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Cambridge College

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Founded in 1971, Cambridge College is a private, non-profit school that specializes in adult education. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. All degree programs are authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. The school is approved to operate and to offer selected degree programs in California, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and Puerto Rico.


The college’s programs range from bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for educators, counselors, managers, and human service providers, to doctoral programs in educational leadership. It offers flexible learning options that include independent learning, evening classes, weekend classes, distance learning and blended learning programs.

Undergraduate majors that include Human Services, Management Studies, Psychology, and Multidisciplinary Studies. Academic programs are divided into four schools: the School of Undergraduate Studies, the School of Education, the School of Management, and the School of Psychology & Counseling. The most popular undergraduate majors include: Business; Liberal arts and sciences; and Psychology.

English language courses and support services for students with disabilities are also available.

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Students who wish to apply must submit a completed application form, the nonrefundable application fee, official transcript(s) from prior schools, a personal statement, and specialized requirements for their specific programs.

Certain majors, such as Education or Management, require applicants to submit additional documents such as a current resume. International students also have to submit an International Students Information & I-20 Request Form, a health insurance form, and immunization records, in addition to other documents. Transfer students, homeschooled students, and graduate students may also have additional requirements and should contact the school for more information.

Students can also attend information sessions, during which they can discuss the different programs with advisors in an informal setting.

Financial Aid

68% of all of the college’s degree and certificate seeking students, who are enrolled at least half time, receive some form of student aid. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits per term, while graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in a minimum of 4 credits each term. Forms of financial assistance for undergraduate students may include federal grants, state grants, Federal Stafford Loans and work-study. Graduate and doctoral students may be eligible for Federal Stafford Loans and work-study.

All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Financial Aid Application. They should also complete Mandatory Entrance Loan Counseling (online) and submit a Master Promissory Note. The Office of Financial Aid will contact students if any additional documentation is necessary.

The financial aid office also offers scholarships to students who have demonstrated ability and need. To be considered for a scholarship, students must have a FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid Office and must also complete a Scholarship Application.

The Office of Financial Aid readily answers any questions about the financial aid process. Students and their families are encouraged to visit the website or call the office at 800-877-4723 ext. 1440.

Interest-free payment plans are also available.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3390th for the average student loan amount.
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The average age of the undergraduate students is 36, and the average age of the college’s graduate students is 39. 76% female of the students are female, while 24% of the students are male. 43% of the students are minorities. 42% are full-time students; the rest are part-time students. Housing is not available at this school; however, the college can assist students in procuring short-term housing for summer students. Students have access to several lounges, computer labs, and study areas. There are no cafeterias on campus, but there are many public restaurants that are located nearby.

The Online Library is an extensive virtual library that can be easily accessed from any computer with Internet access. Students also have access to the Gutman Library at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Assessment and tutoring resources are also available to help students achieve their academic goals. Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Affairs for information about assessment, tutoring, and course advising. Wireless Internet access is available throughout all three buildings at Cambridge’s main campus. The college also provides handicapped-accessible facilities as well as disability support services and other accommodations for students with disabilities through the Office of Student Affairs.

There are also plenty of activities in which students can participate. The college offers job/career seminars, social or cultural events, workshops, and parties. The International Student Office also provides services and activities that have been designed to accommodate international students. There office hosts international student orientations, social events, and welcome receptions, while also providing assistance and guidance about successfully adjusting to life in the United States.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Local Community

The quintessential American college town, Boston is the capital of Massachusetts, one of the oldest cities in the United States, and the biggest city in New England. It has a huge student population of over 200,000 students from more than 50 colleges and universities. Many of the local business cater to college students. There are museums, bars, restaurants, clubs, shows, and sports activities.

Some popular activities for students in Boston include eating pizza at Regina’s on Thacher Court, or indulging in sweets at Mike’s Pastry on Hanover Street. Another popular activity is taking a walk along the Harborwalk in the Financial District.

The Calendar Section, which is in the Boston Globe every Thursday, has local event and activity listings for that week. Similarly, the ‘Arts’ section of the Boston Phoenix newspaper, which can be obtained for free at newsstands on Fridays, also lists local performances for the week.

Information Summary

Ranks 92nd in Massachusetts and 3209th 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 3 0.08
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 298 0.28
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 5 0.00
Forcible Rape 24 0.02
Robbery 152 0.14
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 539 0.51
Larceny 2,465 2.33
Vehicle theft 155 0.15

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Cambridge, MA 02138
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population35,407 (35,407 urban / N/A rural)
Households14,182 (1.85 people per house)
Median Household Income$55,726
Families5,401 (2.65 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (education)
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentMajority graduate/professional
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemTrimester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2505

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2865th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $13,392 $13,392 $13,392
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $372 $372 $372
FT Graduate Tuition $12,975 $12,975 $12,975
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $540 $540 $540
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $14,892 $14,892 $14,892
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $25,592 $25,592 $25,592
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $17,592 $17,592 $17,592

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $13,240(N/C) $13,240(N/C) $13,240(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(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 $15,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,700(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,700(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)

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 44 503 173 37 5 410 202 1,378
Business Administration and Management, General 39 30 22 14 39 24 168
Counseling Psychology 22 4 1 1 13 5 46
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 82 5 31 10 128
Curriculum and Instruction 55 3 3 61
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 3 1 10 5 20
Education, General 35 20 3 58 25 141
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism 1 11 2 4 5 23
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 53 3 25 8 90
Educational/Instructional Technology 29 1 2 1 33
Elementary Education and Teaching 19 7 21 8 55
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 9 8 10 5 33
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 1 1 1 2 5 10
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 12 2 2 11 5 32
Human Services, General 5 9 1 1 7 5 28
Mathematics Teacher Education 6 10 1 15 8 40
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 2 21 15 2 54 21 116
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 24 40 5 22 17 108
Psychology, General 2 13 4 1 1 11 12 44
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1 4 4 10
Special Education and Teaching, Other 82 5 3 1 58 23 172
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 5 1 10 3 20

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 464th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $87,141 ($88,109 male / $69,358 female)
Number of FT Faculty 26 (13 male / 13 female)
Number of PT Faculty 370
FT Faculty Ratio 0.1 : 1
Total Benefits $1,388,085

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