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Undergrad Profile


Becker offers nationally recognized degrees to prepare graduates for the challenges and entrepreneurial opportunities of the 21st century.


Becker College traces its history to 1784, with a founding charter signed by John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Nationally recognized for five consecutive years by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, the College is amidst a dramatic transformation, with its sights set on preparing graduates for the workplace of a changeable future. This means cultivating students to be adaptive learners with Agile Mindsets who will have the ability to leverage the uniquely human skills of empathy, divergent thinking, an entrepreneurial outlook, and social and emotional intelligence in order to adapt and thrive in a world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. The Agile Mindset is the academic foundation that equips students to navigate change and create new value in the hyperconnected, automated world of the 21st century.

Becker College is a private independent, coeducational institution with bachelor’s, graduate, and associate degrees. The College offers nationally recognized programs in Nursing and Health Sciences, Game Design (ranked fifth in the world), and Animal Studies, as well as programs in Business, Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, Education, Psychology, and the Liberal Arts. Fifty-four percent of students are enrolled in STEM-based programs. Becker is #1 among private undergraduate nursing programs in Massachusetts, with the first-time National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rate for pre-licensure Nursing graduates consistently exceeding state and national rates.

Becker’s School of Animal Studies and Natural Sciences is #1 in New England and #2 in the US to award undergraduate Animal Studies degrees. Becker is one of 10 colleges in New England to offer AVMA-accredited undergraduate programs in Veterinary Technology. Students gain experience at an on-campus animal clinic, as well as more than 350 available externship sites.

Becker also offers a first-in-the-nation BA in Global Citizenship and master’s degrees in both Mental Health Counseling and Nursing. Becker College prepares its students for the world through a variety of academic programs and student leadership opportunities. Its postgraduate placement rate for employment, further study, or volunteer service programs averages 89%.

Financial aid
Financial aid is available for all eligible students through federal, state, and institutional programs. Upon acceptance, all applicants are reviewed for merit scholarship assistance. There are also:
• Grants
• Scholarships
• Student loans
• Work-study programs

Financial aid preference is given to students who complete the application process by March 15 for the upcoming academic year. For more information on financial aid, go to becker.edu/financialaid.

See Becker for yourself
To find out if Becker is right for you, visit both of our campuses. Open houses and special events are scheduled so you can meet many of the College’s students, faculty, staff, and administration. For specific dates and times or to schedule a visit:
• Go to becker.edu/admissions/visit-becker/campus-tours.
• Call the Office of Admissions at 877-523-2537.
• E-mail the Office of Admissions at admissions@becker.edu.

Directions, hotel accommodations, and maps of local attractions are available for visitors who are not familiar with the area.

Two campuses—one great experience
More than 2,100 students from across the nation and around the world live and learn on Becker’s two distinctively New England campuses located six miles apart in the heart of Massachusetts. Shuttles provide students transportation between campuses. Each campus has its own residence halls, classrooms and labs, dining hall, fitness center, library, and bookstore. Both campuses offer all-female, all-male, co-ed, over-21, and all-freshman living spaces.

Students in the equine programs are involved in the daily maintenance and care of horses at the 40-acre equestrian center located on a beautiful site in nearby Paxton. The Becker College Lenfest Animal Health Center houses the College’s veterinary clinic, which includes teaching facilities for grooming, dog obedience, and laboratories for Animal Care and Veterinary Technology students.

Worcester campus: Situated in the Elm Park neighborhood of Worcester—New England’s second-largest urban center, with a population of approximately 180,000—its quiet, tree-lined streets and Victorian-style homes make for a quaint yet urban residential experience. The Worcester campus is only a short walk to the downtown business district.

Leicester campus: Situated in a quintessential New England country town and adjacent to the historical village green, the Leicester campus provides a rural setting for Becker’s Division III athletic teams and the Animal Studies program students.

Close-knit family atmosphere
Becker’s students like to think of the College as their “home away from home.” It’s a place where professors know them by name and care that they achieve their best. It’s an easy place to make friends. Becker is a warm, safe, caring, and considerate community where students can relax and be themselves.

 


AT A GLANCE

Join in the Fun!
There’s so much going on at Becker. Clubs include: 
• Archery Club
• B.L.U.E. Crew
• Campus Activities Board
• Dance Club
• Drama Club
• Independent Game Developer Association (IGDA)
• Japanese Society (J-Soc)
• Lambing Team
• Music Club
• National Student Nurses Association (NSNA)
• Pre-veterinary Club
• Ski & Snowboard Club
• Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC)
• Student Government Advisory Board (SGAB)
• Ultimate Frisbee Club
• We Are Global

Becker College At A Glance

Founded: 1784
Location: Campuses in Worcester and Leicester, Massachusetts (approximately one hour from Boston by car or train, three hours from New York City, and 70 miles or less from three major international airports)
Degrees awarded: Graduate, bachelor’s, and associate
Programs of study: 50+
Student-faculty ratio: 17:1
Enrollment: More than 2,100 students representing 33 states and 26 countries
Housed on campus: 71%

Athletics
• NCAA Division III
Varsity sports: 17
Intramural sports: 5
Clubs: 20

Accreditation
• New England Association of Schools and Colleges
• American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities
• Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

Facilities
Academic buildings: 8
Residence halls: 23
Library: 2 (one on each campus) with 24/7 access to electronic educational and research resources; the libraries are a member of Worcester Area Cooperating Libraries.

Athletics Facilities

• Football/field hockey/lacrosse/soccer turf field
• Physical Education Center
• Gymnasium

Costs
Tuition (2016–2017): $33,672
Room and board (2016–2017): $12,850
Financial aid: 95% of Becker College students received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, student loans, and/or work-study programs.

Member of Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts; 12 Worcester-area colleges and universities provide cross-institutional access.

Athletics
About 25% of Becker College students participate in athletics. Every year the College’s varsity teams qualify for conference post-season tournaments. More than one-third of student-athletes are annually recognized for achieving a GPA of 3.0 or higher. No matter what level of athletics you prefer, Becker offers plenty of opportunities.

The Becker College Hawks are a member of:
• Commonwealth Coast Conference: Football, men’s ice hockey
• New England Collegiate Conference (NECC): Baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, field hockey, golf, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball
• Colonial Hockey Conference: Women’s ice hockey
• Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (ISHA): Equestrian


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