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Boston Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Boston Colleges and Schools

Colleges in Boston, Massachusetts

There are at least 38 colleges in Boston, listed and described below. These schools represent 126,895 or more students (full-time and part-time), a combined student body equivalent to 106,749 full-time students, and a reported 28,595 dorm rooms.

The largest schools here include Boston University, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts-Boston and Suffolk University. For a prestigious selective school, you might want to look at Boston University, Emerson College or Northeastern University.

We also provide an extensive list of Massachusetts Colleges.

Of Note For College Students

  • There are a lot of studio and one-bedroom apartments in Boston.
  • Housing and buildings in Boston tend to be older than other areas.
  • A lot of people walk and bicycle in Boston.

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Lincoln Tech


Somerville, MA

Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln Tech.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Diploma, Associate

National Aviation Academy


Bedford, MA

National Aviation Academy is a nationally recognized Aviation Maintenance training school, headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. Our programs prepare students for certification by the Federal Aviation Administration.

  • Program Categories: Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Associate, Certificate

Universal Technical Institute


Norwood, MA

At Universal Technical Institute (UTI), you won’t just train for a career. 

  • Program Categories: Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Diploma
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Colleges in Boston with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Bay State College
122 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: animation and special effects, business management, criminal justice and safety, fashion merchandising, merchandising sales and marketing, medical assistant, child care management, physical therapist assistant
  • Degrees/Certificates: Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 354 students, 643 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 175 student capacity.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

  • Programs: music theory and composition, music, music management, recording arts tech, music performance, music teaching, music therapy, various music studies
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 4,090 students, 4,277 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 748 student capacity.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

Boston Baptist College
950 Metropolitan Ave
Boston, MA 02136-4030

  • Programs: bible studies
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 153 students, 104 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 135 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 420-600. Math: 380-500.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Boston University
One Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, psychology, communication studies, international relations, economics, law, journalism, biological and biomedical sciences
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 32,053 students, 28,628 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 10,616 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 580-680. Math: 590-690. Writing: 590-670.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Butera School of Art
111 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02116

  • Programs: commercial art
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 56 students, 30 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Emerson College
120 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116-4624

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: radio and television, creative writing, marketing, cinematography, drama, publishing, broadcast journalism, speech pathology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's.
  • Student Body: 4,380 students, 4,102 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,644 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 580-680. Math: 550-640. Writing: 580-670.
  • Flexibility: AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Emmanuel College Boston
400 the Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, communication studies, counseling psychology, elementary school teaching, registered nursing, human resources, liberal arts and sciences, history
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 2,467 students, 2,245 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,220 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 490-590. Math: 480-580.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Fisher College
118 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02116

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, general studies, medical coding, medical records tech, accounting, early childhood education, administrative assistant, medical assistant
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 1,225 students, 1,103 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 328 student capacity.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

Laboure College
2120 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02124-5698

  • Programs: registered nursing, medical records tech, radiation therapist, electroencephalographic tech, human nutrition
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 548 students, 330 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
621 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115-5882

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: art education, graphic design, fashion design, painting, illustration, photography, film and photography, industrial design
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 2,312 students, 1,845 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 370 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 510-620. Math: 480-590. Writing: 500-600.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
179 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115-5896

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: pharmacy, dental hygienist, registered nursing, physician assistant, pharmacy courses, radiographer, nuclear medical tech, pharmacy administration
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 3,626 students, 3,620 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 727 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 470-560. Math: 490-585. Writing: 480-570.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

Massachusetts General Hospital Dietetic Internship
Fruit St
Boston, MA 02114-2696

  • Programs: dietitian
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 22 students, 12 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling.

Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
221 Rivermoor St
Boston, MA 02132

  • Programs: clinical psychology, school psychology, psychopharmacology, counseling psychology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Master's. Doctor's.
  • Student Body: 304 students, 267 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning.
  • Notable: Remedial services.

MGH Institute of Health Professions
36 1st Avenue
Boston, MA 02129-4557

  • Programs: various nursing, communication disorders, physical therapy, communication disorders services, radiographer, health professions
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 864 students, 774 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare.

New England College of Optometry
424 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02115

  • Programs: optometry, ophthalmic support services, vision science
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Master's.
  • Student Body: 464 students, 471 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

New England Law-Boston
154 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116

  • Programs: law
  • Degrees/Certificates: First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 1,103 students.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Study abroad option.

New England School of Photography
537 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

  • Programs: photography
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 142 students, 142 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance.

North Bennet Street School
39 North Bennet St
Boston, MA 02113-1914

  • Programs: carpentry, musical instrument repair, furniture design, locksmith, precision production, jewelrymaking
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 155 students, 153 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Notable: Placement assistance.

Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115-5000

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business, accounting, finance, criminal justice and safety, law, physical therapy, marketing, school psychology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's. First-professional degree.
  • Student Body: 24,434 students, 21,484 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 7,425 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 580-660. Math: 610-690. Writing: 580-670.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Saint John's Seminary
127 Lake St
Brighton, MA 02135

  • Programs: theological and ministerial studies, pre-ministerial studies, ministry, theology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 118 students, 99 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 92 student capacity.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston
230 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115-5596

  • Programs: fine arts, art education, graphic design, illustration
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 797 students, 749 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 60 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 510-610. Math: 450-580. Writing: 485-600.
  • Flexibility: Credit for experience. AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115-5898

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: library science, special ed, business management, registered nursing, social work, communication studies, physical therapy, elementary school teaching
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's.
  • Student Body: 4,733 students, 4,393 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,139 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 510-600. Math: 500-590. Writing: 520-620.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Suffolk University
8 Ashburton Pl Beacon Hill
Boston, MA 02108-2770

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: law, business management, accounting, finance, criminology, marketing, public administration, public relations
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 9,103 students, 6,481 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,048 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 450-550. Math: 450-560. Writing: 450-560.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

The Boston Conservatory
8 the Fenway
Boston, MA 02215

  • Programs: music, various performing arts, dance
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 630 students, 646 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 200 student capacity.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

The New England Conservatory of Music
290 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115-5018

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: violin, guitar, and strings, jazz, voice, music performance, piano, music theory and composition, music pedagogy, music history and theory
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's.
  • Student Body: 787 students, 741 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 154 student capacity.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

University of Massachusetts-Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125-3393

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, teacher education, psychology, registered nursing, English, criminal justice and safety, sociology, special ed
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's. Doctor's.
  • Student Body: 13,433 students, 10,333 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 420-550. Math: 450-560.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Wheelock College
200 the Riverway
Boston, MA 02215-4176

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: family studies, early childhood education, social work, elementary school teaching, child development, special ed, visual and performing arts, American studies
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 1,086 students, 1,074 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 540 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 440-520. Math: 420-530. Writing: 430-540.
  • Flexibility: Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Boston Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
41 Berkeley St
Boston, MA 02116

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: automotive tech, automobile mechanics, electronics tech, HVAC, electrician, biomedical tech, pharmacy tech, mechanical engineering tech
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 513 students, 484 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 42 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Member of a national athletic association.

Boston Architectural College
320 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115-2703

  • Programs: architecture, architectural services, interior architecture, environmental design
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 1,338 students, 1,081 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Ave
Boston, MA 02129-2925

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: registered nursing, business management, general studies, medical assistant, radiation therapist, criminal justice and police, accounting, psychology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 8,806 students, 5,538 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

Roxbury Community College
1234 Columbus Ave
Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120-3400

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and humanities, registered nursing, business management, biology, criminal justice and safety, early childhood education, business and related services, radiation therapist
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 2,398 students, 1,513 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Credit for experience. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Member of a national athletic association.

Urban College of Boston
178 Tremont St 7th Fl
Boston, MA 02111-1093

  • Programs: early childhood education, human services, general studies
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 673 students, 247 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Credit for experience.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services.

Wentworth Institute of Technology
550 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: architectural engineering tech, mechanical engineering tech, construction management, civil engineering tech, architecture, electronics tech, computer science, computer engineering tech
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's. Bachelor's.
  • Student Body: 3,728 students, 3,140 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,932 student capacity.
  • Flexibility: Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.
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Colleges in Nearby Cities and Towns

(Student count includes part-time and full-time; not all students live in the city or town. Data as of 2007.)

City/Town Colleges Pop.
(2000)
Students Dorms
Brookline Colleges 4 57,107 1,566 497
Cambridge Colleges 10 101,355 48,599 19,021
Malden Colleges 3 56,340 44  
Medford Colleges 3 55,765 10,202 3,396
Milton Colleges 1 26,062 3,182 1,423
Watertown Colleges 2 32,986 225  

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