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Massachusetts (MA): Universities and Colleges

There are 195 post-secondary institutions in the state of Massachusetts for aspiring students to pursue their post-secondary education. See how some of these schools stack up against each other to find the right school for you.

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Massachusetts contains a diverse and large number of public and private colleges and universities. This article will examine some of these institutions based on their location, size, price, and graduation rate.

Massachusetts Schools Near Large Cities

Most of the urban schools in Massachusetts are located in the greater Boston area. Boston is a well-known college town that offers students a wide range of educational opportunities. Check out some of these universities located in the city of Boston, MA.

  • Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • Suffolk University (Boston, MA)
  • Bunker Hill Community College (Boston, MA)
  • University of Massachusetts - Boston (Boston, MA)
  • Emerson College (Boston, MA)

Largest Schools in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, there are several private and public universities that have large student bodies. Boston University, located right in downtown Boston, is the largest, with over thirty thousand students. Some of the UMass schools also have large numbers of students. Here are the top five largest universities in Massachusetts.

  • Boston University (32,112 students)
  • Harvard University (28,791 students)
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst (28,635 students)
  • Northeastern University (19,798 students)
  • University of Massachusetts - Lowell (17,179 students)

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Lowest Net Price

The cost of college is an important consideration to keep in mind when deciding on where to enroll. Using the NCES College Navigator as a reference, these five community colleges had the lowest net price for the 2015-2016 school year. Numbers were calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid a full-time undergraduate student receives from the total cost.

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

Highest Graduation Rate

Potential students should consider the graduation rate of the schools they are thinking of enrolling in. These percentages can be a huge indicator of the academic success of the school's graduates. According to the NCES College Navigator, these five schools have the highest graduation rates, based on how many students graduated within 150% of the expected time (for 2015-2016).

  • Urban College of Boston (100%)
  • Laboure College (100%)
  • Harvard University (98%)
  • Williams College (96%)
  • Amherst College (95%)

To recap, if you want to go college in Massachusetts, you may want to consider these important factors when deciding which college meets your needs, such as location, student body, net price, and graduation rate

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