Massachusetts Bay Community College (MassBay) was chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in February 1961. Wellesley Hills was chosen as its permanent campus in 1973. MassBay aims to provide a student-centered learning environment that fosters the overall development of students to help them explore, develop and achieve educational goals.
MassBay Community College is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC). MassBay also holds several other discipline-based accreditations from agencies such as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); the Automotive Technician Educational Foundation (NATEF); the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE); Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT); and the Council for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
MassBay offers associate’s degrees in diverse areas of study including the arts, science, health, social science, nursing, biotechnology and humanities. Associate in Arts degree programs are designed to help student transfer smoothly to four-year colleges and universities. Associate in Science programs offered at MassBay usually have a career-entry emphasis.
MassBay also offers certificate programs to help students gain valuable knowledge, skills, and training in a specific field. The certificate programs offered at MassBay include Accounting, Business: Information Technology, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education: Infant-Toddler Teacher, Liberal Arts: Community Health, General Business: Hospitality Management, Interior Design, Liberal Arts: Human Services, Management, and Paralegal Studies.
Massachusetts Bay Community College is comprised of the following academic divisions: Health Sciences; Humanities; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Social Sciences and Professional Studies; and Transportation and Energy.
Some of the special programs offered at MassBay include Evening and Weekend Programs, Online courses, Metro West Secondary Postsecondary CVTE Linkage Consortium, Learning communities, and ESL – English as a Second Language.
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MassBay maintains an open admissions policy. Students seeking admission to the college must submit the completed application form, along with proof of high school diploma or GED and an approved ATB test score. A nominal application fee is required for all applications. Students interested in transferring to MassBay must submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutes.
MassBay welcomes applications from international students. Students from non-English speaking countries must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test to provide a proof of their proficiency in English language.
MassBay believes in providing equal education opportunities to all and therefore provides financial assistance to eligible students. The institute offers financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans. All students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Financial Aid Office can help students determine which sources best meet their needs and assist with application procedures.
Federal grants and scholarships do not need to be repaid. Some of them are Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Grant (FSEOG), Massachusetts State Grant, Massachusetts Cash Grant (ACCESS Grant), Massachusetts Tuition Waiver (ACCESS Grant), Massachusetts Part-Time Grant, Massachusetts Gear Up Grant, John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, and Early Childhood Educators Scholarship.
Loans are the type of financial aid that must be repaid with interest. Some of the different types of loans are Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan, Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, Federal PLUS Loan, and Massachusetts No Interest Loan. The federal work study program enables the students to take up part time jobs to pay for college. It also helps them gain work experience in their field of interest.
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MassBay Community College believes that campus life should not be limited to academics alone, which is why the students are encouraged to participate in a variety of events and activities to foster their overall development. The campus hosts over 20 student-run campus clubs and organizations, which focus on athletic, professional, educational, social, cultural, and wellness issues. Students can either join an existing clubs or start a new one.
Some of the popular campus clubs and organizations are Africana, Business Club, Caribbean Club, Computer Club, Dance Club, EA Sports Club, Education Club, Gamer’s Union Local, Gay Straight Alliance, Human Services Club, Indian Club, International Club, Latinos Unidos, MassBay Players, Paralegal Studies, RT Vision, RWC Programming, The M.O.V.E. Club, Surgical Technology Club, and Veterans Club.
MassBay’s Career Counseling Center provides a full range of career development services to students and alumni. They provide assistance with initial career exploration all the way through to identifying career goals. The services offered include exploring career options, choosing a career, connecting your career and academic choices, developing and launching job search strategies, accessing internship and employment opportunities, and developing job search skills.
MassBay Health Services at Wellesley Hills campus offers a variety programs that promote wellness and help keep you away from serious illness. The services include health counseling, crisis intervention, review and monitoring of your immunization and medical records, health and emergency care, and more.
The Academic Achievement Center (AAC) at MassBay College houses Reading and Writing Centers, Math and Science Centers, Disability Resources, a Math Homework Center, Peer Tutoring, and Testing Services. The Academic Achievement Center offers high quality tutoring, professional individualized instruction and strategies to promote student success.
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MassBay Community College’s athletic department sponsors several men’s and women’s athletic teams in diverse sports. Students are encouraged to participate in intercollegiate, intramural competitions as well as recreation and wellness activities. The sports teams available include men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, track & field, and men’s and women’s golf. MassBay is a member of the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association). The school’s sports facilities include MassBay Soccer Fields and MassBay Gymnasium.
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The Office of Disability Resources works to identify and eradicate any physical or attitudinal barriers that might discourage or deny the full participation of students with documented disabilities in the college’s complete range of programs, activities, and courses of study.
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