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:
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.
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/
|School||City||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg In-State Tuition||Programs Offered|
|New England College of Business and Finance||Boston||1,131||Four or more years||10,920||14|
|American International College||Springfield||3,377||Four or more years||33,140||76|
|Amherst College||Amherst||1,849||Four or more years||51,620||40|
|Andover Newton Theological School||Newton Centre||161||Four or more years||N/A||6|
|Anna Maria College||Paxton||1,386||Four or more years||33,840||64|
|Babson College||Wellesley||3,165||Four or more years||48,288||5|
|Bancroft School of Massage Therapy||Worcester||65||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||1|
|Boston Baptist College||Boston||77||Four or more years||11,400||3|
|Bay Path University||Longmeadow||3,225||Four or more years||32,739||43|
|Bay State School of Technology||Canton||126||Less than 2 years (below associate)||N/A||8|
|Becker College||Worcester||2,189||Four or more years||33,672||40|
|Bentley University||Waltham||5,506||Four or more years||44,210||60|
|Berklee College of Music||Boston||6,405||Four or more years||40,220||27|
|Berkshire Community College||Pittsfield||1,959||At least 2 but less than 4 years||624||32|
|Boston Architectural College||Boston||737||Four or more years||22,278||9|