Tips & Resources

Tips for Returning Students

Returning to college as an adult is an exciting and rewarding process, but we know it can be scary too.  Take some time to review these top tips from our current students: Top Evening Division Tips.

Academic Advisors

At Bay State College our faculty and staff take great pride in giving personal attention to each student.  As an online student, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will directly support you during your time as a student with the College. Your academic advisor will be your academic partner for many things including the following:

  1. Assisting you with selecting the most relevant course offerings each term.
  2. Serving as a liaison between you and your course instructors.
  3. Connecting you to appropriate student resources and support personnel both online and via Bay State’s Boston campus.
  4. Periodically checking in with you throughout each term to make sure you are on track as you pursue your degree in Criminal Justice or Management.
  5. Coordinating with you to create academic goals for yourself.

We value the individual needs of each of our students and want them to be successful.  Your academic advisor is available to assist you and support you throughout your academic experience with Bay State College. 

Tutoring Services

SMARTHINKING can help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Bay State College offers free online tutoring in many subjects from SMARTHINKING. Sign in and make an appointment with a live tutor or submit a written assignment for some tips on how to improve your writing. Live tutoring varies by hour but you can see a list of subjects and live tutors on the site.

SMARTHINKING provides online tutoring in Mathematics (Basic Skills - Calculus II), Writing, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology, Accounting, Economics, Introductory Finance, Spanish, Statistics, and Nursing and Allied Health(schedule).

Online Math tutors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the school year. Over 90% of SMARTHINKING online tutors have a Masters or PhD in their respective discipline, and they average nine years of teaching experience. Students can:

  • "Drop-in" for live tutoring; (sample 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Submit questions for a response within 24 hours; (sample)
  • Pre-schedule sessions; and
  • View archives of past sessions.





When do classes start?


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

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