Best Colleges in Massachusetts

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With some of the oldest cities and universities in the nation, Massachusetts has a long-standing reputation of world-class education: 114 colleges and universities, including public, private, land-grant, medical, and law schools.* The Bay State has major metro centers in Boston, Worcester, Springfield and more. Despite being the 7th smallest state in the U.S., Massachusetts still has an unemployment rate of 5.8%, less than the national average, and an average weekly wage of $1,131, much higher than the national average.* Popular industries around The Old Colony State include higher education, finance, biotechnology, healthcare, technology and tourism. Recent job growth supports an increase in jobs by 1.2%, and 13 Fortune 500 companies consider Massachusetts home.*

The Bay State is rolling in geographic and topographic features. Mountains, river valleys, sandy beaches, and rocky shorelines offer gorgeous views, scenic vacation spots, and outdoor fun for sport and nature lovers. For all the history buffs, visit Battleship Cove, the Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum, or Old Sturbridge Village. Or show your American spirit when Boston puts on one of the best 4th of July fireworks shows in the country. Enjoy your weekends with Café Fleuri’s chocolate bar buffet, or sip that Boston tea at Twig’s Café in Boylston. Whatever you do, just don’t forget to join the masses who call Massachusetts home.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics *classifications.carnegiefoundation.org *www.bestplaces.net/economy/state/Massachusetts *www.fortune.com *www.visit-massachusetts.com

Best Four Year Universities in Massachusetts

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Harvard University Cambridge, MA

Harvard University offers 399 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 8,014 students graduated with students earning 4,452 Master's degrees, 1,867 Bachelor's degrees, 1,613 Doctoral degrees, 70 Certificates degrees, and 12 Associate's degrees.

Based on 44 Reviews
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA

Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers 153 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 3,770 students graduated with students earning 1,748 Master's degrees, 1,366 Bachelor's degrees, and 656 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 40 Reviews
3 Tufts University Medford, MA

Tufts University offers 299 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 4,482 students graduated with students earning 2,154 Bachelor's degrees, 1,514 Master's degrees, 602 Doctoral degrees, and 212 Certificates degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
4 Williams College Williamstown, MA

Williams College offers 79 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a outlying town. In 2015, 790 students graduated with students earning 749 Bachelor's degrees, and 41 Master's degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
5 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College offers 221 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a small city. In 2015, 4,973 students graduated with students earning 3,090 Bachelor's degrees, 1,472 Master's degrees, 406 Doctoral degrees, and 5 Certificates degrees.

Based on 16 Reviews
6 Brandeis University Waltham, MA

Brandeis University offers 199 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a small city. In 2015, 2,661 students graduated with students earning 1,611 Bachelor's degrees, 939 Master's degrees, 110 Doctoral degrees, and 1 Certificates degree.

Based on 8 Reviews
7 Babson College Wellesley, MA

Babson College offers 5 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,106 students graduated with students earning 569 Master's degrees, 536 Bachelor's degrees, and 1 Certificates degree.

Based on 4 Reviews
8 Wellesley College Wellesley, MA

Wellesley College offers 120 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 761 students graduated with students earning 761 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews
9 Boston University Boston, MA

Boston University offers 612 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 12,140 students graduated with students earning 5,191 Master's degrees, 5,144 Bachelor's degrees, 1,229 Doctoral degrees, and 576 Certificates degrees.

Based on 104 Reviews
10 Northeastern University Boston, MA

Northeastern University offers 277 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 6,637 students graduated with students earning 3,911 Bachelor's degrees, 2,011 Master's degrees, 675 Doctoral degrees, and 40 Certificates degrees.

Based on 48 Reviews

Best Community Colleges in Massachusetts

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Holyoke Community College Holyoke, MA

Holyoke Community College offers 53 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,093 students graduated with students earning 861 Associate's degrees, and 232 Certificates degrees.

2 Springfield Technical Community College Springfield, MA

Springfield Technical Community College offers 115 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,264 students graduated with students earning 1,037 Associate's degrees, and 227 Certificates degrees.

3 Bunker Hill Community College Boston, MA

Bunker Hill Community College offers 116 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large city. In 2015, 1,746 students graduated with students earning 1,269 Associate's degrees, and 477 Certificates degrees.

4 Middlesex Community College Bedford, MA

Middlesex Community College offers 79 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,765 students graduated with students earning 1,300 Associate's degrees, and 465 Certificates degrees.

5 North Shore Community College Danvers, MA

North Shore Community College offers 96 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,167 students graduated with students earning 918 Associate's degrees, and 249 Certificates degrees.

6 Northern Essex Community College Haverhill, MA

Northern Essex Community College offers 103 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,326 students graduated with students earning 805 Associate's degrees, and 521 Certificates degrees.

7 Massasoit Community College Brockton, MA

Massasoit Community College offers 72 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,121 students graduated with students earning 946 Associate's degrees, and 175 Certificates degrees.

8 Bristol Community College Fall River, MA

Bristol Community College offers 108 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,914 students graduated with students earning 1,333 Associate's degrees, and 581 Certificates degrees.

9 Quinsigamond Community College Worcester, MA

Quinsigamond Community College offers 100 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,526 students graduated with students earning 1,151 Associate's degrees, and 375 Certificates degrees.

10 Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills, MA

Massachusetts Bay Community College offers 79 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 997 students graduated with students earning 538 Associate's degrees, and 459 Certificates degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Harvard University Harvard University Cambridge, MA
5/5
14 : 1 29,652
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
5/5
8 : 1 11,331
Tufts University Tufts University Medford, MA
5/5
11 : 1 11,137
Williams College Williams College Williamstown, MA
5/5
7 : 1 2,171
Boston College Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
5/5
15 : 1 14,354
Brandeis University Brandeis University Waltham, MA
5/5
14 : 1 5,752
Babson College Babson College Wellesley, MA
5/5
15 : 1 3,057
Wellesley College Wellesley College Wellesley, MA
5/5
7 : 1 2,510
Boston University Boston University Boston, MA
5/5
11 : 1 32,158
Northeastern University Northeastern University Boston, MA
5/5
15 : 1 19,940
Bentley University Bentley University Waltham, MA
5/5
17 : 1 5,552
Amherst College Amherst College Amherst, MA
5/5
8 : 1 1,795
Emerson College Emerson College Boston, MA
5/5
16 : 1 4,479
University of Massachusetts-Amherst University of Massachusetts-Amherst Amherst, MA
3/5
21 : 1 29,269
Simmons College Simmons College Boston, MA
5/5
14 : 1 5,662
University of Massachusetts-Lowell University of Massachusetts-Lowell Lowell, MA
3/5
25 : 1 18,047
Franklin W Olin College of Engineering Franklin W Olin College of Engineering Needham, MA
5/5
9 : 1 370
College of the Holy Cross College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA
5/5
9 : 1 2,729
MCPHS University MCPHS University Boston, MA
5/5
31 : 1 7,074
Lesley University Lesley University Cambridge, MA
5/5
17 : 1 5,067
Suffolk University Suffolk University Boston, MA
5/5
18 : 1 7,922
Worcester State University Worcester State University Worcester, MA
3/5
24 : 1 6,306
Emmanuel College Emmanuel College Boston, MA
5/5
17 : 1 2,201
Framingham State University Framingham State University Framingham, MA
3/5
27 : 1 6,398
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
5/5
16 : 1 6,573

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