Best colleges in Boston

For the Major Leaguers and Ivy Leaguers

An intellectually and culturally driven city

The Greater Boston area is known for its top ranked universities, but don’t let the prestigious institutions intimidate you. There are options for everyone with 33 technical schools, community colleges, and universities with enough programs to suit everyone’s needs. The 3 major universities alone offer more than 400 programs, some of which are the best in the world.* Bostonians take pride in their education, which is why nearly 45% of the people 25 and older have a bachelor's degree or higher.* Unfortunately, Boston shares the same unemployment rates as the national average, but they do make nearly $400 more a week than the average American.* And lawyers, managers, software developers, and accountants on average make more than $78,000 a year.*

Home to The Boston Beer Company, (Samuel Adams Boston Lager) Boston was ranked No. 4 by CNN as one of America’s best beer towns. Which means? Operation Find-A-Brewery should be in full effect once your plane lands. And for all the sports lovers, Boston is home to the Celtics, Bruins and the 2013 World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox. So you’re in for some serious sports entertainment amongst some true diehard fans. Boston is truly the perfect concoction of education, fun, and big city living, so the only thing missing from the mix is you.

*www.cnn.com *Bureau of Labor Statistics *US Census *Forbes, “Boston, MA” *http://www.bu.edu/admissions/about-bu/why-bu/

Best Four Year Universities in Boston

Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers 114 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 3,589 students graduated with students earning 1,760 Master's degrees, 1,142 Bachelor's degrees, and 687 Doctoral degrees.

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Harvard University offers 375 degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 8,377 students graduated with students earning 4,877 Master's degrees, 1,824 Bachelor's degrees, 1,572 Doctoral degrees, 101 Certificates, and 3 Associate's degrees.

Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA

Wellesley College offers 53 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 577 students graduated with students earning 577 Bachelor's degrees.

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Franklin W Olin College of Engineering offers 3 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 78 students graduated with students earning 78 Bachelor's degrees.

Northeastern University offers 186 degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 7,412 students graduated with students earning 4,085 Bachelor's degrees, 2,652 Master's degrees, 644 Doctoral degrees, and 31 Certificates.

Boston University
Boston, MA

Boston University offers 466 degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 11,506 students graduated with students earning 5,495 Master's degrees, 4,411 Bachelor's degrees, 1,118 Doctoral degrees, and 482 Certificates.

Babson College
Wellesley, MA

Babson College offers 9 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,167 students graduated with students earning 548 Bachelor's degrees, 528 Master's degrees, and 91 Certificates.

Brandeis University
Waltham, MA

Brandeis University offers 119 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 1,777 students graduated with students earning 879 Bachelor's degrees, 821 Master's degrees, and 77 Doctoral degrees.

Tufts University
Medford, MA

Tufts University offers 229 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 3,491 students graduated with students earning 1,373 Bachelor's degrees, 1,248 Master's degrees, 652 Doctoral degrees, and 218 Certificates.

Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College offers 177 degree programs. It's a large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 4,058 students graduated with students earning 2,339 Bachelor's degrees, 1,333 Master's degrees, 382 Doctoral degrees, and 4 Certificates.

Best Community Colleges in Boston

FINE Mortuary College
Norwood, MA

FINE Mortuary College offers 1 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 31 students graduated with students earning 31 Associate's degrees.

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Roxbury Community College
Roxbury Crossing, MA

Roxbury Community College offers 30 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 283 students graduated with students earning 266 Associate's degrees, and 17 Certificates.

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North Shore Community College offers 88 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 966 students graduated with students earning 814 Associate's degrees, and 152 Certificates.

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Bunker Hill Community College offers 114 degree programs. It's a large, public, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 1,569 students graduated with students earning 1,260 Associate's degrees, and 309 Certificates.

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Northern Essex Community College offers 98 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 860 students graduated with students earning 622 Associate's degrees, and 238 Certificates.

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Middlesex Community College offers 86 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,196 students graduated with students earning 979 Associate's degrees, and 217 Certificates.

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Massachusetts Bay Community College offers 82 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 671 students graduated with students earning 455 Associate's degrees, and 216 Certificates.

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Massasoit Community College offers 73 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 924 students graduated with students earning 801 Associate's degrees, and 123 Certificates.

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Urban College of Boston offers 6 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 114 students graduated with students earning 60 Associate's degrees, and 54 Certificates.

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Great Bay Community College offers 54 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a small suburb. In 2019, 369 students graduated with students earning 249 Associate's degrees, and 120 Certificates.

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List of all colleges in Boston

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Logo Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
5/5
8 : 1 11,520
Harvard University Logo Harvard University Cambridge, MA
5/5
17 : 1 31,655
Wellesley College Logo Wellesley College Wellesley, MA
5/5
8 : 1 2,519
Franklin W Olin College of Engineering Logo Franklin W Olin College of Engineering Needham, MA
5/5
8 : 1 386
Northeastern University Logo Northeastern University Boston, MA
5/5
16 : 1 22,207
Boston University Logo Boston University Boston, MA
5/5
18 : 1 33,720
Babson College Logo Babson College Wellesley, MA
5/5
17 : 1 3,325
Brandeis University Logo Brandeis University Waltham, MA
5/5
15 : 1 5,825
Tufts University Logo Tufts University Medford, MA
5/5
14 : 1 11,878
Boston College Logo Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
5/5
17 : 1 14,747
Bentley University Logo Bentley University Waltham, MA
5/5
18 : 1 5,314
Emerson College Logo Emerson College Boston, MA
5/5
23 : 1 4,930
The New England Conservatory of Music Logo The New England Conservatory of Music Boston, MA
5/5
7 : 1 843
Massachusetts College of Art and Design Logo Massachusetts College of Art and Design Boston, MA
3/5
17 : 1 2,095
Simmons University Logo Simmons University Boston, MA
5/5
28 : 1 6,535
Hellenic College-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Logo Hellenic College-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Brookline, MA
4/5
6 : 1 130
Gordon College Logo Gordon College Wenham, MA
5/5
22 : 1 1,857
Berklee College of Music Logo Berklee College of Music Boston, MA
5/5
20 : 1 6,999
University of New Hampshire-Main Campus Logo University of New Hampshire-Main Campus Durham, NH
4/5
20 : 1 14,788
University of Massachusetts-Lowell Logo University of Massachusetts-Lowell Lowell, MA
4/5
28 : 1 18,352