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Does your school offer Financial Aid?

Yes, each student will work individually with their Admissions rep and tuition planner. Over 85% of Bay State College students receive some form of Financial Aid.  The College offers several types of scholarships  and grants.

What is the cost of tuition?

Tuition charges are assessed on a per credit hour basis. This provides students with maximum flexibility based on individual financial and academic needs. The pricing is customizable, making Bay State College more personal and affordable. For a list of our tuition fees by program, please visit our Tuition & Fees webpage: http://www.baystate.edu/financial-aid/tuition-fees/

 

Do you offer on-campus housing?

Yes, about 30% of our students live on campus.  Located in the historic Back Bay section of Boston, the residence halls are comprised of four halls that are original Victorian townhouses and brownstones. 

What degrees do you offer?

Business Administration: Associate
Criminal Justice: Associates or Bachelors
    -Security concentration available
Early Childhood Education: Associate
Entertainment Management: Associates or Bachelors
EM - Audio Production: Associates or Bachelors
Fashion Design: Associate
Fashion Merchandising: Associates or Bachelors
Health Studies:  Associates
Hospitality Management: Associate or Bachelors
Management: Bachelor
Medical Assisting: Associate
Nursing Program: Associate
Physical Therapist Assistant: Associate
Retail Business Management: Associate

What is the acceptance criteria for your programs?

The acceptance criteria differs by program.
 

All applicants must:

  • Submit a complete application
  • Secure the recommendation of an Assistant Director of Admissions
  • The admissions office reserves the right to request additional supporting material

To be considered for acceptance into our Associate Degree programs:

  • A minimum Grade Point Average of 2.0 out of a 4.0 scale
  • Letter(s) of recommendation are encouraged

To be considered for acceptance into our Bachelor Degree programs:

  • A minimum Grade Point Average of 2.3 out of a 4.0 scale is expected
  • SAT / ACT scores are required
  • A minimum of one letter of recommendation is required unless candidate has a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.5 out of a 4.0 scale

Do you have an application deadline?

Bay State College has rolling admissions.

Where is Bay State College located?

Bay State College is located in the heart of the Back Bay of Boston, Massachusetts. The College’s location affords students the ability to take advantage of numerous educational, employment, social, and cultural opportunities.

How long has Bay State College been around?

Bay State College was founded in 1946.

How many students attend?

There are approximately 1,100 Full-time and Part time students.

What is the student body makeup?

At Bay State College, the Male to Female Ratio: 30:70

Will Bay State College help me find a job after I graduate?

Our Career Services Office offers unlimited career placement to all students and graduates.

How do I get my transcript?

To receive your transcript you must fill out a transcript request form found on the registrar section of our website.   You may also call the registrar’s office at 617-217-9066.

What is the minimum Grade Point Average for acceptance into the associates program for Nursing?

To be considered for acceptance into the Nursing Program:

  • A minimum 2.7 GPA
  • Achievement of a score of the Bay State College’s English Placement Test sufficient enough to be placed into English II
  • Achievement of a score of the Bay State College’s Math Placement Test sufficient enough to be placed into Math 102
  • An interview with nursing program representative(s)

How many credits are required for an Associates Degree vs. Bachelor's Degree?

Associates Degree: 60 Credits

Bachelor's Degree; 120 Credits

How do you communicate with your current student population and your alumni population about career opportunities?

The Office of Career Services is very invloved with both current students and alumni.  Our website has a Job Listings page that is updated will all current opportunities we know of.

Bay State College also uses social media outlets such as LinkedIn and Facebook to connect with our students past and present. 

How do I look for an internship when I first get to school?

Internships are a big part of the Bay State College experience.  We hope to give our students as much hands-on experience in their desired field as we can.

Our advice is to reach out to The Office of Career Services as soon as possible your first year at Bay State. Tom Corrigan, the Director of Career Services can be reached at 617-217-9205 or tcorrigan@baystate.edu.

 

Do you offer study abroad programs?

Yes.  Bay State College is a partner of the Suffolk University Study Abroad and Syracuse University Study Abroad programs. Through these programs students can customize their study abroad experiences to best match their academic, career and travel interests. Full-year, semester and summer programs are offered. Language skills are not required for most locations prior to your departure but will be a part of your studies when you arrive.

How long is the academic year?

Bay State College has classes all year round.  The Evening Division has eight different starts throughout the year and the day division runs from September-May.

Bay State College also offers a Summer Session that allows students to catch up or get ahead. 

The full academic calendar can be found under News & Events.

Do you take part time students?

Yes. Students are encouraged to take classes that best fit their schedules. Bay State College offers evening classes in both Boston and Middleboro.

Does the school help its students find jobs?

Yes. Bay State College's Career Services team works with students from the moment they step foot on campus.  They are available to help find you an internship, prepare for interviews, and eventually help you find a job once you graduate. Their guidance will even be available to you beyond your time here at Bay State. 

What's the average classroom size?

The average classroom size is 18 students. 

What address do I send my transcript to?

122 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

I'm interested in pursuing my degree online. How do I get started?

Simply contact one of our admissions counselors at 617-217-9000.

What degrees are offered online?

Associate Degrees:

  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice

Bachelor's Degrees:

  • Management
  • Management, Markeitng Concentration
  • Management, Finance Concentration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice, Security Concentration

When do online classes begin?

Online terms begin every eight (8) weeks. There are six (6) terms each year: Fall I & II, Summer I & II.

How many online courses should I take per term?

We recommend that each student enroll in two online courses per term. However, it is up to your discretion whether you would like to enroll in one or more classes.

How much time will I need to dedicate to my online classes each week?

We suggest that you allow for 10-15 hours per week for each class you are enrolled in.

Who teaches my online classes?

Most of our online classes are taught by the same professors who teach classroom courses at our Boston and Taunton, MA campus locations.

How much does an online class cost?

Online classes are $325 per credit (most courses are 3 credits). There is a $75 technology fee per class.

I have an extremely busy work and home life. Is this program for me?

The most successful online learners are dedicated, excited self-starters. In most cases you will be able to complete your work on your schedule, but you will need to make sure to stay organized, participate in regular online discussions, and meet weekly deadlines.

Are the online programs accredited?

Yes. Bay State College is accredited by NEASC, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Is there a tutoring service available for online students?

Yes. SmartThinking provides real-time, live tutors 24/7 as well as an online writing lab for help with essays and written assignments.

As an online student, what kind of support can I expect?

Our classes are small and our dedicated faculty are available for assistance throughought the duration of each term. Students should not hesitate to contact their instructors for help.

Tech support is available 24/7 online or via phone at 877-312-2846.

Library services are available 24/7. Students can remotely access the on campus library databases and other library resources. During staffed library hours the Bay State College librarians are available to assist students via chat, phone or in person.

What are the computer requirements for participation in an online program?

Students must have access to a working computer, reliable internet connection, and an updated internet browser is necessary. Below is a link to a browser test provided by It's Learning. Once the test is completed it is possible to use the 24/7 tech support for any questions about the results.

http://support.itsolutions.no/browsertest/TestPage.aspx

Minimum Bandwidth - 56 k/bits or higher

Browser - It's Learning is tested in the most common browsers which, right now, are the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Safari.

Operating System - No specific operating system is required

Screen Resolution - Minimum 1024 x 768

How much is the application fee?

The application fee is $40.

Is Bay State a two year college or a four year college?

Both! We offer both Bachelor's degrees and Associates degrees. For a full list of our programs, click here.

Do you offer a Study Abroad Program?

We do! We offer students the chance to study abroad through Syracuse University and Suffolk University.  You can read more here: http://www.baystate.edu/campus-life/study-abroad/

 

If a student has a GED would they be allowed to apply?

Yes. Bay State College welcomes applicants with GEDs.

Is it possible to do your nursing program as a part time student?

No, as of right now we do not have a part time option for the Nursing program.

Do you have learning support for students who need extra help?

We certainly do! You can read more about this on the Support Services pages of this site http://www.baystate.edu/campus-life/support-services/

 

Why Bay State College?

 Affordability, Convenience and Location!

I’m interested in pursuing my degree during the evening. How do I get started?

Contact your Admissions Counselor at 617.217.9000 or at admissions@baystate.edu

What degrees are offered?

Associates Degrees:

  • Business Administration
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Retail Business Management
  • Medical Assisting
  • Hospitality Management
  • Entertainment Management
  • Criminal Justice

Bachelor’s Degrees:

  • Management
  • Management, Marketing Concentration
  • Management, Finance Concentration
  • Management, Hospitality Management Concentration
  • Entertainment Management
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice, Security Concentration

When do classes start?

Every eight (8) weeks, there are six (6) terms each year:

  • Fall I & II
  • Spring I & II
  • Summer I & II

How many courses should I take per semester?

Bay State College recommends that each student enroll in two courses per term. This means that a student would complete two courses every 8 weeks.

Who teaches my classes?

Most of our evening classes are taught by professors who are currently working in their field. You can begin making professional connections inside the classroom!

How much does an evening class cost?

  • $315 per credit
  • $50 lab fee

For more information on Tuition and Fees, visit http://www.baystate.edu/evening/tuition-financial-aid/tuition-fees/

 

Is financial aid available?

Each student has the opportunity to meet with his or her dedicated tuition planner and discuss his or her financial aid options in more detail. Your tuition planner can also help you complete your FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). 

I have an extremely busy work and home life, is this program for me?

The most successful evening learners are dedicated, excited self-starters. You will only be in each class twice a week, but you will need to make sure to stay organized, as each class is run at a more accelerated, 8-week pace.

Is this program accredited?

Yes, Bay State College is accredited by NEASC, The New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

What kind of support can a student expect?

 

  • Our class sizes are small (most have around 15 students) and our dedicated faculty are available for assistance throughout the duration of each term.  Students should not hesitate to contact their instructors for help.  
  • Library services are available 24/7.  Students can remotely access the on campus library databases and other library resources.  During staffed library hours the Bay State College librarians are available for to assist students as well via chat, phone or in person.  
  • Career services are available to all students for help with interviewing techniques, resume writing, networking and job searching. 

 

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