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Worcester, Massachusetts (MA) Colleges and Universities

Jul 07, 2020

There are a variety of schools in Worcester, Massachusetts, including both public and private institutions. When deciding whether one of them is right for you, it can be helpful to look at data from the National Center for Education Statistics: included here are statistics regarding location, student population, net price and graduation rates.

Closest Schools to Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester is a classic New England city in central Massachusetts. If you're looking to go to school in the Worcester area, check out some of the nearest colleges and universities.

  • Worcester State University (downtown)
  • Assumption College (1.3 miles from downtown)
  • Becker College (1.3 miles from downtown)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1.3 miles from downtown)
  • Clark University (2.4 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Worcester, Massachusetts

Student population size can have a significant impact on your experience as an undergraduate or a graduate student. The largest schools near Worcester are mid-size universities that have between six thousand and nine thousand students.

  • Quinsigamond Community College (7,263 students)
  • Fitchburg State University (7,199 students)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (6,874 students)
  • Worcester State University (6,217 students)
  • Framingham State University (5,565 students)

Lowest Net Price

The NCES determines the average net cost for colleges and universities by subtracting the amount of financial aid full-time undergraduate students typically receive from the total cost of attendance. Students looking to keep college costs to a minimum may want to consider the following five schools, which had the lowest net prices for the 2018-2019 school year.

  • Quinsigamond Community College ($6,972 per year)
  • Mount Wachusett Community College ($8,293 per year)
  • Fitchburg State University ($15,237 per year)
  • Framingham State University ($18,937 per year)
  • Worcester State University ($42,393 per year)

Highest Graduation Rate

The overall graduation rates reported by the NCES represent full-time students who finished within 150% of the normal time it takes to complete their degree program. If graduating on time is important to you, you may want to look into the five schools in Worcester with the highest graduation rates (data based on undergraduate students finishing in 2019).

  • College of the Holy Cross (90%)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (89%)
  • Clark University (79%)
  • Assumption College (70%)
  • Framingham State University (61%)

In summary, when choosing between colleges and universities in the Worcester, Massachusetts, area, it can help to consider location, student population size, overall cost, and graduation rate.

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