Marian Court College

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Marian Court College
Marian Court College 50th logo.jpg
Former names
Marian Court Secretarial School
Motto Seek Knowledge. Serve All.
Type Private, Four-Year, Liberal Arts
Active 1964–2015
Affiliation Roman Catholic, Sisters of Mercy
President Dr. Denise Hammon
Academic staff
Students 350
Location Swampscott, MA, USA
42°27′55.18″N 70°53′21.3″W / 42.4653278°N 70.889250°W / 42.4653278; -70.889250
Colors Blue and Gold
Nickname We are Mercy Spirit!

Marian Court College was a four-year college in Swampscott, Massachusetts. It was a Roman Catholic institution founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, originally as a secretarial college. The college opened in 1964 and closed on June 30, 2015.

The Sisters of Mercy founded Marian Court College in 1964 as a two-year secretarial college for women. It became Marian Court Junior College of Business in 1980, and by 1984 offered associate degrees. In 1994 it changed its name to Marian Court College. It offered day and evening programs leading to a Bachelor in Science degree, and in 2012 began offering four-year degrees in business and criminal justice.[1] On May 1, 2015, the college celebrated its fiftieth anniversary.[2]

The school closed on June 30, 2015, as a result of financial problems stemming from generally declining enrollment. It was a non-residential college, the only entirely commuter Catholic college in the country;[3] enrollment in 2013 was 266, 183 FTE. The last graduating class was 67.[4][5]

The campus was on a 6-acre (2.4 ha) oceanfront estate, with Calvin Coolidge's Summer White House, originally called White Court, as the main building.[1][6]

Marian Court was regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.[1] Denise Hammon was the last president.


  1. ^ a b c "Brief History of Marian Court College" (PDF). Marian Court College. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2016-02-14. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "Marian Court College's 50th anniversary". Boston Globe. May 6, 2015.
  3. ^ Lowery, Brooklyn (June 17, 2015). "Low Enrollment Forces Closing of Marian Court College".
  4. ^ Disare, Monica (June 16, 2015). "Marian Court College in Swampscott to close its doors: Financial woes, enrollment cited". Boston Globe.
  5. ^ Woodhouse, Kellie (June 18, 2015). "No Choice But to Close?". Inside Higher Ed.
  6. ^ "Public invited to discuss the future of White Court at the former Marian Court College". Wicked Local. Swampscott Reporter. October 22, 2015.


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