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Academics

Nichols College in Massachusetts offers undergraduates both a "close-knit community" and "a commitment to practical knowledge that will set students up for future success." It's also an institution that prioritizes the needs of its students, helping with everything from "financial assistance to networking opportunities." Nichols places an emphasis on "teamwork, leadership, and hard work." Though the college is primarily known for being a "top business school," it maintains a "strong criminal justice program" as well. Additionally, students at Nichols benefit from "well-connected" professors who have "often worked professionally in their field, and know how to translate that experience into a teaching environment." Even better, they "have a way of making you feel comfortable and even equal to them in the classroom [which certainly facilitates] discussions." Many also "take time to make sure we know the material that is being covered." Further, "they are always available for extra help whether it is after class or during their office hours." All in all, "the professors and staff and everyone around you at Nichols College are thrilled to help you and see you succeed."

Student Body

Given that Nichols College is a "small campus," it's easy for undergraduates to feel as though their peers "are like family." And certainly, it helps that the majority of students here "very kind and friendly." Many also prove themselves to be "ambitious and enthusiastic": Nichols attracts students that are "eager to learn." Undergrads happily report that their peers "continually support…each other, whether it's a big sporting event or a club event put on by a classmate." One thrilled student adds, "No one ever gets left behind and no matter what there's someone always there for you to talk, hangout or even just to sit and goof off before class starts." A fellow classmate agrees sharing, "You could just go up to anyone in the dining hall and introduce yourself and they would be happy to meet you." As a student concludes, "Nichols is [truly] a community not just a college."

Campus Life

Undergrads at Nichols College admit that "most people here fill their days with class and homework." Nevertheless, you can definitely find plenty of ways to entertain yourself beyond academics. The "majority of students are athletes," so a number of individuals head to practice after class. Many also venture over to the Student Center and participate in events such as "bingo [and] trivia." Additionally, there are a variety of "dinners" as well as plenty of "internship and job opportunities" [both] on campus and off campus." However, some undergrads do caution that "public safety is very strict" and that "the strict rules cause…students to try to hide out in their rooms." Thankfully, undergrads who feel a little stifled can find occasions to get off campus. After all, "there are always trips to Boston or New York City being offered so that students have a chance to [leave] for almost no money at all."

Overview

Applicants
2,116
Acceptance Rate
91%
Average HS GPA
2.87

GPA Breakdown

6%
Over 3.75
13%
3.50 - 3.74
8%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
28%
2.50 - 2.99
24%
2.00 - 2.49
4%
1.00 - 1.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
410 - 510
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
420 - 530
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
410 - 510

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
17 - 23

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Early Action — December 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
19:1
Total Faculty
98
with Terminal Degree
32

56
Men
42
Women
4
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
36%
Graduate in 5 years
40%
Graduate in 6 years
40%

Majors

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Finance, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Organizational Communication, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Robert Stansky
Magellan Fund

John M. Harrison
Lowell/Harrison/Leifer Advertising

Henry P. St. Cyr
S. VP Allmerica Financial Services

James L. Dunbar
Dunbar Companies

Gerald Fels
Exec. VP The Commerce Group, Inc.

Robert Kuppenheimer
VP and Director John Nuveenand Co., Inc.

Louise M. Redding
Partner Redding and Redding Accounting

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
36%
Graduate in 5 years
40%
Graduate in 6 years
40%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Dec 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,521

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,349

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,212

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
87%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,392

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$20,966

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$33,000
Required Fees
$400
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,400

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,500

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,500
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,269
Foreign Countries Represented
12

Demographics

1.19%
Asian
7.40%
African-American
6.85%
Hispanic
79.94%
Caucasian
1.35%
International

40% female
60% male
40% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
75%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
90%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
34
Number of Honor Societies
6

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
2

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Bison)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bison)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: SAFEZONE is an organization of faculty and staff offering support for the GLBT community on campus - PRIDE is a student run organization for the GLBT and Ally student communities.

Minority Support Groups: Several student organizations each year. No formal office however.

Army ROTC Offered

Sustainability

68/99

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
2

Average Number of PC's per Lab
27

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Paula Bernies
Admissions Assistant

Address
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 5000
Dudley, MA 01571

Phone
800-470-3379

Email
admissions@nichols.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Athletic and Recreation Complex
The Currier Center
Fels Student Center
Davis Cafe
WNRC Radio Station

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Old Sturbridge Village
Blackstone Valley Mall
Fenway Park
Worcester Art Museum
DCU Center in Worcester (formerly The Centrum)

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
800-470-3379

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Specific Saturdays and Holidays througought the year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
paula.bernier@nichols.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Airports in Worcester,Boston, Hartford, and Providence.Amtrak station in Worcester

Local Accommodations
Holiday Inn Express, Sturbridge, MA Publick House, Sturbridge, MA Comfort Inn and Suites, Sturbridge, MA Sturbridge Country Inn, Sturbridge, MA Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA Hampton Inn, Sturbridge, MA


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