check-in”
Tu   January 15   Spring Classes Begin
Add/Drop Begins
Mo   January 21   Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (no classes)
We   January 23   Add/Drop Ends
Mo   January 28   January Graduation Date
Mo   February 18   Presidents’ Day (no classes)
Fr   March 8   Mid-term Warnings/Conversion of Incompletes
  March 11 -
March 15
  Spring Break
Mo   March 18   Classes Resume
We   March 27   Advising & Registration for Summer/Fall 2013 Begins
Fr   April 12   Last Day for Course Withdrawal
Mo   April 15   Patriots’ Day (no classes)
Su   April 28  

Honors Sunday

Th   May 2   Make-up Day for Patriots’ Day Holiday:
Monday only class schedule will be followed
Mo   May 6   Spring Classes End

May 7-11

  Final Exam Period
  May 11    Residence Halls Close for Non-graduates/Non-ushers
  May 16   Commencement Rehearsal
Honors Convocation
Fr   May 17   Commencement
Residence Halls Close for Graduates/Ushers


Tu-Fr   May 14-24   Intensive Term
  March 27-
May 13
  Registration for Summer Session I

May 8-
May 15

  Add/Drop Period for Summer Session I
We   May 15   Summer Session I On-Campus and Online Classes Begin
Mo   May 27   Memorial Day (no classes)
Fr   May 31   Make-up Day for Memorial Day
Holiday: Monday classes are held
Tu   June 25   Summer Session I On-campus Classes End
Non-continuing residential students move out of residence halls
Tu   July 9   Summer Session I Online Courses End


  March 27 -
May 13
  Registration for Summer Session II
  May 8 -
June 27
  Add/Drop Period for Summer Session II
We   June 26   Summer Session II On-Campus and Online Classes Begin
Th   July 4   Independence Day (no classes)
Fr   July 5   Make-up day for Independence Day
Holiday: Thursday classes are held

  August 6

  Summer Session II On-Campus Classes End
Non-continuing residential students move out of residence halls
Tu   August 20   Summer Session II Online Classes End

Note: Final examinations are typically held on the last class meeting during Summer Session.




Academic Affairs


Academic Year

The academic year is divided into two semesters. Each semester contains 43 Monday/Wednesday/Friday class meetings plus a 2-hour final assessment, which must be administered during the official Final Exam Period; and 29 Tuesday/Thursday class meetings plus a 2-hour final assessment, which likewise must be administered during the official Final Exam Period.

Full-time students in most programs take five 3-credit courses per semester. Some programs require additional courses per semester. Some allied health and science programs feature a combination of 4- and 3-credit courses. For detailed information consult the Degree Programs/Majors section of this Catalog.

Class Standing

Class Standing is based on the number of credits successfully completed, transferred in (if applicable), and applied to the major. Students are classified as follows:

  1-29 credits
30-59 credits
60-89 credits
90 and above credits

Credit Hour Explanation

Each course is assigned a credit value based on the number of scheduled hours established for that course. The final assessment, administered during the official Final Exam Period, is considered as instructional time. Generally, one academic credit is earned for 15 hours of classroom work. Online and hybrid courses carry the same credit hours based on a similar understanding though the learning activities/experiences for online instructional time will differ from traditional face-to-face instruction. Most lecture courses carry a value of 3 credits and meet up to 45 hours per semester. Most studio courses in the art and design areas carry a value of 3 credits and meet up to 90 hours per semester. Physical Education/recreational activity (PE) electives carry PE credit only, which cannot be applied toward a degree.

The standard formula for determining course work necessary to complete a college course is 2 hours of student work outside of class per credit hour. A face-to-face 3-credit-hour class requires 3 hours of classroom instructional time and at least 6 hours of student work per week outside of classroom time for a 15-week course. A typical 3-credit-hour online or hybrid course requires at least 9 hours (3 hours of instructional time; 6 hours of student work) per week to complete the course work for a 15-week course. A face-to-face 3 credit studio class requires 6 hours of classroom instructional time and at least 3.5 hours of student work per week outside of classroom time for a 15 week course.

Registration and Enrollment

Unless they are entering the College for the first time, students choose courses in consultation with their academic advisors during the advising and registration period preceding each academic semester. Thus, courses offered for the spring semester are chosen before the end of the fall semester. Fall semester courses for the sophomore, junior, and senior years are selected before the end of the preceding academic year. Students entering the College for the first time choose courses for the fall semester at one of the regularly scheduled orientation sessions held during the summer.

As a rule, the Registrar processes registrations in the order in which they are received. No fall semester course selection will be considered official unless and/or until the student has paid the required deposit for the coming year. Students are placed in their chosen sections unless the section has already been filled or unless placement in the chosen section creates a conflict with other courses in a student’s schedule.


Enrollment Management



All new and returning students are required to participate in Check-in each semester. Participation in Fall and Spring Check-in provides students with an opportunity to re-affirm their registration in semester courses. The College assumes that students who do not participate in Fall and Spring Check-in have decided not to return for the semester and, consequently, removes those students from their courses. Mount Ida College publicizes the specific dates, times, and locations of Fall and Spring Check-in on campus each semester. Students who plan on not returning to Mount Ida College for a specific semester must complete a College Withdrawal Form in a timely manner to avoid being billed for courses for which they have registered.


Student Affairs


The Division of Student Affairs actively promotes leadership development, personal growth, and community building activities. The intimacy of a small private college combined with a diverse student population, various residential options, and an active Student Activities program provides a myriad of socialization opportunities for each student.

Mount Ida College emphasizes the development and education of the whole person. Through participation in activities and programs outside of the classroom, students have the opportunity to discover and shape their identities, enhance their understanding of others, gain self-confidence, and take an active role in their own education.

Student Affairs includes Athletics, Career Services, Civic Engagement, Commuter Affairs, Health and Counseling Services, International Student Affairs, Leadership Development, Multicultural Affairs, Residence Life, and Student Activities. Coordinated by the Vice President for Student Affairs, the staff provides ongoing support and encouragement for the development of each student.

Athletic Program

Intercollegiate Athletics: Mount Ida College is an active member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Eastern College Athletic Conference, Great Northeast Athletic Conference, and the International Horse Show Association. Currently women compete in soccer, cross country, volleyball, basketball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, cheering, and equestrian riding. Men compete in cross country, football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and lacrosse. Club sports include men’s baseball.

Students must be enrolled in a baccalaureate program and carrying at least 12 credits per semester to participate in a varsity and/or club program at Mount Ida College. A student-athlete must also meet the academic progression requirements of the College to remain eligible to continue to participate in intercollegiate athletics.

Recreational Sport Programs: Recreational sport programs offer a variety of activities for students in the College’s athletic facility and health/fitness center. Among the intramural activities offered to both men and women are cardio kickboxing, aerobic dance,  boot camp, abdominal classes, badminton, tennis, volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, weight training, flag football, softball, indoor soccer, and various inter-dorm competitions and community service fitness events. Mount Ida College’s recreational facilities also include tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, athletic fields, and jogging trails.

Career Services

The Career Services Center provides individual career counseling, career interest and personality testing, and job search strategies. Students may request assistance in preparing resumes and practicing interviewing techniques through workshops and individual meetings. The Career Services staff works with faculty and employers to identify internship and job opportunities for Mount Ida College students and alumni.

Civic Engagement

The Mount Ida College Civic Engagement program promotes service as an integral component of leadership development and introduces students to service through activities performed by students, faculty, and staff. The Volunteers in Action organization (VIA) gives students the opportunity to be a part of a student club with peers who are interested in giving back to the community. The Civic Engagement Department works together with VIA members to provide volunteer opportunities and service-related events and forums. Student service projects have included building a Habitat for Humanity house on Alternative Spring Break, sorting food at the Greater Boston Food Bank, providing support for the Boston Marathon, fundraising for and participating in the Walk for Hunger, and answering telephones for WGBH (PBS) auctions. Some service projects are a matter of individual initiative; others are done as part of a course or as a requirement of a student organization.


Some students prefer to live at home with their families or to make arrangements to live off-campus in an apartment in the Boston area. The commuting population is considered to be an integral part of the student body. Events are planned with commuter interest and schedules in mind and commuter involvement in all organizations and activities is encouraged. The Great Room in Carlson Hall provides a place to relax between classes, meet in study groups, enjoy a snack, or read a free newspaper provided by the Student Government Association. Mount Ida College operates a free shuttle bus between the campus and the Green Line MBTA station in Newton Centre for the convenience of both the commuting and resident populations.

Health and Counseling Center

The Health Center provides medical care on campus through a team of nurse practitioners and the College consulting physician, with referral services available through local hospitals and specialists. In addition, professional staff members at the Counseling Center help students develop the skills needed to cope with a variety of stresses through short-term individual counseling, focus groups,  referrals to local practitioners as needed, and educational programs.

Leadership Development

An important aspect of the Student Affairs mission involves leadership development. This component consists of introducing students to the fundamental principles of leadership, assisting them in identifying their leadership styles, and providing them with opportunities to apply newly acquired skills. Numerous opportunities exist on campus for students to obtain leadership experience including the Emerging Leaders Program, the Balfour Peer Leaders Program, the Campus Activities Team, the Black Student Achievement Coalition, and many other student clubs, pre-professional affiliation organizations, and honor societies. As students acquire new leadership skills, more challenging positions become available to them. These positions include serving as orientation leaders, resident assistants, and class, club, or Student Government Association officers.

Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) coordinates a complex, interdepartmental series of support services designed to assist in the recruitment, retention, and graduation of multicultural students on campus. The OMA strives to promote diversity at Mount Ida College by heightening awareness and encouraging dialogue by: developing and implementing educational, cultural and social programs for students, faculty, and staff; advocating for multicultural and international students on campus; and working collaboratively with other campus departments to foster an environment that values and actively supports an inclusive and diverse campus community.

Residence Halls

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) have been created to allow for purposeful opportunities in a residential environment that support student growth and engagement. Each of the communities fosters diverse opportunities for residential students to interact with Mount Ida College staff and faculty outside of traditional settings.

The first year LLCs are designed to provide an environment in which students connect with academic and co-curricular opportunities of Mount Ida College. In addition, students will be aided in the transition to college.

All LLCs have the same standards as the other floors. What sets the LLCs apart, though, is that they are driven by an additional theme. Residents who choose to live in the various LLCs will partake in specialized programming and live in a community with an RA who is dedicated to fostering the development of the residents in the context of their theme.

Students placed in LLCs should be dedicated to the mission and purpose of the community.  LLC students are expected to participate in group meetings, take advantage of the Graduate Assistant open office hours, and attend educational programs. Should any staff within the LLC structure believe this commitment is not being met, students may be moved out of the LLC at the discretion of the Office of Residence Life. The latest information on LLCs is contained in the Office of Residence Life website at www.mountida.edu/reslife

Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities at Mount Ida College provides students with an opportunity to further develop themselves through leadership experiences. These opportunities stem from a variety of sources, with the goal of fostering the personal and professional growth of each member of the Mount Ida College community.

In a setting where each student is known by name and recognized as an individual, students find it easy to become involved. Students are encouraged to start new groups on campus to enrich the College community. Campus organizations and clubs reflect the diversity of the student body, affording opportunities for creative expression. The Student Government Association (SGA) and the Campus Activities Team (CAT) are the core organizations of the Student Activities Office and are run entirely by students with advisement from the professional staff. SGA handles policy and budget matters while CAT is responsible for general campus-wide programming efforts, providing social, cultural, and educational events.

Free shuttle bus service to public transportation in Newton Centre puts the exciting world of greater Boston within easy reach. Mount Ida College students can take advantage of its many cultural, social, historical, recreational, and educational activities.


Academic Support Services and Programs


The Academic Services department provides students with appropriate assistance to facilitate a successful college experience. Academic support services include academic advising for all students, the Academic Success Center and the Writing Center (tutoring support services and classroom workshops), and accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Academic support programs consist of Guided Studies, The Learning Circle and the Learning Opportunities Programs.

Academic Advising

A comprehensive advising system plays an integral role in the academic success of Mount Ida College students. Students are assigned a faculty advisor, usually in their major, who provides assistance with course selection, long-term academic planning, and advice with regard to career development and graduate school options.

Academic Success Center and Writing Center 

The Academic Success Center (ASC) assists students in meeting their academic potential by providing academic support for course work and is open to all Mount Ida College students at no additional charge. The Center offers a supportive learning environment where students may work with tutors on a variety of subjects, including science, math, business, design, dental hygiene, and veterinary technology. Individual or group tutoring is available. Students may also attend tutorials where they can develop study strategies; skills in reading comprehension, note taking and exam preparation; and strategies for organization and time management. The Academic Success Center is staffed by professional and peer tutors and is supervised by the Director. The Center operates on both a drop-in and appointment basis. Weekly standing appointments are also available.

The Writing Center (WC) supports students by providing assistance with writing assignments and papers for all courses. Writing Associates assist with all stages of the writing process. The Writing Center welcomes writers of all ability levels. Students may work alone or with a Writing Associate doing research or word-processing online. In addition, the Writing Center staff is often invited to enrich the classroom experience; class visits enable the Writing Center staff to bring academic writing and research-related topics to the classroom for students’ benefit. The Writing Center is staffed by professional and student writing associates. Students can make appointments by visiting the Writing Center or by registering online at  www.mountida.mywconline.com. Weekly standing appointments are also available.

By making use of the Academic Success Center and Writing Center, all students are encouraged to reach their academic goals.

Early Alert Program 

The Mount Ida College Early Alert Program is designed as a supportive intervention for students who encounter difficulty in their course work. The goal of the program is to identify and intervene early in the semester to help move students to effective support services. A faculty member initiates a meeting with the student to clarify the challenges he or she faces regarding academic performance, and refers the student to appropriate support services via a web-based alert form. The Early Alert Coordinator then follows up with the referral, documenting the intervention and resolution of the situation. 

Guided Studies Program

The purpose of the Guided StudiesProgram is to provide a support network for students accepted to the College on a conditional admission basis. A one-credit seminar Guided Studies seminar is linked to an introduction to psychology course, which becomes the vehicle whereby students learn strategies for how to study, read a college textbook, take notes, and prepare for exams. Through the Seminar, students develop a better understanding of the learning process and academic standards required for college success. Students who are successful in Guided Studies are likely to do well in their linked course, and this success encourages students to use the learning strategies in other courses and in subsequent semesters. 

The Learning Circle Program

The Learning Circle (TLC), funded by a TRIO grant through the U.S. Department of Education, provides academic guidance, educational workshops, and access to cultural events to approximately 140 income eligible, first generation college students, or students with documented disabilities. Each TLC student has the opportunity to work closely with an assigned Academic Coach throughout the school year. As a group, program participants develop a sense of community through community meetings, cultural field trips, and social activities. In addition, small supplemental financial aid grants are available to eligible TLC students in their first two years at the College.

Interested students must apply and meet eligibility to participate in the TLC Program.

Learning Opportunities Program

Many students with documented learning disabilities benefit from supplemental academic support to aid in the transition from high school to college. Although membership in the Learning Opportunities Program (LOP) is not a guarantee of success, students often value the additional structure and support the LOP provides.  The Learning Opportunities Program offers strategy-based tutorials emphasizing academic skills, organization and self advocacy.  The goal of the Learning Opportunities Program is to encourage our students to develop greater academic strengths and independence.  All tutorials are standing appointments, and the one-on-one instruction is administered by experienced, professional Learning Specialists.  Tutorials are held on the second floor of Hallden Center, where students also have access to an Assistive Technology Lab, word-processing and on-line research tools.  First-year students meet with their individual Learning Specialist twice each week for 50-minute sessions.  Returning students who wish to continue in the program choose once or twice-weekly tutorial sessions, depending on their need. 

LOP services require an additional fee beyond the basic tuition charge.  Students in the Learning Opportunities Program are enrolled in programs of study at the College and are expected to complete all requirements towards earning an associate or bachelor degree.  Students with documented disabilities will have additional time to complete their degree and can reduce their course load if desired.

Students must apply separately to the Learning Opportunities Program and present a recent WAIS-R or a Woodcock Johnson III assessment, evidence of an adequate reading comprehension level, and documentation of the specific disability by a licensed professional diagnostician. Students applying to LOP must submit either their SAT or ACT scores. The deadline to apply to the program is July 1.

Services for Students with Disabilities

The College provides an array of support services for qualified students with documented disabilities. Services for students with disabilities may include classroom accommodations, test modifications, and assistive technology. All students with documented disabilities are entitled to appropriate and reasonable accommodations. The College grants a longer time frame for degree completion to students with documented disabilities provided the individual student’s cumulative grade point average is in line with the College’s academic progress standard. For further information on the latter, please see the College’s satisfactory academic progress policy in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of this Catalog.

Students not enrolled in  the Learning Opportunities Program or The Learning Circle Program who wish to receive accommodations in the classroom must make an appointment with the Dean of Academic Services and submit a recent WAIS-R or a Woodcock Johnson III assessment, and documentation of a specific disability by a professional diagnostician.   Students are encouraged to request classroom accommodations at least three weeks prior to the start of the semester. 


Instructional Technology and Learning Resources


The mission of the Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Resources is to empower the Mount Ida College Community to use effectively information and instructional resources and services to support teaching, learning and research.

The College Library

The Wadsworth Library provides support to the undergraduate and graduate students throughout their program of study. The librarians work in collaboration with the faculty to develop the students’ information literacy competencies through their four year academic program.

The Wadsworth Library is open seven days a week including evenings. The collection holdings include: over 167,240 print, e-book and audiovisual titles; 34,104 online full-text and print journals; and 2,267,157 art images of works of art in museums around the world. All online resources are available 24/7 through the library website. Students have access to a leisure reading collection both in print and online as well as popular DVDs. Mount Ida College is a member of the Minuteman Library Network (MLN), which is comprised of thirty-five public libraries and seven academic libraries. Members have access to over 6,662,300 items and resources in the virtual catalog of other college and university libraries, e.g., University of Massachusetts.

The librarians instruct students individually and in groups in the use of print and electronic resources, and support students with finding information to complete course assignments, including research papers, class presentations and debates.

Students can:

  • access campus information resources from the College’s website including e-books, full-text journal articles (www.mountida.edu - select Library) and Resource Guides. 
  • borrow books, journal articles, and audiovisual titles through the Minuteman Library Network, which are delivered to Mount Ida College’s library on a daily basis.
  • borrow directly from the 43 MLN member libraries.
  • borrow resources from libraries throughout the United States and the world through OCLC.
  • view and listen to audiovisual materials and use computer programs in the library.
  • use a computer to conduct research and/or complete assignments.

Accessing Information from Other Libraries

Through membership in NELINET, Mount Ida College students can borrow books and journal articles from over 7,000 libraries across the United States and the world.

The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, MA
All students have free access to the Museum of Fine Arts including special exhibits, and may use the MFA Library.  A student must present his or her Mount Ida College student ID to obtain free entrance to the MFA and special exhibitions. The MFA Library has over 320,000 items and supports research on the museum’s permanent collections, special exhibitions, and general art history.

The Webster Veterinary Library of Tufts University, Grafton, MA
Students on clinical rotation and externships may use the Webster Veterinary Library at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

Policies of the Wadsworth Library

  1. Usage: The Wadsworth Library is intended to be a place for study, research, reading, and reflection. Food and smoking are not permitted in the library. Beverages (non-alcoholic) in covered containers may be brought into the library. To preserve quiet, use of cellular phones is not allowed in the library.
  2. Registration: All students have a library bar code on the back of their College ID. Registration is completed at the Circulation Desk of the Wadsworth Library upon presentation of a valid Mount Ida ID card. Materials borrowed from other MLN libraries are subject to the loaning library’s policies.
  3. Circulation of Materials: Circulating items may be borrowed for a three-week period. Popular DVDs may be borrowed for one week. Reference books and periodicals may be borrowed with permission of the librarian. Materials can be renewed online.
  4. Overdue or Lost Materials:
    1. If library materials are not returned on time, students will be fined 10 cents per day for each overdue title. The maximum overdue fine is $5.00 per item unless the item is lost or damaged. Fines can be paid online.
    2. Students will be billed for the cost of replacement plus a $15.00 processing fee for lost or damaged materials.
    3. Unpaid bills and non-returned materials will prevent a student from borrowing any additional materials from any Minuteman Library, including the Wadsworth Library.
    4. Any student with large fines, overdue or lost books over a semester old will be billed through his or her college account.

Instructional Technology

Course Sites

The College provides faculty members with the opportunity to create course sites in a learning management system to enhance the teaching and learning process. Students receive instruction in the use of their course sites and have access to technical support through the Office of Instructional Technology. All use of course sites is under the terms of the Campus Network Use Policy. 

Student Copiers

There is a self-serve Student Copier in the library. To use the copier, students must have Mustang Cash on their One-Card. The cost per page is ten cents for black and white copies.

Copy Center

The Copy Center is located in the Wadsworth Library building and provides the following services to students:

  • Color copies - 50 cents per page, drop-off service with 24-hour turn-around time. Same day service is NOT always available. Color copies can be printed from a hard copy, storage media, or an email attachment.
  • Class use with a faculty member’s written permission for a specific course - black and white copies, and color copies may be printed from a hard copy, storage media, or an email attachment.
  • Student Organizations - black and white, and color copies may be printed from a hard copy, storage media, or an email attachment.
  • Scanning - No charge for course assignments. Documents and pictures can be scanned as a PDF or JPEG file and emailed as an attachment. 

Policies Regarding Copying

All copying must adhere to the Copyright Laws of the United States. Students who have questions should contact the Coordinator of the Copy Center. To review the Copyright Laws, go to the College website, select Library, and then select Copyright Laws.



Special Programs


Articulation Agreement Program

Mount Ida College has established a number of articulation agreements with community colleges in Massachusetts and private institutions offering two-year degrees nationally and internationally.

Articulation agreements with community colleges in Massachusetts support transfer to the following majors:

  • Bristol Community College - Funeral Service
  • Holyoke Community College - Funeral Service and Funeral Home Management
  • Massachusetts Bay Community College - Applied Forensic Science
  • Massasoit Community College - Applied Forensic Science, Child Development, Criminal Justice, Graphic Design, Funeral Service, Funeral Home Management, and Bereavement Studies
  • Mount Wachusett Community College - Dental Hygiene
  • Roxbury Community College - Business Administration, Hotel/Tourism Management, Management, and Sports Management

The College has articulation agreements with Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California to support transfer for baccalaureate studies in the following programs: Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, Graphic Design, and Interior Design. Articulation agreements with the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising are likewise available for the following programs: Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, Graphic Design, and Interior Design. The College also has articulation agreements with the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling, Illinois to support Funeral Home Management baccalaureate studies.

Internationally, Mount Ida College has an articulation agreement outlining course equivalents in business, fashion merchandising, and liberal arts with Japan College of Foreign Languages as well as an agreement with Osaka College of Foreign Languages and International Business to support transfer to the Veterinary Technician/Technology Programs. The College also has an agreement with the University of International Business and Economics, School of International Trade and Economics in Beijing, P.R. China.

Continuing Education/Summer Sessions

The Office of Continuing Education offers non-credit certificate curricula for adult students.  The Office also offers two summer sessions of credit-bearing courses to students in the academic majors at Mount Ida College and non-degree students enrolled in other colleges and universities.  Many students have used the summer session courses to catch up on course work or to get ahead for the coming academic year.  The Office of Continuing Education can be reached at (617) 928-4015.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Mount Ida College offers a one-semester advanced intensive English course (EN 004) for international students. This course is the equivalent of three courses, or nine credits. Students with TOEFL scores below 450 (133 computer-based/45 internet-based) are not admitted to the College until they achieve a minimum TOEFL of 450. Students with a TOEFL score between 450 and 525 enroll in ESL-Plus at Mount Ida College, which allows them to enroll in English language skill development courses and two courses for their degree simultaneously. English language skill development courses include an academic writing component and computer laboratory instruction.

Students with a TOEFL score above 525 (197 computer-based/70 internet-based) may be eligible to take a full course load in their chosen major. International students who enroll in ESL studies may require more than two years to complete an associate degree and more than four years to complete a bachelor degree. For full information about progression in ESL studies, please refer to the information on English courses (specifically EN 004) in the Course Descriptions section of the Catalog.

The Center for Global Connections

The Center for Global Connections at Mount Ida College offers programs and services that support social, educational and intercultural experiences abroad and at home, including:

  • Coordination of services to and programs for international students pursuing a Mount Ida College degree, including assistance with immigration forms, applications, and documents, as well as information relating to employment both before and after graduation
  • Advising for Mount Ida College students who wish to earn credits while studying abroad
  • Assistance to professors who want to develop short-term, faculty-led global seminars or expand their curricula to include an international focus
  • Drop-in “brown bag” lunches for students, faculty, and staff who are interested in conversation while sharing a meal with others who have traveled or lived in another country
  • Information for students who want to volunteer or work abroad after graduation

Mount Ida College offers eligible students access to numerous study abroad opportunities including short-term, summer and semester-long programs. Mount Ida College students have studied in Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. 

Mount Ida College is affiliated with the following study abroad providers: The American Institute for Foreign Study (A.I.F.S.) (www.aifsabroad),  Academic Programs International (A.P.I.) (www.academicintl.com), Semester at Sea (summer only) (www.semesteratsea.org),  the Council on International Educational Exchange (www.ciee.org), and The Education Abroad Network (www.educationabroadnetwork.org).

Students who are interested in including a short-term, summer, or semester-long study abroad program among their educational experiences at Mount Ida College are advised to begin planning early. Planning for study abroad is overseen by the Center for Global Connections (CGC). Students should meet with the Director of the CGC and then their academic advisors to:

  1. review eligibility requirements (3.0 CGPA and 60 completed credits are required for semester-long programs),
  2. explore study abroad options,
  3. identify a program of choice, and
  4. determine the most appropriate semester or summer to study abroad.

The student must complete the Mount Ida College Study Abroad Application, available in the CGC office in Carlson Center. This includes program choice, basic contact information, the course approval form, a short personal statement, and a reference from a faculty member. Additionally, the student must complete the program provider’s application.  Assistance with these forms is available in the CGC. Prior to departure, participating students must attend the required study abroad orientation session provided by the Director of the CGC.

Students participating in an approved semester study abroad program are eligible to use their federal, state and Mount Ida College financial aid. The College reserves the right to limit Mount Ida College institutional financial aid to a single semester abroad. At the end of the program, the grades earned while studying abroad are entered into the student’s permanent record and are counted in the determination of his or her cumulative grade point average. 

Technology Services

Computer Facilities

There are eight instructional computer labs on campus, and two open access computer lab areas. All computer labs are connected to the Mount Ida College network; both Windows and Macintosh platforms are supported. When classes are not in session, students may use the instructional computer labs.

  * Free e-mail accounts are provided to all students, faculty, and staff members through Technology Services.

  * Students have access to the Internet in the computer labs, the Library and residence halls.

  * Students can access the College website and e-mail from on and off campus.

  * Computer lab schedules are posted in the computer labs and on the College’s website (www.mountida.edu  - select Resources
     and Services).

Policies for Computer Labs and Use of the College Network

  1. Students are expected to comply with the College’s policies regarding the use of the computer labs and campus
      network. Computer Lab Policies are posted in each lab and the Campus Network Policy is listed in the Student
      Handbook and on the College website.

  2. Students who fail to comply with these policies will face judicial action including expulsion from the College.

Media Services

Media Services provides equipment to students, faculty and staff to use information and learning resources in a variety
of formats in and outside the classroom. Members of the College community may borrow upon availability a wide range of
audiovisual equipment to gather, document and present information: for example, a digital camera, a laptop computer and
data/video projection system. All equipment is available for classroom use. The Media Specialist instructs students in the use
of the equipment.

Technology Enhanced Classrooms

Every Mount Ida College classroom has access to the campus network and Internet. There are twenty-four electronically
enhanced classrooms, two electronically enhanced auditoriums and one electronically enhanced conference room on campus with a combination of computers, data/video projection systems and audiovisual equipment.

Policies of Media Services

  1. AV Equipment may be borrowed for a curricular assignment, a classroom presentation, or an official student activity
     project or meeting. All requests for AV Equipment must be submitted online (using the Media Services Request Form).
     To access the form go the College website (www.mountida.edu ), select Resources and Services and then select Media

  2. One-week notice is required to schedule the use of a piece of AV equipment.

  3. If a student reserves or plans to use a campus location for a presentation, project or student meeting or activity
      and needs AV equipment, the student must submit an online Media Services Request Form to request use of the AV
      equipment in the location scheduled, even if the location is an electronic classroom or auditorium. This is to ensure
      that the student has the right AV equipment for the occasion, has proper access to the AV equipment and is trained
      to properly use the AV equipment.