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Student Life

Student Life beyond the classroom is a crucial portion of a student’s education at Nichols. A large and diverse number of experiences coupled with a growing student body offer each student increased possibilities for involvement in campus and community affairs.

Students can participate in social and professional organizations, special interest groups, cultural and social events, intercollegiate club and intramural sports, the campus radio station, a literary magazine, Student Government, and community service efforts.

Nichols is a residential college with a commitment to the concept of residential living as a part of the student’s total educational experience. While the majority of the student body resides on campus, our commuting students are offered all of the same opportunities and experiences. Commuting students are given resources through the Student Involvement Office. These students can obtain a locker, parking information, social events, and more. The Fels Student Center lounge is just one of the many spaces commuting students utilize campus-wide. All facilities and activities on campus are open to commuters.

Nichols College seeks to promote the pursuit of activities that contribute to the intellectual, ethical and physical development of the individual student as well as ensuring the safety of persons engaging in those pursuits. In accordance with its responsibilities as an institution of higher education and upon the approval and acceptance by the President of the College, Nichols College establishes policies of student conduct and regulations for the use of its facilities. Therefore, it is expected that students will conduct their affairs with proper regard for the rights of others and of the College. All members of the College community share a responsibility for maintaining an environment where actions are guided by mutual respect, integrity and reason. Nichols College students are both citizens and members of the academic community. As citizens, students enjoy the same freedom of speech, peaceful assembly and right of petition that other citizens enjoy.


Honor Societies

Alpha Phi Sigma  The national honor society for students in criminal justice. The goals of Alpha Phi Sigma are to honor and promote academic excellence, community service, educational leadership, and unity.

Delta Mu Delta  The national college honor society for students in business administration. Its purpose is to promote higher scholarship in training for business and to recognize and reward scholastic attainment in business administration.

Mu Kappa Tau  The national scholastic honor society for students in marketing, the society’s aims are to recognize and honor scholarly achievement and to promote the advancement of marketing education.

Phi Alpha Theta  The national honor society in History; its Alpha Mu Eta chapter was established at Nichols in 2005. Its purpose is to recognize student excellence in the field of history as well as to encourage research, good teaching, and the exchange of ideas between students, teachers, and writers of history.

Zeta Alpha Phi  This Nichols College honor society is a select group of men and women who have shown excellence in the classroom in addition to their active participation in other campus activities. The primary aim of the organization is to stimulate student interest in academics and thereby improve the academic stature of the institution.


NCAA Division III

Nichols offers an extensive athletics program with ten men’s and ten women’s teams competing in the NCAA Division III. The college is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), New England Football Conference (NEFC), ECAC Northeast Ice Hockey League, Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), and ECAC Women’s East Ice Hockey League.

Men’s Teams                                Women’s Teams

Baseball                                          Basketball

Basketball                                       Cross Country

Cross Country                               Field Hockey

Football                                          Ice Hockey

Golf                                                 Lacrosse

Ice Hockey                                      Soccer

Lacrosse                                         Softball

Soccer                                             Tennis

Tennis                                             Track & Field

Track & Field                                  Volleyball

The Competition

Fall: The Bison athletics program includes football, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country, as well as field hockey, women’s volleyball, and women’s tennis. All but the football team compete in the 10-institution Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) with schools such as Western New England College, Endicott College, Salve Regina University, and Roger Williams University. The sport of football will join the CCC in 2017. The field hockey, golf, men’s soccer, and women’s tennis teams have won conference championships in the past several years.

Winter: The Bison compete in men’s and women’s basketball as well as in men’s and women’s ice hockey. The basketball teams both compete in the CCC and have produced a number of all-stars at the conference and regional levels. The men’s basketball team finished in first place in the CCC regular season standings in 2014, 2015, and 2016. The men’s hockey team has produced several ECAC all-stars and has participated in the ECAC Northeast Ice Hockey League Tournament every year since 2006, winning the championship in 2009, 2014, and 2015. Starting in 2016-2017, the men’s ice hockey team will also begin competing in the CCC and the women will continue to compete in the NEHC. Home ice for the Bison is the June R. Levy Rink in Harrisville, R.I.

Spring: Teams include baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s golf, men’s and women’s track and field, and men’s tennis. Many of the spring teams often travel to Florida for an early-season start during spring break before starting the CCC schedule. The men’s tennis team has won the Conference Championship in 2000, 2001, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Athletics Facilities

Nichols boasts many fine outdoor sports facilities. The football, field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse teams practice and compete on an outdoor multi-purpose synthetic turf field complete with lights, press box, bleachers, and an all-weather eight-lane track. The field was dedicated in 2005 in honor of Coach Michael J. Vendetti. Dedicated in the fall of 1992, the Francis J. Robinson Jr. Tennis Courts are fully lighted and were rebuilt in 2014-2015. Fields for soccer, softball, and baseball complement the College’s outdoor facilities.

The multipurpose Chalmers Field House contains multiple levels and a clear span gymnasium of 120’x120’x35’. It has a basketball court, locker rooms, athletic offices, and equipment storage. The facility was remodeled and renovated in 2015 to include a weight room, fitness center, athletic training room, a multi-purpose meeting room, and an aerobics/dance studio. During the academic year, the field house is one of the busiest places on campus with intramural sports and recreational activities.

The Athletic Center, completed in the fall of 2000, contains a performance gym for varsity basketball and volleyball. The building contains a suspended jogging track, two racquetball courts, one squash court, an atrium foyer with indoor climbing wall, two public locker rooms and four varsity locker rooms, and an athletics administration suite.


Academic Organizations

Accounting Club  This organization provides students an opportunity to meet with professionals in the field of accounting and other related areas. The club invites outstanding speakers representing industrial, public, and governmental accounting. Off-campus activities include accounting seminars and field trips to local businesses and industries.

Criminal Justice Management Club  This club provides a networking opportunity for those within the CJM major. It also introduces members to career opportunities through event sponsorship and trips to area agencies.

Hospitality Management Club  This club expands students’ knowledge and understanding of the hospitality industry. Through social events, traveling, and numerous educational activities, the Hospitality Management Club helps create a positive atmosphere around all Nichols College events, both on and off campus.

Human Resource Management Club  Students in this club seek experiences and information to gain a greater understanding of the fields of Human Resource Management and/or Management.

Management Club  The Management Club takes students into real world experiences, while using information learned in the classroom. Trips are taken across the region to various companies and events.

Marketing and Communications Club  The Marketing and Communications Club attracts and integrates the interests of both concentrations through educational and exciting trips to show members how their learning pertains to the worlds of marketing and communications. Through community-wide volunteerism once a semester, through fundraising, by hosting dinners, and by welcoming new members into Marketing National Honor Society, academic knowledge translates into real club experiences.

Psychology Club  This academic group seeks to involve any Nichols student in the world of psychology. Students are not required to be psychology majors to participate.

Sport Management Club  Offering additional opportunities for students specializing in Sport Management, the club schedules guest speakers and arranges trips to athletic organizations to give students exposure to this robust field of business.

Campus Recreation

The Student Involvement Office supports Campus Recreation. This area is comprised of three major areas: Intramural Sports, Wellness Initiative, and Club Sports. We also offer a co-op. Students have access to golf clubs, disc golf sets, ice skates, and a variety of lawn games, teambuilding activities and more.

Intramurals  The Intramural program offers a variety of competitive activities, including basketball, disc golf, flag football, softball, indoor soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, golf, and more. Each sport plays up to 20 games per semester.

Wellness Classes  Nichols currently offers 5 different Wellness Classes. Insanity Live!, Cardio Kickboxing, Pilates, PiYo, and Zumba are all offered once or twice a week in our brand new aerobics studio. All classes are free of charge for the Nichols College community.

Club Sports

Nichols College provides club sports for cheerleading, dance, men’s rugby, racquetball, men’s ice hockey, lacrosse, and Ultimate Frisbee. The men’s rugby club plays in the fall and spring against other traditional New England Rugby Union teams. The racquetball team competes at regional and national levels; the Bison were the National Men’s Team Champions in 1995, and the men and women combined placed fourth in the overall competition in the 1996 nationals. Cheerleading placed first in the New England Regional Cheering & Dance Competition in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007.

Cheerleading  The Nichols College Cheer team consists of 25 women. In the fall semester, the team supports Bison Athletics on campus, and in the spring semester, the team focuses on competition and traveling both regionally and nationally to compete.

Dance Team  The Dance Team aims to provide members a safe environment to express themselves through dance and movement, while providing opportunities to improve physical well-being.

Lacrosse Club  The club lacrosse team was created in the spring semester of 2015 to meet the needs of our students. The roster consists of 20+ students who play 2-3 times per week.

Men’s Ice Hockey Club  This club is made up of players at a variety of skill levels who wish to improve their game-play through club level competitions with other colleges. In 2014-2015, the team had its most successful year in team history with a 12-1 record.

Men’s Rugby Club  The club, which has both fall and spring seasons, has had much success since its inception in 1987. Each season has a rigorous schedule which includes many home and away games. In 2006, the team won the New England Rugby Football Union Division IV Championship. The Men’s Rugby Club has made many appearances in the NERFU playoffs.

Racquetball Club  The co-ed racquetball team competes regionally against area colleges and universities. The team also competes annually in the national championships.

General Interest Organizations

ALANA  This multi-cultural group has become one of the most active clubs on campus. Providing education and entertainment, this group hosts events highlighting various cultures such as Caribbean, African American, Latino, and many more.

Alternative Spring Break  The students in this group fundraise their way to New Orleans in order to work with Gulf Coast Volunteers for the Long Haul, Inc. and the St. Bernard Project. This trip is full of opportunities for Nichols students to learn about the culture and themselves, as well as the chance to gain a new appreciation for community service and assisting those in need.

Anime Club  The Anime Club aims to spread the word about the art of Japanese animation and engage students through trips to events like Comic Con, PAX, etc.

Campus Ambassadors  This club speaks about hope, love, faith, worship, and much more. It is not a typical bible study group; students interact with fellow classmates.

History Club  This club creates an environment in which Nichols students with an interest in history, politics and current events have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and broaden their intellectual horizons in appeals and enjoyable ways.

International Club  The mission of the International Club is to embrace diversity and different cultures on and off campus. Since all students have different cultural or ethnic backgrounds, this club wants to embrace these differences with the hope of building a better community for everyone at Nichols.

Poetry Club  The Nichols College Poetry Club is a diverse and talented group of students who express their ideas and thoughts through poetry.

Social Programming Board (SPB)  The mission of the SPB is to provide social activities and events that unite the student body and enhance the Nichols College community. SPB provides events ranging from comedians, live music, novelties, the Fall Extravaganza, Bison Fest, and more. SPB is open year round to the entire Nichols College community. The SPB President serves as a member of the Executive Advisory Board of SGA. SPB hosts over 100 programs a year.

Ski & Snowboard Club  The Ski & Snowboard club is a campus organization that gives students an opportunity to ski or snowboard at some of the best locations in New England.

Student Government

Student Government Association (SGA)  The mission of the SGA is to serve as the voice of the student body. Led by the Executive Advisory Board – a team of ten students – the SGA addresses concerns, issues, and desires of not only the student body but the greater college community. The SGA is the funding body for student organizations on campus, sponsoring club trips, speakers, novelty events, and leadership programs. The SGA Senate meets weekly in a formal format open to all students and to the community. The SGA General Assembly meets once a month.

Student Publications and Communications Media

College Literary Magazine  Windfall provides a vehicle for Nichols’ writers and artists to express their thoughts and ideas. The magazine is published once a year.

WNRC Radio Station  The Radio Club started FM broadcasts from the campus in the spring semester of 1975. The club’s objective is to keep the student body informed of all current events taking place on campus and in the surrounding areas. It also provides students with quality music.

Student Support Services

Academic Advising

Upon entering Nichols, first-year students are assigned a professional academic advisor; transfers and upperclassmen are assigned a faculty advisor. These advisors serve as a resource for students to support their academic success and provide information concerning academic policies, course selection and registration, majors, minors, and concentrations. Academic advisors refer students to other counseling and support services when appropriate. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor on a regular basis to discuss their academic and life goals, and to foster and strengthen a mentoring relationship.

Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) helps students become stronger, more confident learners and realize their academic goals. Whether students are preparing for an exam or prefer on-going support, our peer tutors are consistently available as a resource through individual, group, and weekly tutoring. We also offer math help sessions, exam reviews, and academic enrichment workshops. All of our services are available to all undergraduate students and are made available for no additional charge.

Our tutors are current Nichols College students who have been recognized by members of our faculty for achieving academic success in the courses for which they tutor. All of our peer tutors receive training toward international certification by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). In addition to helping students understand course material, tutors can also help students with their note-taking habits, test-taking tips, skills for studying, staying organized, time management and reading strategies, and setting goals.

Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC)

The Career and Professional Development Center meets the career planning needs of Nichols students. Drop-in hours are offered daily for quick questions; students are also able to schedule individual counseling appointments tailored to their needs. Topics covered include resume/cover letter writing, interview preparation, professional network development, and job search strategies. Additionally, students can reserve Skype and phone-equipped interview rooms, borrow from the Bison Boutique (a professional lending clothing closet), and take advantage of excellent online resources like Road to Success, a recruiting and job search database. The CPDS hosts many career related events, including the Annual Career and Internship Fair, on-campus recruiting, employer panel discussions, and etiquette dinners.

College Success

College Success is an academic program designed for students in academic difficulty and is required of students on Academic Suspension Warning (ASW) and Academic Probation. Topics can include time management, goal setting, study skills, note taking, test taking, learning styles, and wellness, and there is a substantial focus on individual academic advising. Students on ASW are assigned a staff or faculty member to work with them as a Success Coach. They are also expected to participate in a weekly study hall.

Conant Library

Conant Library provides a welcoming environment for study, work, and collaboration. The library enhances learning and research by providing easy access to a wide range of print and online resources, including databases containing full-text articles and company and industry information, and over 135,000 electronic books. There are 43 computer workstations, 2 scanners, and 4 laser printers for student use. For collaborative work there are 7 group-study rooms with 40” monitors. Students can borrow laptops and tablets as well as many course textbooks. The service-oriented staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and works in partnership with faculty to help students develop the expertise and critical thinking skills necessary for academic success at Nichols and professional success beyond.

Counseling Services

Free, confidential counseling services are provided on campus to all full-time, undergraduate students through Mental Health Services located in South Hall. Mental health assessment and individual counseling services are provided by appointment to assist students in addressing a wide range of personal, social and emotional problems. This assistance is designed to problem solve and improve the student’s ability to cope with life’s challenges. Counseling staff can also provide consultation, programming and assistance to students in finding off-campus mental health resources.

Fischer Institute

Home to the Cultural Enrichment Program, better known as “Culturals” or “cultural credits,” the Fischer Institute staff will help you meet one of your degree completion requirements (See General Regulations/Requirements for Degrees). If you attend a minimum of two Fischer-sponsored events per semester, you will complete your Cultural Credits right on time for graduation. The Fischer Institute has a portal page with an updated events list for your convenience. Fischer Institute maintains a Facebook page and Twitter account to alert you about upcoming events. Follow us on Twitter @FischerCultural. Fischer puts up posters and electronic billboards on campus. Or, you can always request an events list from our office. For more information, stop up to
Fels 315.

Health Services

The operating hours at the Health Services Center, located in South Hall, are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A registered nurse is in the office during these hours. The staff physician is available daily and visits the College on Tuesday and Thursday. Health services are available to all full-time day students. Anyone wishing to see the staff physician must call Health Services at 508-213-2238 or stop by to schedule an appointment.

All incoming first-year students are required to have on file in Health Services a physical – preferably current within the six months prior to entering the College – and an up-to-date immunization record. Transfer students must have documentation of a physical and immunization record along with pages 1 and 2 of the Nichols College Health Record. All forms can be obtained in Health Services, or are available on the Nichols College website.

International Engagement (OIE)

The Office for International Engagement (OIE) is home to Faculty-Led Course-Related Travel, International Internships, Study Abroad, and International Student Services. We promote safe ex-patriate behavior, novel personal growth, openness to life-changing experiences, and an enhanced academic profile. Whether you are at Nichols as an international student or venturing out on one of our away programs, OIE is the place to find answers. For information on any of these programs, come up to Fels 315.

Learning Services

Learning Services supports any student with a documented learning difference and strives to help students realize their full learning potential. Success is met through specialized coaching and classroom accommodations depending upon the individual student’s needs. Students that wish to take advantage of classroom accommodations should submit their official documentation current within three years of acceptance to Nichols College. It is also strongly encouraged that students schedule a visit to meet with the Assistant Dean for Learning Services to discuss their academic needs.

Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life serves the residential needs of Nichols students. Professional staff members are responsible for the overall maintenance and support of each of the residential communities. The Office works to provide an environment for students that is safe, secure, and supportive of the academic mission of Nichols College. Professional Area Coordinators live in the residential community and supervise undergraduate student Resident Assistants (RA’s) who serve as resources and address student concerns throughout the year. The Office also works to provide programming that contributes to building communities which reflect mutual respect, civility, social responsibility, and appreciation for diversity.

Professional Development Seminar (PDS)

The Professional Development Seminar program was created so that the end of the college experience can be as promising as the beginning. The College recognizes a need to teach students the professional skills required in the workforce that are not included in the typical college curriculum. Ever mindful of trends in the workforce, faculty and staff continually assess the PDS program to ensure practical skills are cultivated while supporting the College mission to transform “…today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education.” The PDS program prepares each Nichols undergraduate student to achieve success in his/her professional life.

The PDS program is a sequence of four one-credit required courses designed to meet students’ unique developmental needs from the first-year experience through the senior experience. Students learn about a variety of topics including how to write effective resumes and cover letters, create LinkedIn profiles, conduct themselves successfully in employment interviews, and develop personal budgets for life after college. To demonstrate acquired skills and abilities while in the program, each student must develop an electronic portfolio of his or her best work and learning experiences, beginning in the sophomore year. The program outcome is a confident, qualified student prepared for both the professional challenges ahead and the lifelong-learning opportunities that necessarily occur in the professional world. Nichols students graduate prepared for their professional lives.

Public Safety

Located in South Hall, the Department of Public Safety is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, for the purpose of conducting business. Public Safety Officers are on duty 24-hours a day, seven days a week, throughout the year. In order to report a crime or any suspicious activity, students may contact Public Safety personnel at any time via telephone by dialing 508-213-2298. Public Safety Officers respond to complaints or disturbances, crimes, suspicious persons, motor vehicle related problems, lockouts, and to any request for emergency assistance. Officers are responsible for performing investigations, preparing incident reports, and upholding the rules and regulations of the College, including housing regulations and the standards of conduct for students. Officers also note security-related problems such as broken windows and malfunctioning lights and locks.

Services include Operation I.D., vehicle assistance services, escort service, and lost and found. Public Safety also assists in educational programs in addressing students in matters pertaining alcohol/drug awareness, security awareness and other programs related to college life. The Department of Public Safety and the Dudley Police Department work in a model Community Policing program and work hand-in-hand in several areas to provide services to Nichols College.

The Department of Public Safety assists the Community Standards Coordinator in compiling campus crime statistics to comply with the Campus Safety and Security Act of 1990. A copy of these statistics and a copy of the Campus Safety, Security and Fire Safety report are made available to all day students upon check-in during the Fall semester. Copies of these reports are available at the Public Safety Office, Admissions Office, Office of the President, and the Human Resources Office. Public Safety also compiles a Daily Crime Log and a Residence Hall Fire Log which are available for review at the Public Safety Office.

Office of Undergraduate Student Success

Since 2011, Nichols has had a full-time staff position dedicated to undergraduate student success. Reporting to the Vice President for Enrollment, the Office of Undergraduate Success includes two Associate Directors for Enrollment: one dedicated to improving retention among full-time undergraduate students, and the second charged with recruiting and retaining the undergraduate adult population. This office oversees the Student Retention Council and the Nichols Connect Program, a first-year peer mentoring program which pairs incoming students with an upper-class student.

Orientation and Semester Opening Programs

During the summer, incoming students, their families, and their guests attend our summer Orientation program. The Nichols Orientation program is a way for new students to meet other incoming students, learn about life at Nichols College and work with student Orientation Leaders. At Orientation, parents and guests attend workshops facilitated by faculty, staff, and students. These workshops are designed so parents and guests can learn about Nichols College policies and procedures. The orientation process is designed to make students’ transition to college as seamless and as enlightening as possible. In September and January, Fall Opening and Spring Opening programs for new students continue with campus-wide activities involving students, faculty and staff.

Student Involvement

The Student Involvement Office oversees all student programming on campus. Student Involvement oversees the Student Government Association, the Social Programming Board, Campus Rec, over 35 student organizations, Summer Orientation, Fall Opening, Alternative Spring Break, community service, and leadership programs. Student Involvement is the hub of co-curricular enrichment efforts on campus. Student Involvement offers over 800 involvement opportunities.

Student Financial Services

The Office of Financial Assistance provides service and guidance to all Nichols students regarding the financing of their Nichols education. The Office also administers federal, private and institutional funds in the form of grants, loans and the federal Work Study program. The Office of Financial Assistance staff is committed to providing students who demonstrate financial need with resources to finance a Nichols College education. 98% of our undergraduate day students receive financial assistance.

Nichols College average student loan indebtedness for the graduating class of 2015 is $36,322. This includes federal Stafford and private student loans. Updates are posted on the College website.