From the School

Becker College is a private, independent, co-educational four-year institution with undergraduate (associate's and bachelor's) degrees, and adult education degrees (associate's and bachelor's) and certificate programs. The College is dedicated to preparing students to be world ready, as highly educated, responsible citizens who will contribute to a global society and rise to the top of their chosen professions. For the second consecutive year, Becker has been named as one of the best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review and offers some of the country's best educational experiences in programs such as nursing, veterinary studies, video game design, and more.

The Becker College is ranked #1 among undergraduate nursing programs in Massachusetts, with a 2012 99% NCLEX pass rate for prelicensure nursing graduates.
Becker College is ranked #1 in New England and among the top-15 producers nationally among four-year private institutions in awarding undergraduate animal studies degrees. Becker is one of only two private colleges in New England to offer AVMA-accredited undergraduate programs in veterinary technology. A fully operational on-campus veterinary clinic, open to the public, provides students with hands-on experience.
The Princeton Review has named Becker's game design program among the top colleges in the U.S. and Canada for five consecutive years.
Becker is home of 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, which ensure Becker graduates have the skills for success upon graduation.

The Becker College student experience focuses on world-ready preparation and on 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 contextual framework for student life programming. These experiences include academic study, community service and leadership opportunities, internships, 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.

At a Glance
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.
A nurturing environment for every student
Career-focused four-year academic programs that prepare students to be world ready
A 99% placement rate for employment or further study
Choice of residential living on two campuses (urban/rural)
Numerous community service/volunteer opportunities
A wide range of student clubs and organizations
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. Full-time and adjunct professors bring extensive academic, career, and life experience to the classroom. Their focus is on helping students excel, both inside the classroom and beyond.

Academic programs combine rigorous course work and experiential learning into an innovative curriculum that prepares graduates for career success.
Courses in each major have been designed to give students not only the required knowledge base and hands-on practical experience to rise to the top of their chosen professions, but also business essential skills that will enable them to be adaptive and effective in the evolving job market.
Students engage in outreach programs, internships, externships, practica, clinical field work, preceptorships, and other career-developing opportunities, to develop the knowledge and skills needed for graduate school or entry into careers.
The Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI), which is housed at Becker College, improves the talent pipeline between higher education and the digital games industry through its Reverse Sabbatical Program, Virtual Production Laboratory, the Summer Innovation Program, the New Ventures Center, and more.

Overall

From The School

To learn more about Becker College call 877.523.2537, email admissions@becker.edu, or visit www.becker.edu.

Becker College
61 Sever Street
Worcester, MA 01609

Overview

Applicants
3,040
Acceptance Rate
65%
Average HS GPA
3.20

GPA Breakdown

6%
Over 3.75
8%
3.50 - 3.74
10%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
30%
2.50 - 2.99
28%
2.00 - 2.49
2%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
430 - 550
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
440 - 560
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
430 - 520
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
18 - 24

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Overall

From The School


Academic Programs

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1, Becker's intimacy fosters a connectedness between students and faculty that enhances learning and student success.

The academic programs at Becker College prepare students for a wide range of future professional opportunities while providing the necessary competencies to be world ready to lead and succeed in a global society. Courses in each major 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. Our strong liberal arts program provides balanced exposure to major achievements in the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Core curriculum is designed so students develop an appreciation of the philosophical, ethical, and aesthetic issues that have evolved throughout human history.

In addition to our core curriculum programs, Becker College provides students with numerous opportunities to participate in internships and practical experiences in rural, suburban, and inner-city settings. State-of-the-art teaching facilities include the nursing program's simulation laboratory and the College's on-campus animal clinic. Upon graduation, students are ready to step into career-targeted jobs and make valuable contributions from day one.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Becker College offers some of the country's leading programs in animal studies, business, criminal justice and legal studies, design, education and psychology, liberal arts and biology, nursing, and exercise science.

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

Animal Studies
Animal care (associate's degree)
Equine studies
Laboratory animal management
Pre-veterinary
Veterinary science/clinical medicine and laboratory animal medicine
Veterinary technology (associate's degree)

Business
Business administration
Computer information systems
Equine management
Management
Marketing
Sports management

Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
Criminal justice
Forensic science/crime scene processing concentration

Design
Communications design
Graphic design
Interactive Media Design: Game Design
Interactive Media Design: Game Development and Programming

Education and Psychology
Early childhood education
Elementary education (B.A. in liberal arts)
Forensic psychology
Psychology
Psychology/ applied behavior analysis (ABA)

Liberal Arts and Biology
Biology
Liberal arts

Nursing and Exercise Science
Exercise science (health and fitness)
Nursing (associate's degree)
Nursing (4-year BSN)
Nursing RN-BSN

Minors
Addictions counseling (LADC-II)
American studies
Creative Writing
English
Equine studies
Exercise science
Film and literature
Health and fitness
Psychology

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.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
177
with Terminal Degree
51

101
Women
76
Men
18
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
16%
Graduate in 5 years
24%
Graduate in 6 years
28%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Horse Husbandry/Equine Science and Management

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

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

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Nursing Administration
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General (Cert., MS, PhD)

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Studies, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

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

  • Psychology

  • Forensic 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
  • Interior Design


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Eli Whitney
Inventor

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

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
16%
Graduate in 5 years
24%
Graduate in 6 years
28%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Tuition for 2014-2015 is $32,870. Room and board for the year is $12,000. In 2013, the College launched the Be Affordable Program, whereby students' tuition and institutional financial aid remain unchanged for their four years.

Financial Aid

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

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,934

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,244

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,340

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$43,238

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
94%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$15,151

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$32,107
Required Fees
$1,580
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$960

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
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)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

From The School

The Becker College community is an active one. Opportunities abound for onand off-campus involvement to enrich each student's learning and personal development. Regardless of personal 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, with programs geared to student interest. Numerous clubs and organizations promote indoor and outdoor activities, cultural interests, the arts, and more. In addition, students are involved in community service and volunteer activities with such organizations as the American Red Cross, the Animal Rescue League, the United Way, schools, and others, which give students ample opportunities to be active and passionate about helping others.

Close to 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:

MEN'S VARSITY SPORTS
Baseball
Ice hockey
Basketball
Lacrosse
Football
Soccer
Golf
Tennis
WOMEN'S VARSITY SPORTS
Basketball
Softball
Field hockey
Ice hockey (fall 2015)
Tennis
Lacrosse
Volleyball
Soccer
CO-ED SPORTS
Cheerleading
Equestrian

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.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,021
Out of State
34%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
19

Demographics

1.80%
Asian
7.86%
African-American
10.48%
Hispanic
70.86%
Caucasian
6.37%
Unknown

59% female
41% male
34% are out of state
78% are full time
22% are part time

Overview

From The School


Location

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 John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Today more than 2,000 students from across the nation and around the world live and learn on these 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 urban center, 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 three major international 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 Becker College 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.

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, Sierra Leone, West Virginia, Jamaica, and Mexico.

Student Organizations & Activities

The Becker College community is an active one. Opportunities abound for onand off-campus involvement to enrich each student's learning and personal development. Regardless of personal 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, with programs geared to student interest. Numerous clubs and organizations promote indoor and outdoor activities, cultural interests, the arts, and more. In addition, students are involved in community service and volunteer activities with such organizations as the American Red Cross, the Animal Rescue League, the United Way, schools, and others, which give students ample opportunities to be active and passionate about helping others.

Close to 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:

MEN'S VARSITY SPORTS
Baseball
Ice hockey
Basketball
Lacrosse
Football
Soccer
Golf
Tennis
WOMEN'S VARSITY SPORTS
Basketball
Softball
Field hockey
Ice hockey (fall 2015)
Tennis
Lacrosse
Volleyball
Soccer
CO-ED SPORTS
Cheerleading
Equestrian

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.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
51%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
73%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
14
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
1

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Hawks)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Hawks)
8 Sports

Basketball
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
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 meet twice monly and particpate 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

Sustainability


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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
9

Average Number of PC's per Lab
18

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Discount through Dell university program

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Christine Bostek
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
61 Sever St
Worcester, MA 01609

Phone
508-373-9400

Email
christine.bostek@becker.edu

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
Basketball in Leicester Gymnasium

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
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies throughout the academic year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@becker.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

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

Transportation

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
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Key Stats

3,040
Applicants
2,021
Size
65%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists