Bristol Community College has an open enrollment policy in keeping with the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education's "Open Door" philosophy. Applicants seeking admission to an associate degree or certificate program must have a high school diploma or state-approved high school equivalency certificate or college degree.
Admission to some programs is competitive because of the limited number of openings and/or the pre-admission requirements. The open enrollment policy does not apply to students seeking admission to the following programs: Culinary Arts, Clinical Laboratory Science, Dental Hygiene, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Paralegal Studies (Certificate Option) and Phlebotomy.
International students seeking to enroll at the College on an F-1 Student Visa must meet additional selective criteria in order to be admitted.
Admission requirements to specific programs may change in accordance with policies established by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and the Bristol Community College Board of Trustees.
As a state-assisted institution, Bristol Community College gives first priority to legal residents of Massachusetts and second priority to students who apply under the New England Regional Student Program (NERSP). All others are admitted as space is available. Bristol is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.
The Application Process
The details of the application process, including links to the online application and to download a paper application, are available at www.bristolcc.edu/apply. If you need assistance with the application or would like to request an application fee waiver due to financial hardship (only required for paper applications), please contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 774.357.2947.
In addition to submitting your application, please contact your high school or state-approved high school equivalency testing center and all regionally accredited post-secondary schools (if you attended) to send an official transcript or your grades to the Admissions Office at Bristol. In certain cases, no admission decision can be made without these transcripts. Fall semester applicants still enrolled in high school should submit an intermediate transcript at the time of application to Bristol. The final official high school transcript must be sent by the start of the term to which you have been admitted, verifying graduation.
If you provide an official college/university transcript showing proof of having completed an associate, bachelor, or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution as part of an application to an open enrollment program, you are not required to submit a high school transcript or state-approved high school equivalency certificate.
If you graduated from high school or a secondary school outside the United States (or its territories), you must submit official evaluation that demonstrates U.S. Equivalency. A list of approved credential evaluation services is available by clicking here.
Please note if you are applying to any selective admission program (Culinary Arts, Clinical Laboratory Science, Dental Hygiene, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Paralegal Studies (Certificate Option) or Phlebotomy) you must submit all official transcripts including high school/state-approved high school equivalency transcripts as well as all college/ university transcripts (if you attended) from regionally accredited institutions before an admission decision can be made. Please note depending upon your intended program, not all coursework may be eligible for consideration in the admission review process as some programs have specific time frame requirements for pre-admission criteria. Please review the specific program/certificate pages in this catalog for details.
The Application Timeline
Applications to open enrollment programs are processed as they are received. Submitting your completed application well in advance of the semester in which you wish to begin your studies will give you time to complete the enrollment process (including, but not limited to, financial aid, placement testing, orientation, and course registration).
- Fall Semester: Begins in September
- Spring Semester (including Wintersession courses): Begins in January
- Summer Semester: Begins in June
If you are applying for fall admission to Nursing, please submit your completed application (including all required credentials and requested documents) by February 1 to receive priority consideration for admission to the fall semester beginning in September. Applications received or completed after February 1 will not be considered. If you are applying for admission to the LPN Bridge Nursing option (Fall semester) please submit your completed application (including all required credentials and requested documents) by April 1 to receive priority consideration. If you are applying for admission to the LPN Challenge Nursing option (Spring semester) please submit your completed application (including all required credentials and requested documents) by October 1 to receive priority consideration.
Applicants to Dental Hygiene and Occupational Therapy Assistant must submit a completed application (including all required credentials and requested documents) by February 1 to receive priority consideration for admission to the fall semester beginning in September. Applications received or completed after February 1 are reviewed on a space available basis.
Those interested in Clinical Laboratory Science, Medical Assisting, or Phlebotomy must submit a completed application (including all required credentials and requested documents) by February 1 to receive priority consideration. After that date, applications are reviewed on a space-available basis.
Please carefully review the special application requirements for these programs found in each program description in this catalog. Also note that some of these programs may also offer entry dates in the spring or summer semester.
Please attend a Health Science Information Session or contact the Admissions Office for more information.
Learn More About Bristol
Bristol offers a variety of options for interested students to learn more about Bristol. Please visit our Campus Tour and Information Session page to learn more. You can also schedule an appointment to meet with one of our Admissions Coordinators by visiting our Admissions Office Appointments page.
Bristol Community College is certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) as eligible to enroll F-1 students. For more information and to review the list of admission requirements and ways to meet each, please click here.
Transfer students from another regionally accredited college or university are encouraged to submit official transcripts to the Admissions Office for review. The awarding of transfer credit is based on the following principles:
- Grades earned must be equivalent to a "C-" or higher;
- There must be a match of course description and credit hours between the course completed at the prior institution and the Bristol course for which you are seeking credit;
- A maximum of 60 transfer credits may be awarded however, students must meet the college residency requirement by earning 25% of the credits toward the associate degree or 50% of the credits toward a certificate program at Bristol;
- Students with military experience are encouraged to submit transcripts from their branch of service for review. In accordance with the Valor Act, Bristol Community College uses the ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services as the primary method for evaluating and awarding academic credit for military occupation, training, experience, and coursework.
Appealing Transfer Credit Evaluation
Students admitted for an upcoming term or currently enrolled at Bristol Community College who are seeking to appeal their transfer credit evaluation have 30 calendar days from receipt of the initial evaluation to file a request for secondary review.
Requests for re-evaluation may be submitted by email to email@example.com. In your request for a second review, please include the following information. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
- First and Last Name
- Bristol ID number (900-xxx-xxx)
- Detailed narrative to include supporting rationale and reason for appeal.
- Documentation which supports the request. This could include course descriptions (from the year in which the course was completed), course syllabus, course objectives, learning outcomes, transcripts or other relevant information.
The Admissions Office will review requests and render a decision within 30 days of receipt of the request. Notification will be sent via email to the address on record. Please note that a request for secondary review is a not a guarantee of modification to the original evaluation.
Veterans may use G.I. benefits at Bristol Community College. The College’s Certifying Official, located in the Joseph A. Marshall Veterans Center on the first floor of the Thomas A Rodgers, Jr. Science Bldg. (E Building) on the Fall River campus, will assist you in applying for your benefits from the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs and accessing college services. For more information, please call 774-357-2227 or visit them on the web at www.bristolcc.edu/studentservices/resources/veteranscenter/.
Career and Vocational Education (CVTE) students from one of the area member high schools within the Bristol Career/Vocational Technical Education Consortium should complete the section on the Application for Admission designated for students enrolled in a high school technical education program. For more information contact the College Access Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New England Regional Student Program (NERSP) allows out-of-state students from New England to enroll in Bristol programs at in-state tuition if the public colleges and universities in the student's home state do not offer the program. The Admissions Office and then NERSP website at www.nebhe.org have additional information. Students enrolling in evening and weekend classes have no residency requirement and are charged the same cost per credit as in-state students.
Massachusetts One-Stop Education and Career Liaison
The Education and Career Liaison is a Bristol Academic Coordinator who offers enrollment and advising assistance to students through the One-Stop Career Centers in southeastern Massachusetts. Special services include:
- Training Opportunity Program application and Section 30 forms
- Third-party funding contracts (Trade, Individual Training Assistance for Title I Adults & Youth programs, dislocated workers, and National Emergency Grant).
- The Admissions Office, in addition to conventional recruitment efforts, provides outreach services both at Bristol's Fall River Campus and in the following career centers: Fall River, New Bedford, Attleboro, and Taunton.
Do you have any questions or concerns?
Contact the Admissions Office at admissions@BristolCC.edu or 774-357-2947 and let us work with you to come up with solutions.