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  • 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.
  • Becker College was recognized as a national and Massachusetts College of Distinction in 2019, as well as a “Nursing College of Distinction” and a “Career Development College 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.
  • In the program’s first year, Becker ranked #11  in the “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 seven consecutive years.
  • Ranked by The Princeton Review as a “Best Regional College.”
  • 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.
  • 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 Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology.
  • Nationally, the third-largest producer of undergraduate vet tech degrees among four-year private 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Ranked #6 nationally among schools offering a Game Design Masters in Fine Arts by Animation Career Review.
  • In 2019, 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.
  • 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 programs 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.

Millennium Campus Network

  • 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

  • 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.
  • See more Athletics Points of Pride at https://beckerhawks.com/resources/Points_of_Pride

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

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Dual degree options offer new paths to success

Published on: November 7, 2019

Becker College junior Jennifer Girardin found a way to pursue her ideal career path by combining two majors—through the College’s unique dual degree option.

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Becker wins inaugural Overwatch Invitational Tournament

Published on: November 6, 2019

Becker College’s Varsity Esports Overwatch team won the College’s inaugural Overwatch Invitational Tournament. Teams competing included the University of Mississippi, Murray State University, and New England College, with Becker College competing and serving as the host institution.

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Fall Fair held in Becker’s Gardens & Greenway

Published on: November 4, 2019

Becker College’s FFA Chapter recently hosted a Fall Fair on the College’s new Gardens & Greenway, at 69 Sever Street on the Worcester Campus.