Nichols College

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Nichols College
Motto Learn. Lead. Succeed.
Established 1815
Type Private
Endowment $12.8 million[1]
President Dr. Susan West Engelkemeyer
Students 1,459[2]
Location Dudley, Massachusetts, United States
Campus Suburban
200 acres (0.81 km2)[2]
Athletics NCAA Division III
Colors Black & Green          
Nickname Bison
Affiliations NAICU, NEASC, AICUM, TCCC, NEFC, ECAC, COWC
Website Nichols College
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Nichols College is a private, four-year private, not-for-profit, coeducational college located in Dudley, Massachusetts. Founded in 1815 as Nichols Academy, the school has a long history in Massachusetts. Nichols’ mission is to transform today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education. Nichols offers twelve specializations in its business program, five majors in its liberal arts program, and an Educator Preparation Program for middle and secondary education. The College offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees as well as certificate programs.[3]

Nichols has many diverse majors that mainly focus on business and liberal arts. Nichols offers twelve specializations in its business program, five majors in its liberal arts program, and an Educator Preparation Program for middle and secondary education. The College offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees as well as certificate programs.[4]

Rankings[edit]

  • In a 2014 report, Payscale.com ranked Nichols College 7th nationally for business schools for Return on Investment (ROI).[5]
  • In their 2014 report, U.S. News & World Report rated Nichols College as the #40th school in the Northern region.[6]

Academics[edit]

Nichols College offers three undergraduate degrees—the Associate in Business Administration, the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and the Bachelor of Arts. Undergraduate students interested in advancing their education may choose from either a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree or a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) degree. The College also offers several certificate programs.

Schools and Programs[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
    • Accounting
    • Business Communication
    • Criminal Justice Management
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • General Business
    • Hospitality Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • International Business
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Sport Management
  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Economics
    • English
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
  • Educator Preparation Program (Middle and Secondary Education)
    • Business
    • English
    • History
    • Mathematics
  • Honor Scholars Program
  • Certificate in Entrepreneurship
  • Graduate and Professional Studies
    • Master of Business Administration
      • Accounting/Finance
      • General Business
      • Management
      • Marketing
    • 4+1 MBA (Accelerated Program)
    • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL)
    • Certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies
    • Certificate in Advanced Critical Thinking and Decision Making
    • Certificate in Employee Benefits
    • Certificate in Operations Management / Six Sigma
    • Certificate in International Business

Professional Development Seminar[edit]

Nichols signature Professional Development Seminar (PDS) Program is a four-year program of one credit academic courses. Coursework logically builds on the prior year, with first-year students receiving help with the transition to college and exploring majors; second-year students exploring majors and internship opportunities, writing resumes and developing portfolios; third-year students refining their job search skills including interviewing, writing resumes and developing portfolios; and fourth-year students launching successful careers.

Global Learning[edit]

Study Abroad options; faculty-led course related travel; The Washington Center in Washington, DC; and Nichols international student population on campus

Campus[edit]

Fels Student Center[edit]

While steeped in history, the College campus brings together tradition and progress with the addition of the new $10 million Fels Student Center in 2012. Located at the epicenter of the campus, the Center sits at the crossroads of academic buildings and dormitory and apartment complexes. In addition to the student lounge, the 30,000-square-foot Center houses student services, including the Center for Student Involvement, Residence Life and Career Services; meeting space for student government and clubs; an alternative food service; and the post office, bookstore and Nichols College radio station WNRC 97.5 FM. The Center features a state-of-the art technology classroom with a 35 foot LED scrolling stock ticker and web and video conferencing capability as well, giving students access to guest lecturers from around the world via audio or video.

The Fels Student Center

North Campus[edit]

Located in the picturesque town of Dudley, Massachusetts and an hour’s drive to four major cities, the College campus is a unique blend of old and new. The north and south campuses are divided by the Fels Student Center. The north campus consists of ten out of the twenty-two campus buildings. The southernmost part of this campus is Conrad Hall. The westernmost part of north campus is Conant Library. The Nichols north campus consists mostly of academic halls. Also located in the north campus are three of the oldest buildings at the Dudley campus, 1881-1885, Conant Library and Observatory, Academy Hall, and Conant Hall.

South Campus[edit]

The north and south campuses are divided by the Fels Student Center. The south campus consists of twelve out of the twenty-two campus buildings. The northernmost part of the campus is the Currier Center. The southernmost part of the campus is Kuppenheimer Residence Hall. The easternmost part of the south campus is the athletic complex.

The athletic complex is the focal point of the south campus. The complex includes Vendetti Field, a multipurpose turf field used for football and men’s and women’s lacrosse. The athletic complex also includes facilities for baseball, softball, tennis and soccer. In addition to the athletic field, the Athletic Center is used for indoor events and the Chalmers Field House for athletic training.

History[edit]

Founding[edit]

Photograph of Conant Hall circa 1838

The institution was originally founded in 1815 as Nichols Academy. The Academy’s founder was Amasa Nichols, a wealthy industrialist in Dudley, Massachusetts. Early benefactors of the Academy include textile manufacturers Samuel Slater and Hezekiah Conant. Nichols Academy closed its doors in 1909. Between 1909 and 1931, the Academy buildings were used by the town and leased to other educational entities over different periods of time.[7]

Conrad's Legacy[edit]

In 1931, James L. Conrad reorganized the school to Nichols Junior College of Business Administration and Executive Training, a two-year college, at the closed Nichols Academy location. Nichols Junior College’s purpose was to incorporate a new idea in education—a junior college for men only, and an institution where a student can secure a college education in business administration and executive training and at the same time enjoy the advantages of campus life. Its program of study was to combine courses in business education, similar to those offered in the third and fourth years of four-year colleges and universities, with necessary electives and selected cultural subjects. All of this occurred in a two-year format. In 1938, the Massachusetts State Department of Education authorized Nichols Junior College to award the Associate in Business Administration degree. Over time, the College purchased, constructed, and remodeled over forty-four buildings to shape most of the current campus that is seen today. [Cite Jim’s book: A College for the Hill]

In 1958, Nichols became Nichols College of Business Administration, a four-year college given authority to grant a Bachelor in Business Administration degree. In 1965, Nichols College became accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges. The College became a member of the NCAA in 1966. In 1971, Nichols became co-educational. In 1971, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education authorized the College to award the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science in Public Administration. In 1974, the College received the authority to grant the degree of Master of Business Administration. The College was granted accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) in 2005. In 2007, Nichols was granted authority to offer the degree of Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.

In 1980, Nichols established the Institute for American Values (renamed the Robert C. Fischer Policy & Cultural Institute in 1999) as a department of the College providing a forum for the free exchange of ideas.[8]

History of presidents[edit]

In 2011, Dr. Susan West Engelkemeyer became the second woman to hold the position of President of Nichols College and its seventh president. She followed interim president, Gerald Fels. The president is the chief executive officer of the college and is responsible for the success of the college's mission in providing superior academic programs and research.

President Tenure
Amasa Nichols 1815–
Col. James L. Conrad 1931–1966
Dr. Gordon B. Cross 1966–1973
Dr. Darcy Coyle 1973–1978
Dr. Lowell C. Smith 1978–1996
Dr. James J. Darazsdi 1996–1998
Dr. Debra M. Townsley 1998–2010
Gerald Fels (interim) 2010–2011
Dr. Susan West Engelkemeyer 2011–present

Athletics[edit]

The Athletic Department at Nichols College has a strong history of championship teams and has had a strong presence in New England Division III athletics.[9] The school has had national recognition in a number of sports. In 2012, the women's tennis team achieved its third undefeated conference record for the regular season. In the 2012-13, men's tennis claimed its second consecutive Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).In 2014, men’s ice hockey won the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Northeast Championship.[10]

Men's and Women's Athletic teams[edit]

Nichols College athletics teams are known as the Bison. Currently, the Nichols College Department of Athletics offers ten men's intercollegiate sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track and field. They also offer nine women's intercollegiate sports: basketball, cross country, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and track and field. The school varsity teams compete at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III level. Nichols is a member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference for most sports. The football team is a member of the New England Football Conference while the men's ice hockey team compete in the ECAC Northeast and women's hockey in the ECAC East. The school also sponsors a variety of club sports.

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Coordinates: 42°03′N 71°56′W / 42.050°N 71.933°W / 42.050; -71.933