Founded in 1976 by A.V. Henderson and John Rawlings, Boston Baptist College is a biblical training center located in Boston, America’s quintessential college town. Affiliated with the Baptist Bible Fellowship International, the college is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, which is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE), the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). A member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Higher Education Transfer Alliance, the college is also approved by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.
The college offers four programs: an associate’s degree in Science; a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies, a certification program in Biblical Studies, and a Master Life certificate. All four programs require students to major in Biblical Studies. Students are also given a general collegiate education as well. The college’s General Education Core includes Language Arts; History and Social Studies; Fine Arts; Natural And Physical Sciences; Mathematics; Behavioral Sciences; Foreign Language; Communication Arts; and Literature. Students can choose to major in Biblical Counseling, Cross-Cultural Ministries, Church Ministries, Education Ministries, Pastoral Ministries, and Youth Ministries.
Students can choose to take a limited number of lower level courses via distance learning. Other academic resources and options include academic remediation for entering students, adult/continuing education programs, advanced placement credit, honors programs, part-time degree programs, off-campus study, and summer session for credit.
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Students who wish to apply must complete the online or print application form. There is a nonrefundable application fee to apply. Each applicant must also submit an official high school transcript or GED score report, an official SAT or ACT score report, and any AP or college credit transcripts (if applicable). A letter of recommendation from a senior pastor is required. Each student must also submit a physical form from his or her physician. Certain programs also have additional requirements. While students are admitted to the college all year long, prospective students should contact the school for specific deadline dates.
Transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements. All students are encouraged to contact the Office of Admission with any questions about the application process.
All students receive financial assistance from missions minded Baptist Bible Fellowship churches. Many of the students also receive some other form of state, federal, private or institutional financial assistance. Most of the students who applied for financial aid were awarded some form of need-based financial assistance. The average total need-based award package is about $31,000. Forms of aid that are available for students include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The college also offers scholarships and grants for students, including the Endoxa Honor Society Scholarship, the Baptist Leaders Scholarship, and the Ministry Scholarship. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or submit additional documents.
Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process. Students should also note that financial aid applications must be renewed each year. The college also offers a deferred payment plan to help students pay any tuition charges that are not covered by financial aid.
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The student body is fairly diverse with an even gender distribution. The majority of the students live on campus in one of the college’s fully furnished residence halls, as it is required of all students. Local students are permitted to live at home with their families. Those who wish to be exempt from the on-campus housing requirement should contact the school directly. The college provides separate housing facilities for male and female students, and offers handicapped accessible housing for students with disabilities. There are laundry facilities on campus. All resident students are required to choose one of the college’s meal plans. Students can dine in the college cafeteria, where nutritious meals are served.
The college also offers a number of activities, events, and student organizations, in which all students are encouraged to participate. Some popular organizations include the choral group, the Community Service Organization, Recruitment, and Campus Life. The college’s student government, fellowships, and the director of Student Life organize a number of activities that students can enjoy. Popular events and activities include banquets, concerts, holiday parties, and day trips.
The campus is substance- and smoke-free. Students have access to computers and software applications. The campus has also been equipped with wireless Internet access with a strong firewall that blocks unwanted or inappropriate content.
Chapel attendance is required of all students. Every student is also required to be active members in a partner Baptist church of similar faith and practice. A student’s enrollment at the college may be terminated if he or she neglects church service. Any student with two consecutive semesters of “unsatisfactory” church service will not be allowed to enroll for the next semester unless he or she completes an approved summer internship.
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