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.
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.
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.
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.