A Boston investment banker has opened a new Christian college that will rely on online courses to help keep costs low. Finny Kuruvilla received approval for Sattler College in 2016 and will welcome the first class of students in the fall.
Chris Gabrieli, chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, called Sattler’s model “fascinating” and noted niche colleges that work to keep costs low have a better chance of surviving during a time when other small schools are closing.
Kuruvilla pledged $30 million to get the school off the ground and told The Boston Globe he wanted to create a Christian community where students could develop both spiritually and academically. Sattler intentionally targets homeschoolers and other students willing to try a different educational model. Although not affiliated with any denomination, Sattler’s community standards are based on Anabaptist tenets.
Sattler expects to start with about 25 students and three faculty members, offering majors in business, computer science, human biology, Biblical and religious studies, and history. He hopes eventually to expand the student body to 300. Tuition will run about $9,000 per year. ―L.J.