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.

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

42.253005°N 71.003177°W / 42.253005; -71.003177

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]


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 15, 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.Charles W. Akers1958–1961
2.Kenneth P. White1961–1973
3.Lawrence Creedon1971–1972
4.Edward F. Pierce1972–1982
5.Lawrence Creedon1982–1983
6.O. Clayton Johnson1983–1993
7.Donald Young1993–1994
8.Linda B. Wilson1994–1995
9.G. Jeremiah Ryan1996–1999
10.Sean L. Barry2000–2005
11.Martha Sue Harris2005–2011
12.Peter Tsaffaras2010–2018
13.Thomas P. Koch2018-2018
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. "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. 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
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