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Brookline, Massachusetts (MA) Colleges and Universities

While there are only four schools in Brookline, MA, there are at least 122 schools located within a 25-mile radius. Read about the top schools in several categories, including lowest net price and highest graduation rates, to find the school for you.

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Brookline is right next door to Boston, which means most local college students should have no trouble locating an institution nearby that meets their academic needs. In this article, we compare some of the public and private non-specialty schools according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Brookline, Massachusetts

There are multiple schools that are in very close proximity to downtown Brookline. Students can choose from undergraduate or graduate level programs at mostly private, but some public, institutions in the area.

  • Newbury College (located downtown)
  • Boston College (1.5 miles from downtown)
  • Pine Manor College (1.5 miles from downtown)
  • Roxbury Community College (1.8 miles from downtown)
  • Boston University (1.8 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Brookline, Massachusetts

Several large schools are near Brookline for students wishing to attend a big school. Most of these schools are 4-year institutions, but are still a mix of public and private schools.

  • Boston University (32,112 students)
  • Harvard University (28,791 students)
  • Northeastern University (19,798 students)
  • University of Massachusetts-Lowell (17,179 students)
  • University of Massachusetts-Boston (16,756 students)

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Lowest Net Price

NCES determines the net price for a school by calculating the average yearly cost for in-district or in-state tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies and other related expenses and then subtracting the amount of the average financial aid package for full-time undergraduates. When looking at net prices for 2014-2015, the NCES determined that many of the schools with lowest prices were community colleges near Brookline.

  • Middlesex Community College ($4,384)
  • Bunker Hill Community College ($6,842)
  • Roxbury Community College ($6,977)
  • North Shore Community College ($7,523)
  • Massasoit Community College ($7,663)

Highest Graduation Rate

The graduation rates below, per data from NCES, were based on full-time undergraduate, bachelor's degree-seeking students who graduated within six years, or 150% of 'normal' time. Some of the schools with higher graduation rates in Brookline, presented below, had rates of over 90% for students who graduated in 2014-2015.

  • Harvard University (98% graduation rate)
  • Wellesley College (93%)
  • Tufts University (93%)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (92%)
  • Boston College (92%)

Brookline, Massachusetts and the surrounding area offers over 100 schools, both 2-year or 4-year public and private schools, for students wishing to stay in the area.

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