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Fisher College

Boston, Massachusetts

Fisher College believes that college is more than just an education—it’s a life-changing experience. For over a century, Fisher has been changing lives by providing opportunities to students focused on the three most important aspects of a college experience: education, dedication, and life. Fisher is an accredited four-year college located in Boston’s historic Back Bay with locations in Boston, Brockton, New Bedford, and North Attleborough.


The College provides an affordable, real-world education that prepares students to achieve their career goals and compete in today’s challenging economy. Additionally, Fisher College is dedicated to the education of our military service members. Fisher offers a “Military to Management” program featuring special benefits and comprehensive support to veterans and active military personnel seeking higher education. Founded in 1903, Fisher College is a nonprofit educational institution approved by The Board of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and authorized to grant the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts, and various certificates.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
1,875 undergraduate students
62% of undergrad students are full time
27% male — 73% female
24% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
33 full-time faculty
145 part-time faculty
17 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

35% of students living on campus.

School Location

Fisher College is an accredited four-year college located in Boston’s historic Back Bay. The campus is within walking distance to many of Boston’s scenic landmarks and is adjacent to the Public Gardens and Boston Common. Fisher also has instructional site locations throughout Massachusetts, including Boston, Brockton, New Bedford, and North Attleboro.

Other information pertaining to housing

Not many people can say their college housing was located in some of Boston’s most beautiful Back Bay brownstones. Living on campus with Housing and Residential Life puts you in the center of the Fisher College Community. Housing and Residential Life is committed to creating a student-centered environment that supports both personal and academic development. Professional staff and student leaders live and work in each residence hall. Recreational activities, leadership opportunities, referrals to support services, and a listening ear are just a few benefits of living on campus.

retention fall 2014

60% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 year graduation rate

33% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 7%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Black or African American 9%
White 33%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 40%


Athletic Division: NAIA

Varsity sports: 6: Soccer (Men’s and women’s); Basketball (Men’s and women’s); Baseball; Softball

Club sports: 2: Golf; Cheerleading

Mascot: Falcon
Colors: Blue and White


Fisher College first opened its doors in 1903 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.

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, currently boasting a diverse population of students from all parts of America and many foreign countries.

The Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies was established in 1975 to serve the adult population of Eastern Massachusetts, with branch locations in Boston, Brockton, North Attleboro, and New Bedford. The Fisher Online division began in 1998, and currently serves students from all over the United States and around the world. 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 in Business Administration – was accredited.

Athletics has been a long tradition at Fisher College. Students played basketball at the club level prior to 1998, and in July 2001, students could participate in varsity basketball (men’s and women’s), baseball, and softball. The men’s basketball and baseball teams both won their conference championships in 2005.

Academic Programs

Communication and Media Studies, Criminal Justice, Human Services, Management, Psychology

Fisher College is the ideal institution for an excited learner who is ready to be engaged! Fisher believes that learning outside the classroom has immeasurable value. Fisher features opportunities that challenge students to learn and grow beyond the College walls. Whether it is through Athletics, Clubs and Organizations, Study Abroad opportunities, internships, and the like – Fisher has countless outlets for engaging students.


Fisher understands that landing that first job after college is on the forefront of people’s minds now more than ever. Fisher believes that an Internship can be one of the most satisfying and enlightening experiences at the College. However, preparation is the key to getting the most out of an internship.

Study Abroad

To enhance the student experience and to encourage students to expand their global awareness, Fisher College offers a series of short-term study abroad programs. Most of the program options occur during the summer months, allowing all students an opportunity to participate without adversely affecting progress in completing their academic programs. Study abroad opportunities are currently offered in France, Austria, Italy, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, England and Spain. All programs are offered in English. Students may be either full- or part-time, and must be in good standing at the College in order to participate.

Alternative Spring Break

An equally life-changing and educational experience, Alternative Spring Break (Habitat for Humanity Service Learning Program), allows students to embark on a week-long trip to help better communities throughout the United States. Fisher College has worked with Habitat for Humanity since 2010, traveling to Tampa, Florida, Macon, Georgia, El Paso, Texas, New Bern, North Carolina, and most recently Gardena, California.

International Students

The Center for International Programs and Services (CIPS) works with a diverse student population to support educational endeavors by creating a supportive environment that fosters civility and respect. Fisher provides  information, advice, and program support that assists in the student’s  initial transition and continued stay at Fisher. Its primary role is to facilitate international education activity and further the internationalization objectives of the College. As part of this mandate, it supports international students at Fisher College, by providing them with services and programs. As well it develops international activities that utilize the skills and expertise of its international students, strengthening their contributions to the Fisher College community.

One of the primary reasons students choose to attend Fisher is because it offers an individualized educational experience that few can match. It begins with committed faculty members.

The Common Experience

The first year of college is full of new changes and experiences- and Fisher knows that! The Common Experience is a semester-long course designed to aid students in their transition from high school to the Fisher College Community. Through this program, students interact with Common Experience instructors as well as their peers, gaining the skills and experience they need to achieve success during the first year of college. This personalized attention does not stop after the first year. Faculty and staff are ready to support all students throughout their entire journey through Fisher.

The Honors Program

The Fisher College Honors Program invites a select community of students on a Journey of Excellence. These students are provided enhanced opportunities to explore their chosen area of study. Through this rigorous program, students gain the sensitivity to test the moral and social implications of their future professional judgments and activities, as well as foster respect for self and others in preparation for full and productive lives.

The philosophy of the Honors Program is that well-educated individuals should seize the opportunity to take the knowledge they have gained in their educational settings and experiences and apply it to the betterment of the communities from which they come and to those in which they plan to serve.

Phi Theta Kappa

A chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the national honor society for American two-year colleges, was established at Fisher College in 1965 with the chapter name Nu Omega. In order for an invitation to be extended, several academic requirements must be met. These requirements include the appropriate grade point average for the amount of college-level credits earned. Additionally, the student must be of good moral character and possess recognized qualities of citizenship.

Golden Key

The Golden Key Honor Society was established at Fisher College in 2012. It is open to bachelor degree-seeking students who have earned 30 or more credits and are in the top 15% of students.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is a large, prestigious, and well-recognized organization in the field of psychology. Many of the most influential figures in the field have ties to Psi Chi. Membership provides students  with many opportunities to become active in the field and develop skills valued by admissions committees and employers.

Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma is the only National Criminal Justice Honor Society for Criminal Justice Majors. The society recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate, graduate students of criminal justice, as well as juris doctorate.

Residential Life

Approximately 300 students make their homes in one of the College’s four residence halls. Located just around the corner from the Public Gardens and Boston Common, students reside in elegant, 1900’s “brownstone” townhouses with all the comforts of home. The turn of the century residence halls have modern amenities such as security systems and kitchenettes with full-size refrigerators and microwaves, making the halls a comfortable place to study, relax, or just hang out with friends. While each living area is unique, each fosters an environment that is conducive to learning.

Professional staff and student leaders live and work in each residence hall. Recreational activities, leadership opportunities, referrals to support services, and a listening ear are just a few of the benefits of living on campus.

Commuting Life

Commuting students are an integral part of Fisher College’s student life. All events, organizations, and clubs are open to commuters. The Division of Student Life strongly encourages these students to actively participate in College activities and to make good use of all the services provided (e.g. counseling, health services, etc.). To make their transition easier, the College offers several services to commuters. Most notably, a Commuter Liaison is available to provide support to commuter students and to help them navigate College life. The Commuter Liaison advises the Commuter Student Association, which facilitates connections between commuters and gives commuter students a forum through which to express their concerns. Commuter luncheons also take place once a month.


Fisher College offers six varsity sports including Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Baseball, and Women’s Softball. Don’t see anything that interests you? At Fisher College – students have a voice. If there is ever an interest in starting a Club or Intramural Team, students are encouraged to rally their friends and establish a group through the Athletics Department!

Clubs & Organizations

Wondering what there is to do on campus? Students are encouraged to gain organizational experience by joining clubs and planning events. Many student organizations are available. Some of the clubs and organizations which have recently been active at the College include: Black & Latino Student Alliance, Charles Viewer, Community Service Club & Common Good, Dance Club, Drama Club, Management Club, Multicultural Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Spectrum, and Student Government Association. Fisher also offers incredible leadership opportunities for those students who wish to go above and beyond! At Fisher, students can function as Orientation Leaders, Peer Mentors, or Resident Assistants!

Center for Leadership & Public Service

Fisher College is home to what is known as the Center for Leadership and Public Service (CLPS). The Center was created to combine the capabilities and resources of Fisher College with the highest caliber public safety specialists and researchers. Through these relationships, the college is able to provide unparalleled planning and program implementation services, along with training and related programs for public sector employees and practitioners. The Center is an initiative that brings together faculty, staff, students, practitioners, and external partners to positively impact public service. The Center for Leadership in Public Service is housed under the Office of the President.

Lessons Learned: A Six Part Series

Fisher College speaker series is aptly named, “Lessons Learned: A Six Part Series.” Fisher College hosts six nationally known speakers from different fields throughout the year at its Boston campus.

Social Media

Fisher believes that its vibrant communities are brought closer together by its social media sites. Students will always know the latest information about what is going on on campus through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to name a few. LinkedIn is also a wonderful resource where Fisher can connect its current community members to its alumni network!




2,774 Total Applicants
1,819 Total Admissions
255 Total Freshmen Enrollment

65.57% of applicants admitted


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $27,265
Fees $995
Total $28,260
Room and Board (on campus) $14,714
Estimated Total On Campus $42,974


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

86% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
77% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$15,214 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$8,070 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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