Yesterday & Today

Becker College traces its history from the union of two Massachusetts educational institutions—one founded in 1784 with a charter signed by John Hancock and Samuel Adams, and the other in 1887.  Today the College’s nearly 2,000 students live and learn on these two distinctively New England campuses, located six miles apart, in the heart of Massachusetts.

Notable graduates include Eli Whitney (1788), inventor of the cotton gin; William Morton (1836), the “Father of Modern Anesthesiology”; and Elliott P. Joslin (1886), a pioneer in diabetes prevention, treatment, and research. Robert Goddard, the “Father of Modern Rocketry,” also spent time at Becker, studying penmanship at Becker’s Business College (Nov. 1899-Feb. 1900).

Over the years, the institution served as the launch pad of many program “firsts”—including the first major in journalism to be offered in the East (1937); a medical secretarial major (1938), the College’s first offering in the health sciences that became a national model; the first retail merchandising program in Massachusetts (1950); and the first accredited associate degree in science, in veterinary technology, in Massachusetts (1978).

Today Becker College well prepares its graduates for personal and professional success and to thrive, contribute to, and lead in a global society through nationally recognized programs, a vibrant campus life, a strong athletics program, community engagement activities both at home and around the world, and a commitment to excellence that provides the best educational experience possible to every student. The academic programs at Becker College prepare students for a wide range of future professional opportunities while providing the necessary competencies to lead in a global society.

Some of the College’s points of distinction include:

  • Named by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education.
  • Ranked #1 among private undergraduate nursing programs in Massachusetts, with a 2012 98% NCLEX pass rate for prelicensure nursing graduates.
  • Named by The Princeton Review among the top colleges in the U.S. and Canada for video game design for four consecutive years.
  • Ranked #1 in New England and among the top-15 producers nationally among four-year private institutions in awarding undergraduate animal studies degrees in 2011-2012.
  • Nationally, Becker is one of the 10 largest producers of undergraduate veterinary technology degrees among four-year private institutions and is one of only two private colleges in New England to offer AVMA-accredited undergraduate programs in veterinary technology.
  • Home of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI), a first-in-the-nation, statewide center that creates opportunities for industry-leading game design companies to work with faculty and students on game development projects and curriculum enhancements, which ensure Becker graduates have the skills for success upon graduation.

The Becker College student experience focuses on preparation for global citizenship; students must be prepared to thrive in a world that is increasingly more interconnected and trans-national. The “three pillars” of global citizenship—academic excellence, social responsibility, and creative expression—provide the contextual framework for each student’s experience, which includes academic study, community service and leadership experiences, internships, personal connections, and activities that make each student’s education relevant, connected, and engaged. Through these experiences, students transform themselves into educated people for the purpose of making a positive impact in ways that transform lives and communities.

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