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

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA

College of the Holy Cross offers 50 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 856 students graduated with students earning 856 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
2 Worcester State University Worcester, MA

Worcester State University offers 97 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,508 students graduated with students earning 1,135 Bachelor's degrees, 217 Master's degrees, and 156 Certificates degrees.

3 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA

Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers 125 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,903 students graduated with students earning 1,161 Bachelor's degrees, 696 Master's degrees, and 46 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 24 Reviews
4 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA

Fitchburg State University offers 132 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 1,204 students graduated with students earning 814 Bachelor's degrees, 355 Master's degrees, and 35 Certificates degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
5 Becker College Worcester, MA

Becker College offers 40 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 420 students graduated with students earning 305 Bachelor's degrees, 115 Associate's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
6 Clark University Worcester, MA

Clark University offers 112 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,189 students graduated with students earning 669 Bachelor's degrees, 494 Master's degrees, 24 Doctoral degrees, and 2 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
7 Assumption College Worcester, MA

Assumption College offers 123 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 953 students graduated with students earning 704 Bachelor's degrees, 207 Master's degrees, 41 Certificates degrees, and 1 Associate's degree.

Based on 12 Reviews
8 Nichols College Dudley, MA

Nichols College offers 35 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 447 students graduated with students earning 343 Bachelor's degrees, 101 Master's degrees, and 3 Associate's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
9 Anna Maria College Paxton, MA

Anna Maria College offers 135 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a outlying rural. In 2015, 481 students graduated with students earning 310 Bachelor's degrees, 169 Master's degrees, and 2 Certificates degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Worcester

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 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.

2 Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, MA

Mount Wachusett Community College offers 63 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 982 students graduated with students earning 645 Associate's degrees, and 337 Certificates degrees.

3 Quinebaug Valley Community College Danielson, CT

Quinebaug Valley Community College offers 49 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 334 students graduated with students earning 227 Associate's degrees, and 107 Certificates degrees.

4 Salter College-West Boylston West Boylston, MA

Salter College-West Boylston offers 14 Degree programs. It's a very small private college in a large suburb. In 2015, 346 students graduated with students earning 278 Certificates degrees, and 68 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
College of the Holy Cross College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA
5/5
9 : 1 2,729
Worcester State University Worcester State University Worcester, MA
3/5
24 : 1 6,306
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, MA
5/5
16 : 1 6,573
Fitchburg State University Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
3/5
26 : 1 6,598
Becker College Becker College Worcester, MA
5/5
24 : 1 2,153
Clark University Clark University Worcester, MA
5/5
14 : 1 3,485
Assumption College Assumption College Worcester, MA
5/5
14 : 1 2,675
Quinsigamond Community College Quinsigamond Community College Worcester, MA
2/5
29 : 1 8,064
Nichols College Nichols College Dudley, MA
5/5
23 : 1 1,454
Anna Maria College Anna Maria College Paxton, MA
5/5
17 : 1 1,451
Mount Wachusett Community College Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, MA
2/5
22 : 1 4,074
University Logo Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Worcester Worcester, MA 15 : 1 163
University Logo Southern Worcester County Regional Voc School District Charlton, MA 5 : 1 23
Alexander Academy Alexander Academy Fitchburg, MA 10 : 1 58
Monty Tech Monty Tech Fitchburg, MA 6 : 1 37
University Logo Spa Tech Institute-Westboro Westboro, MA 19 : 1 95
Quinebaug Valley Community College Quinebaug Valley Community College Danielson, CT
2/5
27 : 1 1,680
Salter College-West Boylston Salter College-West Boylston West Boylston, MA 21 : 1 348
Rob Roy Academy-Worcester Rob Roy Academy-Worcester Worcester, MA 15 : 1 155
University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester Worcester, MA 1 : 1 1,079
University Logo Bancroft School of Massage Therapy Worcester, MA 16 : 1 62
University Logo Windham Technical High School Willimantic, CT 9 : 1 9
University Logo Henris School of Hair Design Fitchburg, MA
University Logo Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District Upton, MA 12 : 1 48
Windham Memorial Hospital-Radiologic Technology Program Windham Memorial Hospital-Radiologic Technology Program Willimantic, CT 4 : 1 7

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