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Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is college with 482 students located in Boston, MA.

Offers Engineering and Tech Degrees, Open Admissions

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The college is proud of its long tradition of educating students for technical careers. We offer our students technical education combined with the core communication and analytical skills that will prepare them to build a viable career.

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is committed to access and opportunity for all students, and provides the academic support and advising to help students reach their goals.

Our most recent graduation statistics show 53% of our students completing their program within three years. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) that number is twice the national average for two-year colleges, and three times greater than the graduation rate for two-year colleges in Massachusetts.

The technical focus of the college has traditionally attracted a predominantly male student body. However, the number of women in the technology fields is growing, and our student population reflects that changing demographic. Currently there are 594 students at the college, 11% female and 89% male. The student body is racially and ethnically diverse, with 57% minority enrollment. Some housing options are available, but most BFIT students are commuters who take advantage of the region's convenient and easily accessible public transportation system. About 80% of the students reside within the greater Boston metropolitan area, with the remainder hailing from other parts of Massachusetts and neighboring New England States.

With the help of our industrial partners and advisory boards, we keep our programs aligned with workplace demands. Our most recent survey of recent graduates indicated that 67% were employed in a field related to their major, and 30% had transferred to a four-year college to complete their baccalaureate degree.

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Student Life

Student Life

Student Body

Total Undergraduates 482
Gender 90% Male / 10% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 86% Full Time / 14% Part Time
Geography 94% In State / 6% Out of State / 1% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 74% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 26%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 4%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 18%
Ethnicity Unknown 12%
Black or African American 31%
Asian 7%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $200.00. Housing deposit due : Jun 1. Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

10% of students live on-campus.

8% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered

Activities

  • Government or Political Activity
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center pre-admission summer program reduced course load remedial instruction study skills assistance tutoring
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries wireless network available dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling personal counseling placement services for graduates veteran's counselor women's services
  • Facilities: extensive learning laboratories for automotive, architecture, computer, electronic, electrical, optician, pharmacy, and mechanical engineering technologies
  • Special Needs Services: partial services for students with learning disabilities wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): english as a second language (esl) liberal arts/career combination double major internships accelerated program dual enrollment of high school students
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician (40%), Biomedical Technology/Technician (10%), Electrician (9%), Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD (8%), Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician (7%), Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician (4%)

Majors Offered

Associates

A program that prepares individuals to adapt and fit corrective eyewear, including eyeglasses and contact lenses, as prescribed by ophthalmologists or optometrists; to assist patients in selecting appropriate frames; and to prepare work orders for ophthalmic laboratory technicians. Includes instruction in geometrical optics, ophthalmic optics, anatomy of the eye, optical instrumentation, use and maintenance of adjustment and cleaning tools, prescription interpretation, contact lens adaptation and fitting, prosthesis fitting, facial and eye measuring, pathology identification, record-keeping, and patient and business administrative tasks.

Job Opportunities:

Opticians, Dispensing
Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses and frames for client according to written optical prescription or specification. Assist client with inserting, removing, and caring for contact lenses. Assist client with selecting frames. Measure customer for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames with facial and eye measurements and optical prescription. Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames. Verify exactness of finished lens spectacles. Adjust frame and lens position to fit client. May shape or reshape frames. Includes contact lens opticians.

Associates

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to develop working drawings and electronic simulations for architectural and related construction projects. Includes instruction in basic construction and structural design, architectural rendering, architectural-aided drafting (CAD), layout and designs, architectural blueprint interpretation, building materials, and basic structural wiring diagramming.

Job Opportunities:

Architectural and Civil Drafters
Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.

A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in developing biological or medical systems and products. Includes instruction in instrument calibration, design and installation testing, system safety and maintenance procedures, procurement and installation procedures, and report preparation.

Job Opportunities:

Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other
All engineering technicians, except drafters, not listed separately.
Medical Equipment Repairers
Test, adjust, or repair biomedical or electromedical equipment.

A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of computer engineers engaged in designing and developing computer systems and installations. Includes instruction in computer electronics and programming, prototype development and testing, systems installation and testing, solid state and microminiature circuitry, peripheral equipment, and report preparation.

Job Opportunities:

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians
Apply electrical and electronic theory and related knowledge, usually under the direction of engineering staff, to design, build, repair, calibrate, and modify electrical components, circuitry, controls, and machinery for subsequent evaluation and use by engineering staff in making engineering design decisions.

A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills to support engineers in developing, implementing, and evaluating computer software and program applications. Includes instruction in computer programming, programming languages, databases, user interfaces, networking and warehousing, encryption and security, software testing and evaluation, and customization.

Job Opportunities:

Computer Programmers
Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.
Software Developers, Applications
Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.
Software Developers, Systems Software
Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. May design embedded systems software. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.

A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of professionals who use computer systems. Includes instruction in basic computer design and architecture, programming, problems of specific computer applications, component and system maintenance and inspection procedures, hardware and software problem diagnosis and repair, and report preparation.

Job Opportunities:

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians
Apply electrical and electronic theory and related knowledge, usually under the direction of engineering staff, to design, build, repair, calibrate, and modify electrical components, circuitry, controls, and machinery for subsequent evaluation and use by engineering staff in making engineering design decisions.

A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of electrical, electronics and communication engineers. Includes instruction in electrical circuitry, prototype development and testing, systems analysis and testing, systems maintenance, instrument calibration, and report preparation.

Job Opportunities:

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians
Apply electrical and electronic theory and related knowledge, usually under the direction of engineering staff, to design, build, repair, calibrate, and modify electrical components, circuitry, controls, and machinery for subsequent evaluation and use by engineering staff in making engineering design decisions.

A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in the design and development phases of a wide variety of projects involving mechanical systems. Includes instruction in principles of mechanics, applications to specific engineering systems, design testing procedures, prototype and operational testing and inspection procedures, manufacturing system-testing procedures, test equipment operation and maintenance, and report preparation.

Job Opportunities:

Mechanical Engineering Technicians
Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or calibrate machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of automobiles. Includes instruction in brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions and drive trains, and heating and air condition systems.

Job Opportunities:

Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment
Install, adjust, or maintain mobile electronics communication equipment, including sound, sonar, security, navigation, and surveillance systems on trains, watercraft, or other mobile equipment.
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles
Install, diagnose, or repair communications, sound, security, or navigation equipment in motor vehicles.
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.

Associates

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of automobiles. Includes instruction in brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions and drive trains, and heating and air condition systems.

Job Opportunities:

Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment
Install, adjust, or maintain mobile electronics communication equipment, including sound, sonar, security, navigation, and surveillance systems on trains, watercraft, or other mobile equipment.
Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles
Install, diagnose, or repair communications, sound, security, or navigation equipment in motor vehicles.
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to install, operate, maintain, and repair electric apparatus and systems such as residential, commercial, and industrial electric-power wiring; and DC and AC motors, controls, and electrical distribution panels. Includes instruction in the principles of electronics and electrical systems, wiring, power transmission, safety, industrial and household appliances, job estimation, electrical testing and inspection, and applicable codes and standards.

Job Opportunities:

First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.
Electricians
Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
Install, program, maintain, or repair security or fire alarm wiring and equipment. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.
Signal and Track Switch Repairers
Install, inspect, test, maintain, or repair electric gate crossings, signals, signal equipment, track switches, section lines, or intercommunications systems within a railroad system.

Administration & Faculty

President George C. Chryssis
President Anthony Benoit
Accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Full-time Faculty 33
Student : Faculty Ratio 10 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 69 : 30
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Admission Considerations

Important: Level Of Applicants Interest, Recommendations, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Standardized Test Scores, Academic GPA

Also Considered: Work Experience, Class Rank, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, Talent Ability, Volunteer Work, Alumni Relation, Application Essay, Character Personal Qualities

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
English 4 0
Math 3 4
Science 3 0
History 1 0
Social Studies 2 0
Foreign Language 0 2
Computer Science 2 0
Science Lab 2 0

Other Application Information: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates SAT or ACT

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $17,246 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $14,955
$30K-$48K $16,367
$48K-$75K $19,062
$75K-$110K $21,247
$110K+ $23,562

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $16,950, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $16,950 Same as On-Campus
Housing $16,900 $6,800
Books $900 $900
Total (before financial aid) $34,750 $24,650

Students Receiving Aid

97% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 85% $6,646
Federal Scholarships/Grants 74% $4,539
Institutional Grants 94% $4,076
Other Federal Grants 21% $428
Other Loans 7% $9,352
Pell Grants 74% $4,419
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 45% $1,204
Student Loans 86% $7,276

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

47% of students graduated in six years.

Rankings

WalletHub

#132 The Best and Worst College Cities and Towns in America

Washington Monthly

#2 National Universities - Bachelor's to PhD Rank
#6 National Universities - Faculty National Academies Rank
#7 National Universities - Science & engineering PhD's awarded Rank
#14 National Universities - Overall Rank
#17 National Universities - Research Expenditures Rank
#27 Affordable Elite Colleges - Overall Rank
#30 National Universities - ROTC Rank
#51 National Universities - Faculty Awards Rank
#144 National Universities - Peace Corps Rank
#172 National Universities - Community Service Participation Rank
#173 National Universities - Federal Work-Study Funds Spent on Service Rank
#174 National Universities - Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Rank
#212 National Universities - Graduation Rate Rank
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