Becker College

Worcester, MA

Becker College, founded in 1784, is a private coeducational undergraduate institution with campuses located in Worcester and Leicester, MA.

School Profiles: Undergrad Health & Medicine

Becker offers nationally recognized degrees in human and animal health that prepare graduates for the challenges and entrepreneurial opportunities of the 21st century. 

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, 70 miles or less from three major international airports, and a short distance from Worcester Regional Airport)
Degrees awarded: Associate, bachelor’s, and graduate
Programs of study: 50+
Student-faculty ratio: 16:1
Enrollment: Nearly 1,700 students from across the country and around the world
Housed on campus: 50%

Athletics
• NCAA Division III
• Varsity sports: 14

Accreditation
• New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)—associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels
• American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities
• Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Facilities
Academic buildings: 11
Residence halls: 20
Libraries: 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.

Athletic Facilities

• Alumni Field (field hockey, football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer)
• Leicester Gymnasium (men’s
and women’s basketball, volleyball)
• Equestrian Center
• Rochdale Park (baseball)
• Russell Field (softball)
• Worcester Ice Center (men’s and women’s ice hockey)

Costs
Tuition (2019–2020): $36,300
Room and board (2019–2020): $6,900
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 the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts: 12 Worcester area colleges and universities provide cross-institutional access. 

Join in the Fun!
There’s so much going on a Becker. Join a club or start your own! Clubs include:
• Black Student Union
• Cosplay Club
• Dance Club
• Drama Club
• eSports (varsity and club)
• Future Farmers of America
• Habitat for Humanity
• Livestock Club
• Magic: The Gathering Club
• Marine Wildlife Conversation Club
• Pre-veterinary Club
• P.R.I.D.E.
• Student Governance Advisory Board
• Tabletop Gaming

Athletics
About 25% of Becker College students participate in athletics. More than one-third of student-athletes are annually recognized for achieving a GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

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

Intercollegiate programs offered by Becker include:

Men’s varsity
• Baseball
• Basketball
• Football
• Ice hockey
• Lacrosse
• Soccer

Women’s varsity 
• Basketball
• Field hockey
• Ice hockey
• Lacrosse
• Soccer
• Softball
• Volleyball

Co-ed sports
• Equestrian


Becker College traces its history to 1784 as one of the 25 oldest institutions in the nation. Nationally recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education—and as a national and Massachusetts College of Distinction—Becker is an exceptional small college dedicated to preparing graduates for the ever-changing world. Through the College’s distinctive Agile Mindset, students become adaptive learners who have the ability to be problem solvers, critical thinkers, collaborators, and entrepreneurial innovators. Infused into the curriculum and campus culture, the Agile Mindset is the uniquefoundation that prepares 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 associate, bachelor’s, and graduate degrees. The College offers nationally recognized programs in human and animal health through two distinctive schools: the School of Animal Studies & Natural Sciences (Animal Care, Biology, Equine Studies, Pre-vet, and Veterinary Technology) and the School of Nursing & Health Sciences (Exercise Science, Health and Fitness, Nursing, and Pre-physical Therapy). The Nursing program is ranked #7 in Massachusetts and has been recognized as a Nursing College of Distinction for preparing graduates for real-world success. Nursing students gain hands-on experience in the SIMS lab, and pass rates of students in the BSN and ASN programs for the National Council Licensure Examination are consistently ranked well above the national average.

Becker is the only private college in New England to offer AVMA-accredited undergraduate programs in Veterinary Technology and is the third-largest producer of Vet Tech degrees among four-year private institutions nationally. The Lenfest Animal Health Clinic, open to the public, provides students with hands-on experience. An expansive Equestrian Center in nearby Paxton is used by the College’s equestrian team and Equine Studies students. In addition, students gain valuable experience at more than 350 externship sites, and Animal Studies students spend more than 100 hours each year assisting the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association Charities Mazunte Turtle Project in Oaxaca, Mexico. A unique dual-degree program enables students to earn both an AS in Animal Care and a bachelor’s degree in Business, Criminal Justice, Forensics, or Psychology in just four years, developing knowledge and skills for a wide variety of professional fields. 

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, and 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 about financial aid, go to becker.edu/student-life/student-support/financial-aid.

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/planning-a-visit;
• Call the Office of Admissions at 877-523-2537; or
• Email 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
Almost 1,700 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 transportation between campuses. Each campus has its own residence halls, classrooms, labs, dining hall, fitness center, and library. The College offers all-female, all-male, co-ed, over-21, and all-freshman living spaces.
Students in the Equine Studies program 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 on the Leicester Campus houses the College’s veterinary clinic, which includes teaching facilities for Animal Care and Veterinary Technology students. The Colleen C. Barrett Center on the Worcester Campus houses classrooms and labs for Game Design 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—the Worcester Campus’s quiet, tree-lined streets and Victorian-style homes make for a quaint yet urban residential experience. The campus is a short walk to downtown entertainment, restaurants, and cultural activities.

Leicester Campus: Situated in a quintessential New England country town and adjacent to the historic village green, the Leicester Campus provides a spacious rural setting for the College’s Division III athletic teams and Animal Studies programs.

Close-knit family atmosphere
Becker provides students with a supportive and inclusive living and learning community—and a safe and comfortable place they consider their “home away from home.” It’s an easy place to make friends and be active and involved. Small class sizes ensure that professors know students by name. Becker’s close-knit community is the perfect place for students to grow both personally and
professionally.