Becker College’s timeline reaches back more than two centuries to 1784, when John Hancock and Samuel Adams signed a charter for the establishment of Leicester Academy. Notable graduates, including Eli Whitney, William Morton, and Elliott Joslin passed through the Academy’s doors. Meanwhile, in 1887, Becker’s Business College in Worcester, Massachusetts was founded. By 1936, women were allowed to enroll in the Business College and in 1977 a merger of the two schools took place. Throughout the years, programs were added and facilities expanded, and the name “Becker College” was adopted in 1990. Today, Becker continues to maintain the urban Worcester Campus, along with the second more rural Leicester Campus that provides the needed acreage for the College’s Division III athletic facilities. The student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1 and approximately 1,800 students attend the College. Becker College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and select programs retain additional degree-specific accreditation.
Students can participate in an array of activities at Becker College. Clubs and organizations span from the media centered HawkTV and The Becker Journal Online to more physical clubs, including the Dance Team and Ski & Snowboard Club. Becker College also hosts 16 varsity sports teams, along with intramural programs, like dodge ball, flag football, and sand volleyball. The B.L.U.E. Crew (Becker Leaders Understanding Excellence) builds professional skill sets, while Becker College partners with a large number of organizations to promote community service. Furthermore, the Becker Activity Rewards Program is an incentive program that rewards students for campus involvement.
Becker College awards Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees and certificate programs, along with supporting an undergraduate adult degree division. Students can choose from more than 30 programs housed in six departments, including:
- School of Animal Studies
- Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
- Education, Psychology & Liberal Arts
- Nursing, Exercise Science & Biology
For working professionals and adult learners, Becker College supports an Accelerated & Professional Studies division. Students can pursue Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, Liberal Arts, Business Administration, and Nursing, or enroll in the Early Childhood Education Associate’s degree. Certificate programs include Game Design, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Drug and Alcohol Counseling. Courses are held once per week and include five-week, seven-week, and 15-week formats. Furthermore, online courses give added flexibility and the Game Design Certificate can be completed entirely online.
Tuition and fees is $30,340 annually for full-time students enrolled in 12-18 credits per semester.
Becker College participates in financial aid programs, including grants, loans, and scholarships. Federal programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Grant, Federal Direct Subsidized / Unsubsidized Loans, the Direct Parent PLUS Loan, and Federal Work-Study. In addition, Becker College offers a number of institutional grants and scholarships, like the Becker Family Grant for eligible full-time siblings attending the College’s day program simultaneously, and merit-based awards. Students may also seek available alternative resources, including scholarships and private loans.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Bachelor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:514
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