Nichols College

Graduates: 274
Undergraduates: 1325
Graduates: 274
Setting: Small four-year, highly residential
In-state Tuition: $32,070.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $32,070.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 16:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1368 / 20 / 2.58
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 61:39
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: N/A
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 74%

Nichols College is a private, co-educational, four-year business school located in Dudley, Massachusetts. Founded in 1815 as Nichols Academy, the school is the oldest in Worcester County, and one of the oldest in Massachusetts.

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Founding Photograph of Conant Hall circa 1838 The college was originally founded in 1815 as Nichols Academy. The founder was Amasa Nichols, a wealthy industrialist in Dudley, Massachusetts. The school is the oldest in Worcester County, and one of the oldest in the country. Early benefactors of the academy included textile manufacturers Samuel Slater and Hezekiah Conant.Nichols Academy closed its doors in 1909 but the closing was only temporary. Conrad's reign In 1931, James L. Conrad founded Nichols Junior College at the closed Nichols Academy location. The college was a men-only college and the first junior college in Massachusetts to be granted the authority to grant an associates degree in Business Administration. With the exception of a few years being closed during World War II when President Conrad was called to serve, the junior college would expand and grow through 1958. The expansion started in 1948 and it lasted until the school began to award Bachelor's degrees. During this ten-year span, the College purchased, constructed, and remodeled over forty-four buildings to shape most of the current campus that is seen today. In 1958, the college became a four-year institute, and was granted authority to grant a Bachelor in Business Administration degree. 1965 saw more change when the College became accredited by the New England Association of School and Colleges. In 1971, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education authorized the College to award Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science in Public Administration degrees. In 1974, the College received the authority to grant the degree of Master of Business Administration. In 1980, Nichols established the Institute for American Values (renamed the Robert C. Fischer Policy and Cultural Institute in 1999, and unrelated to the New York-based Institute for American Values founded in 1987) as a division of the College, providing a forum for the free exchange of ideas.

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Chief_administrator: Susan West Engelkemeyer (President)
Phone: 5082131560
Geographic region: New England CT ME MA NH RI VT
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Undergraduate application fee: $25.00
Graduate application fee: $0.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No