Becker College, an institution with several locations in central Massachusetts, traces its roots to 1784, when it was founded as the Leicester Academy in the small town of the same name. Today, students may rent student housing near Becker's rural campus in Leicester, or enroll at the college's campus in Worcester. Over the years, the institution has staked its claim on a portion of American history, graduating both Eli Whitney, the inventor of the cotton gin, and Robert Goddard, the so-called "Father of Modern Rocketry." The present-day Weller Academic Center quad is also the site of the first perfect game to be pitched in major league baseball. Becker College's historic aura continues to attract many young scholars to student living in New England, and about 1,750 undergraduates now enroll at the school.
Becker offers 27 undergraduate programs, several of which have earned acclaim among the top programs in the nation. It's nursing program ranks among the top 20 producers of registered nurses in Massachusetts, and its video game design and development program ranked in the top 10 nationally by the Princeton Review in consecutive years. Both the Leicester campus and the urban atmosphere of Worcester provide excellent locations for student living and challenging academics.
The school's Worcester campus, located on Sever Street, positions students close to the city's downtown area, and directly beside Elm Park. Students with off campus housing become part of a community that includes the pristine park grounds and the Elm Street Historic District, which recalls New England's characteristic architecture.
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