Becker College campus
Becker College campus
Becker College campus
Becker College campus
Becker College campus
Becker College campus
Becker College campus
Becker College campus
Becker College campus
Becker College campus
Becker College campus
Becker College campus
Becker College campus
Becker College campus
Becker College campus

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:

  • 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
Innovative Learning Experience

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


From The School

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Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

Learn about new SAT scores and college admission here
SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
450 - 550
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
450 - 560
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
430 - 540
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 25

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision
November 15

Early Action
November 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


From The School

Academic Programs

With low student-to-faculty ratio, Becker's intimacy fosters a connectedness between students and faculty that enhances learning and student success. Programs prepare students for a wide range of professional opportunities while providing them with the necessary competencies to lead and succeed in a global society. Courses have been designed to impart the required knowledge base and hands-on practical experience for students to rise to the top of their chosen professions.

In addition to our core curriculum programs, Becker provides students with opportunities to participate in internships and practical experiences in rural, suburban, inner-city, and global settings. State-of-the-art teaching facilities include the nursing program's simulation laboratory, a working crime scene lab, and an on-campus animal clinic.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Academic study is offered in a range of disciplines, with nationally recognized programs in nursing, game design, and animal studies, as well as programs in business, criminal justice, data science, equine management/studies, psychology, exercise science, liberal arts, biology, and others. The College also offers an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling.

Programs of Study
All are bachelor degree programs except where associate degree is indicated.

Animal Studies
Animal care (associate degree)
Clinical and laboratory animal medicine
Equine studies
Laboratory animal management
Veterinary technology (associate degree)

Business administration
Big data analytics
Computer information systems
Equine management
Sports management

Criminal Justice
Criminal justice
Domestic counter-terrorism studies
Forensic science/crime scene processing concentration
Policing/law enforcement

Data Science & Mathematics
Data Science

Communications design
Graphic design
Game design
Game development and programming
Game production and management

Global Citizenship
Global citizenship

Liberal Arts
Liberal arts

Nursing and Health Sciences
Health and fitness
Community health and wellness education
Nursing (ASN)
Nursing (BSN)
Nursing RN-BSN

Addictions counseling
Applied behavior analysis (ABA)
Forensic psychology
Health and human services
Mental health counseling (B.A., M.A.)
Pre-med/health studies

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Animal Training
  • Equestrian/Equine Studies
  • Horse Husbandry/Equine Science and Management

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • International and Intercultural Communication

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, Other
  • Elementary Education and Teaching

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, Other

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Forensic Science and Technology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Game and Interactive Media Design
  • Graphic Design

Students Say

At Becker College, a private institution founded in 1784 in the second largest city in New England, undergrads truly feel that their school is dedicated to "helping students achieve their dreams." Students say that the college prides itself on providing a "personal education," one that helps you "push yourself to do your best." And it offers a "small, close-knit community" where everybody can get to know their peers. Academically, Becker allows students the opportunity to pursue a number of great disciplines. Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't highlight the "outstanding" nursing program and the "very well established and highly successful pre-veterinary program." In addition, the college has "one of the best game design programs in the country." Inside the classroom, undergrads love that so many of their courses involve "one-on-one interaction and class discussions." There's no fear of languishing through boring lectures here! And, certainly, that can be attributed to "great" professors who go out of their way to "include real life examples" in their teaching. Perhaps even more essential, the instructors at Becker "are all very nice and genuinely care about their students' success." An animal care major shares that "all of my professors are very thorough and answer all my questions and concerns. They are easy to meet up with outside of classes." And a fellow animal care student summarizes her classroom experience by stating, "The professors dedicate a lot of their time to make sure that we are studying and working to the best of our abilities."



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Eli Whitney

William Morton
Dentist, Anesthesia

Harry G. Stoddard
Businessman & Industrialist

Robert Goddard
Professor, Physicist, and Inventor

Edward Fendell
NASA Johnson Space Center

Colleen Barrett
President Emeritus Southwest Airlines

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Tuition for 2015-2016 is $31,320. Room and board is $12,000.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for all eligible students through federal, state, and Becker College programs.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

The Becker College community is an active one. Whether you want to lead or contribute, opportunities abound for onand off-campus involvement to enrich each student's learning and personal development. Whatever your interests, it's easy to be active, social, and connected with the pulse of campus life.

The Student Government Association (SGA) serves as the official voice of all Becker College students. The SGA protects and promotes the best interests and rights of the student body, serves as the liaison between the students and the College administration, and works with student groups to enhance the overall student experience.

The intramural program promotes fun and healthy competition. Clubs and organizations promote indoor and outdoor activities, cultural interests, the arts, global and service learning involvement, volunteerism, and more.

Nearly 75 percent of Becker students participate in varsity or intramural sports. More than one-third of student-athletes are annually recognized for achieving a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Becker competes at the NCAA Division III level and is a member of the following:
Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference-Northeast (men's ice hockey)
New England Collegiate Conference (baseball, softball, men's tennis, women's tennis, men’s basketball, women's basketball, field hockey, men's soccer, women's soccer, golf, volleyball)
Great Northeast Athletic Conference (men's lacrosse)
New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance (women's lacrosse)
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (football)
Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (equestrian)

Becker College offers the following sports:

Ice hockey

Field hockey
Ice hockey


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



61% female
39% male
34% are out of state
74% are full time
26% are part time

Students Say

Becker undergrads tend to think very highly of their peers. And they assure us that anyone who chooses to attend can "make friends very quickly." This can certainly be attributed to the fact that "almost everyone is easy to talk to" as well as "easygoing." Even shy students can find their place here. The trick is simply to get involved. As one veterinarian science major explains, "Students fit in very well through sports teams and other activities and clubs outside the classroom." Despite having the adjective "nerd" bandied about, we're told that "the campus holds a diverse student body with many different interests." And, if "you play sports, video games, or share a love for animals, you'll fit in." Lastly, a nursing student shares, "what we all have in common is our dedication to our studies and our school. We all work hard in class."


From The School


Becker College traces its history to 1784-one of the nation's top-25 oldest institutions of higher learning-with a founding charter signed by American Revolutionaries John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Today more than 2,000 students from across the nation and around the world live and learn on two distinctively New England campuses, located six miles apart, in the heart of Massachusetts.

The Worcester campus is situated in the Elm Park neighborhood of Worcester-New England's second largest city, with a population of approximately 180,000. With its quiet tree-lined streets and historic Victorian-style homes, the Worcester Campus is only a short walk from the downtown business district. The greater Worcester area is home to more than 30,000 students at 13 colleges.

The Leicester Campus is situated in a quintessential New England country town, adjacent to an historic village green. This rural setting provides space for Becker's Division III athletic team facilities and for the animal studies programs. The College provides students with a free shuttle service, which enables them to move easily between campuses.

Becker College is less than an hour drive from Boston, three hours from New York City, and 70 miles or less from four major airports.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

A variety of housing options are available for students who choose to live on campus. The Worcester Campus offers housing in historic homes, and the Leicester Campus offers both historic homes and contemporary residences. Both campuses offer all-female, all-male, co-ed, over 21, and all-freshman living spaces. In addition, there are Living and Learning communities. Each campus has its own dining hall, library, campus center, and fitness facility.

Students in the equine programs are involved in the care of horses at the Becker College Equestrian Center, located on a beautiful expansive site in Paxton. The center contains an indoor and outdoor riding arena, indoor and outdoor pens, round pen, and pastures and turnout areas. The Lenfest Animal Health Center houses the College's veterinary clinic, open to the public, which includes teaching facilities for laboratory animals, grooming, dog obedience, and laboratories for animal care and veterinary technology students.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Worcester offers a wide array of social, cultural, and recreational opportunities, including entertainment and sports arenas, first-class museums, the Hanover Theatre, outdoor recreation areas, and a wide range of shopping and dining options. Becker students have access to facilities, events, courses, and activities at the other colleges in the Worcester area. Worcester offers a wide array of social, cultural, and recreational opportunities, including entertainment and sports arenas, first-class museums, the Hanover Theatre, outdoor recreation areas, and a wide range of shopping and dining options. Becker students have access to facilities, events, courses, and activities at the other colleges in the Worcester area.

Becker College offers study abroad options through its partnerships with the Center for International Studies (CIS) and Semester at Sea, as well as a wide range of service trips to such locations as Haiti, West Virginia, Jamaica, Boston, and more.

Becker College offers study abroad options through its partnerships with the Center for International Studies (CIS) and Semester at Sea, as well as a wide range of service trips to such locations as Haiti, West Virginia, Jamaica, Boston, and more.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Becker maintains "a 50/50 split between commuters and residents." However, it's certainly possible to seek out some fun on the weekends. Given Becker's amazing game design program, it's no surprise that "everybody plays video games here." Beyond simply cozying up with an X-Box, undergrads can also be found playing "Magic: The Gathering," and some ingenious students have even "made their own card games." Thankfully, even if you're not a gamer, you'll still be able to find activities. For example, many undergrads tend to congregate by "the pool tables in the student center." There are also plenty of clubs to join like the Lambing Club, fencing club, and dance team. And Becker even "sponsors trips every weekend." There is a moderate amount of alcohol consumption, but it doesn't seem to dominate campus life. A nursing student explains, "There are parties off campus, and I do enjoy going to them, but a lot of people choose not to drink." Finally, students enjoy taking advantage of the city of Worcester's many shopping and dining options.

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

17% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Hawks)
9 Sports

Equestrian Sports
Ice Hockey
Women's Sports (Hawks)
9 Sports

Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups: Becker currently has a very active Gay Straight Alliance. They meet weekly and particpate in the Colleges of Worcester Consortium events (world aids day, national coming out day, etc.) and provide on-campus programs

Minority Support Groups: BSU/ALANA is the student organization at Becker. Students participate in the Colleges of Worcester Consortium events (Kwanza, MLK Jr. Day, etc.)

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: WPI
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: WPI


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Christine Bostek
Visit Coordinator

Office of Admissions
61 Sever St
Worcester, MA 01609



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Fuller Student Center in Leicester
Weller Academic Center in Worcester
Design Center in Worcester
Boutin Student Center in Worcester
Lenfest Animal Clinic

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Becker College Equestrian Center in Paxton, MA
DCU Center Downtown Worcester
"Restaurant Row" Shrewsbury Street, Worcester
Solomon Pond Mall
Millbury Shopping Outlets

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Varies throughout the academic year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Students must have been accepted to the college prior to arriving on campus


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Logan International Airpor Three local taxi companies Worcester College Consortium Shuttle Service Becker College Shuttle Service Amtrack Train Service MBTA Commuter Rail to Boston

Rankings & Lists

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