Nichols at a Glance

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 ranked 9th in U.S. News and World Report 2014 Best Colleges in the north. Nichols ranked 7th nationally among business schools for ROI (Return on Investment) by

Student Outcomes

93% of Nichols 2014 graduates were employed or in a graduate program six months after graduation.

Student Success

First Year Retention Rate: 70.4% (Fall 2014)
Overall Retention Rate: 82% (Fall 2014)
Four Year Graduation Rate: 50.4% (2015)

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.
Day Program
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with specializations in: Accounting, Business Communication, Criminal Justice Management, Economics, Finance, General Business, Hospitality Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Sport Management
  • Bachelor of Arts with majors in: Economics, English, History, Mathematics, and Psychology
  • Associate in Business Administration
  • Accelerated MBA Degree Program (2 degrees; 5 years)
  • Accelerated MSA Degree Program (2 degrees; 4 years)
  • Certificate in Entrepreneurship
Evening Program
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)
  • A to B & Beyond® Business Partnerships with: Quinsigamond Community College (located in Worcester, Southbridge, and Marlboro, Mass.) and Mount Wachusett Community College (located in Gardner, Leominster, and Devens, Mass.)
Graduate Degrees
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)
  • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL)
  • Dual MBA/MSOL
  • Dual MSA/MSOL
  • Dual MSA/MBA
Post-baccalaureate Certificates (Evening Program)
  • Advanced Critical Thinking & Decision Making
  • Employee Benefits
  • Operations Management/Six Sigma
  • Leadership
Career Focus The Nichols 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 receiving help with the transition to college and exploring majors; second-year students exploring majors and internship opportunities; third-year students refining their job search skills including interviewing, writing résumés and developing portfolios; 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; trips to the Washington Center in Washington, DC; and time with Nichols' international student population.
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC)
  • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
  • Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

The following sport management degree program(s) has been granted Candidacy Status by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), located in Arlington, VA, USA:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Sport Management
  • Candidacy Status is not an accredited status, but a step toward seeking accreditation by COSMA.
Fall 2014-2015 Cost for Undergraduate Day Student (tuition/room/meals) $44,605
2014–15 Tuition Per Credit Hour/Undergraduate Evening $300
2014–15 Tuition Per Credit Hour/Graduate $600
Fall 2014 First-year Full-time Day Students 401
Fall 2014 Total Day Student Enrollment 1,213
Fall 2014 Student to Faculty Ratio 18 to 1
Fall 2014 Day Students Living on Campus 80%
Annual Financial Aid
(includes student employment, institutional funds, alternative loans, parent)
$34.2 million
Full-time Students Receiving Financial Aid
(excluding parent loans and private loans)
Mascot Bison
Endowment 2015 $9.7 million
Number of Alumni 13,773
(part-time and full-time)
Faculty: 92
Staff: 171
Radio Station WNRC 97.5 FM
  • Men’s NCAA Div. III: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track and field
  • Women’s NCAA Div. III: basketball, cross country, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and track and field
  • Club Sports: men’s rugby, men’s ice hockey, racquetball, dance, cheerleading, and volleyball