Worcester Colleges and Schools

Students attending colleges in Worcester find themselves in a vibrant and diverse city that's also considered affordable. The downtown attracts students and millennials with a rich cultural life, restaurants, concert and theater venues, and even an underground music scene with the nickname of "Wormtown." Students who attend Worcester colleges can make good use of city's public transit buses to get downtown and around town.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Worcester

Quinsigamond Community College, the largest of the two-year colleges in Worcester, provides 60-plus associate degree programs and more than 50 certificate programs. Upon completing an education program at QCC, students can then transfer to a bachelor's program at a four-year institution or start right away on their career.

Two Worcestor colleges focus on cosmetology and barbering training: The Rob Roy Academy and the Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy.

Fun Facts about Worcester Colleges and Universities

Several universities in Worcester offer bachelor's degree programs.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute launched its project-based learning approach in 1970. Students can expect to learn how to apply classroom experiences to projects with social and global perspectives.

Worcester State University is the largest four-year school in the city. This liberal arts and sciences university has received national acclaim for academics, community service, green initiatives and more.

Since it was founded in 1887, Clark University has been an educational trailblazer in research. It's most popular undergraduate programs are in psychology, economics and biology.

Assumption College and College of the Holy Cross, both private Catholic institutions, offer degree programs in the arts and sciences.

Graduate Schools in Worcester

Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers graduate programs in science, engineering and business.

Worcester State University has graduate programs in education, nursing, public health, healthcare administration and more.

Clark University offers dozens of advanced degree programs. Its research institutes focus on areas ranging from urban education, social justice, and the relationship between humans and the environment.

University of Massachusetts Medical School-Worcester offers only graduate degree programs — in medicine, biomedical science, nursing and medical education.

To see a full list of Massachusetts colleges and universities, trade and vocational schools, visit our Massachusetts colleges page.


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  • National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator, Accessed June 2019, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
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  • Rob Roy Academy-Worcester, Accessed June 2019, http://www.rob-roy.com/locations/
  • Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Worcester, Accessed June 2019, https://worcester.toniguy.edu/
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester, Accessed June 2019, https://umassmed.edu/
  • What's it like to live in Worcester, MA? U.S. News & World Report, Accessed June 2019, https://realestate.usnews.com/places/massachusetts/worcester
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Accessed June 2019, https://www.wpi.edu/
  • Worcester State University, Accessed June 2019, https://www.worcester.edu/

Education Institutes in Worcester
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 Worcester
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, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Worcester
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
Quinsigamond Community College7,263At least 2 but less than 4 years$5,58691
Worcester State University6,217Four or more years$10,16171
Rob Roy Academy-Worcester124Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A3
Assumption College2,428Four or more years$40,95887
University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester1,185Four or more yearsN/A7
Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Worcester231Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Bancroft School of Massage Therapy45Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Becker College1,839Four or more years$39,20053
Clark University3,122Four or more years$45,73078
College of the Holy Cross2,939Four or more years$52,77051
Worcester Polytechnic Institute6,874Four or more years$50,530112
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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