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Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

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Academics

Originally founded in 1908, the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology was born in Boston through the direct provisions of inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin’s will. As a private, two-year college, the school is located in the historic South End of Boston and focuses on technical careers, providing students with a combination of analytical skills and core communication. In fact, recent surveys have discovered that out of the majority of recent graduates, around 65% were working within a field that they had studied at the school while about 30% had transferred to a different, four-year school to complete a baccalaureate degree.

Although housing options are available, the majority of the students are daily commuters, residing in the surrounding metropolitan area of Boston, Massachusetts.

Additionally, the school has made many recent advances to become environmentally conscious, signing the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment with more than 600 other colleges. All participating schools pledge to reduce their carbon footprint on the Earth, eliminating greenhouse gas emissions and intertwining the concept of sustainability throughout their curriculum. Because of this, the school started the Green Technology Committee, which focuses on teaching students environmentally friendly practices as well as offering additional courses focusing on sustainability, such as an introduction to environmental principles and environmentally economically sustainable energy engineering.

The school is accredited with The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), one of six United States regional accrediting organizations. The majority of students concentrate on engineering and mechanics related fields and the school has a very good student to teacher ratio.

Academic programs include a variety of one-year and two-year certificate and academic degree programs as well as programs designed for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. All classes focus on hands-on lab work while emphasizing strong technical concepts.

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Admissions

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so there are no official deadlines. Requirements for applying to the school include a completed application, a high school transcript or GED scores and a personal statement. Additionally, a letter of recommendation is required. SAT and ACT test scores are unnecessary since applicants are obligated to take Accuplacer Placement Tests in both math and English in order to determine which courses are appropriate.

Personal interviews with college administrators are not required, but the school does recommend them.

Financial Aid

As one of the most affordable private colleges in the state of Massachusetts, the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology provides numerous services for all incoming and current students with regards to enrollment and financial aid. Besides, considering that the school was founded on money that Franklin bequeathed to the city of Boston, the school strives to help all students receive an academic education.

Around 80% of the student body receives financial assistance of some variety. Like most schools in the United States, students are required to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before being considered for any federal, state or institutional loans.

Besides federal and state grants and loans, the school offers a few merit-based scholarships including the Benjamin Franklin Scholarship and the Presidential Leadership Scholarship, which award students anywhere between $1,000 – $3,000 per academic year.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2901st for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Massachusetts.

Students

The campus offers a wide range of voluntary organizations and intramural activities. Such clubs include the women’s forum and the outdoor adventure club.

Additionally, the school hosts the Technology Olympics every March, where student and faculty teams compete in a slew of challenges that are somewhat connected to specific majors within the school’s curriculum. Champions receive trophies as well as have their name engraved on the official event trophy displayed at the actual campus.

Moreover, the city of Boston provides numerous options for nightlife ventures. With an array of bars, restaurants, clubs and concert halls, everything imaginable can be found within the institution’s surrounding area.

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Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The Shockers, donning the school’s blue and white colors, are the official team mascot. Although the school has a strong emphasis on academics, they do encourage the participation in athletics, seen with their Division III men’s soccer team.

The school is a current member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and competes in Region XXI, which includes numerous other two-year institutions within New England.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3,014 0.49
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 63 0.01
Forcible Rape 271 0.04
Robbery 1,904 0.31
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,482 0.56
Larceny 14,064 2.26
Vehicle theft 1,899 0.31

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Boston, MA 02116
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population19,682 (19,682 urban / N/A rural)
Households11,054 (1.59 people per house)
Median Household Income$60,467
Families3,115 (2.54 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Special Focus Institutions — Other technology-related schools
UndergraduateN/A
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationN/A
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingN/A

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2507

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 805th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $16,950 $16,950 $16,950
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $707 $707 $707
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $36,965 $36,965 $36,965
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $26,865 $26,865 $26,865
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $20,065 $20,065 $20,065

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $15,950 $16,950 $15,950 $16,950 $15,950 $16,950
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $900(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,300 $12,200
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,540 $2,215
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,800(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,540 $2,215
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,540 $2,215

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity60
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$14,900
Board Fee$2,000

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 31 19 11 49 11 127
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD 2 4 7
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 8 10 2 13 5 40
Biomedical Technology/Technician 3 1 3 2 9
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 3 1 4
Computer Software Technology/Technician 2 2 4
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 1 1 2
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 2 1 4
Electrician 1 1 6 8
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 8 6 1 15 3 35
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 2 1 2 6
Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist 3 2 1 6
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician 1 1 2

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3265th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $51,859 ($53,963 male / $41,928 female)
Number of FT Faculty 33 (23 male / 10 female)
Number of PT Faculty 60
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $362,737
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