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Waltham, Massachusetts (MA) Colleges and Universities

While there are only two schools in the city of Waltham, you can find a total of 118 schools located within a 25-mile radius. Here, you can find out about some of them and compare them based on proximity to Waltham, student population, net cost, and graduation rate.

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The Waltham area is home to a number of private liberal arts colleges, as well as community colleges, and several public universities. As a prospective student, you can learn more about some of your choices by comparing schools in and around Waltham, based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Waltham, MA

Waltham is located close to Boston, a major college town, so there is no shortage of educational opportunities for students in the area. While only Brandeis and Bentley are in the city limits, there are many schools in close range. Below are the five closest schools:

  • Brandeis University (1.8 miles)
  • Bentley University (2.2 miles)
  • Regis College (3.2 miles)
  • Lasell College (3.8 miles)
  • Massachusetts Bay Community College (5.7 miles)

Largest Schools Near Waltham, MA

When you're choosing a school based on your needs, you might want to consider the size of the student body. All of the largest schools in the Waltham area are universities. Three of the schools are private institutions while the other two are public universities. They are:

  • 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)

Lowest Net Price

The NCES determines the average net cost for U.S. colleges and universities by subtracting the amount of government or institutional financial aid that students receive from the total cost of attendance for full-time undergraduate students. The following schools in the Waltham area have the lowest reported net prices for 2014-2015:

  • Middlesex Community College ($4,384)
  • Bunker Hill Community College ($6,482)
  • Roxbury Community College ($6,977)
  • North Shore Community College ($7,523)
  • Urban College of Boston ($10,046)

Highest Graduation Rate

Schools in the Waltham area have relatively high graduation rates. The reported figures from NCES indicate the number of full-time undergraduate students who graduated within 150% of the 'normal time' it takes to complete their degree program. In the Waltham area, the following schools all have graduation rates of 93% or more for 2015:

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

Keeping cost, distance, school size, and graduation percent in mind, if you're looking to go to school in or around Waltham, MA, there are a lot of different options from which you can choose.

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