NEWTON (CBS) – The University of Massachusetts has finalized an agreement to acquire the physical assets of the Mount Ida College campus to use for academic, career preparation and economic development.

The schools announced the agreement on Friday.

Mount Ida students in good standing will be offered automatic admission to UMass Dartmouth with “a clear path to degree completion.” In addition, UMass Dartmouth will facilitate expedited transfer opportunities at UMass Boston, Lowell and Amherst campuses for Mount Ida students.

Mount Ida will close at the end of the semester. (WBZ-TV)

“The challenges for small colleges in the current economic and demographic landscape are significant,” said Mount Ida president Barry Brown. “Working with UMass, we have devised a way forward that ensures the well-being of our students, enhances the academic capacity of the region, and preserves Mount Ida’s legacy and history.”

Prior to the agreement, Mount Ida had explored a merger with Lasell College, but the sides could not come to terms.

UMass Amherst will take ownership of Mount Ida assets through a real estate transaction. UMass officials say they will “preserve the character of the campus and serve as a custodian of its history and legacy.”

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  1. My son goes to Mount Ida for Game Art B.A. program. What are we suppose to do since Umass doesn’t have ANYTHING CLOSE to the program that he is in now?! UMass offers this a a minor with no internships. This is rediculous! “Providing Pathways” WTH politically correct garbage is this?! How about saying EXACTLY what we need to know instead of playing around! Parents and Students of Mount Ida are angry and we have every right to be.

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