Celebrating our past, present, and future

Celebrating our past, present, and future

Becker College traces its roots to 1784 with an original charter signed by Revolutionary war heroes, John Hancock and Samuel Adams.

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1784

1784

Leicester Academy is founded.

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1936

1936

Colton House on Cedar St. in Worcester opens as first dormitory for women.

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The first perfect game in major league baseball was pitched on the Becker campus

The first perfect game in major league baseball was pitched on the Becker campus

In 1880, Lee Richmond, a left-handed pitcher for the Worcester National League, pitched a perfect game at the Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds, which is now Weller Academic Center's quad.

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History of Becker College

Becker College is a distinctive small college that has long been recognized for its intimate learning environment and cutting edge educational programs. The College continues to strengthen that legacy, gaining national recognition in emerging programs such as Animal Science, Video Game Design and Nursing.

John Hancock and Samuel Adams signed the College’s founding charter. Notable graduates and students include Eli Whitney (1788), William Morton (1836), and Elliott P. Joslin. In 1887, ECA Becker introduced the typewriter, which was considered an important business innovation of that time, to business education in Worcester.

Today’s leading-edge programs—game design and development, vet tech and pre-veterinary, nursing, and more—have sprung from a tradition of anticipating and responding to marketplace needs and serving a diverse community of students to better prepare them for personal and professional success and leadership in a global society.

  • Past Presidents

    Past Presidents

    Throughout the years, leadership at Becker College has changed, however our core mission of transforming lives through education has been preserved. The inauguration of Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., on September 16, 2011, marks the ushering in of a new era.

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  • Becker Timeline

    Becker Timeline

    The information here represents a snapshot of some of the milestones and exciting moments that have occurred on campus over the years.

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  • Yesterday and Today

    Yesterday and Today

    Becker College traces its history to 1784 and has more than 18,000 alumni worldwide.

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