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State Schools in Massachusetts with Program Information

There are 42 state schools in Massachusetts. Read about the schools with the highest graduation rates, largest populations, and lowest costs to find the school for you.

The following pertains to state schools in Massachusetts. Continue reading to learn about their net prices, proximity to major cities, graduation rates, and student population. All data is from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Massachusetts State Schools Near Large Cities

You can find state schools in the major cities of Boston, Lowell, Worcester, and Brockton. If you are looking to be located in a populated area, investigate the following schools in the state of Massachusetts:

  • University of Massachusetts - Lowell (located in Lowell)
  • Bunker Hill Community College (located in Boston)
  • University of Massachusetts - Boston (located in Boston)
  • Quinsigamond Community College (located in Worcester)
  • Massasoit Community College (located in Brockton)

Largest State Schools in Massachusetts

The state school with the most students in Massachusetts is the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The institution had 28,635 students for the 2014-2015 year, with 22,252 of those students being undergraduates. The most populous schools listed below all had over 9,000 students that year.

  • University of Massachusetts - Lowell (17,179 students)
  • University of Massachusetts - Boston (16,756 students)
  • Bunker Hill Community College (14,253 students)
  • Bridgewater State University (11,187 students)
  • Middlesex Community College (9,205 students)

Lowest Net Price

The following net prices are found in the NCES for the 2014-2015 school year. The five institutions with the lowest net prices all had amounts below $7,000. If cost is a priority for you, look into the following the schools:

  • Middlesex Community College ($4,384)
  • Bristol Community College ($6,306)
  • Quinsigamond Community College ($6,758)
  • Bunker Hill Community College ($6,842)
  • Holyoke Community College ($6,914)

Highest Graduation Rate

Two state schools in Massachusetts had a graduation rate above 70% in 2014-2015. The top five institutions all had rates that are above the 50% mark. The NCES determines this number using full-time undergraduates who completed their programs within 150% of the regular time.

  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst (78% graduation rate)
  • Westfield State University (63% graduation rate)
  • Bridgewater State University (58% graduation rate)
  • Framingham State University (56% graduation rate)
  • University of Massachusetts-Lowell (56% graduation rate)

The aforementioned schools are options to look into for those seeking low net costs, high student populations, strong graduation rates, and closeness to cities in Massachusetts.

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