Fisher College is a small, four-year, private not-for-profit business and liberal arts college. The college was founded in 1903 by Edmund Fisher and Myron Fisher, and was first located in Somerville, Massachusetts. By 1952, Fisher College gained approval from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and achieved regional accreditation in 1970. The college has continued to expand, providing adult education programs and establishing Fisher Online in 1998. Today, three branch Massachusetts locations can be found in Brockton, New Bedford, and North Attleborough. The mission of Fisher College states that the college “changes lives by positioning students in their quest for the knowledge and skills that will guide them through a lifetime of intellectual and professional pursuits.
Fisher College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges through the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
Students can pursue bachelor’s and associate’s degrees, in addition to completing certificate programs. The full list of bachelor’s programs offered includes Communication and Media Studies, Criminal Justice, Human Services, Management, and Psychology. Students may also choose from a number of concentrations in Management, and an Early Childhood Education concentration in Human Services. Associate’s degrees at Fisher range from topics such as Business, Fashion, Education, and General Studies to Hospitality & Tourism, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Law, Liberal Arts, and Psychology.
Students completing degrees also participate in an internship at Fisher College. The internship program is designed to provide students with experience in their field in an environment outside the classroom. Internships are coordinated between The College Internship Coordinator/Site Coordinator, the students, an Internship Instructor, and the workplace supervisor. It should be noted that while students receive academic credit, there are few opportunities for paid internships. Internships are mandatory for bachelor degrees, and a few associate’s degrees. Students should expect to dedicate between 10 and 25 hours per week to their internship for a mandatory total of at least 120 hours.
In addition to the traditional college campus programs, Fisher College houses the Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies, providing more flexible programs of study that meet the needs of working professionals and adult students. Students can pursue bachelor’s and associate’s degrees, along with completion of certificate programs. Studies range from bachelor’s degrees in Communication & Media Studies and Human Services to associate’s degrees in fields of business, education, psychology, general studies, and more. Coursework is offered at the various campus locations, day and evening, along with online programming. Furthermore, Fisher College partners with Brockton Hospital School of Nursing allowing students to earn diploma and associate’s degrees. For personal enrichment purposes, students can also enroll in non-credit courses via Ed2go. An added aspect of Fisher College is the General Education Mobile Program available to veterans and active military personnel. This program works with military students to offer benefits and provide full student support.
Fisher College supports financial aid programs including grants, scholarships and loans for eligible students. Financial assistance programs include:
- Merit-based scholarships
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- State grants including the MaSSGrant Program, Gilbert Grant, and Early Childhood Educators Scholarship
- State grants from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont
- Federal Direct / Stafford Loans, both subsidized and unsubsidized
- Federal Perkins Loan
- Federal Direct PLUS Loan
- Private loan resources
At Fisher College, students have an array of extracurricular opportunities. Students can compete in varsity sports including men’s and women’s soccer and basketball, men’s baseball, and women’s softball. There are four residential halls on campus, with about 300 students in each building. Students can participate in organized activities, or join one of the clubs on campus. Clubs at Fisher include the Management Club, Dance Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Multicultural Club, Community Service Club & Common Good, Drama Club, and the annual publication of the Charles Viewer. The city of Boston also offers many cultural activities such as the New England Aquarium, Boston Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts. There are also shopping areas, sporting events, special events, and nightlife available to students within the city.
Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Bachelor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:874
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