Initially founded by George Franklin Jewett in 1899 as the Mount Ida School for Girls, a private high school, Mount Ida College has undergone a series of transformations over the years. In 1907, the school first began providing junior level courses. After changing ownership and location in 1939, the institution was renamed Mount Ida Junior College and began accepting male students. After merging with several other Boston-area colleges such as Grahm Junior College, Bryant & Stratton College, Chamberlayne Junior College, the New England School of Funeral Service Education and Coyne Electrical and Technical School, Mount Ida developed a senior-level division.
Mount Ida College's mission states that it "provides a diverse community of learners a challenging education that blends the liberal arts with professional preparation. [Mount Ida College] dedicate[s] [its] energy, imagination and resources to empowering all students to achieve academically and contribute responsibly in a changing world."
Those living in student housing or an off campus apartment have access to the school's unique academic programs and fields of study. Students may pursue undergraduate degrees through Mount Ida College's various divisions including the School of Animal Science, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and School of Design.
Student living and university living at Mount Ida College revolve around a bevy of traditional campus student activities and organizations. The school's athletic programs compete in the NCAA's Division III in men's and women's sports like basketball, football, soccer and softball.
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