Community College Transfer Partnerships

Our ABLE Initiative offers a new, affordable way to earn a Nichols College BSBA degree

Our ABLE (Affordable Business and Leadership Education) Initiative was created to offer area community college students a cost-conscious option for completing their education at Nichols College and furthering their future earning potential. Today ABLE has fostered one of the most unique (and affordable) public-to-private college transfer programs in the Northeast.

If you’re a student at one our ABLE Initiative partner schools, you can seamlessly transfer your entire associate’s degree (or even up to 90 credits) and finish your bachelor’s degree by earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree at Nichols College. With this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Earn your bachelor’s degree at Nichols College, a leading private college recognized for its reputation in business
  • Study areas that lead to high-demand careers in New England
  • Learn practical leadership and innovation skills that are valued today

Here are our current options for completing your bachelor’s degree at Nichols College through our ABLE program.

Transfer your associate’s degree to Nichols College and earn a Nichols College BSBA degree

(Complete your junior and senior years at Nichols College)

If you’re working towards an associate’s degree at one of our partner community colleges, then you may be eligible to transfer 61 credits or your entire associate’s degree to Nichols College and complete your Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree at Nichols College. In this program, you would complete your entire junior and senior years at Nichols College through the adult undergraduate program.

The Nichols College ABLE transfer program (associate’s transfer option for Nichols BSBA) is available at the following community colleges (and please note additional concentrations are available):

  • Community College of Rhode Island
    Concentrations: Accounting, Criminal Justice Management, Hospitality Management, General Business
  • Mount Wachusett Community College
    Concentrations: Accounting, General Business
  • Quinebaug Valley Community College
    Concentrations: Accounting, Criminal Justice Management, Hospitality Management, General Business
  • Quinsigamond Community College
    Concentrations: Accounting, Criminal Justice Management, Hospitality Management, General Business

Transfer 90 credits to Nichols College and earn a Nichols College BSBA degree

(Complete your senior year at Nichols College)

(This option is formally known as A to B & Beyond or 3+1 Program.)

With our partnerships, you can finish your Business Administration Degree with a concentration in General Business at Nichols College.

If you’re currently working towards an associate’s degree in a Business Administration Transfer program at one of our partner community colleges and want to receive your bachelor’s degree with a concentration in General Business, then you may be eligible to transfer up to 90 credits to Nichols College and complete your Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree at Nichols College. In this program, you would complete your entire senior year at Nichols College.

Requirements:

  • Enroll in a Business Administration Transfer Program at one of our partner institutions
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average

How it works:

  • If accepted, you’ll enroll in a structured third-year business program based on Nichols transfer requirements at your community college. These courses will be taught by your community college instructors at the same cost per credit as your previous two years of schooling. Your routine won’t change until your final year during which courses will be taught by Nichols professors. In your final year, you can choose to take courses on the Nichols College campus located in Dudley, MA, or if you prefer, you can take your final year courses online.

The Nichols College ABLE transfer program (final-year transfer option for Nichols BSBA) is available for the General Business concentration at the following community colleges:

  • Community College of Rhode Island
  • Mount Wachusett Community College
  • Quinebaug Valley Community College
  • Quinsigamond Community College

Enroll as a Full-time Commuter after earning an associate's degree from a Partner Institution

  • Enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester
  • Take your classes in the traditional day program format during a 15-week semester
  • Enjoy access to the full Nichols Catalog with 17 majors and concentrations to choose from
  • Pay the “real price” of $5,500 per semester
  • Federal and state grants and loans are available for those who qualify

We want to talk to you!

We’re here to help—so contact us if you have questions about our unique ABLE Initiative transfer program, our transfer application process or scheduling a visit. Call or email Beth Graham, Associate Director of Enrollment, at 508-213-2141 or beth.graham@nichols.edu. And check out Beth’s admission counselor profile to learn a little bit about her, including why she’s excited to help prospective transfer students like you. If you’re attending one of our community college partners, you can also contact your college’s transfer representative for more information about the ABLE Initiative transfer program.