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Why Ursuline?

 

Each day, over 350 young women come to Ursuline from nearly 60 communities around greater Boston. Here, known and nurtured by a dedicated faculty and staff, each student is encouraged to reach her fullest potential – as individuals, scholars, artists, athletes, and as young women of faith who will engage in our world with presence and purpose. Our students explore new subjects, discover their passions, cheer each other on, and have fun while doing it. This is a community rooted in Catholic social teaching and Gospel values, where lifelong friendships are formed and where we live with faith, courage, and joy.

At Ursuline Academy, we invite you to defy expectations. 

Consider this:  It’s possible to be both bold and compassionate. It’s possible to learn with joy. It’s possible to lead by serving. Consider what you aspire to, how you might surprise yourself, what your future might be, and then consider every other possibility. Ursuline both invites you – and challenges you– to write your own story.  What will your story be? 

 

Learning with Joy!

Our curriculum is designed to inspire each student’s natural curiosity. Our faculty encourage the love of learning, of reading, and scholarly exploration in the pursuit of truth. We deliver education on a personal level, so extra help – or an extra challenge – are equally available to any student who needs it. An Ursuline education promotes excellence in writing and presentation skills across all subjects, and cultivates a student’s ability to think critically, reason carefully and communicate persuasively.  

 

Growing in Faith

Centuries ago, Saint Angela Merici dedicated her life to forming a company of young women engaged in bettering their communities, known today as the Ursulines. We are inspired by St. Angela’s legacy at Ursuline and challenge our students to uphold these same Catholic values: to form their conscience in relationship to God, to adopt the principles of Catholic social teaching, and to be Christ to one another in today’s world. The values of our Catholic community are truly universal and we welcome students of all faiths.  

 

All Girls' Advantage

At Ursuline, girls participate in every class, take every leadership role, captain every team and club. They are the priority in every decision made. We encourage exploration and self-discovery and give students the tools to navigate their world, so that in these years of transformation, as young women shape their individual identities, Ursuline students shine. They speak confidently, lead eagerly, and live comfortably in their own skin.  They come to see themselves as they are -- impressive young women, ready to make a meaningful impact on our world. 

 

Exceptional Value

Combining the intimacy of a small, private school with the resources and opportunities of a much larger community, Ursuline offers the best of both worlds and is a remarkable value when compared to other private, Catholic schools in the area. A full 100% of our graduates find placement at competitive colleges and universities throughout the country, a testimony to our graduates’ exceptional poise, self-confidence, and the ability to tackle any problem with enthusiasm.   

 

Serviam: "I will serve"

For graduates of Ursuline Academy, Serviam is not merely a school motto, but a way of life.  Our students collectively provide over 24,000 hours in volunteer work each year, and seniors participate in a focused service project during their final weeks of school.  Every Ursuline graduate is shaped by their experience of Serviam, which is a source of great pride and inspires them to engage in meaningful work throughout their adult lives. 

GRACE JEAN '26

Grace Jean '26

STUDENT

Grace Jean '26 discusses the importance of trying new things, taking risks, and self-exploration. Grace is a trail-blazing, bold, and compassionate person, as demonstrated by her self-directed experiment which she calls her "Year of Risk Taking."

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NICOLE DAABOUL '25

Nicole Daaboul '25

STUDENT

Nicole Daaboul '25 has a deep commitment to Serviam. Her Greek Orthodox faith, connections to Lebanon, and talents in the performing and visual arts are avenues in which Nicole gives back to others. 

 

 

JULIA MULLERT '17

Julia Mullert '17

ALUM

Julia Mullert '17 is a Fulbright scholar studying in The Netherlands' government center, The Hague. Read on to learn how an Ursuline education prepared her for her success.  

 

 

HOPE ALTO '19

Hope Alto '19

ALUM

Hope Alto '19 is all about making waves. Read on to learn about her journey refurbishing an old sailboat and discovering her passion for teaching adaptive sailing.

 

 

PAUL BIMMLER

HISTORY FACULTY

Paul Bimmler

FACULTY

In addition to teaching at Ursuline, Mr. Bimmler serves as the Head Coach of UA's Swim and Dive team and assists with UA's Track team. Read to learn about his favorite aspects of teaching and coaching at Ursuline.

 

 

MAIREAD G. '26

Mairead G. '26

STUDENT

Mairead Gero '26 shares details about her favorite Ursuline tradition, Friendsgiving. She discusses her passion for service opportunities and her involvement with sports like field hockey.
 

 

ELIZABETH MAHONEY

SPANISH FACULTY

Elizabeth Mahoney

FACULTY

Ms. Mahoney has over three decades of teaching experience. Read on to learn about her practices in the classroom, as well as her annual travels to Spain to continue accumulating knowledge about the Spanish language and culture!

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SETA NERSESSIAN '76

 

Seta Nersessian '76

ALUMNAE

Seta Nersessian's devotion to Serviam inspired her to co-found the nonprofit organization Three Squares New England to help those struggling with food insecurity.
 

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CAILIN K. '24

 

Cailin K. '24

STUDENT

Cailin Kelly '24 reflects on her journey at Ursuline, and shares how participating in sports like golf and soccer as well as extracurriculars and leadership programs introduced her to lifelong friendships.

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BETH SHEEHAN COLLINS '02

 

Beth Sheehan Collins '02

Alumnae

Beth S. Collins '02 volunteered at My Brother's Keeper during her senior year at Ursuline. This experience was so foundational she has returned to My Brother's Keeper in a professional setting and currently serves as Manager of In-House Programs.

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CAROLINE RUFO

ARTS FACULTY

Caroline Rufo

ARTS FACULTY

Ms. Rufo has been teaching art classes at Ursuline since 2011. Read on to learn about her favorite UA traditions, interests and specialities, and background in art.

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Our Stories

For 75 years, Ursuline Academy has encouraged young women to push past their expectations of themselves. Steeped in an environment of encouragement, support, and faith, students feel free to discover every part of their being, to be both bold and compassionate, and to find what gives them joy. These are our stories!

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By the Numbers

100%

College Placement

16

Average Class Size

12:1

Student-Faculty Ratio

14

Sports

48

Student Clubs & Activities

6

Performing Arts

24,000

Community Service Hours

57

Cities & Towns where Students Live

19.2%

Students of Color

College Bound