Beverly’s Montserrat College of Art welcomed freshmen and transfer students to campus on Saturday, Aug. 26, with returning students moving in over the weekend through the beginning of the week as the first day of classes approached.
The college has seen a level enrollment since last year and will expect about 370 students, more than 75 percent of whom live on and near campus. The student population this year is 69 percent female.
Sixty-eight percent of the new students are from New England, with 44 percent of those coming from Massachusetts. Other states new students hail from include California, Washington DC, Deleware, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.
Montserrat’s housing is apartment-style so students are well integrated into the community to shop, study, work and live, and last year the college reported an economic impact to the Greater Beverly area of more than $25 million.
The semester kicks off publicly with a free, accessible gallery opening at 23 Essex St., the Hardie Building, on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. for the exhibition of “Figure/Ground.” The public is welcome to attend.
Montserrat College of Art is a four-year college of art and design leading the way preparing tomorrow’s designers and artists who will be problem solvers for a world that requires creative solutions to ever-changing challenges. With four international programs, 12 concentrations and required internships, the college is forging new relationships that fuse art and design with entrepreneurship.
Montserrat alumni are employed by some of the country’s biggest brands, including Disney, Puma, Hasbro and more. Additionally the college offers year-round classes for adults and youth, and is home to four, free, galleries which offer year-round public exhibitions and lectures.
For more information, visit www.montserrat.edu.