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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.