Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

Apply to BCC

Bristol Community College offers open admissions and applications are processed in the order they are received. This means that there are no deadlines for application, but submitting your application well in advance of the semester in which you wish to enroll will help to give you the best selection of courses available.

International students who require an F-1 student visa are not permitted to apply online. Instead, they can download a copy of our admission application and mail it to Bristol Community College's Office of Admission. For more information on the international student application process, please visit International Students.

Some programs have competitive admissions, but those who are not qualified for those programs may enter another program at the college to improve their qualifications.

To see our program offerings you can visit our online catalog or request a catalog by mail by emailing a request to Admissions or Enrollment Services.

General Admission
For general admission, applicants for an associate's degree program must have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate. Applicants do not have to provide Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) results. SATs are not required for admission.

Those admitted to the college will be required to take placements tests to assess the ability to succeed in college work. Some candidates will be admitted to the Center for Developmental Education to strengthen their background in specific areas.

Competitive Programs
Please remember that some programs have an extremely competitive enrollment. Programs such as Complementary Healthcare, Culinary Arts, Dental Hygiene, Clinical Laboratory Science, Healthcare Information, Histology, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Pre-Radiology Technology, Phlebotomy, and Therapeutic Massage are highly sought after and receive many more requests than other programs.

Attendance at the health science information sessions is mandatory for applicants to nursing and dental hygiene.  Applicants to the remaining competitive admission health science programs are strongly encouraged to attend.  Please see the health science information sessions page for the list of dates. 

Applicants to the nursing program are required to complete standardized pre-admission testing for consideration of admission into the program. The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) is designed to assess a student’s aptitude for success in the nursing program 

It is suggested that you submit your completed application (which includes our receipt of your official transcripts) for these competitive programs by January 15 to receive priority consideration for admission to the following September. After that date, applications will continue to be accepted on a space-available basis. Please note the special application requirements for these programs, found in each program description in the college catalog.

   Who should Apply?

You should complete a college application for admission if any of the following statements apply to you:

  1. you have not attended BCC in the last three semesters, including the summer; (There's no need to re-apply if you applied within the last year - just call the admissions office to re-activate your file.)
  2. you have graduated from high school, completed your High School Equivalency Testing;
  3. you have or will apply for financial aid in order to enroll in classes;
    (Visit Financial Aid for additional information on the financial aid process)
  4. you plan to complete an associate degree or certificate program at BCC;
    (Visit the college catalog for a complete list of current program offerings)

If you would like to talk with an Admissions counselor, please contact Admissions ext. 2947 or Enrollment Services ext. 2590 to schedule an appointment.

Please Note: All full-time students and all full- and part-time health sciences students must provide proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and hepatitis B. There may be other immunizations required for some health science programs. Serologic proof of immunity will be acceptable.

   How do I apply?

Apply online
Apply by mail or in person for any semester

   Applying online

I want to apply online:

Massachusetts residents and Rhode Island students who live within the eligible New England Regional Student Program (NERSP) region you can apply to Bristol Community College using the online application form.

The application fee is waived for online applicants.

Continue to the Online Application Form.

   Applying by mail or in person

I want to apply to BCC in person or by mail for any semester:

Step 1:
Download, print and complete the admission application (.pdf )

Step 2:
Mail or drop off the form to BCC with the application fee:

Application fee:

$10 Massachusetts residents and qualified New England Regional Student Program applicants
$35 For all others.

Mail or drop off:
Bristol Community College Admissions Office
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720-7395.

Step 4:
High school graduates: Ask your high school and all post-secondary schools you attended to send an official transcript of your grades to the Admissions Office. High School Equivalency Certificate recipients: Have an official copy of your test scores sent to the Admissions Office.