Initially founded in 1891, Beal College has provided residents of Bangor, Maine and beyond with the opportunity to earn the sort of training needed to make a name and a living for themselves out in the professional world. As a two-year college that offers primarily associate’s degrees, as well as certificates and diplomas based on more vocational-oriented training, the college provides different options for those who might not be sure what their next step in education is going to be. With full accreditation by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, attendees can get the most out of smaller class sizes and decisive learning paths that ensure preparation for the real world immediately upon graduation.
The most popular programs include those in administrative management, business management and accounting. The one-year diploma in medical coding is often a popular choice with students who are looking for more concrete job skills that they can immediately apply to their next search for work, while others with two years seem to choose the medical administrative specialist associate’s degree. Students interested in earning their associate’s degree in conservation law enforcement can also focus particularly on criminal justice. The other popular associate’s degrees on campus are those in medical assisting, social and human services assisting, and early childhood education.
Beal sets itself apart from other two-year colleges in Maine offering associate’s degrees by operating on an entirely different system. Rather than providing courses each semester or each quarter, the school operates on what is described as the Mod System, which is eight-week sessions that are basically just half-semesters. The academic year, therefore, is divided into equal terms that do not account for large gaps for vacation time. This means that students have more flexibility on when they begin their course of study, since they can start at the beginning of each modular semester rather than having to wait for either September or January to roll around and for admissions to begin again.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Admissions are non-competitive. Prospective students should first complete the application for admission form and include their high school diploma or GED equivalent, along with their official high school transcript. For certain programs, additional requirements may vary, but it is recommended to include any ACT or SAT scores, if you happen to have them as well. Non-credit seeking students have a different set of criteria to follow, and should look to the course descriptions to find out what they need to do to get set in their area of study. There is also the fact to take into account that, due to the Mod system on campus which breaks semesters down into separate parts and allows for a sort of rolling admissions, that you can have your application in a bit later than at a traditional community college where the only entry dates are in the winter and fall for the term. Advanced Placement credits are also accepted.
The first step in getting set up with financial aid is to complete the FAFSA, and because students sometimes wait until much sooner before deadlines to accept their admission, getting this done quickly is crucial so that it can kick in and assist in the costs of college. The Financial Aid Office has a number of different officers who can assist in everything from finding more community-based scholarships for which they qualify to ensuring that students have correctly completed their FAFSA the first time around so that there are no surprises or delays.
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With a student body of less than a thousand students, Beal College offers a more compact and intimate experience than heading off to a larger community or state college with 30,000 fellow classmates. The campus received a complete renovation in 2004, leaving it better equipped than ever before to shape young minds using only the finest equipment. Students can take advantage of the up-to-date library facilities for research and studying purposes, and do all of their shopping for school supplies at the on-campus bookstore. Anyone looking for a bit of extra assistance on the job search for during or after school can set up an appointment with one of the numerous counselors on campus, including those staffing the career services center.
Students can take advantage of some pretty significant athletic facilities, thanks to the YMCA choosing the campus as the site of their multipart indoor sports facility, where the student body is free to exercise and participate in various club sports teams.
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