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Worcester, Massachusetts (MA) Colleges and Universities

There are 25 colleges and universities within a 25-mile radius of Worcester, Massachusetts. If you're interested in going to school in the area, it can be helpful to get information about the location, student population size, net price, and graduation rate of some of these institutions

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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 (8,452 students)
  • Fitchburg State University (6,810 students)
  • Framingham State University (6,499 students)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (6,381 students)
  • Worcester State University (6,350 students)

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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 2014-2015 school year.

  • Quinsigamond Community College ($6,758 per year)
  • Mount Wachusett Community College ($7,839 per year)
  • Fitchburg State University ($12,833 per year)
  • Worcester State University ($14,275 per year)
  • Framingham State University ($18,027)

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 2015).

  • College of the Holy Cross (92%)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (85%)
  • Clark University (83%)
  • Assumption College (73%)
  • Framingham State University (56%)

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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