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Endicott College was founded in 1939 by Dr. Eleanor Tupper and her husband, 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. Of course, this was a radical idea in those day near the end of the Depression and just before America's entry into World War II. 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. In 1944, it was officially approved by the Commonwealth for the granting of Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. Eight years later in 1952, Endicott was accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Endicott, named after Beverley in Yorkshire, England, was first settled in 1626 and early on served as the site of the first ship commissioned for the US Military, the first little league team in Massachusetts and the first American cotton mill, earning it the nickname "Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution."
Endicott was founded in Beverly in 1939 as a two-year women's college and became co-educational in 1994. In addition to Endicott, Beverly is home to the Montserrat College of Art and the Landmark School, which is known worldwide for providing education to students with learning disabilities.
In addition to its schools, Beverly is home to two theatres (The North Shore Music Theatre and Cabot Street Cinema Theatre), Beverly Municipal airport, Beverly Golf and Tennis Club (est. 1910), several parks and beaches and the offices of Parker Brothers, makers of Monopoly.
Beverly is located just twenty miles north of Boston, with trains running from several Beverly locations right into downtown North Station. That means Endicott sits only a short trip away from hundreds of colleges and thousands of college students, as well as all that Boston has to offer, including Fanueil Hall and Quincy Market, Copley Center, Fenway Park, and plenty of restaurants, shows and sights. Not far in the other direction are New Hampshire and Maine, great destinations for Endicott students to get away for shopping, skiing or exploring New England.
A depiction of the College's mascot, The Gull perches atop a granite base at the entrance to the College's athletic complex.
If you have further questions, feel free to call the athletic department at 978-232-2312 or fax us at 978-232-2600.
For more information about Endicott College, visit the school's official website.