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The Bay Path goal is to give women confidence in the fundamentals of their...

Bay Path University

Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Exceptional Faculty, Practical Education, Supportive Community.


A Bay Path University education empowers undergraduate women and graduate women and men to become leaders in their careers and communities with an innovative approach to learning that prepares students to flourish in a constantly changing world. The Bay Path experience is nothing less than transformational. The University’s women-only undergraduate programs and coeducational graduate programs are offered both on campus and online, providing a flexible, 21st-century education for learners at all stages of their lives and careers. Bay Path students find a supportive and diverse community, close mentoring, and rigorous preparation for success in a complex and globally interdependent society. Students graduate with the applied knowledge, portable skill set, and confidence to thrive in their professions, identify and realize their dreams, and make a lasting difference in the world.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,893 undergraduate students
75% of undergrad students are full time
0% male — 100% female
46% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
62 full-time faculty
337 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
77% of first year students live on campus
45% of all students live on campus

School Location

Longmeadow, Massachusetts

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


73% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)


57% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 19%
Black or African American 13%
White 57%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%


NCAA Division III Athletics and a member of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC)
Varsity and Intercollegiate sports include: basketball, cross-country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

Mascot: wildcats 
Colors: maroon and white


Bay Path University is a small, 4-year, private liberal arts university for women founded in 1897.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Biology, Biology: Secondary Education, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Business Administration, Child Psychology, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Science, Forensic Studies, Health and Human Studies, Human Resource Management, Legal Studies, Liberal Arts, Marketing, Medical Science, Neuroscience, Operations Management, Pre-Occupational Therapy and Psychology, Residential & Commercial Interior Design, Small Business Development. 

Students at Bay Path quickly learn that a well-rounded classroom education is useless without the pairing of real-world experience. From small Honors classes to amazing study abroad programs, students are encouraged to think out of the box and bring their education to life. Bay Path’s programs are testament to the enriching student experience.

WELL: Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders

WELL is a one of a kind program devoted to helping students find and use tools that will lead to their success both throughout and beyond their college years. Students in the WELL program are supported from their transition into college life to graduation. They tap into their strengths, challenge themselves to step out of their comfort zones, and think about their roles as leaders. They receive guidance and support of WELL faculty, advisors, and a peer mentor. Through activities in and out of the classroom, students are prepared for public speaking, communications, internships, and understanding what it means and what it takes to be a successful woman in today’s complex world.

Honors Program

The four-year Honors Program at Bay Path is a close-knit community of students who enjoy thought-provoking seminars, small classes, leadership opportunities, and community service. The Honors Program helps harness a love for learning and is open to all majors. There is a bond between classmates on an energetic and enriching level. Honor students also receive great scholarship support through a renewable annual $1,500 scholarship.


Housed within the Center of Excellence for Women in STEM, the Bay Path University Women in STEM Honors Program (WiSH) offers a four year curriculum consisting of integrated and advanced study and research for dedicated future women scientists. Within this program, students experience hands-on project-based research and link science to real world applications. WiSH uniquely prepares women to not only enter scientific fields and excel within them, but to truly impact them. Research has shown that women thrive in environments that encourage hands-on project-based research, and female mentoring. WiSH students also receive great scholarship support through a renewable annual $2,500 scholarship.

Study Abroad

No student should pass up the opportunity to study abroad. Often times, those who participate gain greater international awareness and a deeper understanding of other languages, cultures, and peoples. The professional world today is a colorful blend of cultures and ideas that is nurtured in Bay Path programs. Students can study abroad in places such as Ireland, France, Italy, or Australia.

Entrepreneurial Program

The Bay Path idea of entrepreneurship is designed to prepare students to create, launch, and grow new businesses or ideas. This program works to connect students with faculty, successful entrepreneurs, communities, organizations, and the world! At the core of the program is the belief that entrepreneurship is a set of skills and knowledge that can be taught, learned, and applied in all majors. Bay Path’s entrepreneurial program promotes creativity, innovation, and an entrepreneurial mindset preparing students for leadership roles in corporations, nonprofits, small businesses, or their own business.


Campus Ministries  
Choral groups X
Concert band  
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band  
Literary magazine  
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band  
Radio station  
Student government X
Student newspaper  
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  

Faculty Who Make a Difference

Students and alumni never seem to brag enough about the outstanding teaching faculty at Bay Path. Professors take on remarkable roles in shaping the careers that follow students’ time on campus. The low 12:1 student/faculty ratio gives students the opportunity to work closely, even one-on-one, with their professors to gain insight into their field of study. Bay Path professors are knowledge leaders in their disciplines and active practitioners in their fields. They share a drive to encourage students with similar passions.

While building resumes and credentials is important, the overall value of an experience is irreplaceable. Experiences such as internships, research, live case studies, special on-site projects, and study abroad programs alongside professors builds insight that cannot be found in a textbook or in a lecture hall. Bay Path professors work hard to make each student’s academic experience as meaningful as it can possibly get.


Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 116 130 39 0 0 0 0 285

Once students set foot on the Bay Path campus, they find that community is more than just a place to live and learn; it’s a feeling. The feeling of pride for the school and other fellow peers, the feeling of joy that arises while walking across campus, the feeling of charity while giving back to others in through caring service.

At Bay Path, community is valued by showing a mutual respect for others, manifesting in volunteer projects and service opportunities. Taking part in volunteer work while in college is a way to balance and round out the entire college experience, which is why clubs and organizations on campus strive to deliver the best opportunities to students.

Education Club

Providing activities that support children, teachers, and schools is first priority for these outstanding students. Members participate in child-centered community service events and donation drives to highlight child education.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity strives to help build decent and affordable housing for low-income families in order to empower people to reach their full potential. Habitat for Humanity volunteers aim to provide some stability for families in order to break the cycle of poverty. Club members seek to work with volunteers from all walks of life to build these homes in partnership with those in need.


The International Development Club seeks to bring awareness to Bay Path students of the need for development resources in the poorest places on earth. It also seeks to offer service learning projects and opportunities to students who wish to participate in helping make the world beyond U.S. borders a better place.


While the strong women of Bay Path are success driven to start with, the community of the college works to boost students to a level of success higher than they could have dreamed. With programs such as WELL (Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders) igniting leadership, and internships that spark careers, Bay Path creates an environment that has a lasting effect on students.


Coed dorms  
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students  
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options  

While the strong women of Bay Path are success driven to start with, the community of the college works to boost students to a level of success higher than they could have dreamed. With programs such as WELL (Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders) igniting leadership, and internships that spark careers, Bay Path creates an environment that has a lasting effect on students.

Bashevkin Center for Academic Excellence

The Bashevkin Center for Academic Excellence assists all Bay Path University students in becoming more independent and successful learners. The Center assists students in strengthening understanding of various content areas and in developing vital skills in time management and learning strategies. The Center provides free, on-ground tutoring and 24/7 online tutoring to students. The Center welcomes students of all abilities and serves as an initial contact for those with learning differences.


An internship, practicum, field work, or related experience is guaranteed for every student before they graduate. Employers and graduate schools across the country desire experienced candidates that have a solid foundation in their respective situations. Students build their resumes while gaining useful credit and knowledge for the future.



1,542 Total Applicants
924 Total Admissions
153 Total Freshmen Enrollment

59.92% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 15
Priority date: Feb 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s) Interview

Extracurricular activities
Level of applicant’s interest

Class rank
Standardized test scores
Character/personal qualities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
Volunteer work
Work experience

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 425 550
SAT Math 420 515
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 19 25
ACT Math 18 24
ACT English 18 25
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator 


Tuition $32,739
Room and Board (on campus) $12,610
Estimated Total On Campus $45,349


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 ESTIMATED

$30,322 First year students
$21,203 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 ESTIMATED

72.3% on average, the percentage of need that was met
8% of financial need students that had need fully met

$21,203 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,886 Average need-based loan

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