Convenience and Flexibility
A commitment to making things work for students
Andover Newton prides itself on being a convenient and flexible institution for its students, recognizing that many of its students are not only second and third career folks, but many students commute every week from as far away as Vermont and New York State. Our commitment is to reach as many students as possible without compromising either the quality of instruction or the experience of the Andover Newton community.
To make the most efficient use of everyone's time, Andover Newton classes meet once a week for three hours. This saves the time and trouble of more frequent weekly meetings but it also enhances the learning experience.
With no need to clear the classroom after a fifty minute lecture, there is ample time for open-ended discussion and questions and for teaching methods that go well beyond the traditional lecture. Students find classes are more intense and rewarding than those offering more standard schedules. Many classes meet in the evening to accommodate those with a heavy daytime schedule.
A variety of housing to meet different needs
Andover Newton is rare among Boston area graduate schools in offering both ample, on-campus housing and a variety of options to meet different needs. Student acommodations range from single rooms and studio apartments to duplexes suitable for families.
There is housing for full-time students and commuters as well as for singles, couples, and students with children. Commuters may take rooms for only one or two nights a week while they are on campus. There are also hotel-style suites that can be reserved by the night as needed. Rents are well below market rates for off-campus housing in the Boston area.
Andover Newton maintains a traditional on-campus dining hall with meal plans for both full-time and part-time students. Service is cafeteria style with menu options for different dietary needs. There is a commuter lounge in upper Noyes, available for use 24 hours a day, as well as a food area open for times between breakfast and dinner that the cafeteria does not serve meals. Newton Centre's business district, a short walk from campus, has a wide range of restaurants of all types and prices.
Andover Newton is also conveniently located, just off of routes 9, 128, and I-95 and the Mass Pike, and within a few hundred yards of the Newton Centre green-line T-stop. Just down the hill from campus are the shop and restaurants of Newton Centre. Just a few miles away is lovely and historic Boston, one of America's few truly pedestrian cities. Take the T train to Park Street Station or drive down Beacon Street and park under the Boston Common and you will be walking distance from all of Boston’s fantastic sites.
Many ways to pursue learning
Andover Newton offers a vast array of educational opportunities for students who are returning to school after leaving previous careers or students coming directly from college. Besides traditional, full-time, on-campus programs, there are non-degree programs and degree opportunities for students without baccalaureate degrees.
There are summer and winter intensive sessions, on-line courses,special workshops and institutes. We offer a Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.), a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), several different Master of Arts degrees, as well as certificate programs, classes for ‘ministers in the vicinity’ and lay-auditor opportunities.
Education at Andover Newton is student-centered. No matter what your needs, Andover Newton will find a way to meet them.