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It starts with you.

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. The world is constantly changing and requires more strong women. This means getting down to business, seizing opportunities, never ceasing, working as hard as it takes. There is a university for you. A diverse, get-the-job-done-right university in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Bay Path University is empowering women to thrive in the world.
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.



Dr. Princy Quadros Mennella is the director of our Neuroscience Program and an accomplished researcher whose work explores how hormones affect our brains. She is just one of many Bay Path University 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 12:1, you will get to know them well.

Every Bay Path Student
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.”




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


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 more than 30 highly relevant academic programs* at Bay Path. When you’re finished, you’ll use your degree to get a job or prepare for graduate school or do what you love.

  • BIOLOGY (M, m)
  • ENGLISH (m)
  • MARKETING (M, 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 university in Longmeadow to go on to compete in national law schools.”

—John Woodruff, J.D., Professor of the legal studies

Learn more about Bay Path’s academic programs


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 University 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 requirements. 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 $74,000 worth of merit-based aid over the course of their four years at Bay Path.

Learn more about Bay Path University’s Honors Program


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 Women's Leadership Conference—cool right?

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

Get down to business.

Get down to business.

Every Bay Path University 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. That’s why we’ve been included on President Barack Obama’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. 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 an
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.

Costa Rica
Czech Republic
Dominican Republic


New Zealand
Northern Ireland

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. Showcased are creative works, experiential learning outcomes, community-service projects and research* projects on topics like:

  • 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

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

*Read more about our students’ research here.

Women in Science Honors Program.

Housed within the Center of Excellence for Women in Science, the WiSH program offers students a four-year curriculum dedicated to their development as scientists. The program features exclusive project-based learning seminars, research opportunities across the country and around the world, mentoring by upperclassmen and faculty, virtual sessions with prominent scientists, and a merit scholarship of up to $17,000 per year, as well as the chance to earn a renewable annual $2,500 scholarship. As a WiSH participant, you’ll be eligible to apply for the annual competitive Stern Scholar program. Granted to a limited number of undergraduate scientific scholars at Bay Path, recipients will receive an additional $2,500 in support of a research project that will be conducted with one of the science faculty members.

Well Program

WELL Program.

The Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders (WELL) program is the heart of our undergraduate experience. We are highly intentional about helping you confirm your life’s purpose and passions and about helping you realize your potential. We’ll give you the guidance necessary to apply that passion to an educational plan that will put you on a pathway to professional success. Here’s how:

  • Identify your focus.
    Through the completion of a series of self-assessment assignments in WEL100, you will refine an understanding of your strengths, interests and passions to create your path to a successful future. This course helps you forge close connections with your faculty advisor and classmates, launching your supportive network of friends and colleagues.
  • Build your confidence.
    Designed to develop your critical thinking and presentation skills, in WEL200 you will learn how to present yourself in a compelling and confident manner.
  • Prepare to lead.
    In WEL310, you will explore opportunities in your areas of interest and take concrete steps to prepare for life after college, such as creating a LinkedIn profile, building a network of professional connections, researching ideal work environments and drafting an effective cover letter.
  • Make a difference in your community.
    Finally, during your senior year, you will work with a team of classmates from WEL400 to find sustainable solutions to real-world problems. You will develop your research and critical thinking skills and learn how to look at problems from a variety of perspectives—just like you do in the real world.
Through WELL, you will be part of a shared learning community that facilitates your journey to discovery and moves you from being an empowered learner to an empowered leader.

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.



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 University, attracts some of the world’s most influential women, including Soledad O’Brien, Madeleine Albright and Maya Angelou. As a Bay Path University 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



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 University 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 University
  • 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:

  • FBI Academy
  • MassMutual Financial Group
  • The Lego Group
  • Hasbro
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Walt Disney World
  • DI Studio Architecture Office
  • UBS Financial Services
  • Center for Human Development
  • UBS Financial Services
  • Center for Human Development
  • UMass Medical School
  • Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab
  • Behavioral Health Network
  • Longmeadow Montessori School
  • United States Attorney’s Office
  • Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Newell Rubbermaid
  • The Boys & Girls Club

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, for free, for life:

  • 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, field work and practicums
  • Internships

The Carpe Diem Career Network, our affiliation with NACElink (National Association of Colleges and Employers)—the largest network of career and recruiting professionals in the world—will provide you with countless additional internship, employment, career resources, mentorship and career coaching opportunities.

Student Life


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 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
  • Bay Path Track Team
  • Biology Club
  • Couponing Club
  • Crew Club
  • CSI Bay Path Education Club
  • Golden Z Club
  • International Development Club
  • Page and Chorale
  • Rotoract
  • Tactical Team
  • Vision 20/20
  • Winter/Color Guard


Wildcats compete.
And win.

Play your heart out in any one of Bay Path University’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.

Cross Country
Field Hockey

Varsity Sports

Meet Rob, your personal trainer.

Every Bay Path University student has the opportunity to train with Rob Panetti, the University’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


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


Didn’t think she could afford college. Talked to admissions. Received $26,500 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 global citizen. That’s why we strive to make a Bay Path University 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.