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On Campus Plus in Boston

Key information

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Start dates:
August, January.

August start:
Semester 1, August – December
Semester 2, January – May
January start:
Semester 1, January – May
Semester 2, August – December
Course length:
2 semesters (per year)
Class size range:

Entry requirements

Completed Senior High School or equivalent and a minimum GPA of 2.5
TOEFL iBT 61 (no section below 12) / IELTS 6.0 (no band below 5.5)
Minimum age:

If your TOEFL/ IELTS score is lower than the above, you can still apply for this program but will need to take additional terms of the Undergraduate Preparation Program to progress your English language to the required score.


On Campus Plus at Pine Manor College is the unique, fast, and direct pathway to a degree at your dream school in Boston, or beyond.

Our pathways are designed to integrate with the unique flexibility of the US university transfer system. This means after your first year at Pine Manor you can choose to complete your major at a whole range of university options throughout the Boston area, or the wider USA.

Or, you are guaranteed to continue to years 2 to 4 at Pine Manor College. Either way, you will be on track to complete your degree in just 4 years.

The Boston Advantage


Boston is the leading academic center in the USA, if not the world. There are more colleges and universities here than any other city on earth. Your local progression options alone are huge.


This wonderfully vibrant and energetic city is a thriving center for business, technology, and culture. There is history, a great sporting scene, and a truly international atmosphere with students from all over the world making Boston their home.


Boston is also home to more start-up companies than any other American city. Many multinationals also base their headquarters here. Your career opportunities after graduation are therefore huge in this commercial powerhouse.


The On Campus Plus program ensures that international students acclimatize to the USA university system while attending the same classes as their American fellow students. Staff at the Kings Center on campus are on hand to counsel students on their study plan in their Year 1 and advise students on next steps, ie. what they want to study from their Sophomore Year onwards and where.

Students can choose to stay on at Pine Manor College, go to another respected US university.

Find out more about where our students have progressed


About Pine Manor College

Pine Manor CollegeLocated in one of Boston's most elegant suburbs, Pine Manor College is a small, private, liberal arts college known for its vast diversity, supportive community, and excellent internship programs. It is one of the most affordable private colleges in the country.

Pine Manor offers undergraduate degrees and a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing. Outcomes-based learning, interactive teaching, mentoring and academic support provide individual attention and opportunities for independent growth and leadership at Pine Manor College. A co-curricular approach connects theory with practice through an innovative leadership program, internship placement and extracurricular activities.


Comfortable residential accommodation on campus is only a one-minute walk from the Kings Center:

  • Twin rooms with separate bathroom facilities
  • Some single rooms are also available
  • All rooms have free internet access
  • Separate student lounge area within every residential block equipped with TV, video, and indoor games
  • Resident director and 24-hour security
  • There is a full self-service laundry facility

Course structure and content

The Academic modules are taught by Pine Manor College university faculty and attended by all students. This means you will be studying and mixing with American students right from the start of your course.

Students on the 1+3 Pathway in Boston will also benefit from the Profile Builder and Premium University Counseling, services Kings Pathways build around the academic modules, which aim to develop specific skills and knowledge students need to succeed in the American university system. They are provided by Kings at our on-campus center.

1 - Academic modules across 4 pathways

Students can choose one of four pathways:

  • Business and Economics
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Arts and Communication

Semester 1 (Fall)

1. Business and Economics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Understanding Business in a Changing World
2. Science and Mathematics
  • Principles of Biology (lab)
  • Principles of Chemistry I (lab)
  • Foundations of Mathematics
  • Essential Algebra
  • Calculus I
  • Introduction to Psychology (lab)
3. Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Introduction to Art History
  • World Religions
  • Introduction to Community Health
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Heroes and Heroines: Quest for Identity
  • Introduction to Social and Political Systems
4. Arts and Communication
  • Introduction to Mass Communications
  • Images to Ideas (visual literacy)
  • Introduction to Computer Design
  • Dance Technique (ballet, modern, multicultural, etc)
  • Introduction to Music
  • Introduction to Theater
  • Identity and Visual Culture
  • The Self Through Story: A Creative Student
  • The Quest for Happiness
  • Design and Building for Theater

Semester 2 (Spring)

1. Business and Economics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Persuasive Speaking
  • Understanding Business in a Changing World
2. Science and Mathematics
  • Principles of Biology (lab)
  • Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Principles of Chemistry II (lab)
  • Principles of Physics
  • Essential Algebra
  • Algebra II
  • Pre-calculus
  • Calculus II
  • Introduction to Psychology (lab)
3. Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Understanding the Structure of English
  • World Literature
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Introduction to Politics
  • American Government
  • Introduction to Social and Political Systems
  • Foundations of Education
  • World History I
4. Arts and Communication
  • Introduction to Mass Communications
  • Introduction to Computer Graphics
  • Public Speaking
  • Drawing
  • Design Fundamentals
  • Dance Technique (ballet, modern, multicultural, etc)
  • Modern Dance
  • Ballet
  • Dance in America
  • Acting I: Scene Study
  • Oil Painting
  • Design and Building for Theater

Support from the Kings Center on campus

Aside from the Academic modules, On Campus Plus students benefit from on-going support from a dedicated team at the Kings Center on campus who provide all the essential skills needed to succeed in the American university system.

Our rigorous student support program is designed to ensure you quickly settle in to American college life, and to maximise your potential in everything from English and study skills to extracurricular experience.  It includes the following components:

1. Profile Analyzer

We will:

  • Find out your academic strengths
  • Discuss your intended major or final degree with you
  • Work out how much language development you need for your transfer school
  • Establish whether you have any special talents in sports or the arts
  • Discuss whether you are aiming for a public or private university
  • Talk to you about where in the USA you want to transfer

2. Profile Builder

We will:

  • Work with you to help you write a great Personal Statement
  • Improve your interview skills and techniques
  • Develop your leadership profile and skills
  • Suggest community and volunteering activities in which you can participate
  • Help you maximize any available scholarship opportunities for sports or the arts
  • Work with you to develop your personal and communication skills

3. Academic Guidance

We will:

  • Create weekly lesson plans, regular quizzes, seminars and writing assignments
  • Incorporate technology into your study plan to make your learning come alive
  • Provide you with regular guidance on subject and major choices
  • Give you techniques and skills to improve note-taking, listening and speaking
  • Ensure you benefit from up to 10 hours per week of guided private study
  • Provide regular seminars and workshops aimed at developing your student profile
  • Guide you on writing skills, editing and proofreading documents

4. Regular Personal Assessment

We will:

  • Provide you with regular tests and assessments
  • Offer opportunities for one-to-one counseling
  • Make sure you have detailed feedback from your teachers
  • Schedule regular meetings with Kings advising staff
  • Give you written assignments which count towards your final grade
  • Provide regular examination practice
  • Issue you with a formal report which you can discuss with Kings academic staff

5. Personal Care and Support

We will:

  • Ensure you always have access to specialized care from our Advising Center
  • Support you with any housing issues you might have
  • Help you adapt to the US higher education system and culture
  • Help you develop strong links with University departments and faculty
  • Utilize technology to ensure timely and effective communication with you

From Kings Life

On Campus Plus Boston student Mengyuan

On Campus Plus student Mengyuan Li has recently been offered a place to transfer to Ivy League Cornell University.

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