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, New Bedford, and North Attleboro provide convenient access to students, local businesses, and organizations. Fisher Online
began in 1998, and now serves more than 1,000 students from all over the United States and around the world.
Today, the College provides courses leading to the bachelor degrees, associate 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 website for more information.