Our Campus & Community
We foster a vibrant, tight-knit community of students and professionals with an open exchange of ideas and a variety of academic, athletic, and service-oriented activities.
The Fels Student Center
The heart of Nichols’ campus life is the Fels Student Center. Students come here for freshly made food and gourmet coffee. Student clubs and organizations meet here, and the trading room offers dual-monitor work stations for various classes and student projects. On any given evening or weekend, students might be entertained by singers, comics, guest speakers, or a movie screening.
Our athletics center offers a basketball gym, squash and racquetball courts, a weight room, a fitness room, four locker rooms, and an indoor climbing wall. Elsewhere on our campus, we’ve got volleyball courts (outdoor and indoor), tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, soccer fields, softball fields, and the Chalmers Field House, with indoor basketball courts, an aerobic room and another weight room. If you’re looking for an excuse not to work out, you won’t find it here.
We play all of our home football, field hockey and lacrosse games on the Michael J. Vendetti Multi-Purpose Field. Men’s and women’s soccer teams also play some of their home contests here. The field includes an eight-lane rubberized quarter-mile track surrounding a turf field surface and Musco lighting. It’s a beautiful place to cheer on the Bison.
There’s no need to wait until your first business takes off to give back. The Nichols student body strives to be a positive force in the larger community. That’s why our students donate hundreds of hours every year to community causes. Recent projects include:
- Providing recreation for prekindergarten students at the Green Acres Child Care Center
- Raising funds for cancer research through the Walk for the Cure and Wear Red Day
- Participating in a Red Cross blood drive every semester
- Contributing money and toys to the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation
- Donating proceeds from recycling initiatives to local nonprofit organizations
- Visiting seniors and helping with exercise activities at local senior centers
- Reading to children at Shriners Hospitals for Children
- Providing athletic sport clinics for local elementary schools
- Feeding cats, exercising dogs and cleaning at local animal shelters
- Donating food to the Webster-Dudley Food Share and the Worcester County Food Bank
- Cleaning up vacant lots on Worcester’s Earth Day
As a campus, Nichols organizes many youth education initiatives in surrounding towns:
- Nichols Kids2College: 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.
- Webster Boys & Girls Club: 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.
- Pipeline to Post-Secondary Education: 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.
- Y.O.U. Inc. Upward Bound Program: 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.
The Center for Student Involvement
Nichols’ Center for Student Involvement works to maximize the personal growth and development of our students facilitating a variety of opportunities for involvement, service, and leadership in co-curricular activities.