Fisher College

School Highlights
  • Fisher College serves 828 students
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is lower than the state community college average of 26:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 67% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 39%.
  • Fisher College is one of 6 community colleges within Suffolk County, MA.
  • The nearest community college to Fisher College is Bay State College (0.3 miles away).

Top Placements

Fisher College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Massachusetts for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 78 teachers has grown by 62% over five years.
Fisher College(MA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution Level4 or more yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPrivate, non-profitPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty78 staff96 staff
Fisher College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Fisher College has declined by 59% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Fisher College diversity score of 0.70 is more than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has grown by 44% over five years.
Total Enrollment828 students3,428 students
Fisher College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio11:126:1
Fisher College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students-1,076 students
Fisher College Full-Time Students (2007-2013)
# Part-Time Students-2,352 students
Fisher College Part-Time Students (2007-2013)
% Asian
Fisher College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Fisher College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Fisher College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Fisher College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Fisher College More (2012-2016)
% Non Resident races
Fisher College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Fisher College Ethnicity Breakdown MA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.700.59
Fisher College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$32,400$35,500
Fisher College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $28,645 is more than the state average of $26,142. The private state tuition has grown by 16% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$28,645$26,142
Fisher College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Tuition NotesRoom and Board is an
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid81%82%
Fisher College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2013)
Median Debt for Graduates$18,566$11,450
Fisher College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,000
Fisher College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate64%62%
Fisher College Percent Admitted (2007-2013)
SAT Total Avg.500500
SAT Reading250250
Fisher College SAT Reading (2011-2016)
SAT Math250250
Fisher College SAT Math (2011-2016)
ACT Total Avg.88
ACT Composite88
Fisher College ACT Composite (2011-2016)


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Soccer, SoftballBaseball, Basketball,
Cheering, Soccer,
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • It has been the tradition of Fisher College to serve the educational needs of different populations. In its Day Division, Fisher provides career and transfer programs in a small college setting. This division actively seeks a diverse student population reflecting a cross section of American and international cultures.
  • The Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies offers degree and certificate programs both electronically and at locations in eastern Massachusetts to a broad spectrum of learners as well as to business and industry through courses, seminars, workshops, and training sessions. When it was founded in 1903, Fisher College emphasized vocational preparation for its first few decades. Since then curriculum plans and objectives have expanded.
  • 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 Division. In January 1999 Fisher College was approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to offer the Bachelor of Science in Management Degree. In December 2009 Fisher College was approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. Today, the college offers a wide variety of Bachelor degree and concentration options, including Psychology and Criminal Justice. 

Nearby Schools

  • The nearest community college to Fisher College is Bay State College (0.3 miles away).
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Did You Know?
Suffolk County, MA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.58, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Suffolk County, MA is Bunker Hill Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.