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Compass Program

MassArt Compass Program

The Academic Compass Program was established in 2001 to connect and support undergraduate students with mentors, faculty and staff during their transition to college. 

Compass supports with advising, tutoring, and navigating issues of transition in academic, creative, social, cultural, and personal areas. 

Connections happen through a community of peers in the first year and through to graduation. 

Students are eligible for The Academic Compass program through an admissions review of portfolio, grades and recommendations. 
Additionally students must be:

  • First generation in their family to attend college, 
  • A Massachusetts resident,
  • And have a financial need.

"Compass is an awesome program. I’ve had great experiences with the staff and teachers involved. They will help you with your needs and treat you as a creative individual."
     - Tiffany Ramos, Illustration Major

Program highlights

  • Weekly workshops, retreats, visiting artists and lectures serve as forums where community is fostered and student voices are heard and encouraged
  • Compass works in collaboration with academic services, Student Development, and other College-wide departments
  • An annual field trip to New York City exposes students to contemporary art in museums and galleries
  • Compass retreats present students with the opportunity to connect with faculty and strengthen friendships
  • The annual Compass Exhibition in the Brant Gallery displays the breadth and depth of work by Compass students across all disciplines
  • MassArt alumni are invited to Compass to share stories, make connections, and strengthen the Compass network


Lyssa Palu-ay
Dean, Office of Justice, Equity and Transformation 

Loretta Park
Compass Lead Faculty Mentor

Danielle Van den Berge
Program Coordinator