A History of Excellence

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 of Business Administration with a focus on strategic leadership – 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.

Fisher College improves lives by providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary for a lifetime of intellectual and professional pursuits.

  • Fisher College enables students to earn a degree and seek a job upon graduation.
  • Dedicated, experienced, and caring educators allow Fisher to accomplish its mission.
  • Alumni hold an honored place in the life of the College and support their alma mater.
  • Fisher College provides access to an education to approved students seeking the tools they need to achieve their goals.
  • Fisher’s small-school setting allows students to form enduring bonds with each other and their professors.
  • The Fisher community brings cultures and perspectives together in a dynamic arena.
  • The Fisher experience activates students to take ownership of their learning by preparing them to overcome challenges and pursue opportunities.
  • Fisher views ethical and moral development, and public service as imperatives.
  • Campus life enriches the Fisher community by offering students social and educational opportunities

Ubique Fidelis | "Everywhere Faithful"


Founding Fisher Brothers
Edmund Fisher and Myron Fisher, the brothers who founded the Winter Hill Business College in 1903.
First Fisher Campus
This beautiful house in Somerville was acquired in the 1920s. It was first used as Fisher's main campus, then as a satellite campus for male students until the 1950s.
Early Medical Assistant Students
Medical Assisting was a popular program at Fisher during the 1940s and 1950s.
1949 Graduation Ceremony
In the late 1940s the Fisher School held its graduation ceremonies at the Hatch Shell bandstand on the Esplanade.
Phi Theta Kappa inductees
This Phi Theta Kappa induction in the mid-sixties was a glamorous affair.
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