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It starts with you,
New American Woman.

Every woman you know has shouldered a great weight, stared down some seemingly impossible challenge—or barrier or prejudice—and overcome. The problems you face are new, the challenges, more complex. This is a time unlike any other in our history. This is a new America, one that requires a New American Woman. New American Woman: College for you means getting down to business, seizing opportunities, never ceasing, working as hard as it takes. There is a college for you, New American Woman. A scrappy, diverse, get-the-job-done-right college in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Bay Path College is empowering New American Women to become leaders.
Let’s show the world what we can do.

New American Woman

Why all the ponytails?

The ponytail is a powerful symbol, one that suggests that there is work to be done. When a woman pulls her hair back into a ponytail, she is communicating to the world that her focus on the task at hand is greater than her concern about how others might judge her appearance. The ponytail signals comfort in one’s own skin, comfort in her surroundings, and ultimately, confidence in her ability to get the job done right.

Bay Path students are no-nonsense women, clear about their intentions and their goals. They come to Bay Path to focus on their academics and prepare for their careers. In a single-gender environment, they are comfortable with their appearance, confident in their abilities and ready to do what needs to be done.

Faculty

Gina.

You might see her on The Discovery Channel. Or in the pages of Science magazine. Or teaching your biology class. Or in the Carpe Diem Café, eating lunch with you.

Professor of Biology Dr. Gina Semprebon, internationally renowned for her palaeoecology research of prehistoric life forms and their interaction with their environments, is one of many Bay Path College faculty members who practice what they preach. Our professors have worked as judges, attorneys, chemists, criminal investigators and corporate executives. Now they work as professors. And they’re good. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 20:1, you will get to know them well.

Every New American
Woman will have a mentor.

Our professors and students are pretty close. How they talk about each other should be evidence enough.

Students talking about their professors: “Every student has at least one professor here who pushes her. But it’s not just someone telling you what to do. You can tell that they’re invested in you; that when you succeed, they succeed.”

“You won’t go a day without getting a response. I called my advisor and when she answered she was at the hair salon under the dryer.”

Professors talking about their students: “The worst day of the year is commencement. If I could, I would never go. You know in large measure that you won’t be seeing those students in the same way ever again.”

“What makes this place safe? The students tend to see us as not much different than themselves.”

“We forge really strong relationships with our students here. Every student has my cell phone number and can text me.”

Academics

Kaitlyn.

Kaitlyn

Came into Bay Path with a plan to be a teacher but the plan changed.

Kaitlyn

Fell in love with event planning after taking a position with the Student Event Committee. Knew what she wanted to do but not how to get there. Luckily, Bay Path did.

Under the guidance of caring faculty members, she’s designed her own major and is now steps away from an internship planning events for her dream organization, the Make-A-Wish® foundation.

“Don’t freak out when you change your mind,” Kaitlyn ’15 advises the incoming students she meets as an Orientation Leader. It’s OK to be undecided at Bay Path; we’ll help point you in the right direction.

Choose from 21 highly relevant academic programs* at Bay Path (sorry, no astronomy majors here). When you're finished, you'll use your degree to get a job or prepare for graduate school or do what you love.

  • ACCOUNTING (M, m)
  • BIOCHEMISTRY (M)
  • BIOLOGY (M, m)
  • BIOLOGY SECONDARY EDUCATION (M)
  • BIOTECHNOLOGY (M, m)
  • BUSINESS (M, m)
  • BUSINESS—EXPLORATORY (M)
  • CHILD PSYCHOLOGY (M)
  • COMMUNICATIONS (m)
  • CRIMINAL JUSTICE (M, m)
  • CYBERSECURITY (M, m)
  • EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (M, m)
  • ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (M, m)
  • ENGLISH (m)
  • FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY (M, m)
  • FORENSIC SCIENCE (M)
  • FORENSIC STUDIES (M, m)
  • HEALTH and HUMAN STUDIES (M)
  • HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (M)
  • HUMANITIES (m)
  • INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (M)
  • INTERIOR DESIGN (M)
  • LAW (m)
  • LEGAL STUDIES (M, m)
  • LIBERAL STUDIES (M)
  • MARKETING (M, m)
  • MEDICAL SCIENCE (M, 2014)
  • MINOR BY DESIGN (m)
  • NEUROSCIENCE (M, m)
  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (5-YEAR B.A./M.O.T.)
  • OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT (M, m)
  • PARALEGAL (2-YEAR A.S.)
  • PSYCHOLOGY (M, m)
  • SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT (m)
  • *M = major offered, m = minor offered

Medical Science is a preparatory degree that prepares students for Graduate school with special tracks in:

  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Physician Assistant Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary

“Students’ assignments are practical. As a result, our students leave a small women’s college in Longmeadow to go on to compete in national law schools.”

—John Woodruff, J.D., chair of legal studies and professor of law

Learn more about Bay Path’s academic programs

Lab

Darwin Across the Disciplines:
Four professors. Four disciplines.
One highly evolved honors course.

In Darwin Across the Disciplines, you and your fellow honors students will examine Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution from the vantage point of four different academic disciplines: biology, history, economics and psychology—each one taught by a different Bay Path College professor. In the process, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of one of the most important scientific theories in history.

Darwin Across the Disciplines is just one example of how you might develop your creativity and critical thinking skills as an Honors student at Bay Path:

  • Learn alongside brilliant students in intimate classes (Honors courses average 15 students).
  • Conduct research or complete a creative project to fulfill your Honors Thesis requirement. Recent Honors Thesis topics have ranged from “Legal Implications of Animal Testing, Abuse and Cruelty” to “Post Traumatic Stress Disorders in Veterans” to “Defining Customer Service in Today’s Technological Age.”
  • Present the results of your Honors Thesis at the Honors Symposium.
  • Plan yearly trips, social activities and community projects through the Honors Council.
  • Compete with your fellow Honors students at Harvard National Model United Nations.

Qualifying Honors students may receive up to $66,000 worth of merit-based aid over the course of their four years at Bay Path.

Learn more about Bay Path College’s Honors Program
Ashley

Ashley.

Volunteers as a Spanish translator for a local counseling center.

Served as a musical director and vocal coach at the Jewish Community Center, where she learned that encouraging students to be confident on stage also made them “more confident in their everyday lives.”

‘Mama’ in the musical Chicago. Ironically, met Queen Latifah the next spring at Bay Path‘s Leadership Conference—cool right?

Child psychology major Ashley ’14 is thriving at Bay Path by helping others thrive. So can you.

Get down to business.

Get down to business.

Every Bay Path College student, regardless of her major, is guaranteed an internship, field experience or practicum before she graduates. So take advantage. Our students have interned with:

  • Bristol County District Attorney’s Office
  • Center for Human Development
  • Connecticut Area Schools
  • Connecticut Children’s Hospital
  • Connecticut Department of Children and Families
  • Connecticut State Police
  • Hampden County District
    Attorney’s Office
  • FBI Internship Program
  • Holyoke Medical Center
  • LEGO
  • Lenox Newell Rubbermaid
  • Massachusetts Department
    of Youth Services
  • Massachusetts State Crime Lab
  • Meyers Brothers Kalicka
  • MIT Bioinformatics Internship
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Novacare Rehabilitation
  • Spectrum Analytical
  • UBS Financial Services
  • Walt Disney World
  • Western Mass Legal Services
  • WPI Summer Science Program

Community Service

There are needs
to be met. Meet them.

At Bay Path, you will not only help meet the needs of the world, you’ll also gain meaningful experience along the way. Popular service opportunities with Bay Path students include:

  • Building homes through Habitat for Humanity
  • Helping maintain the Enfield Food Shelf
  • Raising money for international causes
    through the International Development Club
  • Volunteering at the American Red Cross
  • Building the Sajuka School in Gambia (read more)
International Woman.

Become a New
International Woman.

Study international business in China, women’s studies in Paris or economics in London.

With more than 30 study abroad locations from which to choose--
including those available to you through The College Consortium
for International Study—you won’t have any trouble finding a program that matches your academic goals and interests.

Argentina
Australia
Belize
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
China
Costa Rica
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic

Ecuador
England
France
Germany
Greece
India
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Morocco

Namibia
New Zealand
Northern Ireland
Paris
Poland
Peru
Rome
Russia
Scotland
Spain
Switzerland


Capitals of the World.

If you’d like to experience another country but won’t be able to devote an entire semester, you might participate in a Capitals of the World Trip. During Spring Break each year, a group of students accompany Dr. Leary and her husband to a significant international city. Recent trips have included Rome, Madrid, Paris, and this year, Warsaw and Berlin.

One America Trip.

If you’d rather stay within U.S. borders, join Bay Path students, faculty and staff on the annual One America Trip. Last year they traveled the Upper South and explored food, culture, music and history. Stops included Little Rock, AR and Nashville, TN.

Read one student’s blog about her One America trip here.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research.

Bay Path’s Annual Academic Achievement Day celebrates the accomplishments of students conducting undergraduate research* across our curriculum. Consider these recent research project topics:

  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Chemical Synthesis in Household Products
  • Stalking, Psychology and the Law
  • Relational Aggression in Conflicts Between Girls
  • Children as Soldiers and Laborers
  • Enzymes from the Larvae of Flesh-Eating Flies
  • Gender Differences in Standardized Test Results
  • Media’s Influence on Young Women

At Bay Path, you’ll be able to deeply explore your interests and design a research project with the guidance of a faculty mentor.

*Read more about our students’ research here.

WISH:
Women in Science Honors Program.

Housed within the Center of Excellence for Women in Science (CEWS), the WISH program offers students a four-year curriculum dedicated to their development as scientists. The program features exclusive project-based learning seminars, actual research experience, mentoring by upperclassmen and faculty, service activities, research abroad opportunities and virtual sessions with prominent scientists. Students who qualify for the WISH program also receive a renewable annual $2,500 scholarship. Professor of biology and founding director of CEWS, Gina M. Semprebon, Ph.D., says, “WISH uniquely prepares women to not only enter scientific fields and excel within them, but to truly impact them.”

Well Program

WELL Program.

The Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders (WELL) Program is the foundation of your Bay Path education. In addition to access to exciting leadership opportunities, WELL includes practical courses to hone your academic and professional skills.

  • In a first year course you’ll be given your WELL Passport that serves as your guide to a wide array of activities on campus, each of which comes with its unique “stamp.”
  • You’ll also create your personalized WELL E-Portfolio that will assist you in landing your first job or influence your entry to graduate school.
  • In WELL 400, a senior level capstone course, you will apply what you’ve learned in your Bay Path experience to a community-based project. The result of this one-of-a-kind program? You'll be ready for the New America as a lifelong learner, leading in your profession and your community.

Contribute without raising your hand.

Through Bay Path’s Integrated Technology Program, each Bay Path student is issued an iPad to augment classroom interaction with online conversation, allowing everyone— even the most shy and reserved—to contribute. This will allow you to be heard, hear others and connect to the world—all on your very own iPad.

Soledad.

Soledad.

Hosted American Morning on CNN for five years.

Covered Hurricane Katrina and the 2008 Presidential Election. Wrote a book. Won awards. Hung out with and inspired Bay Path students at the Women’s Leadership Conference.

It’s true, the Women’s Leadership Conference, organized by Bay Path College, attracts some of the world’s most influential women, including Soledad O’Brien, Madeleine Albright and Maya Angelou. As a Bay Path College student, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in and help organize the Conference, which attracts more than 1,000 attendees each year.

In fact, you’ll find that there are many ways to grow as a leader at Bay Path. You might:

  • Lead a student club or organization
  • Assume a leadership position in
    Student Government Association
  • Serve as a Resident Advisor
  • Spearhead a service initiative

Melanie.

Melanie.

Found a mentor in Dr. Kung.

Interned with the Harvard-MIT Bioinformatics Institute. Tutored her fellow students. They loved her. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Syracuse University.

Bay Path College prepares graduates for what comes next. And what comes next is up to you.

Bay Path graduates have attended top-notch graduate and professional programs, including:

  • Art Institute of Washington, D.C.
  • Boston College Law School
  • Bay Path College
  • Boston University
  • Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • The New School for Drama
  • Northeastern University
  • Purdue University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Ross University, School of Veterinary Science
  • Smith College
  • Springfield College
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • Tufts University
  • Western New England University School of Law
  • University of Buffalo
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Massachusetts

BAY PATH GRADUATES HAVE STARTED SUCCESSFUL CAREERS WITH ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING:

  • Aetna (Data Analyst)
  • Aspen Square Management (Traveling Property Manager)
  • Brightside for Families and Children (Counselor)
  • Chicopee Public Schools (Kindergarten Teacher)
  • Child and Family Services (Lead Behavioral Counselor)
  • Cigna (Senior Commission Services)
  • Hamilton Sundstrand (Contract Administrator)
  • Massachusetts State Crime Lab (Forensic Analyst)
  • MassMutual Financial Group (Data Analyst)
  • Memorial Hospital, RI (Occupational Therapist Registered)
  • Southwest Airlines (Customer Service)
  • Springfield Public Schools (Fifth Grade Teacher)
  • West Springfield School System (Occupational Therapist Registered)

The Sullivan Career
and Life Planning Center.

We have an entire Center devoted to helping you prepare for your career and your life after Bay Path. Needless to say, we really want you to be able to embark on a rewarding career when you graduate. That’s why we offer the following services:

  • Career Summit
  • A Career Planning Timeline, available the first semester of your freshmen year
  • Résumé-writing workshops
  • Mock interviews
  • Online resources
  • Graduate school and job search strategies
  • Assistance obtaining internship, fieldwork and practicums

Student Life

Marianne.

Wanted to spoof the Miss America Pageant.

Created the Miss Bay Path competition. Replaced formal wear with pajamas. Each year, over 300 Bay Path students attend. Only one wins.

The entrepreneurial energy you’ll find at Bay Path isn’t confined to the classroom. Our students use that energy to create and sustain a vibrant student life on campus. Miss Bay Path is a perfect example of what happens when you have 400 creative, entrepreneurial, fun-loving New American Women in charge of creating a campus culture.

Get Involved

Play ice hockey. Love anime. Knit for charity.
Get involved.

Meet new friends and pursue your passions by joining one of our more than 30 student clubs and organizations (or by starting your own). Student clubs and organizations at Bay Path include:

  • ANIME Club
  • Alliance
  • Athletic Council
  • Bay Path Chorale
  • Bay Path Christian Fellowship
  • Bay Path Dance Company
  • Boundless Playgrounds
  • Student Events Committee
  • CEO Club
  • Class Committees
  • CSI Bay Path
  • Education Club
  • Food Committee
  • Golden “Z” Club
  • Ice Hockey
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Interfaith Council/Bible Studies
  • Knitting for Charity Club
  • Law Club
  • Literary Club
  • Native Cultures Club
  • Page Singers
  • Phi Beta Lambda
  • Psychology Club
  • Rotaract
  • STAND
  • Step Squad
  • Student Admissions Representatives
  • Student Government Association
  • Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) Club
  • Tactical Team
  • Theatre Workshop
  • Women of Culture

Athletics

New American
Women compete.
And win.

Play your heart out in any one of Bay Path College’s seven NCAA Division III sports. You’ll find that representing the Wildcats will enrich every aspect of your life: from feeding your competitive spirit to honing your leadership skills to forging close friendships with your teammates.

And you’ll also get to have fun playing a sport you love. That’s important.

VARSITY SPORTS
Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Varsity Sports

Meet Rob, your personal trainer.

Every Bay Path College student has the opportunity to train with Rob Panetti, the College’s personal trainer. Rob’s exercise classes fill up quickly (especially boxing and cardio), so be sure to sign up early. Rob also offers weekly nutritional advice through “Rob’s Picks,” in which he selects the healthiest items served in the Blake Dining Commons.

Residence Life

Yamarie.

A member of Team Wright Hall, winners of the 2011 Wacky Wildcat Challenge. What is the Wacky Wildcat Challenge? An Olympic-style showdown between our three residence halls. Winner gets: pride, bragging rights. It’s wacky.

Who will you represent in the Wacky Wildcat Challenge? Bollum Hall,
a 60-room residence hall complete with two lounges and a computer room.

Theinert Hall, a 77-room residence hall that houses Health and Counseling Services on the first floor.

Or reigning Wacky Wildcat Challenge champion Wright Hall, a 69-room hall that boasts air conditioning, three lounges and a computer room.

Financial Aid

Gina.

Didn’t think she could afford college. Talked to admissions. Received $17,000 in financial aid. This fall, became the first person in her family to attend college.

Gina’s story is not uncommon at Bay Path. We want you to attend college, prepare for your career, and graduate ready to live and lead as a New American Woman. That’s why we strive to make a Bay Path College education as affordable as possible. In fact, through a combination of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities, more than 95 percent of accepted, full-time, qualifying traditional undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid, click here.