• As a learning resource for education and workforce development in southeastern Massachusetts, Bristol Community College provides programs that nurture the region's economic health and wellbeing and enable individuals to make productive life choices. These programs are characterized by a strong foundation in liberal arts and sciences; an emphasis on practical, employment-oriented education in allied health, engineering and technology, and business; and workforce development from adult literacy to advanced technology skills. To serve a population rich in ethnic and linguistic diversity, and to address the education and training needs of an area who economic base is shifting from unskilled manufacturing to high-skilled service and technology industries, the College offers comprehensive developmental education and adult literacy services in a learner-centered, supportive community. The College also develops active partnerships with business and industry, public schools, colleges and universities, and social service agencies to maintain relevance and effectiveness of all credit and noncredit programming.

School Highlights

Bristol Community College serves 6,256 students (43% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 10:1 is higher than the state community college average of 9:1.
Minority enrollment is 23% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 45%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 6,256 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,178
  • Out-state tuition: $9,122
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 23%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Bristol Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Massachusetts for:

Category
Attribute
Community Size

School Overview

The teacher population of 617 teachers has grown by 82% over five years.
Bristol Community College
(MA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
617 staff
290 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Bristol Community College has declined by 18% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 has decreased from 11:1 over five years.
The Bristol Community College diversity score of 0.39 is less than the state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
6,256 students
2,732 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
9:1
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# Full-Time Students
2,680 students
1,152 students
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# Part-Time Students
3,576 students
1,580 students
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This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Bristol Community College.
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
464 students
309 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
2,680 students
1,092 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
42 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
3,576 students
1,182 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
22 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
443 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
2%
6%
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% Hispanic
6%
16%
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% Black
9%
13%
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% White
77%
55%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
2%
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% Unknown races
3%
5%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in MA.
Diversity Score
0.39
0.65
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
19%
21%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
0.96%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$32,000
$35,500
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,178 is less than the state average of $4,424. The in-state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $9,122 is less than the state average of $9,401. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,178
$4,424
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$9,122
$9,401
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Bristol Community College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of MA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
81%
84%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Bristol Community College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in MA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$6,950
$12,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$3,300
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
77%
SAT Reading
n/a
540
SAT Math
n/a
535
SAT Writing
n/a
480
ACT Composite
n/a
21
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • Bristol Community College is a public two-year, comprehensive community college offering more than 120 career and transfer programs of study that lead to associate's degrees or certificates in liberal arts, healthcare, business, engineering technology, and public safety. A learner-centered, supportive community, BCC enrolls more than 8,000 students in credit programs in four locations as well as online through the eLearning program, and hundreds more in noncredit courses and programs. Founded in 1965, BCC is the leading resource for education and workforce development in southeastern Massachusetts, continually providing programs that nurture the region's economic health and well-being and enable individuals to make productive life choices.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Bristol Community College cost?

Bristol Community College's tuition is approximately $4,178 for In-State students and $9,122 for Out-State students.

What is Bristol Community College's ranking?

Bristol Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Massachusetts for: Largest student body and Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 6,256 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,178
  • Out-state tuition: $9,122
  • Student:teacher ratio: 10:1
  • Minority enrollment: 23%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For Massachusetts public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,424 per year for in-state students and $9,401 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $30,266 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Massachusetts is 71%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Massachusetts community colleges have a diversity score of 0.65, which is lower than the national average of 0.70. The most diverse community college in Massachusetts is Fisher College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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