Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

New Degree-Seeking Students

The following steps are necessary for students interested in enrolling in an associate degree or certificate program.  Students transferring from another College or university should also follow these steps.

Apply for admission
Apply for financial aid
Take the Assessment Test
Advisement and Registration
Provide Proof of Immunization
Pay tuition and fees

Apply for admission:

Bristol Community College is committed to an open admission policy, offering those who have earned a high school diploma, High School Equivalency, associate degree or higher, and who express a desire to pursue a college education, the opportunity to enroll. To enroll in a degree or certificate program, a student must apply for admission and be accepted to the college. Students choosing this option will be referred to as degree-seeking students. Student who do not choose this option are referred to as non-degree seeking students.

Although a number of programs have competitive admission, those students who do not meet the requirements may enter another program at the College to improve their qualifications.  Applications are processed as they are received.  While there are no deadlines for admission to non-competitive programs, submitting your application well in advance of the semester in which you wish to enroll will give you the best selection of courses.

To apply for admission to a degree or certificate program complete an Application Form for Admission or apply online. The $10 application fee for Massachusetts residents ($35 out-of-state residents) is waived if you apply online. To receive priority consideration for competitive programs, submit your application by January 15 for the following September.  Competitive programs do carry special application and admission requirements.

Once you have applied be sure to request that sealed official transcripts be forwarded to Bristol Community College from any high school(s) and/or college(s) you have attended.  For more information on the College’s Policy on accepting transfer credit, refer to the Academic Catalog. If documents are not in English, an official translation must be attached. Once all the required information is received by the College you will be notified by mail of your acceptance status.

Visit the Admissions site for more detailed information.

Apply for financial aid:

Financial aid consists of grants, scholarships, loans, and part time job opportunities for students who are enrolled in degree programs or certificate programs with 24 or more credits.  Apply for financial aid by the BCC, State, and Federal priority deadlines dates each semester. 

Assistance is provided at the Enrollment Center in the Commonwealth College Center at the Fall River campus during walk-in hours and at other campuses and satellites throughout the year.  Call the Enrollment Center for further information.

For the latest information from finanical aid please visit the How to Apply page.

Take the Assessment Test:

Every student is required to take the reading comprehension, arithmetic, elementary algebra and written essay tests to best determine the most appropriate level at which they should begin their studies.  Once your application for admission is processed you will be contacted by the Assessment Center with details on your testing date.

Students who have completed previous college-level coursework in English or mathematics may be exempt from all or part of the placement testing. An official transcript should be submitted to the Enrollment Center for evaluation prior to the scheduled exam. 

For more information contact the Testing Center at x.2231 for more detailed information including assistance on test preparation.

Advisement and Registration:

Academic advisors are available for all BCC students and new students will be contacted to schedule an appointment to speak with an advisor and register for classes in advance of their first semester. Your advisor will guide you through establishing your educational goals and selecting your coming semester’s courses.  Your advisor will help you log in to accessBCC where you will register for each of your courses.

To get ready for the semester you will need to purchase your textbooks.  Prior to going to the BCC Bookstore be sure to log in to accessBCC and print your schedule so the staff in the Bookstore can help you choose the correct books.

Provide Proof of Immunization:

All full-time students (12 credits or more) and all full-time and part-time Health Science and Early Childhood Education students must have proof of:

  • One Tetanus-Diphtheria booster within the last 10 years
  • One dose of Mumps vaccine
  • One dose of Rubella vaccine (German Measles)
  • Two doses of Measles vaccine (Red Measles)
  • Three doses of Hepatitis “B” vaccine
  • Early Childhood Education and Health Science Students have additional requirements

Visit the immunization information page for further information on this requirement.

Pay tuition and fees:

Bills for tuition and fees are mailed to your home and will be due prior to each semester.  You may pay in person or by mail with cash, check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, or Discover.  Log on to accessBCC an you can securely pay online with a credit card or personal check. 

Bristol Community College has partnered with FACTS Management to offer convenient budget plan.  This is not a loan program and you have no debt and no interest or finance charges will be assessed.  The cost to budget your interest-free monthly payment plan is a $25 per semester non-refundable FACTS enrollment fee.

Visit the Student Accounts Office for more detailed information including tuition and fees.