Your Success Is Our Business.

Nichols College strives to develop tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business education.

We transform our students into successful graduates who can respond to challenges, are eager for responsibility and will assume significant roles in the global economy.

The Nichols experience happens in a welcoming environment where our student is encouraged to learn and grow under the guidance of mentoring faculty and staff who are committed to student success.

Our History and Accreditation

True to our New England location, Nichols College has always embodied Yankee ingenuity and practicality. As we near our 200th anniversary, the College continues this legacy with education that is relevant to - and that actively prepares our students to succeed in - today’s workforce.

1815

  • Nichols Academy was founded by Amasa Nichols, a wealthy Dudley industrialist. Samuel Slater, “the father of cotton manufacture in the United States,” who owned mills in the nearby town of Webster, was an early benefactor. 
  • Textile manufacturer Hezekiah Conant donated three buildings during the 1800s; Academy Hall, Conant Hall and the Chapel. Nichols Academy closed in 1909.

1931

  • Nichols Junior College was founded on the Academy campus by James Lawson Conrad. 
  • The first junior college for men in the East, Nichols was also the first junior college in Massachusetts to receive authority to grant an Associate’s degree in Business Administration. Nichols closed during World War II, when President Conrad was called into service.

1946 

  • Nichols Junior College was reopened by President Conrad.

1958 

  • Nichols was granted authority to become a four-year college and to confer the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration. The College added four new dormitories and a new library building. 
  • Nichols athletics gained a home with the Chalmers Field House, swimming pool and facilities for varsity and intramural sports. The former gymnasium was renovated into a 700+ seat auditorium.

1965 

  • Nichols earned accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

1970 

  • The Board of Trustees voted to admit women to Nichols for the first time since Academy days. 
  • The College began to offer programs leading to degrees other than the Bachelor of Business Administration.

1971 

  • Nichols was granted authority to offer the Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) and Bachelor of Science in Public Administration. It also offered a new Educator Preparation Program.

1974 

  • Nichols was granted authority to grant the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA).

1980 

  • Nichols established the Institute for American Values (renamed the Robert C. Fischer Policy and Cultural Institute in 1999) as a division of the College, providing a forum for the free exchange of ideas.

1997 

  • Sport Management was initiated as a new academic business specialization.

1998 

  • Dr. Debra M. Townsley was named as the College’s sixth, and first female, president.
  • Nichols established an innovative new curriculum including a Current Issues Symposium and Professional Development Seminar.

1999 

  • The Educator Preparation Program was re-established as an academic specialization.

2002 

  • Criminal Justice Management and Business Communication were initiated as new academic specializations.

2004 

  • Nichols collaborated with the Alabama-based United States Sports Academy to deliver a MBA degree with an emphasis in Sports Management. It was the first accredited Sports Management MBA in the country to be available 100% online.

2005 

  • The MBA program celebrated its 30th anniversary. Beginning in 1974 with an enrollment of 11 students, the College now offers one of the largest MBA programs in Central Massachusetts.
  • Nichols dedicated Lombard Dining Hall and Vendetti Field at Homecoming and opened a new multi-purpose stadium.
  • The Board of Commissioners for the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) granted accreditation for Nichols College business and business-related degree programs.

2006

  • Nichols Student Government Association celebrated its 30th anniversary and the Fischer Institute celebrated its 25th.

2007

  • The START youth leadership training program brought 90 ninth graders from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island to campus, demonstrating Nichols’ commitment to leadership education.
  • Two new academic programs were introduced: a Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) and an Arts & Entertainment business specialization.
  • Nichols signed an agreement with European University to recognize each other’s courses, certificates and degrees (BSBA and MBA).

2008

  • At 1,088 day students, the fall semester marked the largest day enrollment.
  • The first apartment-style residence hall, Copper Beech I, opened and Olsen Hall was transformed with a “green” renovation.
  • The “A to B” Business Program was implemented with four Massachusetts Community Colleges: Quinsigamond, Massasoit, Mount Wachusett and Cape Cod.
  • An agreement between European University and Nichols College allows Nichols students to study abroad in Barcelona, Geneva, Munich and Montreux.

2009

  • Copper Beech II, the second apartment-style residence hall on campus, opened.
  • The “A to B” Business Program expanded to include MassBay Community College.
  • Nichols opened a satellite campus in Palm Beach, Florida.

2010

  • In April, President Debra Townsley resigned to become president of Peace College. The Board of Trustees appointed Trustee Emeritus Gerald Fels as Interim President and formed a President Search Committee.
  • Attendance at Fischer Institute events passed the 50,000 mark.

Accreditation

Nichols College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization.

Nichols has also received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Olathe, Kansas.

The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)

  • Accounting
  • Business Communication
  • Criminal Justice Management
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • General Business Education
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Sport Management