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The Chronicle of Higher Education Names Bay Path University among Fastest-Growing Colleges in Master’s Institution Category in United States

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Longmeadow, MA— The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized Bay Path University in its Almanac of Higher Education 2017 as one of the fastest-growing colleges in the United States, currently ranked 17th in the category of “private nonprofit master’s institutions” with a 113.4% growth rate over a ten year period. Bay Path was the only institution of higher education from Massachusetts on the list.

“This national recognition represents the commitment of talented faculty and staff who truly understand workforce needs and student interests,” University President Carol A. Leary said. “Our growth is based on three key factors: the different levels of education we provide; the variety of modalities we use in our learning environments which include on campus, online, and hybrid; and the continual diversification of our program offerings for both undergraduate and graduate students.”

With the opening of the Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center, Bay Path has seen phenomenal growth in its applied health science degrees, including the Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, and Master of Science in Genetic Counseling, among others. In 2017, Bay Path opened a satellite campus in Concord, MA, offering master’s programs in clinical mental health counseling, developmental psychology, special education administration, occupational therapy and health care administration.

Data contained in the Almanac of Higher Education 2017 are based on fall enrollment of full- and part-time graduate and undergraduate students during the span of 2005-2015, including students that are online-only. The report included all U.S. degree-granting institutions with at least 500 students in 2005. Published by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the annual Almanac of Higher Education is a comprehensive assessment of the higher education industry. It contains over 80 tables of data, among other data points, providing “a portrait of the nation’s multibillion-dollar effort to educate more than 20 million undergraduate and graduate students.”

Mission-driven, Bay Path is continually developing programs that are career-focused, filling a need for educated and trained professionals in our communities, regions, and beyond.

About Bay Path University
Bay Path University was founded in 1897. With locations in Longmeadow (main), East Longmeadow (Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center), Sturbridge (MA), and Concord (MA), Bay Path’s innovative program offerings include traditional undergraduate degrees for women, The American Women's College on-ground and online, the first all-women, all-online accredited bachelor’s degree programs in the country; over 25 graduate programs for women and men; and Strategic Alliances, offering professional development courses for individuals and organizations. Bay Path’s goal is to give students confidence in the fundamentals of their chosen field, the curiosity to question the ordinary, the leadership to show initiative, and the desire to make a difference.