Nichols at a Glance

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Location Dudley, Massachusetts
President Dr. Susan West Engelkemeyer, Ph.D.
Profile Nichols College is a four-year private, not-for-profit, coeducational institution offering associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees as well as certificate programs.
Founded 1815
Mission Within a supportive community, Nichols College transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education.
Vision Statement Nichols College is a college of choice for business and leadership education as a result of its distinctive career-focused and leadership-based approaches to learning, both in and out of the classroom.
College Rankings

Nichols is ranked 12th nationally among business schools for salary potential by

Nichols is ranked 14th nationally as a Best Value Business School by

Nichols is ranked 14th most affordable college in Best Online Colleges in Massachusetts, a list that ranks colleges offering online programs— 

Nichols was awarded “Best Business Education” by the Worcester Business Journal's Best of Business reader's poll in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

In potentially the largest study of its kind ever conducted, Nichols has the 13th highest success rate nationally out of 578 selective private colleges for helping students achieve a higher economic status than the one they grew up in. The study was led by Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics at Stanford University.

Student Outcomes

92% of Nichols 2016 graduates were employed or in a graduate program six months after graduation.

Student Success

First Year Retention Rate: 76% (Fall 2017)
Four Year Graduation Rate: 54% (2017)

Educational Outcomes
  • Effectively express and accurately comprehend concepts and facts using a range of appropriate and current communication methods.
  • Utilize qualitative and quantitative problem-solving skills to analyze and interpret information.
  • Recognize and assess questions of right and wrong and demonstrate a willingness to act responsibly in personal and professional life.
  • Articulate an understanding and appreciation of cultural and human differences, acknowledging the interconnectedness of a global society and one’s social and civic responsibility to the community, the nation and the world.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively in a group, assume leadership when appropriate, and support leadership in others.
Undergraduate Programs
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in: Accounting, Criminal Justice Management, Economics, Finance, General Business, Hospitality Management, Human Resource Management, Integrated Marketing Communication, International Business, Management, and Sport Management
  • Bachelor of Arts with majors in: Communication, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, and Psychology
  • Associate in Business Administration
  • 4+1 MBA 
  • 3+1 MSA (with CPA exam prep for qualified Nichols undergraduates)
  • Certificate in Entrepreneurship
Undergraduate Adult Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with concentrations in: Accounting, Criminal Justice Management, General Business, and Hospitality Management
  • Transfer Partnerships with:
    • Community College of Rhode Island
    • Mount Wachusett Community College
    • Quinebaug Valley Community College
    • Quinsigamond Community College
Graduate Degrees
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)
  • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL)
  • Master of Science in Counterterrorism (MSC)
  • Dual MBA/MSOL
  • Dual MSA/MSOL
  • Dual MSA/MBA
  • Dual MSC/MSOL
  • Dual MSC/MBA
  • Dual MSC/MSA
Post-baccalaureate Certificates (Evening Program)
  • Advanced Critical Thinking & Decision Making
  • Employee Benefits
  • Operations Management/Six Sigma
  • Leadership
Career Focus Nichols signature Professional Development Seminar (PDS) Program is a four-year program of one credit academic courses. Coursework logically builds on the prior year, with first-year students making the transition to college and discovering what it takes to succeed; second-year students learning how to represent themselves and develop their professional brand; third-year students refining their interviewing and networking skills; and fourth-year students launching successful careers.
Leadership Development Believing that leadership is vital and should be discovered, cultivated, and celebrated, Nichols College encourages the leadership potential in all of its students through experiential learning, hands-on opportunities, and individualized mentoring.
Internship Opportunities Internships provide an opportunity for students to explore a specific career, gain real-life work experience, and develop a network of contacts. Often, internship experiences lead to full-time employment upon graduation.
Global Learning Study Abroad options include faculty-led, course-related travel; The Washington Center in Washington, DC; and Nichols' international student population on campus.
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC)
  • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)

The sport management degree program at Nichols College has received specialized accreditation through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) located in Arlington, VA, USA. The sport management program in the following degree is accredited by COSMA:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Sport Management
Fall 2017-2018 Cost for Undergraduate Day Student (tuition/room/meals) $47,800
2017–18 Tuition Per Credit Hour/Undergraduate Evening $330
2017–18 Tuition Graduate
  • MBA $23,400
  • MSA $20,400
  • MSOL $19,500
  • MSC $19,500
Fall 2017 New Students 416
Fall 2017 Total Day Student Enrollment 1,218
Fall 2017 Student to Faculty Ratio 16 to 1
Fall 2017 First-year Students Living on Campus 84%
Annual Financial Aid
(includes student employment, institutional funds, alternative loans, parent)
$39 million
Full-time Students Receiving Financial Aid
(excluding parent loans and private loans)
Mascot Bison
Endowment 2017 $13.7 million
Number of Alumni 14,530
(part-time and full-time)
Faculty: 121
Staff: 194
Radio Station WNRC 97.5 FM
  • Men’s NCAA Div. III: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track & field, and volleyball
  • Women’s NCAA Div. III: basketball, cross country, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball
  • Club Sports: rugby, ice hockey, lacrosse, racquetball, dance, and cheerleading