Newbury College to Close its Doors Following Financial Struggles

Brookline’s Newbury College has been placed on the market following financial troubles. This past December, the school announced that it would close after its spring semester due to financial problems, a move that ultimately needs to be approved by State Attorney General Maura Healey due to the fact that the school is a nonprofit. Located along Fischer Avenue within the Fisher Hill neighborhood, the 7.8-acre college campus has recently been placed on the market for $40 million.

The History of Newbury College

Founded in 1962 as the Newbury School of Business, Newbury College was originally located in Boston’s Back Bay on Newbury Street. Founder Edward J. Tassinari started the school with the hope of supplying local businesses with a competent and educated workforce pool.

Shortly after starting the school, it was expanded to include dormitories on Commonwealth Avenue. By 1968, the Newbury School of Business was relocated to Boylston Street. Three years later, the school changed it status from being a school of business to a junior college. It was at this time that the name officially changed to Newbury Junior College.

As Newbury Junior College continued to grow, it also began acquiring schools throughout the area. Among these was Holliston Junior College, Grahm Junior College and Bryant & Stratton College. Soon after, Newbury became the largest private two-year college in the country. By 1973, it became one of the first colleges to establish satellite campuses. Ultimately, the school expanded to a total of 15 campus extension site throughout Eastern Massachusetts.

After acquiring Cardinal Cushing College in 1982, the school began relocating to its Brookline location. As the college began to expand at its Brookline location, the satellite campuses began to consolidate into one centralized campus. By 1985, the school’s name was officially changed to Newbury College as it also became a baccalaureate college.

In 2015, Newbury College changed its 16,000-square-foot library into a “Student Success Center,” making it the first major renovation project to take place on the campus in more than 20 years. The center houses full-time faculty in English and Math as well as English and Math Mastery tutors. The space also houses counselors, internship services and even a sport court boasting space for basketball and volleyball along with a batting cage. Despite these improvements, the school announced in December that it would be shutting down following several years of declining enrollment.

Degree Programs

Newbury College, which is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, offers bachelor and associate degree programs in more than 20 career-focused majors. Altogether, the college is comprised of four schools. These include The School of Arts & Sciences, The Roger A Saunders School of Business & Hospitality Management, The School of Applied Science & Hyman Services and The school of Professional Studies. Some of the degrees available through Newbury College include:

  • A. in Communications
  • S. in Computer Science
  • A. in English
  • S. in Cybersecurity
  • A. in Graphic Design
  • S. in Interior Design
  • A. in Liberal Arts
  • S. in Business Management (Various Concentrations)
  • S. in Hospitality Management
  • S. in Culinary Management
  • S. in Criminal Justice
  • A. in Human Services
  • A. in Psychology

The school also overs various minors and certifications.

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