Nichols at a Glance

Operations Management/Six Sigma

Location Dudley, Massachusetts – main campus with two Mass. satellites: Worcester and Devens
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.
Educational Outcomes

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

4 in 10 Nichols graduates become a president, CEO or business owner. 93% of Nichols 2013 graduates were employed or in a graduate program six months after graduation.

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
  • Educator Preparation Program
  • Honors Program
  • Accelerated Programs (4+1 MBA)
  • Certificate in Entrepreneurship
Evening Program
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with specializations in: Finance, General Business, and Marketing
  • A to B & Beyond® Business Partnerships with: Quinsigamond Community College (located in Worcester and Southbridge, Mass.) and Mount Wachusett Community College (located in Gardner, Leominster, and Devens, Mass.)
Graduate Degrees
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • 4+1 MBA (Accelerated Program)
  • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL)
Certificates (Evening Program)
  • Advanced Critical Thinking & Decision Making
  • Employee Benefits
  • Operations Management
  • Operations Management/Six Sigma
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.
Fall 2014 Cost for Undergraduate Day Student (tuition/room/meals) $44,820
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 1,198
Fall 2014 Student to Faculty Ratio 20 to 1
Fall 2014 Day Students Living on Campus 79%
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 2013 $6 million
Number of Alumni 13,830
(part-time and full-time)
Faculty: 93
Staff: 138
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