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Academics

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.”

Student Body

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.”

Campus Life

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 and esports program—including a varsity team—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 14 Division III varsity sports and many activities, including plenty of clubs like the music club, Black Student Union, Ultimate Frisbee, 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.

Overview

Applicants
3,916
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average HS GPA
3.22

GPA Breakdown

18%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
22%
2.50 - 2.99
7%
2.00 - 2.49
2%
1.00 - 1.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 580
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 25

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
16:1
Total Faculty
202
with Terminal Degree
51

122
Women
80
Men
12
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
36%
Graduate in 5 years
44%
Graduate in 6 years
45%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Animal Training.
  • Equestrian/Equine Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Management Science.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

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

  • EDUCATION.

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • 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.
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal.
  • Legal Professions and Studies, Other.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

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

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General.

  • 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.


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 Canuel
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
36%
Graduate in 5 years
44%
Graduate in 6 years
45%

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

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,707

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$18,368

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,266

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$18,567

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$36,300
Required Fees
$3,600
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$960

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
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

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,824
Foreign Countries Represented
26

Demographics

2.73%
Asian
7.78%
African-American
8.59%
Hispanic
68.66%
Caucasian
7.43%
Unknown

59% female
41% male
36% are out of state
81% are full time
19% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
45%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
74%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing

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

Proctors
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

19% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Hawks)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Equestrian Sports
Football
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Women's Sports (Hawks)
8 Sports

Basketball
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
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. https://www.becker.edu/student-life/campus-life/activities-leadership/student-organizations/

Minority Support Groups: Becker currently has Black Students Union https://www.becker.edu/student-life/campus-life/activities-leadership/student-organizations/

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

Sustainability

63/99

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
Jane Switchenko
Administrative Assistant

Address
Office of Admissions
61 Sever St
Worcester, MA 01609

Phone
508-373-9400

Email
admissions@becker.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Fuller Campus Center in Leicester
Weller Academic Center in Worcester/Hawk's Nest
Colleen C. Barrett Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Boutin Student Center in Worcester
Lenfest Animal Clinic
Equestrian Center, Design Center in Worcester, Health Sciences Building (simulation lab), John J. Dorsey, Sr. Crime Scene and Evidence Lab,?Community Counseling Clinic

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Thats Entertainment, Worcester
DCU Center Downtown Worcester
"Restaurant Row" Shrewsbury Street, Worcester
Solomon Pond Mall
The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley/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 Becker College Shuttle Service Amtrak Train Service MBTA Commuter Rail to Boston Uber Lyft


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