About

  • Becker College was recognized as a national and Massachusetts College of Distinction in 2019, as well as a “Nursing Colleges of Distinction” and a “Career Development Colleges of Distinction.”
  • Becker’s undergraduate video game design program was ranked #3 in the world and #1 in New England by The Princeton Review. The program has been top-ranked for nine consecutive years.
  • For the first time, Becker ranked #11 “Top 25 Graduate Schools to Study Game Design for 2019″ by The Princeton Review.
  • Ranked by The Princeton Review as a “Best College” for undergraduate education for six consecutive years.
  • Has an average placement rate of 90% for employment or further study.
  • 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.
  • Students, faculty, and staff travel to Haiti for a week of service each year at the Brit’s Home Orphanage.
  • One of the first colleges or universities in the country to mandate a 100% social impact strategy across its entire endowment.
  • The first officially sanctioned Yunus Social Business Centre in the US. The Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College provides opportunities for students to solve real-world problems and create self-sustaining business solutions that have social impact.
  • 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 Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Academics

School of Animal Studies and Natural Sciences

  • The only private college in New England to offer AVMA-accredited undergraduate programs in veterinary technology.
  • Nationally, the third-largest producer of undergraduate vet tech degrees among four-year private institutions.
  • One of two private colleges in New England to offer AVMA-accredited undergraduate programs in veterinary technology.
  • Home to a fully operational veterinary clinic, open to the public that 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.
  • 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

  • Ranked #6 nationally among schools offering a Game Design Masters in Fine Arts by Animation Career Review.
  • In 2018, Becker’s undergraduate video game design program was ranked #4 in the world and #1 in New England by The Princeton Review. The program has been top-ranked for eight consecutive years.
  • 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.”
  • International Student has recognized Becker College as the 9th best school to study game design in the U.S.

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

  • In 2019 Becker College ranked #7 for nursing program in Massachusetts#7 ranked nursing program badge
  • In 2018, our BSN students had a 93% pass rate and our ASN students had a 96% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) —both above the national average of 87%. 
  • In 2018, Becker College’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences has been recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its strong record of preparing graduates for real world success.
  • In 2018, the online RN-BSN Program was approved by NECHE.
  • Nursing graduates have consistently maintained one of the highest pass-rates on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • 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.
  • In 2016, the Nursing program was ranked #1 in Massachusetts by RegisteredNursing.org.
  • In 2015, Becker College baccalaureate nursing programs joined the Sigma Theta Tau International Iota-Phi-at-Large Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing.
  • In 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 game industry, government, and academic community to support growth and entrepreneurship across the region’s games ecosystem.
  • The US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration awarded MassDiGI highly-competitive five-year University Center program grants in 2011 and again in 2016.
  • MassDiGI, working with UMass Medical School, earned Best in Show at the Serious Games and Virtual Environments Showcase at the 2013 SSIH International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare.
  • Since starting the Summer Innovation Program in 2012 and LiveStudio in 2015, MassDiGI has worked with hundreds of student-interns and dozens of colleges and universities and published over twenty games reaching hundreds of thousands of players around the world to platforms including the App Store, Google Play, Steam and Itch.
  • MassDiGI’s Game Challenge pitch contest has attracted over 300 competitors since its launch in 2012 and become a key event on the regional game industry calendar.
  • In 2016, Entrepreneurship for All recognized MassDiGI with its first-ever Innovation Award as one of the top entrepreneurship programs of its kind in the country.
  • In 2017, the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce honored MassDiGI for its contribution to the region with a Game Changer award.
  • Past MassDiGI student-interns have gone on to work for places such as: Sony, Google, 2K, Nickelodeon, USA Today, Harmonix, Disruptor Beam, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, MIT Lincoln Lab, EA, Amazon, Warner Bros., Wooga, Uber, Pilot Studio, SAP, Wizards of the Coast, Riot, Disney, Wayfair, Filament Games, Adult Swim, Teach for America, Rooster Teeth, Vivox, Zapdot, Brightcove, Jibo, Insomniac Games, Hi-Rez Studios, Philips, Goldman Sachs, Wellington, Legends of Learning and Hasbro.

Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College

  • Becker is the only institution of higher education in Worcester to offer a Millennial Fellowship program. The Millennium Fellowship is a selective leadership development program advancing UN goals presented by United Nations Academic Impact and the Millennium Campus Network.  With students applying from 250+ campuses across 57 nations, Becker is one of 25 selected to host the program in 2018.

Athletics

  • 70 student-athletes were named to the Dean’s List in the spring of 2018.
  • 36 Becker student-athletes were named to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Academic All-Conference teams for the 2017-18 year for having a minimum GPA of 3.40 in an NECC-sponsored sport.
  • 15 football and hockey student-athletes were named to the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) All-Conference teams for holding a 3.30 cumulative GPA, while 11 women’s ice hockey players were named to the Colonial Hockey Conference for maintaining a minimum of a 3.00 GPA.
  • In 2018, 27 Becker senior student-athletes graduated with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • 28 students were inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, a student-athlete honor society, in 2018.
  • Women’s Volleyball won the President’s Academic Cup in the fall of 2017 with the highest team GPA of any varsity sport.
  • The Becker College women’s basketball team won the 2017-18 NECC Championship, their first NECC title. The Hawks made the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in the program’s history.
  • Michael Bianco of the Becker College football team was voted the 2017 CCC Defensive Player of the Year after recording a school-record 119 tackles.
  • Amy Cooper of the Becker College field hockey team was voted the 2017 NECC Player of the Year after leading the Hawks to the third seed in the conference championship tournament.
  • Matthew Guerin of the Becker College men’s lacrosse team was voted the 2018 NECC Rookie of the Year after leading the Hawks with 23 goals on the season.
  • Trey McMillen of the Becker College men’s lacrosse team was voted the 2018 NECC Goalkeeper of the Year after recording 201 saves on the season.
  • See more Athletics Points of Pride at beckerhawks.com.

Ranked by The Princeton Review as a “Best College” for undergraduate education for six consecutive years

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Becker College receives four honors from Colleges of Distinction

Published on: May 23, 2019

  Becker College continues be recognized as a national and Massachusetts College of Distinction in 2019, as well as a “Nursing Colleges of Distinction” and a “Career Development Colleges of Distinction.” Colleges of Distinction is a national guidebook honoring schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused education. The organization noted Becker’s commitment to graduating […]

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Grants fund Becker College greenspace

Published on: May 21, 2019

Becker College has received a grant from The Nathaniel Wheeler Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee in support of creating a community greenspace on the College’s Worcester Campus.  The funds have been used to purchase flowering trees and shrubs to beautify the space that was previously the site of the Worcester Tennis Club on Sever […]

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WooSmash! at Becker is a smash success

Published on: May 20, 2019

WooSmash! A Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Special Event, hosted by MassDiGI, drew hundreds of people to Becker College on May 18.   Shine 2019 sponsored the event, which was held at Becker’s Colleen C. Barrett Center. Shine 2019, a major Smash event, is coming to the DCU Center in August. A total of 229 people preregistered for […]