Fisher College is a private, nonprofit, independent institution that grants Baccalaureate and Associate degrees—as well as a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Strategic Leadership and Homeland Security. Fisher College has coeducational student body. Fisher's main campus is located on Beacon Street in Boston.
Fisher College has attributed its success over the past decade to its historic and world-renowned location, highly educated staff (of which 9/10 hold the highest degree in their field), and independent student body. Fisher College specializes in a number of concentrations ranging from Criminal justice to Fashion.
|Motto||Ubique Fidelis (Everywhere Faithful)|
|Type||Private, Nonprofit, Independent|
|Students||2,560 (Including Accelerated and Professional Studies) |
|Colors||Blue and White|
|Sports||Baseball, Basketball (m/w), Cheerleading, Golf, Soccer (m/w), Softball, Volleyball|
|Affiliations||New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
With a 2015 Student body count of just over 2,500 students (includes Accelerated and Professional Studies students) , Fisher’s small class size grants students an individualized experience with inter-university departments. This access to departments like Career Services, Financial Aid, and Student Involvement and Leadership, is often not possible for larger institutions.
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. The Beacon Street site is featured on the on the Boston Women's Heritage Trail. 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 (DAPS) offers degree programs at their Boston, North Attleboro, 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.
In addition to Fisher's main campus in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, the College has three other physical campuses within Massachusetts that offer DAPS programming. Fisher's Brockton campus is the most recent location addition, opening its doors in 2011. The North Attleboro and New Bedford campuses have been operating since 1997.
|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 a Master's of Business Administration with a concentration in Strategic Leadership, Bachelor's and Associate degrees, and certificates. The acceptance rate at Fisher is 21.9% with rolling admissions. Tuition fee for students is $28,645, excluding Room and Board. Room and Board is approximately $15,459. Need base Financial Aid is available as well as Merit Scholarships.
In the fall of 2015, the population was 828 students, excluding Accelerated and Professional Studies enrollments. The student body is approximately 48% male, 52% female. For the 2015-2016 academic year 55% of our students are from the Massachusetts area, 16% from the New England area, 17% international, and 12% from other U.S states.
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 and Leadership is responsible for the oversight of a variety of student clubs and organizations, including:
- The Bacchus Network
- Charles Viewer. The Charles Viewer is a student-run literary publication.
- Cheer leading Club
- Common Good Club, the community outreach and service program on campus.
- Commuter Student Association
- Criminal Justice Club
- Dance Club
- Drama Club
- Early Childhood Education Club
- Falcon Activity Board & Street Team
- Fashion Club
- Golden Key
- Golf Club
- Hospitality & Tourism Club (HATS)
- MARCO, a Marketing and Communications club.
- Multicultural Club
- National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Phi, Honor Society)
- Psychology Club
- Running Club
- Ski and Ride Club
- Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM)
- Spectrum Club (LGTBQIA)
- Student Government Association
- Yoga 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
- "Back Bay East". Boston Women's Heritage Trail.
- Mahoney, Larry (June 17, 2011). "UMFK, UMPI, UMM leave NAIA for new association". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved July 2, 2011.