Bristol Community College

  • 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 9,189 students (47% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is higher than the state community college average of 26:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 22% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 39%.
  • Bristol Community College is the only community colleges within Bristol County, MA.
  • The nearest community college to Bristol Community College is New England Institute of Technology (16.8 miles away).

Top Placements

Bristol Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Massachusetts for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 339 teachers has grown by 58% over five years.
Bristol Community College(MA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty339 staff96 staff
Bristol Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Bristol Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Bristol Community College diversity score of 0.38 is less than the state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has grown by 86% over five years.
Total Enrollment9,189 students3,428 students
Bristol Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio27:126:1
Bristol Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students4,335 students1,076 students
Bristol Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students4,854 students2,352 students
Bristol Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Bristol Community College Enrollment Breakdown MA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Bristol Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Bristol Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Bristol Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Bristol Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Bristol Community College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Bristol Community College Non Resident (2013-2016)
% Unknown races
Bristol Community College Ethnicity Breakdown MA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.380.59
Bristol Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Bristol Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$32,000$35,500
Bristol Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,178 is less than the state average of $4,424. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat 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
Bristol Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$9,122$9,401
Bristol Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid77%84%
Bristol Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$6,194$11,450
Bristol Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,000$5,000
Bristol Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

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.

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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 $26,142 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Massachusetts is 72%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Massachusetts community colleges have a diversity score of 0.59, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Massachusetts is Bunker Hill Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.