Colleges in Massachusetts: Universities, Trade and Technical Schools

Massachusetts Colleges Summary

Massachusetts is known for its college towns (Boston and Amherst), and is home to more than 180 colleges and adult education institutions. Most of the colleges in Massachusetts — 80% — are private.

The state's public colleges and universities include 15 community colleges and 9 state universities, the largest of which is the University of Massachusetts (50,000 students on 4 campuses and a medical school).

Four of the most famous and highly acclaimed private universities in Massachusetts are:

  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Boston College
  • Boston University

Online Education in Massachusetts

Online learning is alive and well in Massachusetts. The University of Massachusetts makes 150 of its on-campus degree programs available online via UMassOnline. Massachusetts Colleges Online is a consortium of community and state colleges in Massachusetts that share their online courses and programs with students throughout the state and beyond.

Education Initiatives in Massachusetts

The state makes several education initiatives available to students. The Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership allows Massachusetts high school students to take college-level courses at a discount, earning credit toward high school completion and their future college degrees. MassTransfer is a collaboration between Massachusetts community colleges, state universities and the University of Massachusetts and allows for students to transfer seamlessly, minimizing the time it takes to earn a bachelor's degree.

Massachusetts also participates in national initiative such as Achieving the Dream and Complete College America. Both programs aim to increase college completion rates and close achievement gaps, especially among traditionally underrepresented groups.

For more information on the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, see http://www.mass.edu/


  • Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, Accessed March 2018, http://www.mass.edu/
  • Harvard University, Accessed March 2018 https://www.harvard.edu/
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Accessed March 2018, http://web.mit.edu/
  • National Partnerships: Achieving the Dream and Complete College America, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, Accessed April 2018, http://www.mass.edu/strategic/comp_national.asp

Selected Massachusetts Colleges and Universities

Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts

SchoolCityStudentsDormsOpen AdmissionTypical SAT Range
Ailano School of CosmetologyBrockton38  Yes
American International CollegeSpringfield2,678 842NoV: 420-510
M: 420-520
W: 420-500
Amherst CollegeAmherst1,683 1,728NoV: 660-760
M: 660-760
W: 660-760
Andover Newton Theological SchoolNewton Centre350 141No
Anna Maria CollegePaxton1,244 550NoV: 380-485
M: 380-490
Assumption CollegeWorcester2,872 1,940NoV: 480-580
M: 480-585
Atlantic Union CollegeSouth Lancaster562 56Yes
Babson CollegeWellesley3,434 1,630NoV: 555-650
M: 610-690
W: 580-660
Bancroft School of Massage TherapyWorcester112  No
Bard College at Simon's RockGreat Barrington403 400No
Bay Path CollegeLongmeadow1,603 375NoV: 430-540
M: 420-530
W: 420-540
Bay State CollegeBoston354 175No
Bay State School of TechnologyCanton244  Yes
Becker CollegeWorcester1,800 696NoV: 380-480
M: 390-490
Benjamin Franklin Institute of TechnologyBoston513 42Yes
Bentley UniversityWaltham5,636 3,390NoV: 550-630
M: 610-680
W: 550-650
Berklee College of MusicBoston4,090 748No
Berkshire Community CollegePittsfield2,267  Yes
Blessed John XXIII National SeminaryWeston56 90No
Blue Hills Regional Technical SchoolCanton55  No
Boston Architectural CollegeBoston1,338  Yes
Boston Baptist CollegeBoston153 135NoV: 420-600
M: 380-500
Boston CollegeChestnut Hill14,621 7,413NoV: 610-700
M: 640-730
W: 620-710
Boston Graduate School of PsychoanalysisBrookline178  No
Boston UniversityBoston32,053 10,616NoV: 580-680
M: 590-690
W: 590-670
Brandeis UniversityWaltham5,333 2,669NoV: 630-720
M: 650-740
Bridgewater State CollegeBridgewater9,934 2,717NoV: 460-560
M: 470-560
Bristol Community CollegeFall River7,388  Yes
Bunker Hill Community CollegeBoston8,806  Yes
Butera School of ArtBoston56  No
Cambridge CollegeCambridge5,355  Yes
Cape Cod Community CollegeWest Barnstable4,299  Yes
Clark UniversityWorcester3,210 1,813NoV: 550-660
M: 540-650
College of Our Lady of the ElmsChicopee1,258 396NoV: 421-520
M: 420-520
W: 420-530
College of the Holy CrossWorcester2,847 2,342NoV: 580-670
M: 600-680
Conway School of Landscape DesignConway19  No
Curry CollegeMilton3,182 1,423NoV: 468-585
M: 471-550
Dean CollegeFranklin1,302 916NoV: 390-490
M: 380-490
Diman Regional Technical InstituteFall River93  No
Eastern Nazarene CollegeQuincy1,075 686NoV: 440-560
M: 420-570
W: 430-570
EINETewksbury37  Yes
Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics and Massage TherapyMedford106  Yes
Emerson CollegeBoston4,380 1,644NoV: 580-680
M: 550-640
W: 580-670
Emmanuel College BostonBoston2,467 1,220NoV: 490-590
M: 480-580
Endicott CollegeBeverly3,710 1,689NoV: 490-580
M: 490-590
W: 490-570
Episcopal Divinity SchoolCambridge108 34No
FINE Mortuary CollegeNorwood70  Yes
Fisher CollegeBoston1,225 328No
Fitchburg State CollegeFitchburg6,692 1,540NoV: 440-560
M: 460-560
Framingham State CollegeFramingham5,903 1,543NoV: 470-560
M: 470-560
Franklin W. Olin College of EngineeringNeedham299 355NoV: 700-790
M: 740-800
W: 670-770
Gordon College WenhamWenham1,648 1,382NoV: 530-650
M: 520-620
W: 530-650
Gordon Conwell Theological SeminarySouth Hamilton2,134 369No
Greenfield Community CollegeGreenfield2,236  Yes
Hair in Motion Beauty AcademyWorcester34  Yes
Hallmark Institute of PhotographyTurners Falls229  No
Hampshire CollegeAmherst1,431 1,191NoV: 610-700
M: 540-660
W: 590-700
Harvard UniversityCambridge25,690 13,042NoV: 690-800
M: 700-780
W: 690-790
Hebrew CollegeNewton Centre201  No
Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of TheologyBrookline186 184Yes
Henris School of Hair DesignFitchburg28  Yes
Holyoke Community CollegeHolyoke6,461  Yes
Kay Harvey Academy of Hair DesignWest Springfield74  Yes
La Baron Hairdressing Academy BrocktonBrockton26  Yes
La Baron Hairdressing Academy New BedfordNew Bedford33  Yes
Laboure CollegeBoston548  No
Lasell CollegeNewton1,403 1,096NoV: 450-530
M: 460-540
W: 450-540
Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of NursingMedford338  NoV: 450-550
M: 490-540
W: 540-550
Lesley UniversityCambridge7,003 665NoV: 490-600
M: 460-560
W: 490-590
Longy School of MusicCambridge223  No
Lowell Academy Hairstyling InstituteLowell86  Yes
Mansfield Beauty Schools QuincyQuincy72  Yes
Mansfield Beauty Schools SpringfieldSpringfield45  Yes
Marian Court CollegeSwampscott257  No
Massachusetts Bay Community CollegeWellesley Hills5,018  Yes
Massachusetts College of Art and DesignBoston2,312 370NoV: 510-620
M: 480-590
W: 500-600
Massachusetts College of Liberal ArtsNorth Adams1,841 1,010NoV: 460-580
M: 440-540
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesBoston3,626 727NoV: 470-560
M: 490-585
W: 480-570
Massachusetts General Hospital Dietetic InternshipBoston22  No
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridge10,220 5,280NoV: 660-760
M: 720-800
W: 660-750
Massachusetts Maritime AcademyBuzzards Bay1,135 1,058NoV: 410-550
M: 480-580
W: 410-550
Massachusetts School of Barbering and Men's HairstylingQuincy56  Yes
Massachusetts School of LawAndover636  No
Massachusetts School of Professional PsychologyBoston304  No
Massasoit Community CollegeBrockton7,064  Yes
Medical Professional InstituteMalden44  Yes
Merrimack CollegeNorth Andover2,098 1,570No
MGH Institute of Health ProfessionsBoston864  No
Middlesex Community College BedfordBedford8,124  Yes
Montserrat College of ArtBeverly285 145Yes
Monty TechFitchburg41  No
Mount Holyoke CollegeSouth Hadley2,204 2,125No
Mount Ida CollegeNewton1,429 984NoV: 390-490
M: 380-490
W: 400-500
Mount Wachusett Community CollegeGardner4,147  Yes
National Graduate School of Quality ManagementFalmouth252  No
New England College of OptometryBoston464  No
New England Law BostonBoston1,103  No
New England School of AcupunctureNewton220  No
New England School of PhotographyBoston142  No
Newbury College BrooklineBrookline1,202 313Yes
Nichols CollegeDudley1,477 915NoV: 410-500
M: 420-520
W: 420-500
North Bennet Street SchoolBoston155  No
North Shore Community CollegeDanvers7,107  Yes
Northeastern UniversityBoston24,434 7,425NoV: 580-660
M: 610-690
W: 580-670
Northern Essex Community CollegeHaverhill6,526  Yes
Pine Manor CollegeChestnut Hill472 460NoV: 340-450
M: 340-460
Quincy CollegeQuincy3,932  Yes
Quinsigamond Community CollegeWorcester6,654  Yes
Regis CollegeWeston1,511 538NoV: 390-490
M: 400-500
W: 400-500
Rob Roy AcademyWorcester204  Yes
Rob Roy Academy Fall RiverFall River157  Yes
Rob Roy Academy New BedfordNew Bedford38  Yes
Rob Roy Academy TauntonTaunton71  Yes
Roxbury Community CollegeRoxbury Crossing2,398  Yes
Saint John's SeminaryBrighton118 92No
School of the Museum of Fine Arts BostonBoston797 60NoV: 510-610
M: 450-580
W: 485-600
Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical SchoolBillerica42  No
Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of NursingBrockton287  NoV: 445-520
M: 425-490
W: 450-510
Simmons CollegeBoston4,733 1,139NoV: 510-600
M: 500-590
W: 520-620
Smith CollegeNorthampton3,065 2,441NoV: 600-710
M: 570-680
W: 590-700
Southeastern Technical InstituteSouth Easton123  No
Southern New England School of LawNorth Dartmouth256  No
Springfield Technical Community CollegeSpringfield6,074  Yes
Stonehill CollegeEaston2,450 1,891No
Suffolk UniversityBoston9,103 1,048NoV: 450-550
M: 450-560
W: 450-560
Sullivan and Cogliano Training CenterBrockton320  Yes
The Boston ConservatoryBoston630 200No
The New England Conservatory of MusicBoston787 154No
Tufts UniversityMedford9,758 3,396NoV: 670-750
M: 670-750
W: 670-760
University of Massachusetts AmherstAmherst25,873 11,982NoV: 510-620
M: 540-640
University of Massachusetts BostonBoston13,433  NoV: 420-550
M: 450-560
University of Massachusetts DartmouthNorth Dartmouth9,080 4,491NoV: 470-570
M: 490-590
University of Massachusetts LowellLowell11,635 2,670NoV: 480-570
M: 500-610
University of Massachusetts Medical School WorcesterWorcester1,013  No
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical SchoolBourne68  No
Urban College of BostonBoston673  Yes
Wellesley CollegeWellesley2,380 2,187NoV: 640-740
M: 630-725
W: 650-740
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyBoston3,728 1,932Yes
Western New England CollegeSpringfield3,657 1,985NoV: 470-560
M: 485-590
Westfield State CollegeWestfield5,392 2,600NoV: 450-540
M: 470-560
Wheaton College NortonNorton1,657 1,474No
Wheelock CollegeBoston1,086 540NoV: 440-520
M: 420-530
W: 430-540
Williams CollegeWilliamstown2,073 1,918NoV: 660-760
M: 660-760
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcester4,158 1,495No
Worcester State CollegeWorcester5,358 1,000NoV: 450-540
M: 450-560
W: 450-540
Zion Bible CollegeHaverhill265 330Yes
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