U.S. News Rankings
|Ranking score and category|
Becker College is a private institution that was founded in 1784. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,826 and its setting is urban. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Becker College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (North), Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $31,500 (2013-14).
|School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):|
Becker College traces its history to 1784--one of the nation's top-25 oldest institutions of higher education--with a founding charter signed by John Hancock and Samuel Adams. The College evolved from the union of two institutions: Leicester Academy--the third preparatory school in Massachusetts, the first in central Massachusetts, and the first in the Commonwealth to accept female students--and Becker's Business School, a Worcester school that offered career preparation for men and women. Becker College graduates have long contributed to the betterment of society. From Dr. Elliott Joslin, a pioneer in the research and treatment of diabetes, to Colleen Barrett, retired president emeritus of Southwest Airlines who helped build the most successful corporate airline in aviation history, Becker College is committed to educating young men and women for professional success in a global society. Becker has been named one of the best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review. Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in The Best 377 Colleges: 2013 Edition, The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. Becker promises each student a transformational educational experience that offers relevant and outstanding academic programs, a connected and creative learning experience, and engaged and committed global citizenship. The College's six core values--excellence, accountability, community and diversity, social responsibility, integrity, and creative expression--support its mission to prepare graduates to thrive, contribute to, and lead in a global society. More than 2,000 students annually, from across the nation and around the world, make up a vibrant and active Becker College community. Becker College offers two different campus settings. The Worcester Campus is situated in the Elm Park neighborhood of Worcester--New England's second largest urban center, with a population of approximately 180,000. With its quiet tree-lined streets and historic Victorian-style homes, the Worcester Campus is only a short walk from the downtown business district. The greater Worcester area is home to more than 30,000 students at 12 colleges. The Leicester Campus is situated in a quintessential New England country town, adjacent to an historic village green. This rural setting provides space for Becker's Division III athletic team facilities and for the animal studies programs. The College provides students with a free shuttle service, which enables them to move easily between campuses. Becker College is less than an hour's drive from Boston, three hours from New York City, and 70 miles or less from three major international airports.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Becker College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 62.3 percent and an early acceptance rate of 82.3 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||62.3%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||May 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Becker College is 16:1, and the school has 60.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Becker College include: Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects; and Pre-Veterinary Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 64.5 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||18%|
|Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates|
Becker College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,826, with a gender distribution of 42.1 percent male students and 57.9 percent female students. At this school, 39 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 61 percent of students live off campus. Becker College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
|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|
Campus Info & Services
Becker College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Becker 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). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Becker College.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Becker College, 86.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,812.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$31,500 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$11,500 (2013-14)|
|Financial aid statistics|
* Overview details based on 2012 data