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Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College Rating: 3.7/5 (3 votes)

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Bristol Community College (BCC) was instituted by the Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges in 1965. Since 1968, this two-year college has been helping more than 28,000 Bristol County learners fulfill their goals to earn a degree, access work-related instruction, and find additional educational opportunities. The school’s main campus is located in Fall River. There are also campuses in New Bedford and Attleboro, as well as satellite campuses in Taunton and New Bedford.


Students can pursue more than 100 academic programs, including Associate Degree of Arts, Associate Degree of Science, Associates of Applied Science, certificates, and a wide range of others academic courses. The Adult Basic Education Program provides each and every adult with the opportunity to attain the basic educational skills essential to support their needs as citizens, workers, parents, and lifelong learners. Adult learners also have the opportunity to take courses in writing, reading, and math as well as preparation to take the GED test.

The Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program provides an excellent opportunity for eligible high school students to register at the institute as non degree students, and have the courses be acknowledged toward degree completion at both the College and the student’s high school.

The Eileen T. Farley Learning Resources Center is considered one of the most comprehensive centers in the Massachusetts community college system. It provides access to several medium needed for scholarship and recreation.

Online Learning

Online education enables customized learning experiences to match your learning styles, educational goals, and add some flexibility to your schedule. The online programs are perfect for students who are unable to attend a traditional college due to personal and professional reasons. Some of the online programs and certificates offered are Accounting, Business Administration, Complementary Healthcare, Computer Information Systems, Office Administration, Medical Administrative Assistant, Legal Office Assistant, Multimedia Development, Office Technology Manager, Therapeutic Massage, and Phlebotomy.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Students seeing admission to an associate’s degree program should have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate. Applicants do not need to provide standardized test results. However, some programs (such as culinary arts, dental hygiene, complementary healthcare, healthcare information, clinical laboratory science, medical assisting, and histology) have an extremely competitive enrollment. Applicants seeking to transfer from another college or university must send the completed application form along with official transcripts from all previously attended institutes.

International students are encouraged to apply for admission and must submit the completed application form, secondary school or high school official transcripts, local address in Massachusetts or Rhode Island, proof of financial support, and a proof of proficiency in the English language.

Financial Aid

Providing equal opportunities for education to all students is a huge belief at this college therefore it provides financial assistance to help students pay for college. Financial aid is offered through various mediums such as grants, scholarships, loans, and student employment programs. Grants and scholarships are gift aids that need not be returned. Some of them are Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Teach Grant, MassGrant, Massachusetts Tuition Waiver, Massachusetts Furcolo Grant, Massachusetts Part Time Grant, Massachusetts Paraprofessional Teacher Prep Grant, Rhode Island State Grant, Rhode Island Academic Promise Scholarship, and BCC Presidential Scholarship.

Loans are the type of financial aid that must be returned with interest. The school participates in Federal Direct Loans, which include Stafford Subsidized, Stafford Unsubsidized, and Parent Loans (PLUS). Federal Work Study (FWS) and Student Employment (SEP) programs that enable students to take up part time jobs to meet higher education expenses are available. Apart from helping students pay for college, these programs also help them gain work experience in their field of interest.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6056th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Massachusetts.


There are a plethora of events and activities for the overall development of the students. The campus is home to several student clubs and organizations that plan cultural, social, educational, and community service projects. Some of the registered organizations are A’ La Mode, Bristol CC Gaming Association, Bristol Radio Club, Clinical Lab Science, Club Theater, Comp HC/ Massage Club, Deaf Studies, Dental Hygiene Club, Criminal Justice Society, Engineering Club, Gay/Straight Alliance, Medical Assisting Club, Music Club, NALS, Nursing Club, Occupational Therapy Assistants Club, Portuguese Club, and Skills USA.

The school offers a variety of career-related services designed to guide students during their time at the college. Career Services assist students and alumni recognize and pursue rewarding careers through an assortment of programs and services. The institution also offers programs to aid employers seeking talented students or alumni. Some of the other services include career planning, workshops, resume review and critique sessions, job fairs, and on-campus interviews.

Campus Facilities:

The Office of Disability Services provides a full range of advocacy services to the students with documented disabilities. The Center provides special support services that enable the students with disabilities to fully partake in the life of the academic community. Some of the services include classroom accommodations, compensation for learning weaknesses, resources to faculty and staff to know more about learning disabilities and devise good teaching strategies.

The Counseling Center provides services to support students and help them engage in their academic studies purposefully. The center provides personal and professional support and services such as finding a job, choosing a career, deciding on a major, and planning to transfer to a four-year college or University. The professionals also provide personal counseling to help students stay mentally and emotionally stable.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The Bee’s athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s sports teams such as men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball. The College participates in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).


Well-known alumni include:

  • Howard Tinberg, noted professor of English
  • Dana Mohler-Faria, former Assistant Dean
  • David B. Sullivan, member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
  • William E. Kaufman, noted Professor of Philosophy and author of several theology books


The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The institute also holds other discipline based accreditations from agencies such as the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, the National League for Nursing and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, the American Health Information Management Association, and the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Information Summary

Ranks 98th in Massachusetts and 3345th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Massachusetts and 41st overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  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 1 0.01
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 761 0.85
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.00
Forcible Rape 52 0.06
Robbery 274 0.31
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 863 0.97
Larceny 2,027 2.27
Vehicle theft 297 0.33

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Fall River, MA 02720-7395
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population31,554 (31,322 urban / 232 rural)
Households13,149 (2.30 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,749
Families7,913 (2.97 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2504

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3795th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $576 $576 $5,520
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $3,602 $3,602 $3,602
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $171 $171 $377
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 $5,178 $5,178 $10,122
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $11,178 $11,178 $16,122
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,128 $8,128 $13,072

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,058 $4,178 $4,058 $4,178 $9,002 $9,122
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $3,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,000(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,950(N/C)

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

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 CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 4 71 66 25 5 1,074 65 1,346
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 4 5
Agricultural Business and Management, General
American Sign Language (ASL) 2 2
Art/Art Studies, General
Business Administration and Management, General 1 4 1 4 51 6 68
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other 2 1 23 28
Business/Commerce, General 1 4 1 58 2 68
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other 2 1 19 1 25
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 1 5 6
Commercial and Advertising Art 1 1
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services, Other
Computer Programming, Other
Computer Software Technology/Technician
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 2 38 3 44
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1
Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Arts, Other 3 3
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 4 9 72 4 91
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 2 7 69 5 84
Culinary Arts and Related Services, Other 4 17 23
Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation 2 2
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General 1 1
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 3 14 1 18
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 2 17 2 21
Education, Other 1 2 3
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 1 31 1 35
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance) 7 7
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 1 23 2 27
Engineering, General 1 2 10 1 14
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other 1 1 2
Fashion Merchandising 1 1
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 3 1 4
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 15 5 22
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 6 6
General Studies 24 20 7 2 253 24 340
Gerontology 4 4
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician 3 3
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 4 4
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other 19 19
Human Services, General 1 1
Industrial Technology/Technician 1 1
Information Resources Management 2 2
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 1 1 1 1 21 25
Language Interpretation and Translation 1 1
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary 1 1
Legal Support Services, Other 3 1 12 16
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 6 7 2 65 4 86
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other 3 3
Management Information Systems and Services, Other
Marketing, Other 1 1
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 1 4 5
Medical Office Management/Administration 2 2
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist
Medical/Clinical Assistant 2 12 14
Occupational Therapist Assistant 1 1 26 29
Office Management and Supervision 1 1
Parts, Warehousing, and Inventory Management Operations 1 1
Personal and Culinary Services, Other 1 2 1 42 46
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 1
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Policy Analysis, General 1 1 3 5
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 1 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 1 2 50 58
Resort Management 1 1
Social Work 1 3 26 1 33
Social Work, Other
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 14 1 15
Surveying Engineering 1 1 3
Surveying Technology/Surveying 1 1 4 6
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
Teacher Assistant/Aide 2 2
Tourism and Travel Services Management 2 2
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 2 2
Word Processing

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2292nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $59,967 ($63,119 male / $56,875 female)
Number of FT Faculty 129 (40 male / 89 female)
Number of PT Faculty 686
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $2,602,946

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