Fisher College

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Fisher College
Former names
Winter Hill Business College (1903–1910)
Fisher Business College (1910–1935)
Fisher Business School (1935–1944)
Fisher School (1944–1952)
Fisher Junior College (1952–1957)
MottoUbique Fidelis (Everywhere Faithful)
TypePrivate College
Endowment$30.4 million
PresidentSteven Rich
Students1,591 (Including Accelerated and Professional Studies) [1]
Location, ,
ColorsNavy, White & Gray
Sporting affiliations

Fisher College is a private college in Boston, Massachusetts. The college is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).


Fisher College first opened its doors in 1903, founded by Myron C. Fisher and Edmund H. Fisher under the name Winter Hill Business College in the predominantly working-class city of Somerville, Massachusetts, just two miles north of Boston. The school traces its roots to educational entrepreneurs Myron and Edmund Fisher, who believed the immigrants of that city in the early 1900s should have an opportunity to advance beyond unskilled labor jobs. Fisher College moved to its current Beacon Street location in 1939. The Beacon Street site is featured on the Boston Women's Heritage Trail.[2] During the 1940s, the college was split into two separate entities: The Fisher School for Men and The Fisher School for Women.

In 1952, the Board of Regents of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts approved Fisher as a two-year college, and five years later it was given degree-granting powers. In 1970, Fisher gained accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and operates as an independent, non-profit educational institution.

The Division of Graduate and Professional Studies was established in 1975 to serve the adult population of Eastern Massachusetts. Fisher College began offering online courses and degrees in 1998. In 1999, the College's first bachelor's degree – the Bachelor of Science in Management – was offered, and in 2015 the College's first master's – a Master of Business Administration with a focus on strategic leadership – was accredited.


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
Brian Donnelly 1985–1986
Christian C. Fisher 1993–2001
Dr. Charles C. Perkins 2003–2007
Dr. Thomas M. McGovern 2007–2017
Dr. Alan Ray 2017–2020
Steven Rich 2020–
* Gaps in terms denote interim presidencies.


Fisher College offers graduate programs, including a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Strategic Leadership, bachelor's and associate degrees, and certifications.

Student demographics[edit]

Fisher College in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston Massachusetts
118 Beacon Street, the college's main entrance

As of Fall 2022, student population at Fisher College is 1,421, including Graduate and Professional Studies enrollments. Fifty percent of Fisher College students on-campus in Boston were from Massachusetts, 8% from the remaining New England area, 17% international, and 25% from other states in the U.S. -- 52% male and 48% female.


The Fisher athletic teams are called the Falcons. The college is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing as an NAIA Independent within the Continental Athletic Conference since the 2012–13 academic year. The Falcons previously competed in the American Mideast Conference[3] during the 2011–12 school year and in the Sunrise Conference from 2002–03 to 2010–11.

Fisher competes in 10 intercollegiate varsity sports. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer and volleyball while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball and volleyball.


  1. ^ Fisher College US News Education
  2. ^ "Back Bay East". Boston Women's Heritage Trail.
  3. ^ Mahoney, Larry (June 17, 2011). "UMFK, UMPI, UMM leave NAIA for new association". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved July 2, 2011.

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Coordinates: 42°21′22.08″N 71°04′26.67″W / 42.3561333°N 71.0740750°W / 42.3561333; -71.0740750