Points of Pride
- Enrollment has steadily increased over the past six years. Total enrollment in 2015-2016 is 2,153–the largest in the College's 232-year history.
- Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker described Becker as “an example of growth in the ‘creative economy'…one of the country's leading research and educational institutions for computer gaming.”
- On May 28, 2015, 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 fourth consecutive year, as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education for its popular guidebook, The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition.
- Becker College is proud to have a 95% placement rate for its graduates for employment or further study.
- In 2015, Colleen Barrett '64 provided a $1 million gift–the largest individual gift in the College's history–to name and create the new Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
- Successfully completed work in 2014 as a member of the tenth cohort of the American Council on Education's (ACE) Internationalization Laboratory, a 16- to 20-month learning community that assists participating institutions in developing a strategy for comprehensive internationalization. through the I-Lab, Becker developed a global engagement strategy to support Global Citizenship as a key attribute of the Becker student experience.
- 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 is #1 among undergraduate nursing programs in Massachusetts, with the first-time National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rate for pre-licensure nursing graduates consistently exceeding 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 seven consecutive years–#5 in the world in 2016.
- In 2014, Becker became one of the 19 charter members of the Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEVGA).
- 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.
- International Student has recognized Becker College as one of 11 prominent schools to study game design in the U.S.
- 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 has been ranked #2 out of all small colleges in the United States by Great Value Colleges on its list, “25 Great Small Colleges for Animal Lovers.”
- 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.
- Breanna Cuchara ’16, a criminal justice major with a concentration in forensics/crime scene processing presented her paper, “The Impact of Fentanyl Use and Abuse” at the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting for the Academy of Forensics Sciences on February 25, in Las Vegas, NV. The paper is based on research and a case study she did while completing her forensics internship at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of New Hampshire.
- Students Michele Brajevich ’19, Amelia Karayianis ’16, and Racquel Knight ’18, were accepted into the Millennium Campus Network Fellowship Program for 2015-2016. The Millennium Fellowship Program is an eight-month leadership accelerator convening student leaders across universities to improve their student organizations, partnerships, and community impact.
- 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.
- Animal studies students spend more than 100 hours each year assisting the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association Charities Mazunte Turtle Project in Oaxaca, Mexico.
- Students, faculty, and staff travel to Haiti for a week of service each year at the Be Like Brit Orphanage.
- 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.
A total of 163 student-athletes were recognized at the 2015 National Student Athlete Day for completing the fall 2014 semester with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Eleven 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 golf team, which had a GPA average of 3.45.
Our Hawks pride includes:
- Addition of Women's Ice Hockey to varsity sports in 2015.
- Equestrian: Junior Kirby Kojabashian won her class at IHSA Regionals and qualified for 2015 Zone One Finals. Kojabashian was the Zone One Novice Equitation Over Fences Champion and qualified for the 2015 IHSA National Equitation Finals hosted at the Eastern States Exposition.
- Lacrosse: Senior Tatum Fahs was named the New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Week in March 2015 after helping lead the women’s lacrosse team to a 2-0 week.
- Baseball: Sophomore shortstop TJ Sempkowski was named the New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Week in March 2015 after batting .565 with a slugging percentage of 1.087. Of Sempkowski’s 13 hits, six of them were for extra bases including two homeruns, two triples and two doubles. Sempkowski also surpassed his 2014 RBI total after driving in 20 runs. Sempkowski also had an on base percentage of .536 while scoring 12 runs.
- Basketball: Junior Scott Dulaire was named the New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Week in February 2015 after averaging 25.8 points per game as the Hawks were 4-0 in NECC action. Dulaire also averaged 9.3 boards per game. After scoring a career-high 26 points, he beat his career high with a 32-point performance.
- See more Athletics Points of Pride at www.beckerhawks.com.