About Quincy College
The College of the South Shore, MA
The college offers 34 associate degree programs and 22 certificate programs in a variety of disciplines, including those within Professional Programs, Liberal Arts, Natural & Health Sciences and Nursing. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and is licensed by the Board of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to grant the degrees of Associate in Arts and Associate in Science. The college draws a diversity of students from the greater Boston area as well as 100 countries around the world.
Quincy College Mission Statement
Quincy College is an open access institution that encourages academic achievement and excellence, diversity, economic opportunity, community involvement, and lifelong learning. The College facilitates valuable learning relationships that inspire students to realize their educational and professional futures.
Quincy College History
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 are offered.
In May of 1958, 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.
In 1991, the school founded the Plymouth campus located thirty minutes south of Quincy in downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Quincy College Presidents
Peter H. Tsaffaras (2011-present)
Martha Sue Harris (2005 – 2010)
Sean L. Barry (2000 – 2005)
G. Jeremiah Ryan (1996 – 1999)
O. Clayton Johnson (1983 – 1993)
Edward F. Pierce (1972 – 1982)
Kenneth P. White (1961 – 1971)
“Focused on Teaching & Learning, One Student at a Time” is not merely Quincy College’s motto. It is, as well, the embodiment of the way in which we conduct ourselves each and every day, including the manner in which all students, faculty, and staff are regarded and engaged. As such, everything that we do is focused upon teaching and learning and the primacy of the teaching/learning relationship. In the past few years, we have increased full time faculty ranks by more than sixty-nine percent, moved to new and greatly improved facilities in Quincy, completed a major and transformative expansion of our facilities and academic offerings in Plymouth, and greatly increased both instructional and non-instructional support and classroom technology. At Quincy College, students can find all the resources they need to have a successful college experience.
As Quincy College moves forward, we will remain focused on teaching and learning by updating our present academic offerings, developing new academic programs, and increasing student engagement and retention. I welcome you to take a class with our dedicated faculty and discover why students choose Quincy College for a high quality, affordable education. Here at Quincy College people hear me say, “Education is the passport that allows one to travel through and navigate our society.” I am proud to say that now, more than ever, Quincy College is here to assist people in earning that passport. Quincy College is truly an institution “On the Move.”
Welcome to Quincy College.
About President Peter H. Tsaffaras
Peter H. Tsaffaras has dedicated over 40 years of his life to serving the field of higher education. Since becoming President in January 2011, he has emphasized the teaching and learning relationship throughout the College. A former member of Quincy College’s Board of Governors, Tsaffaras has served the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, where he was deputy commissioner for employee relations and acting general counsel. He was responsible for affirmative action, benefit administration, compensation management, human resources, labor relations at the community and state colleges, and staff support at the Board of Higher Education.
Mr. Tsaffaras’ expertise in human resources and labor relations began in the central office of the State College System in 1972. After service at Boston State College and the Board of Regents of Higher Education, Mr. Tsaffaras went to Bridgewater State College in 1982 where he worked as Director of Human Resources. Transitioning to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education in 1993 he was promoted from Deputy Director of Human Resources to Vice Chancellor for Employee Relations and Benefit Administration, and most recently, to Deputy Commissioner of Employee Relations. Since 2005, Mr. Tsaffaras has taught at Massasoit Community College where he is the sole instructor of the year-long Certificate Program in Human Resources.
After earning an undergraduate degree in History at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Mr. Tsaffaras completed his graduate work in Education at UMass-Boston. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the New England School of Law, and maintains a general practice of law in Quincy.
Quincy College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering postgraduate instruction. Accreditation of an institution by the New England Association indicates that the institution meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality. Assessments are periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purpose through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation. Accreditation by the New England Association is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or of the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.
Quincy College is authorized by The Board of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to award the Degrees of Associate in Arts and Associate in Science and Certificates of Completion, and is approved by the Board of Higher Education for the training of veterans and their dependents.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756
Quincy College Associate Degree Program in Nursing and Practical Nurse Certificate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN). You may contact the ACEN for more information on the web at http://www.acenursing.org or at 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, by telephone at 404-975-5000, or by fax at 404-975-5020. You may contact BORN for more information on the web at http://www.mass.gov/dph/boards/rn or at 239 Causeway Street, Suite 500, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02114, or by phone at 617-973-0800 or 800-414-0168.
The Surgical Technology Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. You may contact the CAAHEP for more information on the web at http://www.caahep.org, by mail at 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 or by telephone at 727-210-2350.
The Quincy College Associates Degree Medical Laboratory Technician Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). You may contact NAACLS for more information on the web at: http://www.naacls.org or 5600 N. River Road Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119. Telephone: 847.939.3597. Graduates of the MLT program are eligible to sit for the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) examination through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification.
What are my FERPA rights?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
How do I transfer credits from another school?
Credits earned at other accredited, degree-granting institutions may be applied toward your degree or certificate program at Quincy College. To transfer credits, have your former college send an official transcript of your grades to Quincy College’s Registrar. To qualify for transfer credit, courses must correspond to offerings at Quincy College and a minimum grade of “C” must have been earned. Students are required to provide a catalog or an official course description from the institution where the credits were earned.
How do I get CLEP credits?
Quincy College recognizes that many people have acquired skills from work experience or private study. Students who demonstrate this knowledge by satisfactory performance on a College Level Examination Program Subject Examination (not a CLEP General Examination or American College Testing Exam) will be awarded credits for that subject, based on the American Council on Education scoring recommendations. Although Quincy College is not a testing site, you may call the College Board at 781-890-9150 for registration and testing sites. Students awarded credit will be required to pay a per credit fee.
How do I get a verification letter for insurance or apartment rental?
Our institution has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to act as our agent for verifications of current student enrollment. Please visit the Clearinghouse online or call them at 703-742-4200. If you have further questions, please contact the Registrar at 617-984 1650.
Is tutoring available?
Free tutoring is available to all Quincy College students at the Nicastro Learning Center and the Plymouth Learning Center. Students may sign up for a tutor in a particular subject or stop by their drop-in hours. Students can contact our Student Development Office at (617)984-1656 for more info.
Do I need to purchase health insurance?
By Massachusetts state law, some students who register for college courses may be required to purchase health insurance if they are not covered by a comparable health insurance policy. If you already have health insurance that is a comparable insurance policy (most HMO and PPO plans qualify), you can waive your health insurance charge. The deadline to waive your health insurance charge is located here.
All students who are enrolled in nine (9) or more credits in a semester, or who plan to enroll in nine or more credits in a semester (generally three courses), are required to have basic health insurance. By law, Quincy College automatically charges all students who are registered for nine or more credits with this health insurance fee. Coverage is $25,000. Additional coverage may be purchased at additional cost.
Health Insurance is required for all students who have clinical placements (nursing, surgical technology, etc) regardless of whether they are part-time or full-time.
If a student has comparable health insurance (most HMO and PPO plans qualify), then the student must click here to complete a waiver online for the College to remove these charges from the student’s account.
Visit Gallagher Koster for more information about the health insurance waiver. If you have any questions, please contact the Quincy College Business Office at (617) 984-1630.
NOTE: The Massachusetts Free Care Program (Free Care) is not acceptable as qualified student health insurance.
What are the tuition and fees?
What are the office hours for the college?
For the most up to date hours for each Quincy College office, please call our general information phone number at 800-698-1700.
Do you have an Open House?
Yes, Quincy College hosts Open House events before the start of each semester. These events, open to all who are interested, offer our prospective students a chance to visit our campus, meet Quincy College’s faculty and staff and learn more about our programs. For specific dates and times, please visit the QC Calendar.
Do you have an Orientation Day?
Quincy College offers an orientation program for all our incoming students. The program, held at the beginning of each semester, is designed to familiarize new students with the organization, services, and facilities of the College. The program provides students with an opportunity to meet members of the faculty and the administration. The role of advising is emphasized throughout the program, as is the social interaction among students and an introduction to life at the College.
What if I do not meet QC's English language proficiency requirement?
Being prepared is a key to academic success. Students who have completed secondary school but do not meet Quincy College’s English language proficiency requirement can obtain conditional admission through an agreement with Quincy College and ASC English by enrolling at ASC English in Boston, click here to learn more.
How do I get to Quincy College? Are you located near a "T" station?
Whether you have a car or not, commuting to class at Quincy College is easy. We have two conveniently located campuses in Quincy and Plymouth, Massachusetts. Our campus located in Quincy is only one block from the Quincy Center “T” Station. Click on the appropriate link below to get driving directions to either Quincy or Plymouth and find out how to get to our Quincy campus using the “T”.
What happens if I get called to Jury Duty and have to miss a class?
NOTIFICATION OF JURY DUTY LAW:
According to the office of the Jury Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, “Every U.S. Citizen 17 years of age or older who is a Massachusetts resident and an inhabitant for more than 50% of the time is eligible to serve as a juror. If you are a resident of another state but a student at a Massachusetts college, you are an inhabitant for more than 50% of the year and, therefore, eligible to serve as a juror in Massachusetts.” Students who miss class in order to fulfill their jury service requirement should notify each of their instructors of the summons and make arrangements to complete any missed work. Students should contact their dean if they need assistance in making arrangements for missed class time.
Where do I purchase my textbooks?
Quincy College makes buying the books you need for class easy. To obtain required books for each course, you may simply bring your class list or schedule into the Quincy College Barnes and Noble Bookstore and the staff will assist you in getting the books you need.
The Quincy Campus Bookstore is located at 1250 Hancock Street, Quincy MA 02169, inside Presidents Place. The telephone number is 617-405-5934.
The Plymouth Campus Bookstore is located at 36 Cordage Park Circle, Plymouth MA 02360. The telephone number is 508-732-0279.
How much time will I need to commit to each class per week?
In order to help you succeed, Quincy College would like you to know that 3-credit lecture courses require 3 hours of in-class time per week of a 15-week semester. These courses also require a minimum of 6 to 9 hours of study/homework time on average per week. This time may vary week to week, depending on the schedule of the course (e.g. weeks where there are exams or other assignments due may require you to put in more time in order to be successful). Further, writing intensive courses and STEM courses often require even more study/homework time and should be planned accordingly. A one credit laboratory course generally meets for 2 hours per week of a 15-week semester and requires that you spend an additional 2 to 3 hours of study/homework time per week**. Please take this information into consideration when forming your schedule and allow yourself enough time to do the work to earn the grade you desire.
** CHE 223 meet for 4 hours per week during a 15 week semester.
Does Quincy College have housing?
Quincy College has no on-campus housing, so students must find their own accommodations. For more information please click here.
How do I submit a comment, concern or complaint?
QC Support Portal
Have a question regarding admissions, advising, enrollment, financial aid, student accounts, IT, or academics? Submit a ticket to the QC Support Portal online and a Quincy College representative will assist you.
Do you have comments, concerns or complaints? We want to hear from you! We are here to help.
Quincy College continuously strives to improve the services we offer to our current and prospective students. We value your comments and suggestions to enable us to provide a service that best meets your needs. Your feedback is discussed with the supervisors/management and, where possible, improvements are made.
It is important that the College receives regular advice from its students. However, procedures for filing a complaint, formally, are set out in the Quincy College Catalog.
Any comments or suggestions for improvements that you have about the college, our services, facilities and our courses will be gratefully received.
Do you have a complaint? Is there an admissions, enrollment, financial aid, refund, course or advisement issue that you cannot seem to get resolved? We want to help.
First please make sure that you have tried to address your concerns by visiting or contacting the appropriate office or the Dean. The contact information is available on the Directory page.
Submit a ticket to the QC Support Portal online and a Quincy College representative will assist you.
Please be sure to include your email address, College ID number, your date of birth and a day time phone number where we can reach you.