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History of Endicott College

The story of Endicott College, founded in 1939 by Dr. Eleanor Tupper and her husband Dr. George Bierkoe, is the story of an idea that was realized and a dream that was fulfilled. The idea was radical for the day - to educate women for greater independence professionally, socially and financially. Their intentions were to increase the prospects and raise the status of women through a college offering a link to classroom experiences and the professional world with off campus internships related to their majors. Despite its unconventional nature, the dream took hold and flourished during WWII and the years beyond. The founders of Endicott "built castles in the air?. then put foundations under them". The tradition of a strong vision of excellence, linking classroom and off-campus professional experience through required internships, remains the most distinguishing feature of the College.

Endicott graduated its first class, a group of just 20 students, in 1941. Today on the Beverly, Massachusetts campus, there are more than 2,350 daytime students, 2,600 students enrolled in the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies, and more than 17,000 alumni. In the fall of 1994, the College welcomed its first co-educational class. Our growing student body hasn't been the only change at Endicott over the years. Our curriculum has changed to reflect developments in technology, world trade, and heightened professional competition. Endicott also has campuses in Madrid, Spain and Mexico City, Mexico.

Our campus, too, has grown. From the first purchase in 1939 of a handsome estate accommodating both classrooms and living quarters to our current 235 acres complete with activity centers, athletic facilities, state of the art technology, and conference centers, today's Endicott College simply has more to offer.

A message from the Barbara Broudo, Director of the Endicott College Archives/Museum:

"The Endicott College Archives/Museum has been created to preserve the rich history of Endicott College. It includes, papers, records, photographs and artifacts. Knowing where we come from is as important as where we are now and where we will be going in the future."

Please visit our "new" Archives and Museum Website.

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