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Boston, MA 02116
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Bay State College

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Bay State College first opened its doors In 1946 to serve the airline industry. By 1961 it had moved to its current Black Bay location, set right in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts. It prides itself on its Boston location, nearby entertainment, shopping, museums, culture, nightlife, and a quarter of a million other students nearby, enrolled in 35 colleges and universities. Set right on Commonwealth Avenue, Bay State allows students to take advantage of Boston as a “walkable city” or explore a little farther by taking the “T” train around town. Trendy Newbury Street is just a block away, and iconic Fenway Park also nearby.


The school maintains a 25:1 student-to-faculty ratio over its range of unique and interesting programs of study, including 12 associate and bachelor degree-awarding majors and 2 concentrations. Some exciting programs include business administration, EM audio production, hospitality management, retail business management, fashion design, entertainment management, and criminal justice. To encourage experiential learning, students are encouraged to participate in internship programs, which are actually required for many majors.

Online course offerings are available, helping students manage getting an education while maintaining an already busy schedule. Students may also get ahead by registering for summer session classes. Students and graduates take advantage of Career Services support through activities like self-assessment, workshops, guest speakers, career panels, and resume and cover letter review.

As a for-profit institution the school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and is authorized to award associate in science, associate in applied science, and bachelor in science degrees by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The medical assisting program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, and the physical therapist assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

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To begin the admissions process, students may apply online, or request an admissions interview by email or phone. Admissions criteria vary over the range of programs. All students must submit an admissions application, secure the recommendation of an Assistant Director of Admissions, and forward all high school or GED transcripts to the college.

Associate Degree Admissions additionally requires two letters of recommendation, a minimum GPA of 2.0, and supporting material at its discretion.

Bachelor Degree Admissions additionally requires a minimum GPA of 2.3, SAT/ACT scores, two letters of recommendation, and supporting material at its discretion.

Physical Therapist Assistant Programs Admissions additionally require a minimum GPA of 2.7, an SAT score of at least 500 for both the math and English sections OR placement into English II and college algebra via a college placement exam, compliance with minimum laboratory science requirements with passing grades of at least C, two letters of recommendation (preferred not required), and supporting material at its discretion.

Financial Aid

Students are eligible for a variety of federal and college scholarships, grants and loans. More than 85% of students receive some form of financial aid. Staff is available to work with students one-on-one to put together a financial aid package including scholarships, grants, loans, payment plans, and more. Merit scholarships and grants include, but are not limited to the Honors Award, the Presidential Scholarship, the Bay State Grant, the Louis F. Musco Award, and the George J. Brennan Jr. Award.

Studenst wishing to apply for financial aid should first obtain a Department of Education PIN, complete the FAFSA online, complete Federal Stafford Loan Entrance counseling, complete the Federal Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note, and call the Financial Aid office at Bay State to meet with an individual Financial Aid Counselor.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1168th for the average student loan amount.
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Over 1000 students are enrolled, and the school provides a close-knit community within the heart of the big city, complete with on-campus housing. The Office of Student Affairs is a campus resource offering students the First Year Experience program, Residence Life, Student Activities, the Center for Learning and Academic Success (CLAS), and Dining Services.

Residence halls are restored Victorian townhouses and brownstones set in the heart of historic Black Bay. Residence Life live-in Staff is available in each building, and each hall has a social lounge, computer lab, laundry, and vending machines. Rooms come equipped with Wi-Fi access and cable television. Housing in Windsor Hall, Crownshield Hall, and Tudor Hall is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Campus clubs and organizations are popular amongst students, including DEX, the Criminal Justice Society, the Hip Hop Step and Dance Club, the Literary Journal, and the Music & Entertainment Industry Association, amongst others. Students attend campus events like movie night, bowling at Jillian’s, the annual talent show, Boston Celtics games, literary readings, and “mocktails” during alcohol awareness week.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


While there are no inter-collegiate sports teams, students take advantage of attending games of the many professional and college area sports teams in and around Boston. Students head to the many parks, trails, gyms and athletic centers in and around Boston for personal fitness.

Local Community

Students get around Boston with help from the semester-long T-pass program from MBTA. Good for four months, these passes are sold to students at a reduced rate, and must be ordered via the Office of Academic Affairs. Students are welcome to use the T and other forms of Boston public transportation.

Information Summary

Ranks 81st in Massachusetts and 2449th overall
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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

Associate's — Private For-profit 4-year Primarily Associate's
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingVery small four-year, primarily residential

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 661st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $21,713 $21,713 $21,713
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $500 $500 $500
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $802 $802 $802
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 $39,548 $39,548 $39,548
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $39,548 $39,548 $39,548
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $29,122 $29,122 $29,122

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $17,994 $18,882 $17,994 $18,882 $17,994 $18,882
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,800(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $6,300(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,800(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,300(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $7,674(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,764 (515 male / 1,249 female)
Admitted 1,031 (305 male / 726 female)
Admission rate 58%
First-time Enrollment 239 (75 male / 164 female)
FT Enrollment 170 (57 male / 113 female)
PT Enrollment 69 (18 male / 51 female)
Total Enrollment1,204

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other tests

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

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 Capacity170
Meals per Week19
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 3 56 31 7 1 154 16 280
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General 9 4 1 11 1 26
Business Administration and Management, General 1 7 1 1 14 4 29
Criminal Justice/Police Science 5 6 7 3 22
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 5 1 7
Fashion Merchandising 3 3 1 18 2 29
Fashion/Apparel Design 3 2 1 2 9
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 1 6 3 1 13 1 26
Health and Wellness, General 5 1 5 12
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 1 1 1 1 9 1 14
Human Services, General 7 6 7 2 22
Medical/Clinical Assistant 2 2 1 16 1 22
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 1 1 19 23
Recording Arts Technology/Technician 2 1 5 8
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5 1 23 31

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1497th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $67,945 ($83,165 male / $62,415 female)
Number of FT Faculty 27 (8 male / 19 female)
Number of PT Faculty 124
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.

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