Points of Pride

  • In 2016, Becker College became the one of the first colleges or universities in the country to mandate a 100% impact strategy across its entire endowment, where by June 30, Becker College became the one of the first colleges or universities in the country to mandate a 100% impact strategy across its entire endowment, where by June 30, 2017 100% of its portfolio will be invested in ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) assets with a HIP (Human Impact + Profits) rating of greater than 50% on a scale of 0-100.
  • Has a first in the nation Global Citizenship degree.
  • One of 60 schools designated in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Commerce as a University Center to spur regional economic growth and job creation.
  • Has an average placement rate of over 90% for employment or further study.
  • Enrolls 54% of students in STEM-based programs of study.
  • In 2015, Becker College was designated as the first officially sanctioned Yunus Social Business Centre in the US. The Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College will provide opportunities for students to solve real-world problems and create self-sustaining business solutions that have social impact.
  • Ranked by The Princeton Review as a “Best College” for undergraduate education for five consecutive years.
  • Largest enrollment in the College’s more than 230-year history (2016-2017).
  • Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker described Becker as: “an example of growth in the ‘creative economy’…one of the country’s leading . . . educational institutions for computer gaming.”— Worcester Business Journal, April 10, 2015.
  • In 2015, Colleen Barrett ’64 provided a $1 million gift—the largest individual gift in the College’s history—to name and create the Colleen C. Barrett Center for Global Leadership.
  • Successfully completed work in 2014, as a member of the tenth cohort of the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Internationalization Laboratory. Through the I-Lab, the College developed a global engagement strategy to support Global Citizenship as a key attribute of the Becker student experience.
  • 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).
  • Students, faculty, and staff travel to Haiti for a week of service each year at the Brit’s Home Orphanage.


School of Animal Studies and Natural Sciences

  • 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.
  • Becker is one of three 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. Students gain experience at an on-campus animal clinic, as well as more than 350 available externship sites.
  • Becker students receives a 90% pass rate on the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) for November-December 2016. This marks an upward trend for Becker VTNE scores and far exceeds the national average of 65% for first time candidates.
  • Becker College has been ranked #2 out of all small colleges in the United States by Great Value Colleges on its list.
  • An expansive and picturesque Equestrian Center in Paxton is home to the Becker College Equestrian Team, a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).
  • Animal studies students spend more than 100 hours each year assisting the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association Charities Mazunte Turtle Project in Oaxaca, Mexico.

School of Design and Technology

  • In 2016 Becker's undergraduate video game design program was ranked #5 in the world and #1 in New England by The Princeton Review. The program has been top-ranked for seven consecutive years.
  • In 2014, Becker became one of the 19 charter members of the Higher Education Video Game Alliance(HEVGA).
  • Animation Career Review included Becker on its list of the “Top 50 Game Design Schools and Colleges in the US,” and “Top 25 Game Design Schools and Colleges on the East Coast,” for 2016.
  • org has named Becker College one of the 57 Best Video Game Colleges 2016 for its Interactive Media Design program.
  • International Student has recognized Becker College as the 9th best school to study game design in the U.S. in 2016.
  • NerdScholar included Becker College as one of its six NerdScholar
  • “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.

School of Nursing and Behavioral Studies

  • In 2015, Becker College was #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.

MassDiGI @ Becker College

  • In April 2011, Becker was designated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as home to the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI), a first-in-the-nation center that connects the state’s digital games industry, government, and academic resources to promote job growth and entrepreneurship and builds the talent pipeline between higher education and the digital games industry.
  • In fall 2016, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in partnership with Becker College and MassDiGI, launched a fun, fast-moving, and free social impact game to address challenging issues around income inequality, economic insecurity, and the wealth gap. The game, Lotto Boxes, was designed to prompt conversations among young people inside the classroom and across communities.
  • Developed a commercial-grade prototype using research from Yale University to help with Mass Casualty Triage Training.
  • In collaboration with MIT researchers, created an Augmented Reality company.
  • Using research provided by Harvard University and Boston’s Children Hospital, created a game to aid children with emotional dysregulation issues.
  • Produced a set of game for history students in collaboration with the American Antiquarian Society.

Our Athletics

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.

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