Student Life

Student Life

The Student Services team at Emmanuel is committed to fostering an environment of intentional, Christ-centred community. As students live out their faith daily, they grow in their understanding of what it means to be a part of the body of Christ. Our hope is that students will identify their gifts, strengths and weaknesses, learn how to resolve conflicts, and how to manage their time, and most of all they will learn what it means to love one another. The safety and intimacy of Emmanuel’s community make it the perfect place to explore the big questions of life, as well as to develop socially.

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On-Campus Living

The goal of the Residence Department is to give students a safe and intentional environment in which they can grow, learn, change and develop in concurrence with their academic studies. Our desire is to see students learn more of what it means to be mature and engaged adults who are able to be active participants in the body of Christ, both here on campus and in the world at large. Ultimately, we want to learn to love one another as believers, as Christ implores us to do in living as He did. In living together, the residence experience is a unique way for us to engage in daily life together, gaining skills that will affect how students choose to live, communicate and engage in relationships for the rest of their lives.

All single, first-year full-time students under age 21 (as of September 1st) must reside in campus residence or their parents’ home unless granted permission by the Student Services department.

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Residence Team

  • The Residence Directors are responsible for overseeing Residence Life on our campus. In particular, they work with Resident Advisors to develop programming to create a high-quality living and learning environment in our Residence Halls.
  • Resident Advisors are leaders who live in the residence halls. They are each assigned a floor and are responsible for getting to know their students, providing holistic programming, and seeking opportunities for learning and growing relationships. They provide early intervention in student issues and seek to foster a safe environment for students to learn, grow, and change.

Off-Campus Living

The commuter experience is unique in that most commuter students are integrating their Emmanuel studies into an already fast-paced life. In this way, students can learn what it means to live a balanced life, to connect when it is not always convenient, and to interact in community intentionally. To meet the needs of commuter students, we have provided block scheduling, microwaves and a fridge in the Campus Center and lounge space. When our cafeteria was open in the past, Commuter students could also purchase tickets for meals through the Business Office.

Living in Community

Student life at Emmanuel provides the opportunity for students to live in community together. The community itself is designed to be a safe place to explore the big questions of life and develop social skills. Living in a community is a great experience, but it can also have challenges. Emmanuel has created a set of expectations and guidelines to ease the process.

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Student Leadership

The Student Leadership Team (SLT) is comprised of the Student Council, Chapel Team Leaders, Ministry Team Leaders, and Resident Advisors. The team has been given the responsibility of partnering with staff, faculty, and the board in the fulfillment of the mission of the College. 

Early in the winter semester, students are invited to apply for positions on the Student Leadership Team.


Our Chapel gatherings are the heartbeat of our campus community and serve as vital opportunities for students and staff to unite for Celebration, Connection, Renewal and Transformation. Our Chapel program features a variety of creative worship and growth experiences, along with opportunities to hear from student speakers, staff and faculty, and guest speakers. As we come together for worship, reflection, prayer and Bible teaching, students and staff alike are encouraged to go deeper in the relationship with God and one another and are equipped for life and ministry.

Chapel is held Tuesday 11:15am – 12:15pm in the Library.

Note: During Special Emphasis weeks, there are often additional chapel times.


Emmanuel believes in a holistic approach to life, and students are encouraged to participate in physical activities. The Student Council hosts a variety of intramural activities throughout the year. All students are welcome and encouraged to participate. Along with these activities, EBC is located close to walking trails, Chicopee Ski Hill, bike trails, and multiple parks. Many of our students also have memberships to local gyms; there are several gyms within a 15-20 minute walk from Emmanuel Bible College.

Local Sports
There are a number of local sports leagues in which Emmanuel students can participate based on student interest. Contact Student Services or Student Council for more information.