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• Becker College is recognized, for the second year-in-a-row, as a national and Massachusetts College of Distinction (2019 and 2020), as well as a “Nursing College of Distinction” and a “Career Development College of Distinction.”
• Ranked by The Princeton Review as a “Best College” for undergraduate education.
• Ranked by The Princeton Review as a “Best Regional College.”
• The College is named to Phi Theta Kappa’s 2020 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes excellence in the development of transfer pathways. The honor is awarded to the top 25 percent of colleges who earned the organization’s highest Transfer Friendliness Ratings.
• Has an average placement rate of 90% for employment or further study.
• Becker is one of the institutions of higher education in the country to mandate a 100% social impact strategy across its entire endowment. The strategy, mandated by the College’s Board of Trustees, is focused on making a positive impact on the social, environmental, and economic sectors. Becker was one of the first institutions of higher education in the country to invest its full endowment towards positively impacting social justice and the environment.
• 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.

Academics

School of Animal Studies & Natural Sciences
• The only private college in New England to offer AVMA-accredited Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology.
• Nationally, Becker is the third-largest producer of undergraduate vet tech degrees among four-year, private, not-for-profit institutions.
• 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.
• The American Association of Veterinary State Boards reports that for the time period July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019, the Becker pass rate for first-time candidates for its Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) was 83.7%, well above the national pass rate for all first-time candidates of 74.8%.
• Ranked #2 out of all small colleges in the United States by Great Value Colleges on its list.
• A significant percentage of graduates gain employment from externship/preceptorship rotations, which occur the summer before the sophomore year of the associate degree program or the senior year for the bachelor degree program.
• 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 & Technology
• Becker’s undergraduate video game design program is ranked #2 in the world and #1 in New England by The Princeton Review. The program has been top-ranked for nine consecutive years.
• Becker is ranked #10 in the world by The Princeton Review for its Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media program.
• College Magazine recognized Becker as the #1 school in the U.S. for those who want to pursue a career in the field of gaming.
• The School is the first in the nation to offer a bachelor’s degree in Esports Management.
• 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.
• Becker is one of only eight institutions of higher education in the U.S. to receive certification in Houdini, the premier, state-of-the-art digital content creation tool for the feature film and games industry.
• Animation Career Review ranked Becker as a top-5 school for game design in Massachusetts.

School of Nursing & Health Sciences
• Becker is recognized as a “Nursing College of Distinction,” for its strong record of preparing graduates for real-world success.
• The Registered Nursing Program has been ranked #1 out of 50 nursing schools in Massachusetts by Nursingprocess.org.
• The College’s online RN to BSN program is one of the best programs in the Commonwealth by TopRNtoBSN.com.
• The associate’s degree in nursing program has been ranked as the top program in Massachusetts by Nursing Schools Almanac.
• Nursing graduates have consistently maintained one of the highest pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), with a 10-year average NCLEX pass rate of 95%.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies
• The Reliant Foundation awarded a grant to fund a Mental Health Career Pipeline Scholarship for students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program. The grant, which addresses the shortage of mental health professionals in the Greater Worcester area, provides students with the financial support they need to complete their education and training.
• Becker is ranked #10 in the world by The Princeton Review for its Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media program.
• The School is ranked as one of the nation’s best online programs by education research publisher SR Education Group.

MassDiGI @ Becker College
• 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 U.S. 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 30 games reaching hundreds of thousands of players around the world on platforms including the App Store, Google Play, Steam, and Itch.
• MassDiGI’s Game Challenge pitch contest has attracted around 400 competitors since its launch in 2012 and has 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.
• Launched in 2018, MassDiGI’s Pre-Game Challenge pitch practice, designed for students only, has attracted more than 30 competitors.
• Past MassDiGI student interns have gone on to work for places such as: Sony, Google, 2K, Nickelodeon, USA Today, Harmonix, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, MIT Lincoln Lab, EA, Amazon, Warner Bros., Epic, Uber, SAP, Wizards of the Coast, Riot, Disney, Wayfair, Filament Games, Adult Swim, Teach for America, Rooster Teeth, Unity, Zapdot, Disruptor Beam, Insomniac Games, Hi-Rez Studios, Philips, Goldman Sachs, Zenimax, Obsidian, Legends of Learning, and Hasbro.

Athletics
• 65 Becker student-athletes were named to the Dean’s list in the spring of 2019, while 65 were also named to the fall 2018 Dean’s list.
• 31 Becker student-athletes were honored on New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) 2018-19 All-Academic teams for having a minimum GPA of a 3.40 in an NECC-sponsored sport.
• 17 football and men’s ice hockey student-athletes were named to the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) All-Academic Teams for holding a 3.30 cumulative GPA, while 10 women’s ice hockey student-athletes were named to the Colonial Hockey Conference All-Academic for maintaining a minimum GPA of a 3.00.
• In 2019, 38 Becker senior student-athletes graduated with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
• 19 student-athletes were inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, a student-athlete honor society, in 2019.
• The softball team won the President’s Academic Cup in both fall 2018 and spring 2019, as they were the team with the highest team GPA of any varsity sport.
• The Hawks named two student-athletes to the Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-Region teams for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom – Lindsey Keith of the women’s soccer team and Michael McMahon of the baseball team were awarded this prestigious honor.
• The Becker women’s lacrosse team made mark in the 2019 season as the team posted a program-high 13 wins, won the NECC regular season title as they went undefeated in regular season conference play. The Hawks took three-of-four major NECC women’s lacrosse awards – Nikolle Storey was named NECC Women’s Lacrosse Goalkeeper of the Year, Clare Conway was voted the NECC Women’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Year, and Ashley Mossey was tabbed NECC Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year.
• Men’s basketball student-athlete, Kareem Davis, was voted Becker’s Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year after breaking the NCAA era career points record with 1,876 points while also posting Becker record-high’s in three-pointers made, free-throws made, and minutes played.
• Michael Bianco of Becker’s football and baseball teams was also awarded the Becker Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year following a storied football career at Becker, holding records in career forced fumbles and single-game tackles, in addition to being named the CCC Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.
• Women’s basketball student-athlete Adrianna Dowdy leaves Becker College as the first Hawk to reach both 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. She holds the Becker College all-time rebounding record with 1,032.
• Women’s soccer student-athlete, Lindsey Keith, broke Becker’s all-time career goals record (74) and all-time career points record (173) this season. She also tied Becker’s all-time single season goals and points records with 25 and 55, respectively.
• Women’s ice hockey player Claudia Gee departs the Becker women’s ice hockey program with a program-best 53 career points (26 goals, 27 points) while Bailey Coons graduates Becker with a program-best 35 career goals.
• Becker’s field hockey student-athletes Samantha Carter and Victoria Pilpel were both voted the NECC’s Field Hockey Player of the Year, and Goalkeeper of the Year, respectively.
• Sofia Cullina of the women’s volleyball team broke the Becker school record in career digs this past season. Going into her senior year, she holds 1,047 career digs.
• Becker’s softball student-athletes Vasia Murphy and Emily Iacovelli tied for the single-season home runs records as they each hold nine total.

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

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Becker students launch game

Published on: July 29, 2020

When Joseph Frangiosa ’20 first arrived at Becker College, he had an idea. Working with peers and School of Design & Technology faculty, that idea evolved over his college career and became “Beat the Machine,” an exciting top-down, arcade-style game which launched earlier this month on Steam, the popular PC title storefront.

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Becker College Selected to First Scholars® Network

Published on: July 16, 2020

The Center for First-generation Student Success is pleased to announce the inaugural cohort of First Scholars® Network institutions. Becker College was selected to join the Network after demonstrating a commitment to advancing the outcomes of first-generation students.

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Esports team competes in Overwatch Championship playoffs

Published on: July 13, 2020

The Becker College varsity esports team competed in the Tespa Overwatch Collegiate National Championship playoffs that began on Saturday. Becker’s squad was one of only 64 to earn a seed in the playoffs, out of an original 612 teams that kicked off the competition during the fall season.

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