Best colleges in Worcester

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Yes it’s a city in England and sounds like the hard-to-pronounce condiment. But, Worcester is also home to over 13 colleges and universities, with more than 36,000 students right here in Massachusetts. Worcester has a vibrant economy with an unemployment rate close to the national average. And though Worcester started off as a manufacturing giant, it has transformed into a leader in information technology, biotechnology, healthcare, and medical research.* Sound interesting? Then this is the place for you.

As the second largest city in New England, Worcester has much to offer off campus. There’s the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, the Worcester Art Museum, Mechanics Hall, the Bancroft Tower, and countless park vistas to fill up your free time. And this five-time All American City award recipient provides convenient access to all of New England and its historical and regional excellence.* Experience the heart of Massachusetts for yourself — and get a great education while you’re at it.

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Best Four Year Universities in Worcester

College of the Holy Cross offers 54 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 698 students graduated with students earning 698 Bachelor's degrees.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers 135 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 1,937 students graduated with students earning 1,019 Bachelor's degrees, 791 Master's degrees, 67 Certificates, and 60 Doctoral degrees.

Clark University
Worcester, MA

Clark University offers 79 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 989 students graduated with students earning 553 Bachelor's degrees, 410 Master's degrees, 25 Doctoral degrees, and 1 Certificate.

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Assumption College
Worcester, MA

Assumption College offers 103 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 655 students graduated with students earning 483 Bachelor's degrees, 134 Master's degrees, 36 Certificates, and 2 Associate's degrees.

Worcester State University offers 74 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 1,485 students graduated with students earning 1,111 Bachelor's degrees, 236 Master's degrees, and 138 Certificates.

Fitchburg State University offers 118 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a midsize suburb. In 2019, 1,501 students graduated with students earning 779 Bachelor's degrees, 684 Master's degrees, and 38 Certificates.

Nichols College
Dudley, MA

Nichols College offers 32 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 416 students graduated with students earning 277 Bachelor's degrees, 135 Master's degrees, and 4 Associate's degrees.

Becker College
Worcester, MA

Becker College offers 56 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 425 students graduated with students earning 332 Bachelor's degrees, 83 Associate's degrees, 7 Certificates, and 3 Master's degrees.

Anna Maria College
Paxton, MA

Anna Maria College offers 67 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 407 students graduated with students earning 250 Bachelor's degrees, 149 Master's degrees, and 8 Certificates.

University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester offers 7 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 235 students graduated with students earning 200 Doctoral degrees, 34 Master's degrees, and 1 Certificate.

Best Community Colleges in Worcester

Quinsigamond Community College offers 108 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 1,388 students graduated with students earning 937 Associate's degrees, and 451 Certificates.

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Mount Wachusett Community College offers 78 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 784 students graduated with students earning 572 Associate's degrees, and 212 Certificates.

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Quinebaug Valley Community College offers 68 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 256 students graduated with students earning 161 Associate's degrees, and 95 Certificates.

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List of all colleges in Worcester

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
College of the Holy Cross Logo College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA
5/5
10 : 1 2,963
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Logo Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
5/5
16 : 1 6,894
Clark University Logo Clark University Worcester, MA
5/5
17 : 1 3,498
Assumption College Logo Assumption College Worcester, MA
5/5
17 : 1 2,443
Worcester State University Logo Worcester State University Worcester, MA
3/5
30 : 1 6,204
Fitchburg State University Logo Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
3/5
35 : 1 7,251
Nichols College Logo Nichols College Dudley, MA
5/5
34 : 1 1,560
Becker College Logo Becker College Worcester, MA
5/5
34 : 1 1,698
Anna Maria College Logo Anna Maria College Paxton, MA
5/5
34 : 1 1,441
Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Worcester Logo Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Worcester Worcester, MA     230
Monty Tech Logo Monty Tech Fitchburg, MA     35
Alexander Academy Logo Alexander Academy Lunenburg, MA     67
Quinsigamond Community College Logo Quinsigamond Community College Worcester, MA
2/5
54 : 1 7,291
Mount Wachusett Community College Logo Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, MA
2/5
49 : 1 3,674
Quinebaug Valley Community College Logo Quinebaug Valley Community College Danielson, CT
2/5
48 : 1 1,299
Rob Roy Academy-Worcester Logo Rob Roy Academy-Worcester Worcester, MA     160
Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational School District Logo Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational School District Charlton, MA     30
University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester Logo University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester Worcester, MA   47 : 1 1,234
Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District Logo Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District Upton, MA     26
Spa Tech Institute-Westboro Logo Spa Tech Institute-Westboro Westborough, MA     151