From the School
Becker College is a private, independent, co-educational, four-year institution with undergraduate (associate and bachelor) degrees; graduate degrees; and adult education degrees (associate and bachelor's) and certificate programs and a 95% placement rate for employment or further study. Becker serves more than 2,100 students from 33 states and 23 countries. The College is dedicated to its mission of providing students with a transformational learning experience that prepares them to thrive, contribute to, and lead in a global society.
Employability is at the core of academic programs at Becker, and the key is the Agile Mindset: empathy, divergent thinking, an entrepreneurial outlook, and social and emotional intelligence. The Agile Mindset values learning over knowing. These traditional, liberal arts skills, along with solid, experiential learning is a combination that causes employers take notice.
The last few years have been a period of tremendous growth for Becker College. New academic programs include:
- New B.A. in Interactive Media curriculum (game design, game development and programming, and game production and management) that allows students from all four years to work together in a real-world studio environment to produce publishable, user-experience-based games for entertainment, training, and education
- A nimble business curriculum that constantly anticipates the cycles of disruption and challenges in a rapidly changing global environment
- A B.S. in Equine Studies
- A first-in-the-nation B.A. in Global Citizenship
- A Master of Science in Nursing (including an RN to MSN pathway for nurses with an associate’s degree)
- A Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling (including a BA to MA option which affords qualified Becker College undergraduate students the opportunity to gain conditional acceptance into the program as early as the summer before their senior year)
At Becker College, 57% of students are enrolled in STEM-based programs of study: biology, criminal justice, data science, exercise science, interactive media, nursing, and veterinary science. Becker College is educating young people for jobs that do not yet exist, to solve problems yet to be identified—the perfect formula for graduates and employers in the STEM fields.
The Becker College Center for Career Education, its Becker Connector employer/job seeker database, and industry-focused workshops are resources for students to connect with potential employers. The Sophomore Shadow Program builds relationships with Becker alumni and their employers and provides a glimpse into professional career paths for students at an early stage in their educational careers.
For four consecutive years, Becker College has been named by The Princeton Review as a "best college for undergraduate study."
Becker is ranked #1 among private undergraduate nursing programs in Massachusetts, with a first-time National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rate for prelicensure nursing graduates that consistently exceeds state and national rates.
Becker College is ranked #1 in New England-and #2 in the U.S.-among four-year private institutions in awarding undergraduate animal studies degrees. Nationally, Becker is the third largest producer of undergraduate veterinary technology degrees among four-year private institutions. A fully operational on-campus veterinary clinic, open to the public, provides students with hands-on experience.
The Princeton Review ranked Becker #5 in the world for its undergraduate game design program. It is the only institution on the East Coast to be recognized as a top-ranked program for seven consecutive years.
Becker is home to the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI), a first-in-the-nation, statewide center that creates opportunities for industry-leading game design companies to work with faculty and students on game development projects and curriculum enhancements. MassDiGI has launched several initiatives that support entrepreneurship and strengthen the talent pipeline between higher education and the game industry. The Summer Innovation Program and the Game Challenge bring student teams and industry professionals from across the region together to work on creative projects in a real game development environment.
In January 2015, Becker graduate Colleen Barrett provided a $1 million gift to name and create the Colleen C. Barrett Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship—an epicenter that fosters global innovation and entrepreneurship—which houses the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI), MassDiGI New Ventures Center, the Women’s Leadership Institute, and the Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College. The Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College is recognized as the only official Yunus Centre site in the U.S.
The Becker College student experience focuses on leadership development and global citizenship, supporting the belief that students must be prepared to thrive in a world that is rapidly changing as well as increasingly more global. The "three pillars" of global citizenship—academic excellence, social responsibility, and creative expression—provide the framework for student life programming. These experiences include academic study, community service and leadership opportunities, internships and externships, personal connections, and activities that make each student's education an engaging and enriching experience. Becker provides an open and diverse community, encourages the exchange of ideas, and values the empowerment of all individuals. Through these experiences, students are encouraged not only to transform themselves into educated people, but also to consider how they can make a positive impact on others in ways that transform lives and communities.
The College's core values of excellence, accountability, community and diversity, social responsibility, integrity, and creative expression are integral components of the student experience. There is a connectedness between students and faculty that enhances learning and student success and provides each student with personal attention and a close-knit, family atmosphere.
Becker College provides:
Innovative Learning Experience
- A nurturing environment for every student
- Career-focused four-year academic programs that prepare students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the competitive job market
- A 95% placement rate for employment or further study
- Choice of residential living on two campuses (urban/rural)
- Many community service/volunteer opportunities
- A wide range of student clubs and organizations
- Division III athletics and intramural programs
Professors care about the success of each student and are committed to providing one-on-one attention and support. Their extensive academic, career, and life experience, along with a focus on providing students with career preparation from the first day of class, ensures students are ready to handle any challenge that lies ahead. Academic programs combine rigorous course work and experiential learning into an innovative curriculum. Numerous centers and labs give students hands-on experience, including a Center for Global Citizenship, Collaborative Learning Centers, a crime scene lab, an equestrian center, a nursing simulation lab, and an animal clinic.
Courses in each major give students not only the required knowledge and hands-on practical experience, but also the essential soft skills that will enable them to be adaptive and effective in the evolving job market. Students develop the Agile Mindset, which values learning over knowing and consists of competencies in empathy, divergent thinking, an entrepreneurial outlook, and social and emotional intellige