Higher Education

Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater State University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate, graduate, and evening degree programs. Centrally located and widely respected, Bridgewater is committed to making a challenging, high quality education accessible and achievable for students in the region and beyond. Bridgewater is designated as a Master’s/Large institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, participates in NCAA Division III athletics, and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), with its most recent decennial accreditation awarded in 2012.

Bristol Community College
The middle name of Bristol Community College (BCC) is Community. From humble beginnings in a single building in downtown Fall River, BCC has grown with the community to provide services from sites in Fall River, New Bedford, and Attleboro, as well as satellite locations around Bristol County. The multi campus college offers innumerable opportunities to join the community of educators and students who enrich their lives at their convenience

Bristol Community College is a comprehensive community college offering more than 120 careers and transfer programs of study that lead to an associate degree in science, arts, applied sciences, and certificates of accomplishment or achievement. Since 1968 BCC has helped more than 28,000 Bristol County learners fulfill their goals to earn a degree, access work-related training, and find additional educational and leisure opportunities. Students are able to transfer to many baccalaureate colleges throughout the state and country.

An important division within Bristol Community College is the Center for Workforce and Community Education that is conveniently located at the Commonwealth Landing complex on Devol Street in Fall River. The Center and the newly established Workforce Institute are the one-stop contact and resource for BCC’s comprehensive training, consulting, and pre-employment services for individuals, organizations and companies. The Center also specializes in educating students about green technologies through the Green Center. They additionally assist corporate clients to obtain alternative sources of funding for customized training programs, continue education programs on line and face to face. Another BCC resource is the CATCH Institute, which merges the culinary and hospitality offerings at BCC with studies in gaming and casino operations.

University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth
Distinguished by personalized teaching, innovative research, and full engagement on regional economic, social, and cultural development, UMass-Dartmouth has an enrollment of more than 9400 students in more than 40 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs, including 10 doctorate level programs. The latest addition to UMass-Dartmouth is the Commonwealth’s only public law school. The scholarly research and creative activities of faculty and graduate students are interwoven with the undergraduate experience. The main campus, designed by the eminent architect Paul Rudolph, is situated on 710 acres in North Dartmouth. Other University sites include the School for Marine Science and Technology located on the waterfront in New Bedford, the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center in Fall River, the Star Store Arts Campus in downtown New Bedford, the Center for Market Research in Fairhaven, and professional and continuing education facilities in Fall River, New Bedford, and on Cape Cod.

Charlton College of Business at UMass-Dartmouth
The Charlton College of Business is named for retail giant Earle P. Charlton, the business school embodies his focus on quality, ethical principles, and a driving entrepreneurial spirit. The Charlton faculty represent the highest measure of this quality in their scholarship, teaching, and service. In business education around the world, the “Gold Standard” of internationally recognized excellence is accreditation by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Fewer than 30% of the business programs in the United States have achieved this distinguished accreditation. Charlton is a proud member of this prestigious group and the only business program in southern Massachusetts whose faculty wear the badge of the AACSB gold standard.

The Charlton College is committed to serving the needs of the business community in southern Massachusetts and the state, while creating opportunities for their students to learn, grow, and succeed. To sustain the strength of our undergraduate and graduate programs, the faculty begin with the powerful academic credentials reflected in their AACSB accreditation. This foundation lets the faculty provide graduates of Charlton who can make an immediate contribution to their work organization, but equally important, graduates who have the creative, analytic ability to help businesses and organizations meet the unknown challenges of the future.

University of Massachusetts – School of Law
There is more to legal education than instilling knowledge of the law. The best education is one that takes place in an atmosphere of cooperation and collegiality. The University of Massachusetts – School of Law offers a rigorous and rewarding legal education that prepares students for a full range of careers in the practice of law. UMass Law’s faculty members are deeply devoted to helping students learn. UMass-Dartmouth also encourages their law students to become “Citizen Lawyers,” who are committed to the betterment of their community, their country, and its citizens. The University of Massachusetts School of Law is approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.