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, BCC 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 508.678.2811, ext. 2947 and let us work with you to come up with solutions.

Who can apply for admission to BCC?

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 BCC?

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: Central Sterile Processing Technician, Clinical Laboratory Science, Coding and Reimbursement Specialist, Culinary Arts, Dental Hygiene, Hospitality Management, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, 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 BCC 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. All others are admitted as space is available. BCC is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

When should I apply?

Applications are processed as they come in. There are no deadlines for application to open enrollment programs, but submitting your completed application well in advance of the semester in which you wish to enroll will give you the best selection of courses.

If you are applying for fall admission to Nursing, please submit your completed application by January 5 to receive priority consideration for admission the following fall semester beginning in September. Applicants to Central Sterile Processing Technician, Clinical Laboratory Science, Coding and Reimbursement Specialist, Dental Hygiene, Medical Assisting, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, or Phlebotomy, must submit a completed application 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 offer entry dates in the spring or summer semester.  Please attend a Health Science Information Session or contact the Admissions Office for more information. 

For information on international student application deadlines, please refer to the International Student section on the following page.

How do I apply?

  1. Fill out the online application at www.BristolCC.edu/apply.  Hard copies are available by calling the Admissions Office at 508.678.2811, ext. 2947, or as a pdf on the web link above. If you apply online, you save the application fee.
  2. If applying with a 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.
    • $10 for Massachusetts residents and qualified New England Regional Student Program 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 508.678.2811, ext. 2947 for details. 
    • 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.
  3. eHealthCareers: If you are interested in enrolling in this integrated hybrid health education program located in New Bedford, apply through the admissions process and indicate eHealth on the application. You can apply at www.BristolCC.edu/apply.  More information on eHealth is available by attending a Health Science Information Session hosted throughout the year by the Admissions Office.  Visit the site, learn about the program, and find out how this integrated hybrid instruction is right for you. Call 508-678-2811, ext. 4444, or visit the website for details. Email eHealth@BristolCC.edu
  4. Transcripts: Ask your high school and all post-secondary schools you attended to send an official transcript of your grades to the Admissions Office at BCC. In certain cases, no admission decision can be made without these transcripts. Please note:
    • If you are applying to Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management or any selective admission Health Science program (such as Central Sterile Processing Technician, Clinical Laboratory Science, Coding and Reimbursement Specialist, Dental Hygiene, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, or Phlebotomy), you must submit all official transcripts including high school/state-approved high school equivalency transcripts as well as all college/university transcripts before an admission decision can be made.
    • 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 translated into English and evaluated for US equivalency by an approved credential evaluation service. The Admissions Office has information on approved evaluation services if you need assistance.
    • 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.
    • Fall applicants still enrolled in high school should submit an intermediate transcript showing first quarter grades at the time of application to the college. The final official high school transcript must be sent by July 15 to verify graduation. For summer and spring applicants, a final transcript with graduation date is required prior to being admitted.
    • If you have received a state-approved high school equivalency certificate, please have an official copy of your test scores sent to the BCC Admissions Office.

Can I visit the college?

BCC offers a variety of visit options for interested students. Choose from an information session and campus tour, an individual appointment with an 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 508.678.2811, ext. 2947.  For a tour of the New Bedford Campus, call ext. 4000, for Attleboro, call ext. 3527, or for Taunton, call ext. 3767.

International Applicants 

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 BCC 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), and must complete their degree requirements within the time-frame specified on their I-20 unless extreme academic or medical hardship has been reviewed and approved by the Dean of Admission/PDSO. In most cases this means a student must successfully complete at least 15 credits or more per semester and/or consider taking courses during the summer and winter sessions. F-1 International students are allowed to take only one online course per semester as part of their full-time enrollment requirement. Students must receive prior approval from the Registrar for program changes. 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.  F-1 international students are not eligible to apply for financial aid.  International applicants must complete the following steps in order to apply for admission to BCC:

  1. Submit the completed paper application form and fee: International applicants currently outside of the U.S. or those inside the U.S. on a visa category other than F-1 or J-1 must submit a completed admissions application, including $35.00 application fee, by May 15 for the next fall semester (September-December), or by October 15 for the next spring semester (January-May). International applicants currently within the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 Visa must submit completed admission applications by August 1 for the next fall semester, or by January 1 for the next spring semester. All supporting documents must be received by these dates in order to be considered complete. 
  2. Submit the completed Permanent & U.S. Address Form: Submit the completed address verification form necessary to process an F1 visa. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement requires that the College be able to report an international student's full permanent address including province, country and postal code.  In addition, BCC does not use DHL or FedEx to mail documentation to students, we only mail via regular post.  We request that you provide a mailing address in the US where these documents can be mailed so we can ensure you receive your admissions and visa documentation in a timely manner.
  3. Submit official academic records: An official (original) secondary school transcript or diploma and national examination results, if applicable, must accompany your application. Photocopies and faxed copies are not acceptable unless copied in our office from originals by Admissions Staff. Transfer applicants must also submit official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended.
  4. Submit translations, if necessary: Certified English translations (validated by an official certified public translator) must accompany all credentials in languages other than English. All transcripts (secondary school and college/university) must also be evaluated for equivalency to studies in the United States by an approved agency.  Please contact the Admissions Office for suggestions of evaluation services that are approved.
  5. Submit evaluation of international coursework: International university or college course work must be evaluated to determine comparative course levels, course equivalents and grades to the U.S. system. If you are seeking transfer credit for coursework completed outside of the U.S., a course-by-course evaluation must be completed. This evaluation must be conducted by an approved center and forwarded to the Admissions Office. If accepted to the College, a transfer credit evaluation will be conducted by the Admissions Office to determine transferability/equivalency of international course work.
  6. Submit the Certification of Finances form: The Certification of Finances form, included in the International Student Application packet, must be filled out accurately and completely. If anyone is helping you pay for your education, such as a parent, relative, friend, government sponsor, etc., then that sponsor must also sign the completed Certification of Finances form.  Return the completed form with the application to the Admissions Office.
  7. Submit proof of financial support: In addition to the Certification of Finances form, international applicants seeking an I-20 form for an F-1 visa must submit verification of finances. An official letter/statement from the bank verifying that you and/or your sponsor(s) have the required US Dollar amount indicated in the International Student Application packet to finance your annual estimated expenses at Bristol Community College must be forwarded to the Admissions Office. This letter must be on official bank stationary and signed by a bank official. The letter/statement must be dated and include a US dollar amount. The letter/statement will expire after one year from the date it is issued.  Photocopies or faxed copies are not acceptable.
  8. Submit proof of English Language Proficiency: All international students applying to BCC requiring an F-1 Student Visa whose primary language is not English will be required to show proof of English Language Proficiency by submitting one of the following:
    1. English Composition I (ENG 101) or equivalent from an accredited US college or university with a C- or higher
    2. TOEFL Score (61 or higher on iBT version)
  9. Additional Criteria: If you are currently in the United States, you must produce a valid passport, visa and I-94 card. Transfer students applying to BCC from another college or university in the U.S., need to submit a copy of the I-20 form from the school previously attended along with a verification of enrollment and last date attended.  Also, the institution you are currently attending or last attended in the United States must complete the two-part International Student Transfer Verification Form included in the international student packet.
  10. Proof of the following vaccinations is required upon admission: measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus within 10 years, hepatitis B series, and varicella.

When an eligible international applicant completes all of the application procedures by the appropriate deadline, the Admissions Committee will review the application for admission. An admission decision will be mailed to the student at the U.S. mailing address listed on the application. If accepted, the student is required to submit a non-refundable $50.00 registration deposit.  Once that deposit is received, the College will issue the student the Certificate of Eligibility form (I-20 form).  Admission is granted for a specific semester of entrance and the I-20 form is only valid for that particular semester. The student must present the I-20 to his/her country’s embassy/consulate as part of the application for the F-1 visa. 

If applying for a Change of Status (COS) to F-1 while in the U.S., you will be provided with a notated I-20 and application materials with instructions for you to complete your COS Application with USCIS.  Please note that most students applying for a COS to F-1 Student status will not be eligible to register for and begin courses until USCIS has approved the COS request.  For this reason, you should apply for admission as early as possible to allow enough time for USCIS adjudication of your COS application.

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 BCC 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 the College;
  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.

Veterans

Veterans may use G.I. benefits at Bristol Community College. The College’s Certifying Official, located in Veteran's Educational Services on the second floor of the Commonwealth College Center 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 508.678.2811, ext. 2227 or visit them on the web at http://www.bristolcc.edu/students/veterans/index.cfm.

Other Information

SACHEM Cross-registration: BCC is a member of the Southeastern Association for Cooperation in Higher Education (SACHEM), a consortium of nine institutions of higher education. Students of the participating institutions may cross-register for selected courses on a tuition-exchange, space available basis. For more information contact the Registrar in the Enrollment Center.

Career and vocational education 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.

New England Regional Student Program allows out-of-state students from New England to enroll in BCC 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 BCC Admissions Counselor 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 BCC’s Fall River Campus and in the following career centers: Fall River, New Bedford, Attleboro, and Taunton.

For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 508.678.2811, ext. 2947.

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