Frequently Asked Questions
When was the College founded?
Fisher College--now located in Boston's Back Bay--was originally opened in what was predominantly the working-class city of Somerville, and had its beginnings with educational entrepreneurs who believed the immigrants of that city in the early 1900s needed a way out of their unskilled employment.
In 1897, brothers Myron C. Fisher and Edmund H. Fisher moved from Shenandoah, Iowa, to Somerville, Massachusetts. They had studied education in a midwestern normal school but, unlike many others of their day, sought new opportunities in the east. While teaching at Burdett College in Boston, the brothers saw a need to start a different kind of school. And so in 1903, they opened the doors of Winter Hill Business College. The brothers went door-to-door selling courses; the curriculum was individualized and students could study whatever they needed to land the job they were seeking.
In 1952, Fisher was approved as a two-year college by the Board of Regents of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and, in 1957, was given degree-granting powers. In 1970, Fisher gained membership in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., with accreditation. Today, students from all parts of America and from numerous foreign countries attend Fisher's Day School.
The Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies was established in 1975 to serve the adult population of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. Our sites in Boston, Brockton, North Attleborough, and New Bedford provide convenient access to students, local businesses, and organizations. Fisher Online began in 1998, and now serves over 1000 students from all over the United States and around the world.
In January 1999 Fisher College was approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to offer the Bachelor of Science in Management Degree.
Today we offer a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication & Media Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services at the Boston campus. The College also offers concentrations within the Management degree, including:
- Computer Information Systems
- Fashion Merchandising
- Health Care Management
- Hospitality & Tourism Management
- Human Resource Management
- Public Administration
Today, the College provides courses leading to the bachelor degrees, associates degrees, and certificates to traditional-age college students from around the world as well as to continuing education students. Visit the About Fisher section of our Web site for more information.
When can we visit the campus?
Campus tours are scheduled Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM, and from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM on most Saturdays. We recommend that you call ahead to schedule your visit to campus. See our Vists and Interviews page for further details.
Where do Fisher College students come from geographically?
Our students come from 27 different states - mostly from the Northeastern United States. We also have a number of international students representing 20 different countries.
What are your residence halls like?
The Office of Housing and Residential Life strives to create living-learning communities which promote personal and academic growth among a diverse student body. While each living area is unique, each supports academic excellence. Professional staff and student leaders live and work in each building, coordinating services and programs that encourage individual self-actualization. You will be living just around the corner from the Boston Common in a comfortable, 1900's "brownstone" townhouse with all the comforts of home. The turn of the century resident halls are elegant yet homey. Modern amenities (such as security; common areas with full-size refrigerators and microwaves, and TV/Lounge rooms with cable TV and VCRs) make the halls a comfortable place to study, relax, or just hang out with your friends.
Are residence halls staffed with residence hall directors?
Yes. Each residence hall is staffed by a Residence Director (RD) and three Resident Assistants (RA). The RD is usually a graduate student taking classes at a nearby college. The RA staff is made up of undergraduate Fisher students who are most likely in some of your classes. The entire staff goes through an extensive training session where they learn ways to help your transition to Fisher College. They can advise and help you to resolve many of the issues you encounter in the residence hall, from getting a new light bulb to homesickness. Visit our Housing section for more information.
Is smoking allowed in residence halls?
No. Smoking is not allowed inside any College building.
Does Fisher College have a department of public safety?
Yes. The Fisher College Department of Public Safety & Campus Police is committed to enhancing the quality of life of the College community. The College views public safety as an important part of the educational process and one that requires the collaborative effort of everyone at Fisher College. The Department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide for the security and protection of students, employees and visitors in and around the campus. Visit the Department of Public Safety and Campus Police section for further information.
What kind of authority do Public Safety Officers have?
The Chief of Campus Police leads the Fisher College Department of Public Safety & Campus Police. The Chief manages all operations and supervises the full-time and part-time officers. Police and Security Officers are responsible for maintaining a safe and secure environment throughout the College. Campus Police Officers enforce College rules & regulations, local and state laws, patrol campus buildings and grounds; respond to medical and fire emergencies; investigate incidents; and facilitate the response of emergency services as required. All officers receive training in various aspects of public safety and emergency medical response. Campus Police are sworn officers vested with full police powers pursuant to Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 37. Campus Police also derive legal authority from Chapter 22c, section 63. This statute provides officers with special State Police powers.
Admissions FAQ'sHow many references/letters of recommendation are required for admission?
Fisher does not require letters of recommendation for admission, but most students do submit them. The Office of Admissions reads everything that is submitted, so we do encourage students to submit any information you think will help you to be accepted and assist you to qualify for scholarships.
Is an interview required for admission?
Fisher College does not require an admissions interview, but we encourage you to come to the college to visit and meet with your admissions counselor. Interviews are usually accompanied by a tour of the campus. With advance notice, the Office of Admissions can also assist you shadow a current student or attend classes in your intended field of study. Call the Office of Admissions at 617-236-8818 to set up your interview.
What is the deadline for submitting an application?
Fisher College reviews applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. We encourage our students to apply as early as possible so that you may receive the maximum amount of financial aid available to you. Visit the Application Procedures section of our Web site for more information.
What is the Honors Program?
As part of Fisher College's commitment to meet the needs of all students enrolled, we offer an opportunity for incoming students to take part in the College's Honors Program. The mission and goals of the Honors Program at Fisher College include offering increased academic challenge to exceptional students who have excelled during their high school years and want to continue to be involved in an academic experience that helps them mature intellectually.
The Honors Program is designed to provide students with small classes where stimulating discussion; interaction with other students; and the pursuit of knowledge through questioning, critical thinking and research leads to more challenging and rewarding academic experience.
The benefits and rewards for participation in such a program include smaller class size, more individual attention from professors, and the opportunity to interact with students who possess similar academic ability. In addition, students enrolled in the Honors Program qualify for the Fisher College Honors Program scholarship. Visit our Academics section for further information.
How do I apply for financial aid?
Fisher College encourages all applicants to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available in guidance offices, online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, or by calling the Fisher College Financial Aid office at 617-236-8821. Be sure to list Fisher College on your FAFSA. Our Title IV code is 002150.
When should I submit the FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be submitted as early as January 1st. We highly recommend that applicants to Fisher submit their FAFSA no later than March 15th to qualify for the maximum amount of federal and state financial aid. Many financial aid programs are offered to students on a first-come, first-served basis. It is better for you to apply early, even if you have to complete your FAFSA before you complete your tax returns. If you do submit the FAFSA before doing your taxes, we recommend that you carefully estimate financial information based on last year's tax returns and/or final paycheck stubs, bank statements, etc.
What type of institutional scholarship programs are available?
Fisher College's Trustee's Scholarship is awarded to accepted students based upon financial need, academic achievement and housing status. In addition, Fisher offers merit scholarships and scholarships for participants in the Honors Program.
What loan programs are available?
Fisher College participates in a number of loan programs to assist students and their families finance their education. Fisher offers four federal loan programs, including the Federal Stafford Loans, the Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Student Loan, the Federal Perkins Loan and the Federal PLUS Loan (for parents). Fisher also participates in the Massachusetts No Interest Loan program, and a number of other credit-based educational loans, including the Signature Loan program, the TERI loan and the MEFA loan programs. Payments on amounts borrowed by students typically begin six months after a student leaves the college; interest rates are variable. Parent loan payments (principal plus interest) begin 60 days after the first disbursement is received. The payment period extends for 10 years; interest rates are variable.
Do you provide special assistance in financial planning?
Yes. By making a personal appointment with a financial aid counselor, you can discuss traditional scholarships, grants, work-study, student loans and a variety of family educational loans. Financial planning is designed to help families plan for the full cost of a college education.
What is the cost of tuition, room and board?
|Resident Student||Commuter Student|
|Room & Board**||$14,355||N/A|
|Residence Hall Fee||$500||N/A
|Dorm Activity Fee||$50||N/A|
**If a student requests a single or double room, additional (nonrefundable) charges of $2,000 and $1,000 respectively will be incurred.
What is the average cost of books per semester?
Books typically cost approximately $1000 per year.
Visit our Financial Aid section for further information.
Student Activities FAQ's
What kinds of activities are available for students?
The Office of Student Activities is responsible for offering events on and off campus for residential and commuter students. Additionally, the office sponsors annual events, such as, the Fashion Show, Family and Friends Weekend, and the Fisher Film Series. The Office offers clubs and organizations that students can participate in and explore their talents. The Office also oversees the Student Government Association, a major leadership forum for students.
What special activities are available for commuter students?
Commuting students are an integral part of Fisher College's student life. All events, organizations, and clubs are open to commuters. The Office of Student Activities 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.).
Does Fisher have varsity athletic teams?
Yes. Fisher offers six varsity sports: Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Softball, Baseball, Men's Soccer and Women's Soccer. Fisher also has a cheerleading squad. We are member of the NAIA American Mid-East Conference. Visit our Athletics section for further information.
Does Fisher offer intramural programs and gym memberships?
Yes. Fisher offers a variety of intramural activities based upon student interest, and offers a discount on membership in a local health club.