Bristol Community College

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Bristol Community College
Type Community
Established December 1965[1]
President Laura L. Douglas, Ph.D.[2]
Administrative staff
Students 11,111 fulltime
17,923 in noncredit enrollments[3]
Location Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates: 41°43′19.68″N 71°7′13.99″W / 41.7221333°N 71.1205528°W / 41.7221333; -71.1205528
Campus Suburban, 65 acres (0.26 km²; 26.3 ha)
Athletics NJCAA Division III. Two men's varsity teams, two women's. BCC Athletics
Colors Green      and gray    
Nickname Bristol Bayhawks
Mascot Bayhawk

Bristol Community College (BCC) is a two-year community college with its main campus located in Fall River, Massachusetts.


The college was originally established in December 1965 when it was instituted by the Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges.


The main campus is located on 65 acres (260,000 m2) of land at 777 Elsbree Street. There is a campus located in New Bedford in the Star Store Building located at 188 Union Street, and at 800 Purchase Street (host of the E-Health Program) (both of which are shared with UMASS Dartmouth (Star Store shares the First Floor and Basement) (800 Purchase St, the basement is used by UMD's Professional and Continuing Education (PCE)). There are also campuses in Attleboro located at 11 Field Road; Taunton located at the Silver City Galleria[4] and a satellite campus in New Bedford located at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational-Technical High School. BCC also has a Center for Workforce and Community Education located at 1082 Davol St in Fall River. Directions to all of these locations are available on the BCC website, along with parking information for the New Bedford Campus and the Workforce Center.


Main Campus in Fall River

Bristol Community College offers associate degrees and certificates in over 150 academic programs, ranging from Associate of Science degrees, Associate of Arts degrees, Associate of Applied Science degrees, and a wide range of certificates. In addition to students being able to obtain associate degrees from the college, the Eastern Nazarene College has an agreement with BCC to offer courses toward a bachelor's degree at the Fall River campus.[5]

Student life[edit]

At the end of the 2010-11 year, Bristol Community College had an undergraduate population of 12,123 day and evening credit students, along with an additional 17,439 in noncredit enrollments. The average annual tuition and fees for in-state students was around $4,166, whereas the out-of-state students paid, on average, about $9,482 in total annual tuition and fees. The average cost for a 3 credit course is approximately $498, equivalent to about $166 per credit.[3]


The BCC athletic program was re-established in 2008. Under the guidance of Derek Viveiros as the athletic director, the college now competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in four varsity sports: men’s and women's soccer in the fall and men's and women's basketball in the winter.[6] The current mascot is the "Bristol Bayhawk."

Notable individuals[edit]

  • David B. Sullivan, member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1997–2013)
  • Howard Tinberg, professor of English, the Carnegie Foundation's Outstanding Community College Professor of 2004.
  • William E. Kaufman, professor of philosophy, author of several theology books including Journeys: An Introductory Guide to Jewish Mysticism, The Case for God, A Question of Faith: An Atheist and a Rabbi Debate the Existence of God With Morton Shor and The Evolving God in Jewish Process Theology.
  • Dana Mohler-Faria, former BCC Assistant Dean of Administrative Services (served 1984-1987), current president of Bridgewater State College and the Special Advisor for Education to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.


  1. ^ "History of BCC". Archived from the original on September 3, 2009. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "House approves millions for BCC, UMD improvements". Archived from the original on March 11, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Bristol Community College Fall 2008 Facts" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 20, 2009. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "Taunton - Bristol Community College". Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  5. ^ "ENC's Adult and Graduate Studies Program expands into satellite locations around the state". Nazarene Communications Network. December 18, 2008. Archived from the original on December 23, 2008.
  6. ^ Retrieved September 13, 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]

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