The Winter 2015 issue of Bay Pathway, the alumni magazine of Bay Path University, includes a historical sketch of the institution.
The institution was founded in Springfield, MA as co-educational Bay Path Institute in 1897. It moved to Longmeadow, MA in 1945 and the name was changed to Bay Path Secretarial School. It became Bay Path Junior College in 1949. Baccalaureate programs were added after 1988 and it changed the name to Bay Path College. A final name change to Bay Path University was made in 2014.