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Endicott College

Endicott College

Endicott College


Founded in 1939 and based on the idea that higher education should combine theory with practice, Endicott College has grown from 20 in 1941 to 1,450 students graduating in 2020 with graduate-level certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master's, and doctoral degrees.

Endicott College was founded in 1939 by Dr Eleanor Tupper and her husband, the Reverend Dr George O. Bierkoe, who shared the vision of creating a college to educate women for greater independence and an enhanced position in the workplace. This was a radical idea in the days near the Depression and just before America entered into World War II. Yet, despite its unconventional nature, the dream took hold and flourished during the war and the years beyond.

The College was issued its first charter by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1939 and graduated its first class, a group of just 20 students, in 1941. In 1944, it was officially approved by the Commonwealth for the granting of Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. In 1952, Endicott was accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In 1988 the College earned four-year status and graduated its first baccalaureate class in 1990. The first coeducational class entered in the fall of 1994, the first graduate programs were introduced in 1996, and in 2012 Endicott became the first college on the North Shore to offer doctoral programs.

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