Admissions, The American Women's College


Bay Path University admits students of diverse backgrounds, interests and talents whose academic and personal qualities predict growth and success. Students are identified on the basis of academic record, aptitude and motivation to successfully complete a selected program of study. A student’s record of achievement in school is the most reliable indicator of University success. The University also places strong emphasis on personal qualities, leadership skills, and school/community services and activities.

Bay Path University offers a variety of admission options which are tailored to meet the individual needs of traditional and continuing education students. The undergraduate academic programs lead to the following degrees: Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Various certificate programs and non-credit options are also available.

The University understands that choosing the right institution may require more time for some students than others, therefore, Bay Path offers “rolling admissions” which allows students to apply when they are ready, as long as space is available. When planning to apply for financial aid and scholarships, students should plan to submit a completed application as early as possible. Students are generally notified of an admission decision within 48 hours of the admissions office having received all completed application materials.

To achieve its mission of educating students to become leaders in their careers and communities, the University depends on an educational and work environment of tolerance and respect. It is committed to providing an environment that is free of discrimination and illegal harassment, including sexual harassment for all faculty, staff and students working for the University, and for all students according to the additional Sexual Misconduct and Anti-Harassment/Anti-Discrimination Policies. This commitment includes a Bay Path University policy that expressly prohibits discrimination and harassment based on sex, age, race, color, national origin or ancestry, disability, religion, sexual orientation, military status or veteran’s status, gender identity, genetic testing or information.

Students applying to TAWC programs are admitted on the basis of academic record, aptitude, and motivation to successfully complete a selected program of study through an accelerated format. Our programs are generally designed for adult women. The University places strong emphasis on personal qualities, leadership skills, and previous life and professional experience.

Program information is available electronically at The TAWC Admissions Office can be contacted at: Telephone: 413-342-6822; Fax: 413-565-1082; E-mail:

Application Process

Applications for admission are available online at Official transcripts should be submitted to:

The American Women’s College
Attn: Admissions
588 Longmeadow Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106

Students are generally notified of an admissions decision within 48 hours after receipt of all application requirements.

Application Requirements

Students are admitted to TAWC on a “rolling” basis. Applications are accepted throughout the year with six enrollment periods available each year. Admissions requirements include the following:

  • Completed online application;
  • Official college transcripts for all accredited schools previously attended; minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Some programs may require a higher minimum GPA.
  • Phone or in-person interview;
  • Students with fewer than 12 transferrable credits must also provide proof of high school graduation by submitting high school transcript(s) or GED, HiSET, or TASC completion document.
  • The Admissions Department reserves the right to request additional documentation.

Additional Requirements for Nursing Programs

For acceptance into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, students must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Associate degree/diploma from a regionally-accredited program, college, or university
  • Registered nurse education from a nursing program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)
  • GPA of 2.7 or as evaluated by the Academic Director of Nursing
  • Successfully passing the NCLEX-RN Exam
  • Currently licensed and in good standing as a registered nurse in the United States (must provide proof)
  • Prospective students who graduated from a non-US based nursing program may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Nursing.
  • Basic cardiac life support for the health care provider (photo copy of CPR card accepted)
  • Two letters of professional recommendation
  • Admissions essay describing candidate’s vision/goals of the personal and professional advantages of earning a Baccalaureate of Science degree in Nursing
  • Candidates will need to successfully pass national background checks per the state requirements

Note: Bachelor of Nursing students are financially responsible for all expenses related to obtaining the necessary background checks and clinical/health requirements associated with the direct clinical capstone experience. Fees vary based on the clinical site requirements.

Additional Requirements for International Students

In addition to the standard admissions requirements outlined above, all applicants from outside of the United States may be required to submit the following documentation:

  • Translated copy of secondary school transcript by WES, CED, or similar organization
  • Official TOEFL internet-based test, IELTS, or Duolingo score report showing proof of English proficiency (for non-native English speakers)
    • Minimum score requirements are 75 for the TOEFL iBT, 5.5 for IETLS, and 44 for Duolingo
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Short essay in English

Conditional Acceptance

Conditional acceptances may be available to students who do not meet the minimum standard admissions requirements, but who have demonstrated the potential for success at Bay Path University as determined by the Admissions Committee.

Students who have been admitted conditionally may be required to take a reduced course load and provide additional documentation. The student, under the guidance of their educator coach, is responsible for tracking their progress against the conditions of their acceptance. When the student achieves the specified conditions required for full acceptance, the educator coach will re-evaluate the student's academic status and seek approval from the Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Instruction to remove the conditional status. If a student does not achieve the conditions for full acceptance, the student may be placed on an extended conditional acceptance and must continue only with a reduced course load.

Conditional Acceptance for TAWC Nursing Students

A candidate who holds an Associate’s degree in Nursing or a nursing diploma from a diploma program, and who has not yet passed the NCLEX-RN Exam but otherwise meets all admissions criteria, may be admitted conditionally to The American Women’s College with the following conditions:

  • Candidate must have graduated from a regionally accredited program, college, or university and hold an Associate’s degree in Nursing or a nursing diploma from a  hospital-based diploma program within 12 months of applying to TAWC.
  • Candidates whose graduation dates are more than 12 months prior to applying for admission will be reviewed for conditional acceptance by the Director of Nursing on a case-by-case basis
  • Conditionally accepted RN to BSN students must take and pass the NCLEX-RN Exam within her first three consecutive sessions of being admitted to TAWC.
  • Students who pass the NCLEX-RN Exam in their first three consecutive sessions must notify their Educator Coach of their updated status. They must also submit their RN license number and state in which the license was earned (in addition to all other official admissions documents) to their Educator Coach.
  • Students who do not pass the NCLEX-RN Exam in their first three consecutive sessions will be ineligible to continue in the RN to BSN Program. Students may be able to pursue other academic options in consultation with their Educator Coach.
  • If a student passes the NCLEX-RN Exam after completing her first three consecutive sessions, she must fully re-apply to the RN to BSN program.
  • Conditionally accepted RN to BSN students are eligible to take no more than one course per session.
  • Conditionally accepted RN to BSN students cannot take WEL 331 Strategies for Personal and Career Growth for Nurses, WEL 441 Leadership in Practice for Nurses or any BSN course until they pass their NCLEX-RN Exam and matriculate into the BSN program as fully accepted students.

Intent to Enroll

Students who are accepted into The American Women’s College programs and who intend to enroll in classes must submit the Intent to Enroll Form to reserve their place in class. The form requires students to choose the session in which they intend to begin taking classes with the University. Students who do not start in the session they originally chose must complete the Enrollment Status Form or be subject to the institution’s attendance and refund policies.

Deferred Admission

Accepted students who choose to defer enrollment must do so by submitting the Enrollment Status Form. After deferring for one calendar year, students wishing to pursue re-enrollment at TAWC must reapply for acceptance through the Admissions Office.

Admissions Appeals

Applicants wishing to appeal an admission decision should submit the appeal in writing, via e-mail, to the Vice President of Enrollment Management at Included with the written appeal should be documentation to support the reasons for the appeal. Final decisions regarding admissions appeals will be made by the Vice President of Enrollment Management in consultation with the Program Director responsible for the academic program.

Appeal letters must include documentation to support the reasons for the appeal. The Vice President of Enrollment Management is the last resort for the admissions appeal process.

Non-Matriculated Enrollment

A non-matriculated status permits students who are not seeking a Bay Path degree at the time of entry to take courses to explore degree options, for personal enrichment and/or professional development, or to help fulfill degree requirements for another institution.

Non-matriculated enrollment in undergraduate courses is only permitted to individuals that are able to validate they have earned or are near completion of a high school diploma or equivalent.

Non-matriculated students do not follow the admission requirements of matriculated students and are not eligible to receive financial aid. Individuals requesting non-matriculated enrollment must complete the Application to Take Coursework at The American Women’s College Without Pursuing a Certificate or Degree Program.

Note: International students are not eligible to take on-ground or hybrid courses under a non-matriculated status due to visa requirements. There also may be specific programs that do not permit non-matriculated enrollment in their courses.

Placement Tests

Students may be evaluated for competency in select academic areas to help students and educator coaches plan a course of study that meets students’ learning needs. Students should contact their educator coach with any questions regarding this process.

Transfer Credits

Students with transfer credits must submit official transcripts from all accredited colleges or universities attended. Students will receive a preliminary review of the credits likely to be accepted as transfer credits. Additional information about transfer credit is available in the Transfer Credit Policy in the Academic Policies & Procedures section of this academic catalog.

Articulation Agreements

Bay Path University has entered into admissions agreements with numerous colleges in the area. The agreements allow students to transfer in credits taken at the community college and are recognized as transferable by the agreement. For further information regarding articulation agreements, students should contact their admissions counselor educator coach.

Immunization Requirements for TAWC Students

Students Taking On-Ground/Hybrid Courses

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 76, Section 15c requires that each student show immunization records for vaccinations against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, varicella, acellular pertussis and Hepatitis B series prior to attending classes on-ground.

Students of The American Women's College who plan to take on-ground or hybrid classes must obtain these vaccinations and submit proof of vaccination directly to Bay Path University Health Services via Medicat no later than one week before the start of the student's first session.

RN to BSN Nursing Students

RN to BSN Nursing students must meet clinical requirements with Immunization and health records prior to the clinical experience.

Students Taking Online Courses

Students of The American Women's College who plan to only take online courses must either:

  • submit proof of vaccinations as above, or;
  • indicate on the Intent to Enroll form that they are only taking online courses, thus waiving the immunization requirements.

Failure to submit required documentation for immunizations will result in students being automatically dropped from course registrations before the first on-ground class meeting.

Reinstatement, Re-Entry and Re-Admittance Policy

Whenever continuous enrollment has been interrupted, students must initiate formal contact with the University to request reinstatement, re-entry and/or re-admittance. Students must be in good financial standing with the University to be eligible to return. Students are subject to all rules, regulations and academic requirements effective at the time of reinstatement, re-entry or re-admittance.

Observing the options listed in the Reinstatement, Re-Entry and Re-Admittance Policy found in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of this academic catalog will result in the most efficient review and timely decision.

Technology Requirements

Bay Path University recommends that incoming students have a computer available to them that meets a certain level of specification. An updated list of the minimum required technology standards can be found at the link below: