Points of Pride
- On May 28, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Becker College signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus to establish the Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College. Our Centre is established in partnership with the Seven Hills Foundation. Becker is one of a handful of higher education institutions in the world—and the first in the United States—to establish an officially sanctioned Yunus Social Business Centre. The College’s Centre will focus on identifying real-world social problems, creating innovative, self-sustaining solutions to transform lives and communities.
- Named by The Princeton Review, for the third consecutive year, as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education for its popular guidebook, The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition.
- Becker College is proud to have a 95% placement rate for its graduates for employment or further study.
- 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 Massachusetts faculty and students on game development projects and curriculum enhancements.
- Becker College received the 2013 Delta Silver Award from Alpha Lambda Delta for increasing our membership by 44% from 2011-12 to 2012-13.The Delta Award is one of two membership awards presented by Alpha Lambda Delta: the Delta Award recognizes significant increases in membership. Becker won the Delta Award at the Silver level – this means the chapter’s membership increased by at least 25% over the previous year. Alpha Lambda Delta is the National Honor Society for First-Year Students; membership is extended to students seeking bachelor's degrees who have achieved a first semester GPA of 3.5 or greater AND are in the top 20% of their class.
- Recipient of a 2011 Urban Design Appreciation Award from Preservation Worcester, for the College’s adaptive reuse of historical properties on its Worcester Campus. (Leicester and Worcester campus properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.)
- The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Campus Center opened fall 2012 on the Leicester Campus, a striking, $9 million, 35,727-square-foot center that has already had a tremendous impact on student life.
- Becker College was recognized by Leading Women of Massachusetts in its Salute to Companies That Are Leading Women to the Top™.
- Becker College’s education program was recognized by College Database as a “top college for teacher education” on its “Top Colleges in Massachusetts: Shaping the Next Generation” list.
- In 2014, Becker College achieved a 97 percent NCLEX pass rate for prelicensure nursing graduates. The first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate among Becker graduates consistently exceeds state and national rates.
- In 2015, Becker College baccalaureate nursing programs joined the Sigma Theta Tau International Iota-Phi-at-Large Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing.
- The Becker College chapter of the National Student Nurses Association and Becker College Honor Society of Nursing students are actively engaged in community service and outreach.
- Game Design:
- Becker’s undergraduate video game design program has been top-ranked by The Princeton Review for six consecutive years–#9 in the world in 2015–and is the only institution on the East Coast and one of four nationally, to maintain this longstanding distinction.
- Animation Career Review included Becker College on its list of the “Top 75 Schools in the U.S. for Game Design and Development,” 2012-2014.
- Called “a popular destination for prospective game designers” by the U.S.News & World Report for two consecutive years.
- SuccessfulStudent.org has named Becker College one of the 27 Best Video Game Colleges 2015 for its Interactive Media Design program.
- NerdScholar included Becker College as one of its six NerdScholar Favorite Game Design Programs in April 2014.
- Becker College student start-up 80HD Games (Ali Swei, Andrew Niemi, Brian Brannan, and Jonathan Niemi) won the 2014 MassDiGI Game Challenge College Entertainment Game Prototype category for its reverse tower defense game, Bümbardia. Another Becker team, Spaghetti Flavored Cake (Czar Oliver Awat), won the College Entertainment Concept category award for the game, String Theory. The Becker team Double Trouble (Mathew Black, Colin Egan, Joshua Fitzsimmons, Curtis Geter, Timothy Gottlieb, and Jason Tripp) placed as a College runner-up for the game Duo. Two additional Becker teams, Subconscious Games (Daniel Covey), and k^2 (Ian Hunter, Yuka Ninohira, and Mathew Williams), received College honorable mentions.
- In 2013, four teams of students in the video game design and development programs earned top spots in a competition with 40 other teams in the MassDiGI Game Challenge, held at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, March 1-3. This is the second consecutive year Becker teams have earned recognition at the MassDiGI Game Challenge. Play Nimbus is the name of the Becker team —and their fledgling game company—who won the category of Best Student Entertainment Game.
- “On Call,” a simulation game for the medical field developed by UMass Medical School (UMMS), the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI), and Becker College was voted Best in Show at the Serious Games and Virtual Environments Showcase at the 2013 SSIH International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.
- Animal Studies:
- Becker College is #1 in New England and #2 in the country among four-year private institutions for awarding undergraduate animal studies degrees.
- Nationally, Becker is the third-largest producer of undergraduate vet tech degrees among four-year private institutions.
- One of ten private colleges in New England to offer AVMA-accredited undergraduate programs in veterinary technology.
- The College’s fully operational veterinary clinic, open to the public, sees more than 1,000 patients annually and provides students with hands-on experience.
- Enrollment in animal studies programs has grown 30 percent since May 2008.
- In 2013, Becker College announced the formation of its new School of Animal Studies and the appointment of veterinary pathologist Richard French, DVM., M.S., Ph.D. as Dean of Animal Studies and newly appointed Allerton Chair of Animal Health Sciences, Becker’s first endowed academic position.
- Becker College students participate annually in more than 44,000 hours of practicum, pre-practicum, externship, or internship experiences.
- Becker College students annually perform nearly 80,000 hours of community service.
- The student-led ONE Chapter ranked #1 in the nation for the ONE Campus Challenge for more than a week (March 2012) among more than 110 colleges and universities–some more than 10 times our size. ONE Campus Challenge, an intercollegiate competition, mobilizes students in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases.
- Three animal studies students spent more than 100 hours assisting the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association Charities Mazunte Turtle Project in Oaxaca, Mexico.
- In the spring of 2013, a group of students, faculty, and staff traveled to Haiti for a week of service at the Be Like Brit Orphanage. This was the college's second trip to Haiti, in partnership with the Be Like Brit Foundation.
A total of 161 student-athletes, representing 16 of Becker’s athletic programs, were recognized at the 2013 National Student Athlete Day for completing the fall 2013 semester with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Eight student-athletes were inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, which recognizes student-athletes who fulfilled the requirements of varsity level in their sport while maintaining a 3.4 or higher GPA. The President’s Academic Cup, awarded every semester to the team with the highest average semester GPA, was awarded to the softball team, which had a GPA average of 3.19. In addition, 17 student-athletes earned New England Collegiate Conference All-Academic Honors for the 2013 spring semester.
Our Hawks pride includes:
- Baseball: Five Becker players earned NECC All-Academic Team honors in spring 2013. The team has made five consecutive post-season appearances, two ECAC New England Tournament appearances, and won the NECC Championship in 2009. In 2012 catcher Todd Tompkins led the nation with a .492 batting average and won 10 post-season awards, including Capital One Academic All-America honors.
- Equestrian: The team placed 4th in the 2012 IHSA Regionals. Coach Trina Baker is a former IHSA national champion.
- Field Hockey: The Hawks won the first two NECC Championships in 2008 and 2009. In fall 2012, three players earned First Team All-NECC honors, and two made the NECC All-Academic team.
- Golf: The golf team won the New England Collegiate Conference Sportsmanship Award in 2009.
- Ice Hockey: The “Ice Hawks” have qualified for the ECAC Playoffs five out of six seasons. Ice Hockey: In winter 2012-13, three players earned ECAC Northeast All-Academic, and one player earned All New England All Star.
- Softball: The team has made three consecutive appearances in the NECC playoffs. Four Becker players earned First Team All-NECC honors in spring 2013, including Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Pitcher of the Year. Two players made the NECC All-Academic Team.
- Women’s Basketball: The team advanced to the semifinals of the NECC Championship tournament in 2013.
- Women’s Lacrosse: Six Becker players earned NECC All-Conference recognition after the 2013 season. Other honors earned in spring 2013 were NECC Player of the Year and NECC Goalkeeper of the Year; five players earned NECC All-Academic Team honors.
- Women’s Soccer: Five players were named to the 2012 NECC All-Conference team. The soccer program has reached the NECC playoffs every season since the formation of the conference in 2008.
- Women’s Tennis: Since the 2008 season, the women’s tennis team has earned a conference record of 35-6 and three NECC Championships.
- Men’s Basketball: During the 2012-2013 season, the Hawks tied an NCAA record, with a 37-game conference winning streak. The team won the ECAC New England Championship in 2009 and the NECC Championship in 2012. Coach Brian Gorman has won three consecutive NECC Coach of the Year Awards.
- Men’s Lacrosse: In spring 2013, three players earned First Team All-NECC honors. Two players made the GNAC (Great Northeast Atlantic Conference) All-Tournament Team. One player earned three distinctions: NECC Honorable Mention, GNAC Sportsmanship Team, and NECC All-Academic Team.
- Men’s Soccer: Becker has reached the NECC Conference Playoffs in two of their first four seasons, qualified for ECAC Playoffs in 2007, and won the NECC Conference Championship in 2008.