Bay Path College

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588 Longmeadow Street

Longmeadow, MA 01106

Phone: (413) 565-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
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rolling admission

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RNP Ranked Not Published.
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National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Bay Path College is a private institution that was founded in 1897. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,558, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 48 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Bay Path College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $29,960 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1897, Bay Path College has a history of developing innovative educational programs in direct response to the changing workplace. Providing a supportive and highly personalized environment, the College is known for small classes where learning is valued, knowledge is prized, and the spirit and potential of its students is cultivated and celebrated.

The 48-acre main campus is located in the historic community of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, and has over 2000 students enrolled in the Undergraduate College for women, the One-Day-A-Week Saturday College for adult women, the Online Degree Completion Program for Woman, Graduate Programs for women and men and Bay Path Online. Bay Path is both a residential and commuter College, and provides on campus and online programming for all our student populations. The undergraduate programs offers a wide-array of majors and minors, including our Honors Program and such concentrations as biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, business, criminal justice, forensic psychology, forensic science, education, legal studies, liberal studies, neuroscience, psychology, and occupational therapy. Bay Path Online is the College's initiative to offer select graduate and undergraduate programs online, thus providing new options to pursue educational opportunities.

Bay Path also has two satellite campuses: the Central Mass Campus (Sturbridge, MA) in the Worcester, MA area and the Burlington (MA) campus. Both satellite campuses offer the One-Day-A-Week Saturday College and select graduate programs.

Bay Path College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, and is authorized to grant associate in arts, associate in science, bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and master of science degrees.

In addition, Bay Path is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), the Women's College Coalition (WCC), and the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield (CCGS). The occupational therapy program (B.A./M.O.T.) has been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, PO Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation - Provisional to our Physician Assistant Program. Bay Path's legal programs, as well as the certificate of advanced paralegal studies, are approved by the American Bar Association.

General Information

School type private, women's college
Year founded 1897
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $31,742,637


When applying to Bay Path College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is December 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Bay Path College is $25. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 61.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 61.4%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bay Path College is 12:1, and the school has 76.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bay Path College include: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Education; and Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 45%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 27%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22%
Psychology 16%
Education 13%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 8%

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Student Life

Bay Path College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,558, with a gender distribution of 0 percent male students and 100 percent female students. At this school, 23 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 77 percent of students live off campus. Bay Path College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,370
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Bay Path College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Bay Path College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Bay Path College, 87 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Bay Path College.

Students who have cars on campus 87%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Bay Path College, 90.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,432.

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Tuition and fees $29,960 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,000 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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