Newbury College (United States)

For the further education college in England, see Newbury College (England). For the college in South Carolina, see Newberry College.
Newbury College
Motto Floruit Floreat (Let it Flourish)
Type Private
Established 1962
President Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D.
Location Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
42°19′52″N 71°08′33″W / 42.3311°N 71.1425°W / 42.3311; -71.1425Coordinates: 42°19′52″N 71°08′33″W / 42.3311°N 71.1425°W / 42.3311; -71.1425
Campus Suburban, 10 acres
Colors Green and Gold
Athletics NCAA Division III
Sports Baseball, Basketball (M,W), Cross Country (M,W), Golf (M), Soccer (M,W), Softball, Tennis (M,W), Volleyball (M,W)
Nickname Nighthawks
Mascot Nigel the Nighthawk
Affiliations New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE)

Newbury College is a private, independent college located just minutes from Boston in the Fisher Hill neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts. Founded in 1962, Newbury College offers bachelor and associate degree programs in over 20 career-focused majors. Committed to personalized and experience-based teaching, Newbury inspires students to become independent thinkers, valuable collaborators, and global-minded citizens.


Newbury College was founded in 1962 on Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay. It was originally founded as the Newbury School of Business by entrepreneur and educator Edward J. Tassinari. Tassinari's goal in establishing this institution was to help supply local Boston businesses with competent and educated employees.

In the 1960s as the College began to expand, it acquired dormitories on Commonwealth Avenue. In 1968, the Newbury School of Business relocated to Boylston Street, at the former location of Bentley College. Shortly thereafter, in 1971, the school changed its status from a school of business to a junior college. It then began granting associate degrees and officially changed its name to Newbury Junior College.

As the Junior College continued to grow, it began to acquire other schools throughout the Greater-Boston area that were on the verge of collapse, including Holliston Junior College and Grahm Junior College. The most notable of these schools was the Boston branch of a 110-year-old business school, Bryant & Stratton College, which Newbury acquired in 1975.

Newbury Junior College was soon the largest private two-year college in the country, and became an innovator of campus extensions and continuing education. In 1973, the school became one of the first colleges in the region to establish satellite campuses. At one point in the 1990s, the college had a total of 15 campus extension sites throughout Eastern Massachusetts. These were located in Arlington, Attleboro, Boston, Braintree/Weymouth, Brookline, Dorchester, Framingham, Hopedale/Milford, Lowell, Lynn, New Bedford, Norwood, Revere, Taunton, and Wakefield.

In 1982, the junior college acquired a portion of the former Cardinal Cushing College and began relocating the school to Brookline, Massachusetts. As the college began physically expanding and acquiring buildings in the surrounding area, the satellite campuses began to consolidate into one centralized college campus.

The school officially changed its name to Newbury College in 1985, and in 1994, it became a baccalaureate college. Newbury now offers both associate and bachelor's degrees in over 20 majors on its Brookline campus.

In March of 2016 was honored with the ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation.

Newbury College received the award, presented at ACE2016, the American Council on Education’s 98th annual meeting, because of an integrated physical and curricula transformation that has had a direct, positive impact on students. Recognizing the level of academic readiness for college success for some students, Newbury undertook a major initiative to ensure the academic success of every student.

In the fall of 2015, Newbury transformed the college’s library into a 16,000-square-foot Student Success Center, the first major renovation project on campus in more than 20 years. The center, which completely altered how academic and student services were delivered to students, now is home to full-time faculty in English and Math, English and Math Mastery tutors, Tutoring Center and Academic Counselors, Counseling, Career and Internship Services.


Today, Newbury is situated 3.5 miles from downtown Boston in the Fisher Hill neighborhood of Brookline, Massachusetts. The 10-acre campus consists of eight buildings, many of which were formerly private residences. The campus is located half a mile from the Reservoir MBTA station on the Green Line's D train and the Cleveland Circle MBTA station on the Green Line's C train, which provide service directly into downtown Boston. A shuttle runs regularly between the campus and the Reservoir station as well.


Newbury College is accredited by the Commission on Institution of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and offers associate's and bachelor's degrees in over 20 career-focused majors. It contains four schools: The School of Arts & Design; The Roger A. Saunders School of Business & Hospitality Management; The School of Social Sciences & Human Development, and The School of Culinary Studies. Students can double major or major and minor across schools, and an interdisciplinary program is also available for students who wish to create their own specialized majors. Newbury mentors students so that they become professionally competent, ethically aware, socially responsible, and prepared for lifelong learning. Newbury also offers a 3-year Bachelor's Degree program in almost all majors where students can complete two fall, two spring, and two summer semesters for an affordable price.


Newbury College has an active Class Council for every year, as well as many other activities that take place both on- and off- campus. There are a multitude of clubs and organizations at Newbury including the Campus Activities Board, Student Government Association, Yoga Club, Multicultural Student Organization, Newbury Speaks Out;, Graphic Design Association, Interior Design Club, Sport Management Club, and many more. Newbury College is affiliated with several Honor Societies including: Phi Eta Sigma (First Year Honor Society), Alpha Chi (National Honor Scholarship Society), and Lambda Pi Eta (Communications Honor Society). Many community service opportunities, such as an alternative spring break, are also available to Newbury College students.


Newbury College is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III (NCAA Division III) athletics. The Newbury Nighthawks’ 13 athletic programs compete in eight NCAA-sponsored sports including: baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, track & field, softball, lacrosse, and volleyball.

The Newbury men’s volleyball team experienced great success in recent history including three Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England North titles and three national rankings. In 2008, the Nighthawk’s Men’s Volleyball program was ranked sixth in the nation with a 33-10 record and finished second in Northeast Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) Championship Tournament.

In addition, the Nighthawk men’s basketball team also claimed an ECAC Division III New England title in 2007-2008 with a 21-9 record while the Newbury baseball team earned a trip to the ECAC tournament with 23-22 record in 2012.

The 2014-2015 Nighthawk Softball team ranked second in the nation for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top 10 All-Academic Team Award. The 2015-2016 team ranked first in the nation for this award, holding a higher GPA than all NCAA Division I, II, and III teams.

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