List of Colleges in Boston Massachusetts

There are 81 colleges and universities within 25 miles of downtown Boston, Massachusetts. Here we'll be limiting our gaze to public and private not-for-profit institutions, breaking down several of their key qualities to help you get a clearer picture of the colleges around Boston.

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Familiarize yourself with the student populations, net prices, proximity to Boston, and graduation rates of the schools near the city. These statistics have been calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Boston, Massachusetts

There are many colleges located right in the city of Boston, at various distances from downtown. The most centrally located is Suffolk University, a 4-year private school situated directly in downtown. Other nearby colleges include the following:

  • Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (0.7 miles from downtown)
  • Emerson College (0.7 miles from downtown)
  • Fisher College (0.7 miles from downtown)
  • Bunker Hill Community College (1.4 miles from downtown)
  • Emmanuel College (1.8 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Boston, Massachusetts

There are several fairly large colleges in and around Boston. While most of these are subsequently located in urban campus settings, there is also a large suburban college option in the mix. The most populated schools are:

  • Boston University (32,158 students)
  • Harvard University (29,652 students)
  • Northeastern University (19,940 students)
  • University of Massachusetts-Lowell (18,047 students)
  • University of Massachusetts-Boston (17,030 students)

Lowest Net Price

Net price can provide an idea of what college will cost after you've received financial aid. The calculation of it involves a subtraction of the average amount of aid provided from the overall cost of attending college. Over 2014-2015, the lowest net prices around Boston for full-time undergraduate students belonged to:

  • 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

Graduation rates are calculated based on 150% of the usual timespan in which students are able to complete their degree programs. Here we'll again be focusing specifically on full-time undergraduate students, with the best graduation rates around Boston for 2015 being at the following institutions:

  • Urban College of Boston (100%)
  • Harvard University (98%)
  • Tufts University (93%)
  • Wellesley College (93%)

Students in Boston have many quality options close by, with several in-city schools boasting a variety of degree programs and large populations as well as nearby community colleges offering relatively inexpensive net prices.

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