|Motto||Obique Fidelis (Everywhere Faithful)|
|Type||Private, Nonprofit, Independent|
|Colors||Blue, White, and Yellow|
|Sports||Baseball, Basketball (m/w), Golf, Soccer (m/w), Softball|
|Affiliations||New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
Fisher College is a private, nonprofit, independent institution that grants both baccalaureate and associate degrees to a coeducational student body. The College is located on Beacon Street in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
The College was founded in 1903 by Myron C. Fisher and Edmund H. Fisher under the name Winter Hill Business College. The curriculum developed at the time emphasized vocational preparation, a tradition that has strongly influenced the College's mission over the years. In 1910, the name of the institution was changed to Fisher Business College. The original campus was located in Somerville, Massachusetts, and was moved to the current Beacon Street location in 1939. During the 1940s, the College was split into two separate entities: The Fisher School for Men and The Fisher School for Women. In 1975, the Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies was established. Today, the Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies offers degree programs at their Boston, North Attleborough, Brockton, and New Bedford locations. In 1998, the College established an Online Division, currently ranked #12 best in the nation by OEDb, a nationally recognized distance learning organization.
The College's Day Division became co-educational in 1998.
|Name of President||Tenure|
|Myron C. Fisher||1903–1935|
|Sanford L. Fisher||1935–1970|
|Dr. Scott A. Fisher||1970–1981|
|Richard A. Boudreau||1981–1984|
|Christian C. Fisher||1993–2001|
|Dr. Charles C. Perkins||2003–2007|
|Dr. Thomas M. McGovern||2007–present|
|*Gaps in terms denote interim presidencies.|
Fisher College offers bachelor's and associate degrees, as well as certificates. The acceptance rate at Fisher is 63.9% with rolling admissions. Average tuition fee for students is $27,595.
In the fall of 2013, the head count was approximately 2,037 students, excluding Accelerated and Professional Studies enrollments. The student body is approximately 27% male, 73% female. The permanent state residencies of the students in the 2013–2014 academic year were primarily Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Clubs and organizations
Fisher College is dedicated to providing students a diverse collection of opportunities for creative expression and self-actualization. The Office of Student Involvement is responsible for the oversight of a variety of student clubs and organizations, including:
- Black & Latino Student Alliance
- Charles Viewer. The Charles Viewer is a student-run literary publication.
- Common Good Club, the community outreach and service program on campus.
- Commuter Student Association
- Dance Club
- Drama Club
- Fisher Ink, OSU Business Magazine
- MARCO, a Marketing and Communications club.
- Multicultural Club
- Phi Theta Kappa, the Honor Society on campus.
- Student Government Association
- Tai Chi Club
- Yoga Club
- Ski and Snowboard Club
Fisher College teams are known as the Falcons. The college is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing as an Independent institution in the Association of Independent Institutions (AII). The Falcons formerly competed as members of the American Mideast Conference and the Sunrise Conference. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, soccer, and softball.
Notes and references
- Mahoney, Larry (June 17, 2011). "UMFK, UMPI, UMM leave NAIA for new association". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved July 2, 2011.