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Don't waste your time with Bay State College! Going in is fine because you're on a high and excited to live in the city. Everyone goes home on the weekends and there are strict rules on who can visit and sleep over. I was roomed with three other people non of which were studying in the same program as me. Whilst three of us got along, the fourth roommate aggressively threatened us daily. The campus solution was to move her one floor up in the same dorm. I left school early as threats continued and i did not feel safe. Nothing was done in preventing this psycho from flipping out and killing us. Food was terrible - Housing was terrible - teachers were terrible. Now i'm stuck with the $10,000 bill from eight weeks of schooling, nothing can be done about the fact i was bullied out of the place but they still want their money and have held documents hostage until i started paying them back. Please don't waste your time in attending this school. You will get nothing out of it but a headache.
I attended the evening division and also took classes online. I worked hard and believe that I received a great education from professors who were knowledgeable and cared about student success. You get what you put in. I currently work in a related field and make over $70,000/yr in Boston, which I feel is adequate for a bachelor's degree. I am currently applying for grad school and have received support from my previous professors at Bay State. I would recommend this school and specifically the CJ program if you are willing to put the work in.
I'M COMPLETELY DISGUSTED WITH BAY STATE COLLEGE!. I'm currently attending this hell hole and there's so many thing's wrong with it. So let me start by saying when I was applying to this school the admissions hounded me down to go to this school. This is a money hungry school that only want you to apply and then when your here they don't give a shit about you. It's a whole scam. The dorm life is absolute trash. There are RATS, bedbugs, food is trash and get my sick. The cafeteria is 15 minutes away, but in the winter it's 20 minutes which is dangerous. Beds are hard as hell and there's no way to get on top of the bed without falling down. The hot water always turns off and on, the computers always freeze, and the printer never works. The only way of getting food is the snack machine which never works. The RA's don't care about me and the heat is never on. There's so much ridiculous rules that aren't necessary. This school has no social life and no one every does anything. The downtown area is okay, but the residential life is so bad that everyone goes home every weekend. Now lets get into the education part of the school. The teachers are all uneducated in what they teach in class. I feel like I'm not learning a damn thing. They fired all the good teachers because of budget cuts. I would say if you still consider this school don't you dare live on campus, you will regret it like I have.
Attendance at this school was one of the worst decisions I have ever made. The instructors look for reasons to fail students and brag about their lack of retention in the program. The professors do not care about the students. Do not waste your time with this school. There are better programs for less money available.
After going through the PTA program, graduating, taking the boards and starting my new career as a licensed PTA, I can honestly say that the PTA program at Bay State College is the best program out there. The clinical placements are amazing and the schools goes out of their way to make sure each placement is a good fit for the student. The practicals are tough but prepare you to step into the real world with the confidence you need to be a good PTA. The professors are there for you and will support you when you reach out for help. They want you to succeed and will go out of their way to help you and share their knowledge. This program is challenging and you will have to work hard and be organized, but when you walk across that stage at graduation you will be ready for your new career as a PTA!
Bay State was the single worst financial decision I've ever made. The college was unbelievably overpriced, staff was incredibly demeaning to the students in the PTA program, and would often brag about how they do not graduating two thirds of the original class. There are several other PTA options in the state that are cheaper worth your time, please do not attend Bay State.
I have read reviews on here claiming the program was great and the teachers cared about the students. That is simply not true. If you asked any student their honest opinion they'd tell you that the teachers only looked out for themselves and making sure they didn't get fired due to budget cuts. The teachers would not only over worked their students but treated them with little to no respect. In the teachers' eyes when they were right they were right and when they were wrong they were right. They found the smallest reason to write you up or to fail you during a practical. I wouldn't recommend this program to anyone.
I will start off by saying I don't know if this review will apply to any other program here besides Entertainment Management, but I have a feeling that many of the issues I have with this college are likely prominent in other programs as well. I can not even begin to explain how poor of an education Bay State really offers. Like any school, if you attend you will find yourself in good, even great classes occasionally, but the negatives just outweigh the bad elements on so many levels. First of all, the school sets up the degree to focus on you on Business and Management, the subjects in which they have acquired the least amount of good teachers. Almost all of the general education classes are a joke, they feel sub-high school level and I've heard this sentiment echoed from so many other students. In terms of major specific classes, I had some okay audio/EM classes my first two semesters, but that was it. Starting your second year, your advancement in learning reaches a plateau. If you are looking to be prepared for a career in the worlds of live sound, or recording, 10 minute youtube tutorials will do you better than most of these classes. Not to mention the fact that the audio recording facilities are awful and outdated, with older versions of updated programs. You would be much better off just spending a couple grand getting a nice project studio space up and running, and learn from friends, online, and trial & error. Teachers will not challenge you, they are looking to dumb down the material as much as possible so everyone gets through as quick as possible. The staff in general is not helpful either. The dorm facilities are awful and depressing. The living conditions are below sub par, the food is terrible and gave everyone stomach aches all the time. The students generally are not invested, and consequentially there is barely any campus initiative. Make sure to commute if you go, because the dorms are truly horrible, but honestly I would shy away from going at all if you are serious about a career in audio or music. One positive thing, I guess, is that if you have a lot of drive, some of the staff have mildly useful connections that can help you get your foot in the door with some corporate audio and live sound stuff. But generally these opportunities are incredibly limited, especially on the EM side (for which there are virtually none) and they are places you could easily get to without a degree anyways. Attending Bay State is an overpriced endeavor, that will actually DISCOURAGE your drive to further your career to focus on terrible classes that are mind numbing to sit through and below an elementary level.
The PTA program at Bay State College was extremely challenging but once I completed it I was ready for my future. Bay state college has a reputation of having the best prepared new graduates out there. As class we are pushed to succeed. One has to go in to this program willing to spend nights and weekend outside of the classroom studying the materials, writing research papers and developing the physical skills. I was embraced that I was struggling to learn the enormous amount of material given to us that I did not ask for help at first. However, later, I learned the most instructors are eager to assist those who ask, inquisitive questions and seek for clarity on topics. With that said they do help you find your independence with research and problem solving, which is needed everyday in this field. I recommend the PTA program at Bay State College!!!
The PTA program at Bay State is incredibly challenging and fast paced however the knowledge and experience I had after these two years well prepared me for my first job in the field. The teachers have varied backgrounds, from orthopedics, geriatrics and peds, to acute care and nursing facilities. The affiliations Bay State has for clinical rotations are the best of any PTA school in the area and I consistently heard from PTs and PTAs in the field that Bay State students are the most well prepared students they've worked with. You will work very hard while in this program, but if you make the effort, you will have a strong career ahead of you. I had no trouble finding a job after graduation and feel I could not have received a better education.