There’s a new program designed for first-generation, low-income students at Messina College (MA), on the site of the former Pine Manor College. It’s a two-year, associate’s degree granting program of Boston College, with students maintaining a 3.4 GPA their first two years eligible to transfer to BC’s undergraduate program. And Messina offers a fully residential experience designed solely for recent high school graduates.

A key part of Messina College’s vision, reported the National Catholic Reporter, is to acknowledge and support students outside of the classroom. “I want to build students’ confidence,” Antonio Serrato-Capuchina, a geneticist who will be on faculty, told the paper. A heavy focus on mentorship will strive to help students “navigate this transition to college and navigate the college experience and to be successful in that – it’s not always a question of academic success.”

Students in Messina’s program can pursue associate degrees in applied data science, applied psychology and human development, general business and health sciences.

Read more about this new initiative here.