Quincy College

Quincy College (QC) is a public community college in Quincy, Massachusetts. It is an open admission commuter school that offers associate degrees and certificate programs in professional fields of study. Founded in 1958, Quincy College is a two-year, municipally affiliated college serving approximately 4,500 students at campuses located in Quincy and Plymouth, Massachusetts.

On January 13, 2017, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill that allows Quincy College the ability to confer four-year Baccalaureate degrees. The college is in the process of building their four-year Baccalaureate program and will systematically expand degree offerings in the near future.[1]

Quincy College
Seal of Quincy College
Former names
College Courses, Inc. (1956–1958), Quincy Junior College (1958–1990)
TypePublic community college
PresidentMichael Bellotti, Interim
Location, ,
United States

42°15′11″N 71°00′11″W / 42.253005°N 71.003177°WCoordinates: 42°15′11″N 71°00′11″W / 42.253005°N 71.003177°W


During the mid-1950s, demand for higher education on the South Shore, and Quincy in particular, led to the creation of the Citizen’s Committee appointed to study the feasibility of establishing a community college. This committee recommended that a community college should exist and as early as 1956, the first college-level courses were offered.

The school's first classes were offered at the Coddington Elementary School in 1956 as College Courses, Inc.,[2] after a committee was created to establish a new community college and Timothy L. Smith, historian and professor at the Eastern Nazarene College (ENC), was named its first director. It was sponsored by the Quincy School Department and used faculty from Eastern Nazarene.[3] Another ENC history professor, Charles W. Akers, became its first full-time director and transformed it into a junior college in 1958,[4] naming it Quincy Junior College (QJC) when it was first given power to grant associate's degrees in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.[3]

In May 1957, College Courses, Inc., a non-profit charitable organization, was officially formed to help further higher education on the South Shore. In the Fall of that same year, the first freshman class began at what will later be known as Quincy College.

Less than five years later, Quincy College was empowered to award the Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science degrees. It gained accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in 1980.[5]

Quincy College is one of the last municipally owned colleges in the USA.[6] In 1991, the school founded the Plymouth campus located thirty minutes south of Quincy in downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Nursing program shut down and resignation of President Peter Tsaffaras

On May 9, 2018, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing withdrew its approval of Quincy colleges’ nursing program. More than 250 students will need to finish their degrees at other institutions in the state. On May 15th, Quincy College President Peter Tsaffaras offered his resignation and said he had lost the confidence of the Board of Governors.

The percentage of Quincy college graduates who passed licensure exams on their first try in 2017 was just 54%, this was down from 59% in 2016, and 72% in 2015.[7]

On March 13, 2019 the Board of Registration in Nursing voted to allow reopening of a refreshed and updated nursing program on the Quincy and Plymouth Campuses. [1]


1. Charles W. Akers 1958–1961
2. Kenneth P. White 1961–1973
3. Lawrence Creedon 1971–1972
4. Edward F. Pierce 1972–1982
5. Lawrence Creedon 1982–1983
6. O. Clayton Johnson 1983–1993
7. Donald Young 1993–1994
8. Linda B. Wilson 1994–1995
9. G. Jeremiah Ryan 1996–1999
10. Sean L. Barry 2000–2005
11. Martha Sue Harris 2005–2011
12. Peter Tsaffaras 2010–2018
13. Thomas P. Koch 2018-2018
14. Michael G. Bellotti 2018-


The main campus is in Quincy Center located at 1250 Hancock St, President's Place. Saville Hall which is also part of Quincy College is located 24 Saville Ave. There is also another satellite campus in Plymouth, MA.[8][9][10] The school does not have residential facilities, as it is a commuter school.


Quincy College operates under the auspices of the City of Quincy. The college is unusual in this respect, as it is the only one of Massachusetts' 16 community colleges to be run by a city, rather than the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.[11] It is one of only two colleges in the United States organized this way.[12] Until the 1990s, it was run by the Quincy School Committee, but now has its own governing board.[12]


The college confers 37 Associate degrees and 25 certificates of completion in a wide variety of studies.[13] Quincy College operates an articulation agreement with Cambridge College for four-year baccalaureate degrees and with Excelsior College for online learning.[14] It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).[15] The school is an open enrollment institution,[16] meaning that it accepts all students with a high school diploma or equivalent to matriculate, regardless of academic abilities, without selectivity. As of 2010, there were 4,505 students enrolled.[17]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Baccalaureate Degrees at Quincy College". Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  2. ^ "Quincy College: Nearly a Half Century of Ups and Downs," by Christopher Walker. The Patriot Ledger, June 25, 2005, p. 10.
  3. ^ a b "OUR OPINION: The golden years of Quincy College", The Patriot Ledger, May 19, 2008 Archived September 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Eastern Nazarene College: History Department Archived 2009-02-02 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ NEASC Detail: Quincy College
  6. ^ Ronan, Patrick, "City-owned Quincy College seeks greater autonomy", The Patriot Ledger, Nov 13, 2013
  7. ^ Terreri Ramos, Jill (2018-05-16). "Quincy College president resigns after state shuts down nursing programs". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  8. ^ Official website: Building locations Archived August 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ QC Quincy campus information Archived June 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ QC Plymouth campus information Archived June 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Menino targeting community colleges - The Boston Globe
  12. ^ a b Donald B. Gratz, "The road not taken: The evolution of a municipal junior college" (January 1, 1998). Boston College Dissertations and Theses. Paper AAI9828009.
  13. ^ Quincy College Fact Sheet Archived December 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Quincy College Memberships Archived February 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Quincy College Accreditation Archived February 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Quincy College: About Archived July 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ National Center for Education Statistics: Quincy College

External links

Big Central Soccer Conference

The Big Central Soccer Conference was a Division I soccer conference in the NCAA. It was originally known as the Big Central Six Soccer Conference. The founding members were Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIU Edwardsville or SIUE), Quincy College (now Quincy University), Marquette University, Northern Illinois University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (now athletically branded as "Milwaukee"), with the University of Cincinnati joining in 1988. Three of the founding members—Quincy, SIU Edwardsville, and Wisconsin–Milwaukee—were Division II schools that played Division I men's soccer (Milwaukee moved to Division I for all sports in 1990, and SIUE did the same in 2008). The conference existed from 1987 through 1990 with nine member schools in its short history. In 1991, the primary conferences of all but the two remaining Division II schools, SIU Edwardsville and Quincy, sponsored competition in men's soccer. Since only the two Division II schools had a need for the Big Central, the conference ceased to exist, and those two, Quincy and SIUE, joined the division II Great Lakes Valley Conference in all sports following a brief period as independents and two seasons in the Mid-Continent Conference.

Bruce Ayers

Bruce J. Ayers (born April 17, 1962 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American small business owner and politician who represents the 1st Norfolk District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and is a former member of the Quincy, Massachusetts City Council (1992–2000).

Charles W. Akers

Charles Wesley Akers (April 2, 1920 – February 1, 2009) was an historian, author, and educator.

Coddington School

The Coddington School is a historic school building at 26-44 Coddington Street in Quincy, Massachusetts. Built in 1909, this three-story brick building is the finest Colonial Revival school building in the city. It was designed in late 1907 by Charles A. Brigham, who is not to be confused with the better known and similarly-named Charles Brigham. It was used from the 1960s to the 2000s as part of Quincy Junior College (now Quincy College), and is now the headquarters of the Quincy School Department, as well as other municipal departments.

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

Henry Rubin

Henry S. Rubin (born 1966) is an American sociologist known for work on transsexualism.

James Goff

James Frederick "Pim" Goff (May 13, 1912 – February 28, 1980) was an American football, basketball, and baseball player and coach. He was and the 11th head football coach at Eastern Illinois State Teachers College—now known as Eastern Illinois University—serving for one season in 1945 season and compiling a record of 2–3–2. Goff was the head basketball coach at Millikin University in 1942–1943, at Eastern Illinois from 1944 to 1946, at Illinois State Normal University—now known as Illinois State University—from 1949 to 1957, and at Quincy College and Seminary—now known as Quincy University, compiling a career college basketball coaching record of 168–168. He was also the head baseball coach at Millikin in 1943, tallying a mark of 5–2.

Goff, whose hometown was Normal, Illinois, attended Illinois State University, where he lettered in football, tennis, basketball, baseball, and track. He also played professional baseball and professional basketball. He died in 1980 while vacationing in Tucson, Arizona.

Michael G. Bellotti

Michael G. Bellotti (born March 21, 1963 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American politician who is the current Interim President of Quincy College and is the former Sheriff of Norfolk County, Massachusetts and is a former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from Quincy. He is the son of Francis X. Bellotti, the state's former lieutenant governor and attorney general.

North Quincy (Quincy, Massachusetts)

North Quincy is a neighborhood of Quincy, Massachusetts. It is separated from the city of Boston by the Neponset River, and borders the Quincy neighborhoods of Squantum, Montclair and Wollaston. It contains the smaller neighborhoods of Atlantic (sometimes used as a synonym for North Quincy) and Norfolk Downs, as well as much of Wollaston Beach.

Old Colony Library Network

The Old Colony Library Network (OCLN) is a consortium of 29 member libraries located on the South Shore of Massachusetts in the United States. OCLN membership includes 26 town and city libraries and three academic libraries. OCLN's cooperative approach enables member libraries to provide services that they would not be able to afford separately. OCLN was founded in 1984 and is incorporated in Massachusetts as a 501(c)3 corporation. OCLN is recognized as a charitable organization by the Massachusetts Attorney General's office.

OCLN member libraries:

Public Libraries:

Abington Public Library (website)

Avon Public Library (website)

Thayer Public Library, Braintree

Brockton Public Library (website)

Canton Public Library (website)

Paul Pratt Memorial Library, Cohasset (website)

Duxbury Free Library (website)

John Curtis Free Library, Hanover (website)

Hingham Public Library (website)

Holbrook Public Library (website)

Hull Public Library (website)

Kingston Public Library (website)

Ventress Memorial Library, Marshfield (website)

Milton Public Library (website)

Norwell Public Library (website)

Plymouth Public Library (website)

Thomas Crane Public Library, Quincy (website)

Turner Free Library, Randolph (website)

Rockland Memorial Library (website)

Sandwich Public Library (website)

Scituate Town Library (website)

Sharon Public Library (website)

Stoughton Public Library (website)

Walpole Public Library (website)

Weymouth Public Libraries (Tufts (under reconstruction), Franklin Pratt, Fogg, & Tufts@North Branches) (website)

Whitman Public Library (website)Academic Libraries:

Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, Nease Library (website)

Massasoit Community College, Brockton & Canton (website)

Quincy College, Quincy & Plymouth

QU Stadium

QU Stadium is a stadium in Quincy, Illinois originally known as Q Stadium. It is primarily used for baseball, but also has a separate football field. The baseball side and football side of QU Stadium holds 2,500 people. The football side of the stadium (located beyond the right and right center field fence of the baseball field) only has bleachers on one side of the field. The stadium is surrounded by its original limestone wall built in 1938.

Quincy Notre Dame High School

Quincy Notre Dame High School is a private, Roman Catholic co-educational high school in Quincy, Illinois, United States, founded in 1867, serving upper school students in grades 9-12. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. The curriculum is college preparatory.

Quincy University

Quincy University (QU) is a private liberal arts Franciscan university in Quincy, Illinois. It enrolls around 1,100 students.

Robert A. Cerasoli

Robert A. Cerasoli is a former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, the former Inspector General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the former Inspector General of the City of New Orleans. He also founded the Association of Inspectors General in 1996.

Robert E. Harmon

Robert Emmett "Red Bob" Harmon (1882 – 1959) was an American football, basketball, and baseball coach. He served as the head football coach at Gonzaga University from 1913 to 1914, at the University Farm—now known as the University of California, Davis—from 1915 to 1916, at the University of Santa Clara—now known as Santa Clara University—from 1919 to 1920, and at Quincy College and Seminary—now known as Quincy University—in Quincy, Illinois from 1922 to 1924, compiling a career college football record of 35–21–2.

Robert L. Hedlund

Robert L. Hedlund (born July 12, 1961 in Quincy, Massachusetts) is the Mayor of Weymouth, Massachusetts. He was formerly a member of the Massachusetts Senate representing the Plymouth and Norfolk District. He is a member of the United States Republican Party.

Ronald Mariano

Ronald Mariano (born October 31, 1946) is the majority leader of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. A Democrat from Quincy, he was first elected to the House in a December 1991 special election. He was appointed assistant majority leader in February 2009 and became majority leader in January 2011. He represents the 3rd Norfolk district.

Mariano was born and raised in Quincy, where he attended public school. He received his B.S. from Northeastern University in Boston and his M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts Boston. He became a teacher and was elected to the Quincy School Committee, where he served from 1989 to 2009. He also served on the Ward 2 Democratic Committee, the Norfolk County Advisory Board, and the Quincy College Board of Governors.

Samuel Young (General Superintendent)

Samuel Young (1901–1990) was president of Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts from 1944 to 1948 and general superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene from 1948 to 1972. Young's son, Donald, would attend the Eastern Nazarene College and later become an interim president of Quincy College, which he saved from losing educational accreditation in 1994.A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Young joined the Parkhead Church of the Nazarene in Glasgow. After coming to the United States with his parents at age 15 and settling in Cleveland, Ohio, he graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in 1928 and received a master's degree from Boston University in 1930, as well as being named an honorary doctor of divinity from Eastern Nazarene in 1945. Prior to taking the presidency at Eastern Nazarene, Young had been pastor of the Wollaston Church of the Nazarene for five years and head of the department of theology at the college. Young was elected General Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene in 1948, and retired from his post in Kansas City in 1972 to Overland Park, Kansas.He died on January 25, 1990, at the age of 88, in Shawnee Mission, Kansas.

Thomas Wisman

Thomas Wisman is an Australian-American basketball coach and a former player. He was head coach of the national teams of England, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan and Qatar.He won the 1995 NBL Coach of the Year Award while coaching Newcastle Falcons of the National Basketball League in Australia.

He won the championship of the 2009-10 Japanese Basketball League as head coach of Link Tochigi Brex.

Timothy L. Smith

Timothy Lawrence Smith (1924–1997) was a historian and educator, known as the first American evangelical historian to gain notability in research and higher education.

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