Mount Ida is proud to be the founding higher education sponsor of the N2 (n-squared) Corridor project, a public/private partnership to establish the N2  Corridor as a work-live-learn-play destination. Comprised of nearly 500 acres of commercial, educational, retail and recreational land along the Newton-Needham line, the N2 Innovation Corridor is home to some of the nation’s fastest growing and most well-known innovation companies.

In addition to $50,000 in support from the City of Newton, the Town of Needham, local businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a matching grant to the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce to fund a year-long competitiveness study and create a marketing plan for the N2 Corridor as the Corridor enters a period of marked expansion and development.


“By partnering and promoting their shared assets, Newton and Needham are uniquely positioned to attract industry and drive development,” said Congressman Joseph Kennedy III, in announcing the federal grant. “This N2 Initiative grant will help leverage the Corridor’s strengths and capitalize on our rapidly expanding innovation sector as we continue our efforts to expand access to economic opportunity throughout our Commonwealth.”

“The N2  Corridor provides a singular advantage for our students at Mount Ida and for opportunities to be involved in innovation from the ground up,” says Barry Brown, President of Mount Ida College. “It is an investment not only in N2, but in our students’ lives and futures.”

“The N² Corridor is a great example of how municipalities and private partners can work together to more effectively advocate for the resources needed to finance projects based on holistic plans that will have a big impact on the area,” said Newton Mayor Setti Warren. “This grant will enable us to get the expertise needed to create the strongest, most effective plan to spur the economic development that will attract innovative companies, entrepreneurs, and high-paying jobs to Newton and Needham.”

Though it still feels like summer, the new school year is just around the corner and we can’t wait to welcome our newest Mustangs to campus! To help you prepare, we’ve created a downloadable packing list and rundown of important dates.



For news, updates, and good old Mount Ida spirit, be sure to follow us on Twitter (@mountidanews), Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat (username: mountidacollege)! Here’s an overview of important Mount Ida back to school events. Football players will return to campus Friday, August 14 and all fall athletes will check in on Tuesday, August 18.  Tuesday, August 25 marks Transfer Student Orientation Session 2 and on Monday, August 31 student leaders and international studentswill head to campus for check-in.


If you are an incoming student who has not attended orientation, our Make-Up Orientation Session is on Tuesday, September 2.  New students move into residence halls on Thursday September 3 and we will kick off the new academic year with convocation later that afternoon.  Members of the class of 2019 will enjoy a series of special events called Mustang Round Up lasting from Thursday, September 3 until Sunday, September 9. Please check back in for updates as we reveal the exciting details.

Returning students will move into their residence halls on Monday, September 7. All students will be welcomed to campus with a weeklong series of events called Week of Welcome or WOW starting Monday September 7. Please check back in for updates and event specifics. Classes begin on Tuesday, September 8 with add/drop period ending on Wednesday, September 16. Last but not least, students can learn about Mount Ida’s vibrant clubs and organizations at the Involvement Fair on Wednesday, September 16.

Looking forward to seeing you on campus!