Admissions, Traditional Undergraduate

Overview

The Residential College at 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 Residential College 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 of 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 two weeks of receipt of their completed application.

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/Civil Rights and Anti-Harassment/Anti-Discrimination Policies. Admission decisions are not based upon 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.

In addition to a campus visit and the University literature, information is available electronically at www.baypath.edu/admissions. The Residential College Admissions Office can be contacted at: Telephone: (413) 565-1331; Fax: (413) 565-1105; E-mail: admissions@baypath.edu.

Points of Entry

First-Year

Successful candidates for admission to the baccalaureate degree programs usually have completed a minimum of four academic courses each year in a college preparatory high school curriculum. Courses include four years of English, three years of mathematics (algebra I and II and geometry, or equivalent), two or more years of laboratory science, and three or more years of social studies, including U.S. History. Although not required, it is recommended that students complete two years of a foreign language, computer classes, and speech or public speaking classes.

Candidates graduating from public high schools in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must pass the MCAS exam. Candidates must receive their high school diplomas from accredited high schools or obtain their G.E.D. Candidates seeking admission from non-accredited high schools may apply; however, additional documentation may be required to make a determination regarding the academic strength and validity of the institution and/or curriculum. If students are home-schooled, the academic plan and performance history approved by that students’ local Board of Education or school committee may be substituted for an official transcript. Admission in either of these circumstances can be granted only upon review of the admissions committee.

Transfer

Bay Path University welcomes applicants with over 12 college credits as transfer students, including graduates of two-year colleges. Admission decisions are made and conveyed after all materials have been reviewed. Transfer applicants are admitted on the basis of academic and personal achievement and motivation.

Bay Path University has entered into articulation 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. Students must have a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average at the time of completion of their Associate’s degree. Students wishing to take part in the Joint Admissions Program must indicate their desire to do so prior to completion of their Associate’s Degree and sign a Joint Admissions agreement with the counselor at their participating community college. For further information regarding articulation agreements, please reference the Articulation Agreements page on the Bay Path website.

Current students at The American Women’s College who are considering a transfer to the Residential College do not need to apply to the Residential College. Instead, they must submit a Division Change Form with appropriate approvals indicated on the form. A division change will only be processed between semesters or when a student is no longer actively pursuing credits in their current division’s semester. Students must be aware that time to degree completion and financial aid may be affected by divisional changes.

International

The Residential College accepts international students (i.e. an individual who needs a student visa issued by the U.S. Government to enter the United States). International students will be defined as first-year or transfer based on the number of previously completed college credits. International students are required to submit additional documentation to be admitted to the Residential College. Please reference Admission Requirements section for additional information.

Test Optional Policy

The Residential College approaches admissions in a holistic manner and does not require first-year applicants to submit SAT/ACT scores for admission purposes. In that regard, the University is test optional; however, because of the variety of grading standards among high schools, standardized assessments such as the SAT or ACT, together with other qualitative measures of a student’s demonstrated strengths and talents, remain tools to understand a student’s academic profile. Combining all of this information with a personal interview assists the University to place and advise students appropriately.

Application Review Process

The Residential College requires first-year, transfer, and international candidates to submit all admission requirements defined listed for candidacy type before they will be considered for admission. The Residential College will make an admission decision based on the documentation provided and students will be notified via standard mail within two weeks of completion of all admission requirements.

Admission Requirements

First Year

All first year applicants must submit the following requirements:

  • A completed application (paper, online, or Common Application)
  • Official high school transcript from an accredited school or high school equivalency certificate (G.E.D., HiSET, or TASC)
  • Official college transcript from all previously attended institutions where coursework was attempted
  • Optional materials to help support your application: a writing sample or essay and/or recommendations from teachers or high school counselors

Additional information may be required prior to enrollment for select majors. All Honors, WiBH, WiSH students wishing to enroll in these programs must supply SAT or ACT scores as part of the application process.

Note: If multiple SAT scores are submitted by the applicant, Bay Path University will consider only the highest Critical Reading, Math and Writing scores. Bay Path will not consider for admissions purposes only part of the SAT/ACT score, for example, just the verbal or math or a subject test. Home schooled applicants are required to submit SAT Critical Reading, Math and Writing scores.

Transfer

All transfer applicants must submit the following requirements:

  • A completed application
  • Official high school and college transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Optional materials to help support your application: a writing sample or essay, an interview either in person or by phone, and/or recommendations from a teacher or an administrator

Additional information may be required prior to enrollment for select majors.

International

Bay Path University enjoys a rich tradition of international student enrollment. International students interested in enrolling in any of the associate or baccalaureate degree programs are required to submit the following requirements:

  • Completed application
  • Non-refundable application fee of $25
  • Official high school (secondary school) transcript in English that reflects a "C" or higher overall average
  • Official TOEFL internet-based test (iBT), IELTS, or Duolingo score report showing proof of English proficiency (for non-native English speakers)
    • Minimum score requirements are 76 for the TOEFL iBT, 5.5 for IETLS, and 44 for Duolingo
  • Certified bank statement providing evidence of appropriate financial support (in English and converted to U.S. dollars)
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic)
  • Essay (1-2 pages, typed)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended (when applicable)
  • $300 deposit (in U.S. dollars upon acceptance)1
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International students must have made their deposit before an I-20 is issued.

Accelerated Degree Options

An accelerated degree pathway can provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree more quickly for various reasons such as wanting to enter the workforce as soon as possible or start graduate school sooner than later. Students may be eligible to pursue this option by bringing in transfer credit and/or adjusting their schedules to take additional coursework in accelerated terms. Pursuance of an accelerated degree pathway does not prevent a student from being able to take graduate coursework and/or pursuing an accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s degree.

To learn more about their eligibility for an accelerated degree option, it is suggested that students work closely with their academic advisor and/or Program Director.

Admissions Appeals

Applicants wishing to appeal an admission decision should submit the appeal in writing, via email, to the Vice President of Enrollment Management at admissions@baypath.edu. 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 Dean and 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.

Conditional Acceptance

The Residential College offers a limited number of conditional acceptances to students who demonstrate marginal preparation for college-level work, but who have the potential for success at Bay Path University. Conditionally accepted students must meet the conditions listed within their acceptance letter issued by the Residential College prior to the start of their first semester at the institution. Students who have been admitted conditionally may be required to take a reduced course load in their first semester and/or work with the Director of Student Academic Support Services to develop an electronic learning plan.

Enrollment

New students are recommended to make their deposit and complete the enrollment process ten days prior to the start of classes; however, new students can still be considered for their accepted semester if they deposit and complete the enrollment process by the end of the first week of classes in that semester. Because this policy is in place to protect the student and allow for proper orientation to the University, there are no exceptions or extensions provided.

After May 1 (fall semester) and December 1 (spring semester), tuition and housing deposits are nonrefundable. The deposit amount is $200 for commuters and $300 for resident students and is deducted from the total bill for the semester. Additional financial policies are available in the Financial Information section of this academic catalog.

Health Insurance

Please reference the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Program subsection within the Undergraduate Tuition & Fees section for additional information.

Health Records

All full-time undergraduate applicants who accept the University’s offer of admission must submit a complete medical history, including a certificate of examination by their physician, as well as a Bay Path University Immunization Record required by Commonwealth of Massachusetts law. Part-time applicants in the Occupational Therapy and Education programs must also submit this medical history. Entrance Health Record Forms are mailed to enrolling students and must be uploaded into the student’s electronic health record in Medicat by August 1 for the fall term and by December 15 for the spring term. Students failing to submit these records will not be permitted to register or attend classes. Students questions regarding required health documents can be assisted by calling Health Services at 413-565-1544.

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 should contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@baypath.edu for further information.

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

Placement Testing

Undergraduate students are assessed for competencies in mathematics upon enrollment at Bay Path University. The assessments are designed to help determine which class placements are most appropriate for a student, based on aptitude in University-level mathematics.

Re-Admission

Students who have been away from the institution for a minimum of 12 months are required to re-apply through the Office of Admissions. Please reference the Reinstatement, Re-Entry and Re-Admittance Policy for additional information.

Transfer Credit

The purpose of awarding transfer credit is to recognize advanced high-quality work and to provide increased flexibility for students by preventing the duplication of coursework.

Types of Transfer Credit


Credit Completed at a Regionally-Accredited Institution

Traditionally, credit is accepted towards the equivalent Bay Path University offering when a student earns a transferable grade in a course offered by a regionally-accredited institution. Elective credit may also be considered on a space-available basis when a student earns a transferable grade in a course offered by a regionally-accredited institution that is not offered by Bay Path University.

Credit earned by high school students participating in dual enrollment programs with a regionally-accredited institution may receive credit is transferrable, provided it meets the institution’s transfer credit requirements. For consideration, dual enrollment students must submit their official transcript to the Office of Admissions.

Standardized Exams

Bay Path University also awards transfer credit for high achievement on Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. For consideration, students who have completed one or more of these exams must have an official score sheet submitted to the Office of Admissions. Please reference the Transfer Credits subsection for additional information about required scores and Bay Path course/requirement equivalents.

Evaluation

Prior to enrollment, transfer students may receive a tentative credit evaluation provided by the Office of Admissions after submission of all official transcripts. Once deposited, an official evaluation of transfer credit is completed by the Registrar’s Office.

Please reference the Transfer Credit policy for additional information.

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:

https://support.baypath.edu/support/solutions/articles/4000014839-what-type-of-computerdoes-bay-path-recommend