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Future-focused Becker College has an average placement rate of over 90% for employment or further study. Becker prepares over 1,800 students from across the globe to be creative, innovative, and adaptive to the ever-changing world.

Becker College is an undergraduate and graduate, career-focused college; it is a private, independent, co-educational institution with undergraduate (associate and bachelor) degrees; graduate degrees; and adult education degrees (associate and bachelor). The College is dedicated to providing a supportive and inclusive learning community that prepares graduates for their first to last careers.

The College prepares students across all majors to navigate what experts have described as the greatest velocity of change in human history through a foundation in learning agility known as The Agile Mindset. Becker believes The Agile Mindset is essential for success in the increasingly complex, automated, and hyper-connected world of the 21st century. It forms the foundation of the College's core curricula.

The Agile Mindset merges learning agility and value-creation orientation with a focus on four uniquely human skillsets: empathy to understand the needs of others and inspire innovation; divergent thinking to explore possibilities and discover opportunities where they may not appear to exist; an entrepreneurial outlook to create new value regardless of job position; and social and emotional intelligence to collaborate effectively with others in interdisciplinary teams.

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.

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Overview

Applicants
4,972
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average HS GPA
3.08

GPA Breakdown

11%
Over 3.75
14%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
26%
2.50 - 2.99
14%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 590
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 580
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Action — November 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
267
with Terminal Degree
49

170
Women
97
Men
18
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

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

Majors

  • 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.
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General.
  • Management Science.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • International and Intercultural Communication.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

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

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling.
  • Mental Health Counseling/Counselor.
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies.
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling.
  • Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

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

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Pre-Law Studies.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

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

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Psychology, General.
  • Psychology, Other.

  • 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."

Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Eli Whitney
Inventor

William Morton
Dentist, Anesthesia

Ryan Canvel
Digital Games and Software Applications

Robert Goddard
Professor, Physicist, and Inventor

Edward Fendell
NASA Johnson Space Center

Colleen Barrett
President Emeritus Southwest Airlines

Jacob Knight (nee Roger Jaskoviak)
Artist

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,103

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,978

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,124

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$17,731

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$35,600
Required Fees
$3,600
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$960

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,000
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,800
Comprehensive Fee

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,882
Foreign Countries Represented
29

Demographics

2.39%
Asian
7.23%
African-American
8.35%
Hispanic
71.12%
Caucasian
5.95%
Unknown

58% female
42% male
38% are out of state
81% are full time
19% 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."

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
48%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
77%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme 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." Even if you're not a gamer, you'll still be able to find activities. Many undergrads tend to congregate by "the pool tables in the student center." There are 16 Division III varsity sports and many mure intramural sports and activities, including plenty of clubs like the music club, fencing club, and dance team. And Becker even "sponsors trips every weekend." Semester at Sea and College for Social Innovation Semester in the City programs are available. 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

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Micky Roberts

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Neuropsychological Evaluation and/or Psychological Educational Evaluation and/or Educational Testing and/or letter from credentialed professional

Documentation Required for ADHD

Neuropsychological Evaluation and/or Psychological Educational Evaluation and/or Educational Testing and/or letter from credentialed professional

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
26
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
0

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

17% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Hawks)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Equestrian Sports
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Hawks)
9 Sports

Basketball
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Becker currently has a very active P.R.I.D.E. (People Respecting Identity Difference of Everyone) club and the Counseling Center offers LGBT group sessions.

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: WPI
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Holy Cross
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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

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 Campus Center in Leicester
Weller Academic Center in Worcester
Colleen C. Barrett in Worcester
Boutin Student Center in Worcester
Lenfest Animal Clinic
Equestrian Center, Design Center in Worcester, Health Screens Building

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
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@becker.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) Worcester Regional Airport (ORH) Three local taxi companies Worcester College Consortium Shuttle Service Becker College Shuttle Service Amtrak Train Service MBTA Commuter Rail to Boston


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