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As a Nichols student, you’re encouraged to be of service in the larger community. We believe that being a good neighbor is serious business.
Individually, Nichols students donate hundreds of hours to community causes each year, including:
As a campus, Nichols organizes many youth education initiatives in surrounding towns:
A six-week program that encourages low-income and minority students in the sixth grade to explore careers and see college as a real option. Nichols works closely with teachers, coordinates classroom speakers, and hosts students for a campus tour, lunch and graduation.
Nichols students provide homework help and lead activities for children in the after-school program of the Marilyn and Gerald Fels Clubhouse. Nichols also organizes a Halloween extravaganza for more than 100 children, which has been recognized with a Community Engagement Award.
Local 10th graders spend five Fridays away from the classroom conducting state-contracted environmental research on the Quinebaug-Shetucket National Heritage Corridor and analyzing the data under the guidance of Nichols faculty.
A residential college preparatory experience for low-income high school students in Southbridge. Upward Bound has a college placement rate of 95%. The program has received the George I. Alden Award at the annual Celebration of Higher Education in Central Massachusetts.