Nichols Continues to Expand While Freezing Tuition24 Dec 2014 It’s a good time to be at Nichols. As the College celebrates its bicentennial in 2015, students are benefiting from a tuition freeze, even as the school launches an extensive program in leadership skills and continues an ambitious expansion of the school’s facilities. For the current academic year, Nichols students are saving approximately $1,200 compared to the national average increase in tuition. The national average price increase for private, not for profit colleges this year was 3.7% according to the College Board’s Trends in College Pricing 2014 report.Nichols tuition will rise a modest 2.9 percent in the next school year and once again be frozen in 2016-17. The average increase over the three-year period comes to less than one percent annually, markedly lower than national tuition trends. Translated into dollars, Nichols tuition for 2016-2017 is estimated to be $2,800, or about 6%, lower than if it had increased at the average national rate since 2013.At the same time, Nichols’ student population has grown to a record of almost 1200, as the school continues to expand its programs and facilities. The school has increased the number of fulltime faculty and placed them in a growing number of freshman courses.During the current school year, all first-year students are taking the new and innovative course “Lead 101,” which has them identify their own potential to lead and puts them in advanced decision-making situations throughout the term. An extensive set of leadership opportunities and programs will follow in their sophomore, junior, and senior years.New construction is also taking center stage at the college in 2015, most notably in the form of a new, energy efficient academic building on Center Road next to Davis Hall. The building, scheduled to open next fall, will consolidate the school’s offices for academic advising, learning services, and the registrar, as well as provide space for the Nichols Institute for Women’s Leadership and dozens of faculty offices.The major project follows upon the construction of the Fels Student Center, which opened two years ago, and has become a popular gathering place for students to meet, relax, study, and take courses in classrooms with state-of-the-art technology.In the coming year, Nichols students will be able to take advantage of major renovations currently underway in the school’s Recreation and Athletic Center. The improved locker rooms and training facilities will serve the school’s ever improving athletic teams, including men’s and women’s tennis, men’s soccer, and men’s hockey. In 2014, all made their marks during the regular season and in post-season NCAA tournaments.This spring, the school’s perennially powerful men’s and women’s tennis teams also will compete on new state-of-the-art outdoor courts, giving them a head start on future conference championships.