Admissions

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No matter what your situation or your previous educational experience, if you are willing to work hard and take advantage of College resources, you can make it happen at Bristol Community College.

I don’t have time to enroll in a full-time program.

Then enroll part time! As much as possible, Bristol allows you to fit school into your schedule, not ours. There is no rule that says you have to complete your associate degree in two years. Do it at your own pace. And with classes offered days, evenings, weekends, and online, your course schedule can be very flexible.

Do you have any questions or concerns?

Contact the Admissions Office at admissions@BristolCC.edu or 774-357-2947 and let us work with you to come up with solutions.

Who can apply for admission to Bristol?

Everyone! As your community college, we offer the educational services you need, whether you want to take just one course or a full course load.

Who is admitted to Bristol?

Bristol Community College has an open enrollment policy in keeping with the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education's "Open Door" philosophy. Applicants for an associate degree or certificate program must have a high school diploma or state-approved high school equivalency certificate or college degree.

Admission to some programs is competitive because of the limited number of openings and/or the prerequisites. The open enrollment policy does not apply to students seeking admission to the following programs: Culinary Arts, Central Sterile Processing Technician, Clinical Laboratory Science, Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist, Dental Hygiene, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Paralegal Studies (Certificate Option) and Phlebotomy.

International students seeking to enroll at the College on an F-1 Student Visa must meet additional selective criteria in order to be admitted.

Admission requirements to specific programs may change in accordance with policies established by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and the Bristol Community College Board of Trustees.

As a state-assisted institution, Bristol Community College gives first priority to legal residents of Massachusetts and second priority to students who apply under the New England Regional Student Program (NERSP). All others are admitted as space is available. Bristol is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

When should I apply?

Applications are processed as they are received. Submitting your completed application well in advance of the semester in which you wish to begin your studies will give you time to complete the enrollment process (including but not limited to financial aid, placement testing, orientation and course registration).

  • Fall Semester: Begins in September
  • Spring Semester: Begins in January
  • Summer Semester: Begins in June

If you are applying for fall admission to Nursing, please submit your completed application (including all required credentials and requested documents) by January 5 to receive priority consideration for admission the following fall semester beginning in September. Applications received or completed after January 5 will not be considered.  If you are applying for admission to the LPN Bridge Nursing option (Fall semester) please submit your completed application (including all required credentials and requested documents) by April 1 to receive priority consideration. If you are applying for admission to the LPN Challenge Nursing option (Spring semester) please submit your completed application (including all required credentials and requested documents) by October 1 to receive priority consideration. 

Applicants to Dental Hygiene and Occupational Therapy Assistant must submit a completed application (including all required credentials and requested documents) by February 1 to receive priority consideration for admission the following fall semester beginning in September. Applications received or completed after February 1 will not be considered.

Those interested in Central Sterile Processing Technician, Clinical Laboratory Science, Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist, Medical Assisting, or Phlebotomy, must submit a completed application (including all required credentials and requested documents) by February 1 to receive priority consideration. After that date, applications will continue to be reviewed on a space-available basis. 

Please carefully review the special application requirements for these programs found in each program description in this catalog. Also note that some of these programs may also offer entry dates in the spring or summer semester.  Please attend a Health Science Information Session or contact the Admissions Office for more information.

How do I apply?

  1. Fill out the free online application at www.BristolCC.edu/apply.  
  2. Visit www.BristolCC.edu/apply to access the paper application. Mail the completed application form to the Admissions Office, Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River, MA, 02720. Include a check or money order payable to Bristol Community College for the appropriate application fee. Please note that the application fee for international applicants cannot be waived.
    1. $10 for Massachusetts residents and qualified New England Regional Student Program (NERSP) applicants or $35 for all others. This fee may be waived if it causes financial hardship. Contact the Admissions Office at admissions@BristolCC.edu or 774-357-2947 for details.
  3. You may apply to up to three Massachusetts community colleges with one application fee. Send your check to Bristol Community College and ask us to notify the others of your payment.

Transcripts: Contact your high school/state-approved high school equivalency testing center and all regionally accredited post-secondary schools (if you attended) to send an official transcript of your grades to the Admissions Office at Bristol. In certain cases, no admission decision can be made without these transcripts. 

Please note if you are applying to

  1. Any selective admission program, including:  Culinary Arts, Central Sterile Processing Technician, Clinical Laboratory Science, Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist, Dental Hygiene, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Paralegal Studies (Certificate Option) and Phlebotomy you must submit all official transcripts including high school/state-approved high school equivalency transcripts as well as all college/university transcripts (if you attended) from regionally accredited institutions before an admission decision can be made. Please note depending upon your intended program of application and study, not all coursework may be eligible for consideration in the admission review process as some programs have specific time frame requirements for pre-admission criteria.  Please review the specific program/certificate pages in this catalog for details.  
  2. If you graduated from high school or a secondary school outside of the United States (or its territories), you must submit official transcripts to be considered for admission. The transcript (or school leaving certificate) needs to be evaluated for U.S. equivalency by an approved credential evaluation service. The Admissions Office has information on approved evaluation services if you need assistance.
  3. If you provide an official college/university transcript showing proof of having completed an associate, bachelor, or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution, you are not required to submit a high school transcript or state-approved high school equivalency certificate unless you apply to a selective program listed above.
  4. Fall semester applicants still enrolled in high school should submit an intermediate transcript at the time of application to Bristol. The final official high school transcript must be sent by July 15 to verify graduation. For spring and summer applicants, a final transcript with graduation date is required prior to being admitted.

Can I visit the college?

Bristol offers a variety of visit options for interested students. Choose from an information session and campus tour, an individual appointment with an Admissions Coordinator or Senior Admissions Counselor or attend a specialized event. Visit the website to register for events at www.BristolCC.edu/Admissions and select the appropriate option from the left-hand menu. For a one-on-one appointment or to schedule a group tour, contact the Admissions Office at admissions@BristolCC.edu or call 774-357-2947.  For a tour of the New Bedford Campus, call 774-357-4000, for Attleboro, call 774-357-3527, or for Taunton, call 774-357-3767.

International Applicants

Bristol Community College is certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) as eligible to enroll F-1 students. International students who wish to attend Bristol Community College on an F-1 student visa must have completed the equivalent of a U.S. secondary school education and must demonstrate their proficiency in English (if English is not their first or best language).  Students attending Bristol on an F-1 student visa must be enrolled in an associate degree program as a full-time student (12 credits or more per semester).  Off-campus employment is not permitted for students on an F-1 student visa.  In certain rare cases, an application for hardship can be filed by the P/DSO at the College on a student’s behalf and employment may be granted at the discretion of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  F-1 international students are not eligible to apply for financial aid. 

For more information and to review the list of admission requirements and ways to meet each, please visit http://www.bristolcc.edu/apply and select International Students from the menu.

Transfer Admission

Transfer students from another regionally accredited college or university are encouraged to submit official transcripts to the Admissions Office for review. The awarding of transfer credit is based on the following guiding principles:

  1. Grades earned must be equivalent to a "C-" or higher;
  2. There must be a match of course description and credit hours between the course completed at the prior institution and the Bristol course for which you are seeking credit;
  3. A maximum of 60 transfer credits may be awarded however, students must meet the college residency requirement by earning 25% of the credits toward the associate degree or 50% of the credits toward a certificate program at Bristol;
  4. Students with military experience are encouraged to submit transcripts from their branch of service for review.  In accordance with the Valor Act, Bristol Community College uses the ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services as the primary method for evaluating and awarding academic credit for military occupation, training, experience, and coursework.

Appealing Transfer Credit Evaluation

Students admitted for an upcoming term or currently enrolled at Bristol Community College, who are seeking to appeal their transfer credit evaluation, have 30 calendar days from receipt of the initial evaluation to file a request for secondary review.

Requests for re-evaluation may be submitted by mail to the Admissions Department, Attn: Director of Admissions, Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree Street, Fall River, MA 02720 or by email to admissions@bristolcc.edu. Requests received via phone will not be considered.

In your request for a secondary review, please include the following information. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

  • First and Last Name
  • Bristol Community College ID number (900-xxx-xxx)
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Detailed narrative to include supporting rationale and reason for appeal
  • Documentation which supports the request. This could include course descriptions (from the year in which the course was completed), course syllabus, course objectives, learning outcomes, transcripts or other relevant information.

The Admissions Office will review requests and render a decision within 30 days of receipt of the request. Notification will be sent via email to the address on record. Please note that a request for secondary review is a not a guarantee of modification to the original evaluation.

Veterans

Veterans may use G.I. benefits at Bristol Community College. The College’s Certifying Official, located in the Joseph A. Marshall Veterans Center on the first floor of the Thomas A. Rodgers, Jr. Science Bldg. (E Building) on the Fall River campus, will assist you in applying for your benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and accessing college services. For more information please call 774-357-2227 or visit them on the web at http://www.bristolcc.edu/studentservices/resources/veteranscenter/

Other Information

Career and Vocational Education (CVTE) students from one of the area member high schools within the Bristol Career/Vocational Technical Education Consortium should complete the section on the Application for Admission designated for students enrolled in a high school technical education program. For more information contact the College Access Office at dual.enrollment@bristolcc.edu. 

New England Regional Student Program (NERSP) allows out-of-state students from New England to enroll in Bristol programs at in-state tuition if the public colleges and universities in the student’s home state do not offer the program. The Admissions office and the NERSP Website at www.nebhe.org have additional information. Students enrolling in evening and weekend classes have no residency requirement and are charged the same cost per credit as in-state students.

Massachusetts One-Stop Education and Career Liaison

The Education and Career Liaison is a Bristol Academic Coordinator who offers enrollment and advising assistance to students through the One-Stop Career Centers in southeastern Massachusetts.  Special services include:

  1. Training Opportunity Program application and Section 30 forms
  2. Third-party funding contracts (Trade, Individual Training Assistance for Title I Adults & Youth programs, dislocated workers, and National Emergency Grant).
  3. The Admissions Office, in addition to conventional recruitment efforts, provides outreach services both at the Bristol’s Fall River Campus and in the following career centers: Fall River, New Bedford, Attleboro, and Taunton.

For more information, contact Advising at 774-357-2177.

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