Colleges in Boston: Universities, Trade and Technical Schools

As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston has a rich, varied history. That history extends to its educational institutions, which abound in the city and greater metropolitan area. From long-established schools like Harvard University to newer colleges, trade and vocational schools, Boston provides a wide array of options for aspiring students.

Initiatives through the city of Boston and the surrounding area also focus on the financial side of higher education. State programs such as Go Higher! and GEAR UP and school-specific programs like the Affordable Course Materials Initiative at Boston College aim to help students afford the ever-increasing cost of education at Boston colleges.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Boston

Aspiring students in Boston can explore their varied interests through a wealth of trade and technical schools. Students can develop skills at the North Bennett Street School, tackle computers at First Step Coding, learn about the housing market at The Cambridge Real Estate Collaborative or prepare to work on a variety of vehicles at Universal Technical Institute - Norwood. Larger schools, like Bay State College, offer numerous programs designed to get students into the workforce faster through accelerated certificate, diploma and associate degree programs.

Fun Facts about Boston Colleges and Universities

There are more than 35 colleges, universities and community colleges in the city of Boston, educating more than 152,000 students per year. The names of the biggest colleges in Boston read like a "who's who" of higher education: Boston University, Northeastern University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to name just a few. These schools offer an impressive roster of potential degree paths, from accounting to zoo-keeping and everything in between.

When it comes to community colleges in Boston, Bunker Hill Community College leads the way with enrollment of over 19,000 students pursuing more than 100 academic programs.

Graduate Schools in Boston

With so many universities in Boston, there's little wonder at the abundance of graduate programs. Institutions such as Simmons College, Suffolk University and Emerson College are examples of those that offer master's programs. Those seeking a law degree can consider Harvard Law School and Boston University School of Law; those seeking a medical degree might look into those at Harvard, Boston University or Tufts University.

For more information about higher education in the state, view our extensive list of Massachusetts Colleges.


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  • Boston by the Numbers: Colleges and Universities, Boston Redevelopment Authority,, accessed October 2018
Education Institutes in Boston
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Boston
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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