History & Mission

For the past 75 years, Bay State College has been guided by an enduring set of core values--Quality, Respect and Support. Over time, these values have brought us growth and success, and continue to do so today for our students.

History of Bay State College

Bay State College opened in 1946 to serve a single industry, the airlines, by providing students with hands-on skills and paying particular attention to a strong educational foundation. Then as now, the College was known for its small classes, individual attention, and focus on specific careers. 

In 1961, Bay State moved to its current location in the Back Bay — in the heart of the city, but close to hospitals, businesses, shopping, fashion and entertainment.

In 1975, Bay State was initially authorized to grant Associate degrees by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1989, Bay State became accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)*. In 2004, Bay State was authorized by the state and NEASC* to grant Bachelor’s degrees in Business, Fashion, and Entertainment Management.

Seventy-five years after its founding, Bay State still operates under the vision of its founders. The College provides America's leading employers with skilled graduates who are professionally trained and educated for the profession they desire.

*Bay State College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE, formerly NEASC).

Mission Statement

Bay State College prepares students for successful careers and global citizenship through academic rigor and individualized support.


 Bay State College accomplishes this through its commitment to providing

  • an affordable, private education
  • a supportive, caring staff and faculty
  • a hands-on learning environment
  • a community embracing diversity
  • a faculty with real-world experience
  • an education beyond the classroom
  • a culture of social and ethical responsibility
  • a results-driven approach to student success

Core Values

Quality, Respect and Support.

Vision Statement

Bay State College will be the college of choice in our region for career minded students and employers who seek well educated graduates in our disciplines.