Bristol Community College Partnership

A flexible pathway to a bachelor’s degree

Information for graduates of Bristol Community College

Goddard is a leader in transformative education that joins individual learning with action in the world. We cultivate knowledge, skills, and strategies that respond effectively to the changing needs of communities and circumstances.

Students who graduate from Bristol Community College have a flexible pathway to earning a four-year degree at Goddard College. Our partnership agreement guarantees that students who complete an identified associate degree at Bristol Community College, and who have been accepted for admission into Goddard, may enter with the equivalent of 60 Goddard credits (level 5, or junior standing). Bristol Community College graduates covered under the terms of this agreement will be issued a $1000 Partnership Grant if they enroll. The grant will be awarded to students in two $500 disbursements in their first and second enrolled semester.

How the partnership works:

Goddard agrees to accept at least 60 credits from the following completed Bristol Community College degree programs: Psychology-AA, Environmental Science-AS, Humanities-AA, Fine Arts-AA. This agreement provides a path for Bristol Community College students to transfer smoothly into any of Goddard’s BA or or BFA degree programs.  

Inclusive of Bristol Community College work, up to 75 semester-hour credits may be accepted toward the Goddard College Bachelor of Arts degree through any combination of transfer credit and/or credit awarded through Assessment of Prior Learning (APL).

Learn more about the transfer agreement and the $1,000 grants for Bristol Community College graduates by calling 800.906.8312, writing to or by completing an inquiry form.

To apply:

  • Complete the Online Application for Admission and upload your application essay and any other supplemental materials. The application fee is waived for Bristol Community College graduates.
  • Submit your official transcripts. Ask that the registrar submit transcripts directly to the Goddard College Office of Admissions. In addition to submitting your official Bristol Community College transcripts, please also send transcripts from any previously attended college or university.
  • Schedule an admission interview/conversation with a counselor. Interviews are designed to better familiarize you with Goddard’s educational model and the expectations for student-designed, independent learning.

Contact an admissions counselor today at 800.906.8312 or request more information here.

Low-Residency Education

Low-residency education offers the best of what distance education, online programs, and traditional campus-learning offer: you will have the flexibility to study from home while also being a part of a living, breathing community of learners, faculty, staff and alumni – the larger community of Goddard College.

The progressive pedagogy at Goddard encourages students to pursue areas of unique interest that contribute to the global community and the earth through holistic and multidisciplinary approaches to learning.

  • Flexibility: Goddard offers a flexible degree program that allows you to pursue a degree without uprooting or disrupting your life.
  • Community: Spend 8 days of intensive study per semester in a community of your peers.
  • Individualized Learning: Earn a degree that intimately connects the life you’re living with what you’re learning, and study that is directly relevant to the life you want to live.

About Goddard College

Nestled in rural Vermont, Goddard is a small college for plain living and hard thinking. Goddard is recognized for innovation in education. Its mission is to advance the theory and practice of learning by undertaking new experiments based upon the ideals of democracy and the principles of progressive education asserted by John Dewey. At Goddard, students are regarded as unique individuals who will take charge of their learning and collaborate with other students, staff, and faculty to build a strong community. Goddard encourages students to become creative, passionate, lifelong learners, working and living with an earnest concern for others and the welfare of the Earth.

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