Nichols College at a Glance

Nichols College is a four-year private, not-for-profit, coeducational institution offering associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees as well as certificate programs.

Dudley, Massachusetts

William Pieczynski



Student Outcomes
95% of Nichols 2022 graduates were employed or in a graduate program six months after graduation.

First Year Retention Rate
72% (Fall 2023)

Four Year Graduation Rate
60.5% (2018FA Cohort)

Fall 2023 New Students

Total 2023 Enrollment

First-Year Students Living on Campus
85% (Fall 2023)

Student to Faculty Ratio
16 to 1

Number of Alumni


Radio Station
WNRC 97.5 FM

Endowment 2023
$42 million

2023-24 Cost for Undergraduate Day Student (Tuition/Housing/Meals)
On-campus: $59,325
Off-campus: $51,975

Full-Time Students Receiving
Financial Aid

98% (Excluding parent loans and private loans)

College Rankings

Princeton Review named Nichols a “Best In The Northeast” College in its 2024 Best Colleges: Region by Region report.

Nichols is ranked #118 in the competitive Regional Universities North category of the 2023-24 US News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

Nichols is ranked #129 nationally in the 2023 US News & World Report Best Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings.

Nichols is ranked 8th nationally among undergraduate business schools for salary potential by

Nichols is ranked 10th nationally as a Best Value Business College by

Nichols is ranked 2nd most affordable online college in Massachusetts by

Nichols was awarded “Best Business Education” by the Worcester Business Journal in 2014 and 2016-2024.

The Nichols Sports Management program is ranked 20th nationally by

Forbes included Nichols in its list of Best Master’s in Cybersecurity Online Degrees of 2024.


Within a supportive community, Nichols College transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education


Nichols College is a college of choice for business and leadership education as a result of its distinctive career-focused and leadership-based approaches to learning, both in and out of the classroom, and through impactful research and professional education.


Undergraduate Programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in: Accounting, Business Analytics, Corporate Finance & Investments, Criminal Justice Management, Digital & Social Media Marketing, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Business, Healthcare Management, Hospitality Events & Tourism, Human Resource Management, Intelligent Automation, International Business, Management, Marketing, Marketing Analytics, Nonprofit Management, Real Estate Management, Sport Management, Sport Marketing & Content Creation, and Sport Sales & Strategy.
  • Bachelor of Arts with majors in: Communication, Criminal Justice, Criminal Psychology, Economics, and Psychology

Undergraduate +1, +3 Programs

  • 4+1 MBA Program 
  • 4+1 MSC Program 
  • 4+1 MSOL Program 
  • 4+1 MSA Program 
  • 3+1 MSA Program 
  • 3+3 Law Program in partnership with Umass Law 

Undergraduate Online Programs

  • Bachelors of Science in Business Administration (BSBA): Accounting or General Business

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Executive MBA
  • Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)
  • Master of Science in Counterterrorism (MSC)
  • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL)
  • Dual Degree Programs

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

  • Advanced Critical Thinking & Decision Making
  • Cybersecurity for the Global Environment
  • Data Analytics
  • Leadership
  • Project Management & Innovative Leadership


  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
  • Public Disclosure of Student Achievement

The sport management degree program at Nichols College has received specialized accreditation through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) located in Arlington, VA, USA. The sport management program in the following degree is accredited by COSMA:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Sport Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Sport Marketing & Content Creation
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Sport Sales & strategy

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