Frequently Asked Questions
There are numerous reasons. Low cost, close to home, personalized education, and variety of programs are some of the reasons. Some students also prefer selecting a two-year program before taking the plunge into a four-year college. Others decide to work full-time and take classes on a part-time basis. Regardless of which path you take, it's important for you to obtain additional skills in today's economy.
Who attends MassBay Community College?
MassBay Community College has a diverse student population. About 30% are minority students, and 60% are women. More than half of our students are over the age of 21, with an average age of 28. Most attend during the day, but about 46% attend in the evening, including 32% enrolled exclusively in evening courses. In fall 2006, 40% attended full-time.
Almost one third of our students come from 3 communities: Boston, Framingham and Newton. The rest represent about 170 Massachusetts cities and towns, especially those south and west of Boston.
What college can I go to after I earn an associate degree at MassBay?
You'll be ready to apply to any college or university you want! Our graduates have transferred to schools all over the country and abroad. Many alumni have also furthered their education with Master and Ph.D. degrees.
By participating in our Joint Admissions Program, you'll also be guaranteed admission to any of four University of Massachusetts campuses or seven state colleges, in addition to a wide variety of other institutions. Call or email MassBay for more specific information.
What kind of programs do you offer?
We offer a wide variety of programs from associate degree programs to certificates to non-credit programs. A brief sampling includes:
- Associate degrees
- Certificate programs
- On-Site training, seminars and workshops
- Continuing and Professional Education
Check out the Degrees and Certificate programs under the Academic section of this website for a complete list of the programs offered.
How difficult is it to get accepted to MassBay?
We have an open enrollment policy and we accept all students who have a high school degree or a GED certificate. Certain additional prerequisites are required for acceptance into the health professions and automotive programs.
How do I enroll? Where do I get an application? What else do I need?
Applying is quick and easy. All you need to do is complete an application where you will self-certify you have either a high school diploma or GED certificate and if applicable, provide official transcripts from all prior colleges attended. International students also need to provide additional information. Click here to enroll at MassBay.
What is the application deadline?
We have a "rolling admissions" policy meaning that applications are reviewed and accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year and not at just one predetermined time. This gives you the flexibility you need whether you're looking at full-time or part-time study. For best planning, apply early or mid-summer for fall, and early fall for spring admission.
Do you offer financial assistance?
Yes. There are a variety of options including grants, scholarships, loans, work-study programs, or a combination of these. Financial assistance can come from federal, state, local, or private sources so applicant eligibility and program guidelines may differ. You should apply for all financial aid programs as soon as possible.
How many students receive financial aid at MassBay?
Over 40% of our students have financial aid. Additional grants and scholarships are also available.
Do I have to declare a major right away at MassBay? I don't know what I want to do yet.
No, you are not required to declare a major immediately. MassBay can help you make the decision that's right for you. We offer academic advising as well as an assortment of interest and vocational tests that might help you decide which course of study to pursue.
Can I attend college on a part-time basis?
Absolutely! You can attend on either a full-time or part-time basis. The choice is yours. Come talk to our admissions counselors if you're not sure.
How can I fit college in with my work life?
Easy. MassBay offers full and part-time study as well as day and evening classes. We'll work with you to develop a class schedule that works for your particular situation. Distance learning is also becoming a viable solution for many students.
It's been so long since I've been in college. What if I can't do it?
Of course you can do it! And MassBay is the perfect place for you. We offer programs geared toward an Associate degree or a certificate and the academic and counseling support to make your transition smooth. Get the skills that will help you in your current job or will provide you with the tools you need to make a transition to your second - or third - career. It's never too late to go back to college.
I'm an older student. Would I feel out of place at MassBay?
Absolutely not! MassBay has a diverse student population starting at age 17, through the mid-years, and up to students in their 70s and 80s. The average age is 27! Many of our mature students actually mentor and support the younger students as they grow and flourish here at MassBay.
Do you accept international students?
Yes. We welcome applications from the international community. We have students from 35 countries attending MassBay.
Are there different admission requirements for international students?
International students apply the same way as any other applicant but there are a few additional steps. Simply complete the application form and return the application with either a copy of your diploma or high school transcript. Documents must be translated into English and evaluated to U.S. standards by certified credentials agency.
If you are neither a U.S. citizen nor maintain permanent residence in the U.S., you must have completed your high school education and enroll full-time (with 12 credits or more) in a MassBay degree program. You'll also need to submit a statement of financial support and present evidence of proficiency in English through the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Once we obtain and verify all of this information, an application for F-1 status will be issued. Financial aid is not available to international students. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information at 781-239-2500 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm a Veteran. Do I qualify for any special education benefits?
Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, their dependents, and Reservists may be eligible for VA education benefits for full time, three-quarter, or part-time enrollment. The Veterans Administration determines eligibility of each application received. Veterans counseling is also available to answer specific needs of veterans on educational benefits. Contact the Veterans Affairs Counselor located in our Office of Student Development who can provide information on eligibility requirements and application procedures. The phone number is 781-239-2663.
I have special needs. Can you accommodate me?
Absolutely. We offer a wide array of services to meet your needs including Peer Tutoring and Mentor Tutoring, reduced course loads, workshops and seminars on disability issues for parents, students and faculty, specially designated parking spaces, elevators and building notes, hearing-impaired signing, readers, note takers, scribes, adaptive computer equipment, and more. For additional specific services, all you have to do is contact our Disability Resource Center: Framingham, Room 306, 508-270-4267 TTY: 508-270-4247 or Wellesley Hills, Room 216, 781-239-2234. MassBay welcomes all students, regardless of special needs.
I'm interested in transferring to MassBay. How do I do that?
Applying is quick and easy. All you need to do is complete an application and provide either a copy of your official high school transcript or GED certificate along with the transcripts from the other college you attended.
International students need to provide additional information. Click here to apply
Under MassBay's Open Enrollment process, you will be accepted to the college and we will review your transcript for potential credit transfer within our existing programs.
As a transfer student, will I get credit for all of the courses I took? It depends on what the classes were, where you took them, and what your grades were. We'll need to review your official college transcript before we make a final decision.