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Bunker Hill Community College

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Founded in 1973 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is a two-year community college located in Boston, Massachusetts and is the largest community college in the state. The college has two campuses and four satellite locations and offers more than 100 associate’s degree and certificate programs that prepare students for their future careers and/or transferring to four-year colleges and universities.

The College also offers numerous English as a Second Language (ESL) and Adult Basic Education classes. Students can choose from flexible scheduling options that include day, evening, midnight, weekend, web-based and distance learning courses and programs. Popular areas of study include Business, Early Childhood Development, Culinary Arts, Education, Engineering, Electric Power Utility, Computer Science, Communication, Allied Health Professions, Visual & Media Arts, and Hospitality & Travel Management.


The college offers associate in arts degrees, associate in science degrees, and a wide variety of certificate programs for those who want to learn a new skill for their job, switch careers, or join the workforce right away and need some training. All students are required to complete general education classes, career and/or liberal arts electives, and finally their program requirements.

The Associate in Arts is designed for students who will eventually transfer over to a four-year college or university. Most of the jobs related to this degree will need a bachelor’s degree, and starting with the associate’s at a community college will save tuition money in the long run. Some programs offered are Business, Computer Science, Music, and Psychology.

Students interested in the Associate in Science are preparing for work right after graduation. However, these credits are also transferable, but be sure to check with the institution you are transferring to. Programs offered for this degree include Business Administration, Computer Technology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, and many others.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

This is the only college in the country that offers the Midnight Classes program. Free coffee is available to the students in class this late, which meet once a week for 2 hours and 45 minutes. Popularity has soared with this program, so be sure to check the catalog and see which classes have been added.


There is an open admissions policy allowing anyone with a high school diploma or GED to enroll. Students who wish to apply must first complete an (online or paper) application form. Each applicant must also submit an official high school transcript, a high school diploma, or a GED score report, an official SAT or ACT score report (optional), and an official college transcript or an AP transcript (where applicable). The university utilizes a rolling decision plan, but there is a priority deadline for submitting an application under the Early Action plan, so prospective students should contact the school for specific dates. A nonrefundable application fee is also required.

Students must also take Computerized Placement Tests in reading, mathematics, and English. The placement tests are offered on a walk-in basis on the Charlestown campus and the Chelsea campus. Qualifications for exemption are listed on the college’s website. After being accepted to the college, students will be invited to attend a START SMART session, where they will meet with advisers and choose and register for classes.

Adult students, non-degree seeking students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students, as well as applicants to the Health or EPUT programs, 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.

Financial Aid

The college’s in-state tuition rate is the lowest of any college in Massachusetts and the college offers a wide variety of financial aid programs. A significant number of students receive some form of state, federal, private or institutional financial assistance. Forms of aid that are available for students include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The college also offers a limited number of scholarships and grants for students. Some are based on merit; others require applicants to demonstrate evidence of financial need. 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. The priority deadline for submission of financial aid applications is in April. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or submit additional documents. Students who wish to be considered for in-state tuition rates must also submit an Application for Massachusetts In-State Tuition Rates form with appropriate documentation.

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5237th for the average student loan amount.
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Bunker Hill Community College is one of the most diverse colleges in New England, with students from 96 countries. The average age of students is 27 and 56% of the students are women. The majority of the college’s students work while attending college. At the college, there are more than 20 clubs, organizations, and activities that include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups.

Popular clubs include the African-American Cultural Society, the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, the Entrepreneur Club, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Student Union, the Multicultural Club, S.H.O.C.W.A.V.E.S. (Students Helping Our Communities with Active Volunteer Experiences and Service), and the Otaku and Gamer Alliance. Students can check the college’s website for a complete list of clubs and events. The Office of Student Activities and Athletics oversees and provides administrative support for all of the college’s teams, programs, clubs, events, and organizations.

While on-campus housing is not available, the International Center maintains resource information about housing in the Boston area. The college also has a number of student support services that include academic advising, career counseling, physical and mental health referrals, and support for students with disabilities.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Known as the Bulldogs, the 6 athletic teams compete in sports that include men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, and baseball/softball. There are also intramural athletic programs that include basketball, 3 on 3 basketball, tennis, table tennis, chess/checkers, and co-ed golf. The college participates in the Massachusetts Community College Athletic Conference and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XXI.


  • Belkys Angeles, award winning community leader
  • Dana Rosenblatt, boxer
  • Gloribell Mota, community organizer


BHCC is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Information Summary

Ranks 94th in Massachusetts and 3274th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Massachusetts and 154th 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 3 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.02
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 02129-2925
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population15,195 (15,195 urban / N/A rural)
Households7,350 (2.05 people per house)
Median Household Income$55,700
Families3,219 (2.94 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-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 District2507

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3794th 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 $2,808 $2,808 $2,808
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $141 $141 $347
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 $5,184 $5,184 $10,128
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,784 $15,784 $20,728
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,184 $9,184 $14,128

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,384(N/C) $3,384(N/C) $8,328(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,800(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 $6,800(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,800(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,000(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 32 288 256 129 5 445 133 1,295
Accounting 1 6 5 6 1 12 9 40
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 1 1 2 5
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other 7 6 13
Art/Art Studies, General 3 2 1 6
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 7 2 1 6 16
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 1 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6 1 2 6 1 16
Biotechnology 3 6 1 1 3 14
Business Administration and Management, General 10 30 20 41 2 24 19 147
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1 1
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other 2 2 4
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 8 3 11
Chemistry, General 1 1
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 2 2
Computer Programming, Other 1 1 1 3
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 1 1 4 1 2 1 10
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 1
Computer Science 2 1 4 2 9
Computer Support Specialist 2 1 3
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 6 7 4 5 5 27
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 1 2 1 1 5
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 1 1 2 4
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 1 1 4 6 3 15
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 8 11 5 2 26
Criminal Justice/Police Science 22 25 3 14 3 68
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 6 3 4 10 23
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General 3 1 1 1 6
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration 1 1
Design and Visual Communications, General 2 3 2 2 1 10
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 1 8 2 11
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1 1 1 4
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1 7 16 1 26
Education, General 4 5 2 4 15
Electrical/Electronics Maintenance and Repair Technology, Other 2 2 6 6 17
Engineering, General 2 1 1 1 1 6
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 3 2 7
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 1 3 5
Finance, General 2 2 4 3 1 3 15
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician 2 3 13 4 22
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 3 2 5
Forensic Science and Technology 1 2 3
General Studies 2 47 34 8 1 47 13 152
History, General 3 6 2 12
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 4 1 5 5 1 17
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other 1 3 1 5
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 1 2 3
Human Services, General 4 7 10 21
Information Technology 2 2
International Business/Trade/Commerce 3 3 2 3 1 12
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 3 2 10 2 18
Mass Communication/Media Studies 4 3 7
Mathematics, General 2 2
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 1 6 7 2 5 1 22
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 1 1 1 1 4
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 3 3 27 3 37
Medical/Clinical Assistant 12 12 2 15 3 44
Music, General 1 3 4
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 7 4 1 3 2 17
Operations Management and Supervision 1 7 6 2 5 1 22
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other 4 5 4 1 3 17
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 4 1 1 2 1 9
Physics, General 1 1
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 2 2
Psychology, General 1 14 14 3 15 1 48
Receptionist 1 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 4 15 15 5 59 16 114
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant 1 1 1 6 2 11
Sociology 4 1 1 1 7
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 7 6 1 4 1 21
Surgical Technology/Technologist 8 4 3 10 2 27
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager 2 2
Tourism and Travel Services Management 1 1 2 4
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 4 1 6

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1742nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $65,093 ($64,049 male / $62,565 female)
Number of FT Faculty 157 (64 male / 93 female)
Number of PT Faculty 685
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $4,284,086

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