Late Start Pathways

Bristol offers a selection of Late Start Pathway courses for new students

Is a Late Start Pathway right for me?

While Late Start Pathways are a great opportunity for new students to enroll in fall courses, it is best to find out if you are the right fit for this unique option. Please review the list of qualifications below to see if a pathway is right for you. If so, you must attend a Late Start Pathway enrollment event to prepare for the semester and register for your classes. If you feel late start is not for you, we encourage you to meet with admissions to talk about enrolling in courses in the spring.  

Before signing up for a Late Start Pathway enrollment event, you should confirm that you meet these criteria: 

  1. I am a new, admitted student with no previous college credits. 
     The courses offered in this pathway are designed for admitted students who are just starting out on their college journey. 

  1. I am interested in taking the available Late Start Pathway classes. 
     Bristol is offering a variety of Late Start Pathway courses at the Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton locations, at a variety of different times. Please refer to this schedule to see if you are interested in enrolling in any of these courses. Be sure to look at the dates and times the courses are offered to see if you are available.  

  1. I am prepared to take a placement test.  
    If you have already tested with Bristol or have been exempt, you won’t have to test again. However, if you haven’t tested we will ask you to test at the Late Start Pathway enrollment event so we can place you in the right courses. You can prepare for testing using our placement test prep materials. 
  1. I have been awarded Financial Aid or I am prepared to pay for my classes.  
    If you have already been awarded financial aid from Bristol, that’s great! We can apply your award to your courses after you register. If you haven’t applied or are waiting for your package to be completed, you will need to pay for your tuition and fees at the time of registration. You may either pay in full at the enrollment event (online via credit/debit card or e-check) or you may set up a payment plan after putting down a 33% down paymentLearn more about ways to pay.  
  1. I can attend a Late Start Pathway enrollment event.  
    To ensure our students are set up for success, registration into any of the Late Start Pathway courses can only take place during one of the enrollment events listed below. You must register for one of these events in advance. No walk-ins, please.


If you have any questions about Late Start Pathways, please call the enrollment center at 774.357.2590.

For questions about any of the enrollment events, please call the Testing Center at 774.357.3978.

If you feel a Late Start Pathway isn’t for you, but are still interested in enrolling at Bristol, please contact admissions at 774.357.2947.

Important Dates

  • First day of late start classes: Monday, September 16 
  • Last day of classes: December 16 
  • Final exams: December 17 to 23