Colleges of the Fenway proves the saying that there's "strength in numbers."
Colleges of the Fenway, or the "Fen Colleges" as the group is sometimes called locally, is a consortium between 6 relatively small colleges in Boston's Fenway neighborhood.
Participating colleges include Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), Simmons, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Wheelock College.
Despite the relative small size of each school, their combined enrollment totals 11,400+ students - over 15% of the total enrollment of undergrads attending 4-year Boston colleges - plus 700+ full-time faculty and 2,300 courses.
Students attending the Fen Colleges can cross-enroll in courses in any of the schools, which of course greatly expands their academic possibilities. They also team up for sports as well as many social events.
The schools also work together to find innovative ways to invest in and share new services in order to reduce their collective costs and to keep the higher ed experience affordable.
The joint academic programs that the Fen Colleges can offer because of their collaboration are of particular interest to students.
For example, Simmons and MCPHS offer a joint 7-year dual degree in which students earn a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Simmons and a Pharm.D. degree in pharmacy from MCPHS.
An interdisciplinary program among the schools in Environmental Science enables students to benefit from the teaching staff and labs from all of the schools, as well as joint research programs and fieldwork.
For more information: Website; also, you can obtain more information from any of the participating colleges.