Colleges in Boston

Colleges in Boston

As the capital, and largest city in Massachusetts, Boston was founded in 1630 and is called home by more than 50 postsecondary institutions. The array includes junior and undergraduate colleges, research universities, and special-focus institutions, all of which are nestled in the 128/95/1 highway loop. Expanding to include the Boston Metropolitan area, there are more than 100 colleges and universities in the area. Boston is known as a center of education and culture, as well as a manufacturer hub and port, which have led to it being named a global city. It is officially divided into 23 neighborhoods, many of which grew organically, so they don’t boast any grid planning. However, the city is compact and is known for its pedestrian and public transit commuters, largely in part to its large student population.

As one of the oldest cities in the US, Boston also hosts some of the oldest schools, including Harvard University, which raised its walls just six years after the city came into existence. The oldest women’s college in the state is Mount Holyoke College, founded in 1837, and both institutions are still accepting and educating students today. The city is also known for its civic support of music and is home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as annual events such as the Boston Early Music Festival. The Berklee College of Music, the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world, is based in Boston, along with the New England Conservatory, the oldest independent conservatory in the US.

There are five public institutions within the Boston city limits, including four run by the state of Massachusetts: the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Roxbury Community College, the University of Massachusetts in Boston (UMass), and the largest community college in the state, Bunker Hill. Other institutions of note in the most populous city in New England include: Tufts University, Brandeis University, Amherst College, and Wellesley College.

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Harvard College is an undergraduate liberal arts school located in Cambridge, MA, within Harvard University. Founded in 1636, this private, very selective, Ivy League college is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and was...

“…With its liberal arts focus, Harvard provides the type of education that helps you to become a better thinker. You probably won't gain as much concrete knowledge here as you would at a non-liberal arts college, but I think this has more to do with...” – Cindy

Boston University is a private, non-profit university with a heavy emphasis on research. BU’s main location is right in its name—Boston, MA—but the university has flagship locations around the world, including in London, Sydney, and Washington, DC,...

“…The faculty is usually attentive and pretty entertaining. Most professors know exactly what they're talking about and provide insight into difficult fields with ease. I took the Core Curriculum and am learning much about history and philosophy. I...” – Alex from Waco, TX

A private research institution located in Boston, Northeastern University was founded in 1898. Northeastern is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 90 academic majors. Additionally, the university operates a...

“…I'm learning so much from Northeastern. I'm currently a psychology major and a music industry minor. I absolutely love it here because there is so many diverse majors and minors that I can do. One of the greatest things here is that I can always see...” – Xiangling from Staten Island`, NY

Boston College is a 4-year Jesuit Catholic University and the first institution of higher learning founded in the city of Boston. BC is home to eight schools and colleges conferring degrees in over 50 fields of study. As a Catholic university, Boston...

“…BC lives up to its Jesuit ideal in offering a well rounded, liberal arts experience. Small class sizes and engaging professors are essential parts of all classes. BC accepts a great deal of AP and SAT II credits, exempt students from less interesting...” – Andrea from Lake Forest, CA

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, more commonly referred to as MIT, is a private research university that focuses on scientific and technological research. Located on 166 acres of land in Cambridge, MA, MIT maintains five schools hosting 30...

“…MIT is the #1 Engineering school in the nation and perhaps the world. However, even those studying other subjects have come to a University that pushes the limits of time management and, quite plainly, one's genius. This University requires its...” – Aaron from Farmington Hills, MI

Emerson College is liberal arts college focusing on communication and the arts located in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1880 as a "school of oratory," Emerson still focuses largely on communication, just through 26 majors that culminate in a...

“…Emerson is teaching me a great deal about the arts that I was never able to learn in my basic college-prep high school program. As a Writing, Literature, and Publishing major, I'm learning a lot about how real world events influence the creation of...” – Erika from Trainer, PA

Located a short walk from the Massachusetts State House and Boston Common, Suffolk University is a private research institution in Boston. Suffolk confers undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 100 fields of study. For students interested in...

“…The professors are really great. They tell personal experiences that you can learn from and relate to and are always available for extra help or a question. They really help you learn and care about your success.” – Ashley from Everett, MA

Brandeis University is a private, nonsectarian institution founded by the Jewish community and named after the Supreme Court’s first Jewish justice. The 235-acre campus is located in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, and home to more than 100...

“…Brandeis is an amazing university with tons of opportunities. It provides the fun vibe of a summer camp while also fostering great knowledge and a professional atmosphere - you form great relationships not only with your peers, but with your...” – Alexandra from Seattle, WA

Bentley University is a private institution in the Boston area with a focus on combining business education with arts and sciences. Bentley confers undergraduate degrees in 25 academic fields of study and also enables students to customize a major....

“…Bentley University is centered on educating prospective business majors with a good variety of courses that prepare students for the business world. They also offer a liberal arts major known as the LSM for students who either stray away from...” – Christopher from Attleboro, MA

The Berklee College of Music is a school of the musical and performing arts in Boston and one of the largest contemporary music colleges in the world. Berklee consists of the College of Music and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee conferring bachelor...

“…about the music business” – Lynne from Suisun City, CA

Founded in 1870, Wellesley College is a 4-year liberal arts college for women in eastern Massachusetts as well as a member of the Seven Sisters Colleges and Three-College Alliance. Wellesley confers undergraduate degrees in over 50 departmental and...

“…Wellesley is an excellent liberal arts school because, in a nutshell, they teach you how to figure the world out for yourself. They have excellence in everything: faculty, location, students, campus, dining, residential staff, dorms, comprehensive...” – Christine from Salt Lake City, UT

Founded in 1919, Babson College is a college of business in the greater Boston area. Babson offers an undergraduate curriculum in Business and Entrepreneurship and the college includes an accelerated degree program that enables students to graduate...

“…Definitely will learn about setting up and running a business. Students work a lot in groups, so learning about people and cultures is a good thing.” – CK from Southern California

Founded in 1840, Bridgewater State University is a 4-year public school in the greater Boston area. Bridgewater State encompasses colleges of Science & Mathematics, Business, Education, and Humanities granting undergrad degrees in over 90 fields of...

“…I think that Bridgewater State University is collectively a great school. It provides students with many opportunities, both in academics and extra curricular activities. Its medium sized campus allows the student to have a comfortable environment...” – Ashley from Seekonk, MA

Established in 1854, Salem State University is a 4-year public school in the greater Boston area. Salem State grants bachelor’s degrees in 32 academic programs with a focus on liberal arts and sciences. In addition to classroom facilities, Salem...

“…I love my dorm room I had an issue with thrift and they moved me to a single now I am beyond happy. Also we are able to select what rooms we want to live in and I was able to pick a single again for my senior year.” – Katelyn - Boston, MA

Founded by the Congregation of the Holy Cross, Stonehill College is a Catholic liberal arts college in southeast Massachusetts. Stonehill confers bachelor’s degrees in over 80 academic programs and all students are required to participate in a...

“…At Stonehill, I feel as though I am learning a lot. I am currently a biology major. My classes are challenging although they are doable. There are only 2,500 students in my school which leads to an average classroom size of 25. My professors all...” – Nina from Mount Sinai, NY

With a campus overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Endicott College is a 4-year private school in the greater Boston area. Endicott is home to nine colleges granting undergraduate degrees and the college’s experiential learning program enables students to...

“…Endicott's professors WANT you to succeed. None of your classes will have more than 25 students, so your teacher knows your name. They all have office hours to make themselves available to you for some extra help or whatever you need to stay on top...” – Kaila from Tewksbury, MA

Lesley University is a 4-year private school in the greater Boston area. Originally founded as a teacher training institution, Lesley is now home to colleges of Art & Design, Liberal Arts, Education, and Social Sciences granting undergrad degrees in...

“…The professors are wonderful to work with and strive to do all they can to help you succeed. They make sure to map out the grading policy during the first few days of class so there are no misunderstandings when it comes to final grades. Even in my...” – Victoria from Boston, MA

Founded by the Order of St. Augustine, Merrimack College is a Catholic-affiliated institution in the greater Boston area. Merrimack is home to five schools conferring over 100 undergrad and graduate degrees. As a Catholic college, Merrimack...

“…The Classes are great. The Professors are always there for you. ” – PRESTON from Wareham, MA

Wentworth Institute of Technology is 4-year college in Boston, Massachusetts. Wentworth is comprised of four colleges: Architecture, Design, and Construction Management; Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Computer Science; and Professional and...

“…Classes are a real challenge and the professor really know what they are talking about. I like that most of the classes are really small. The proffesors really help you if you need help. I really like that you get right into you major.” – Esther from Attleboro, MA

Regis College is a 4-year coeducational Catholic school in the Boston area. Regis hosts colleges of Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Business, and Health Sciences conferring undergraduate degrees. As a Catholic college, Regis holds weekly Sunday mass at the...

“…Regis College has really good teachers who care about the student and do everything in their power to make sure the student understands the information they are receiving. The teachers are well educated themselves and also keep the classes...” – Medgine from Roslindale, MA

Founded in 1865, Dean College is a private institution based in the suburban town of Franklin, Massachusetts. Many students choose to study dance, drama and theater production, or athletic training. Dean is a sustainable campus and uses LED lighting,...

“…If you come to Dean wanting to learn, you're going to take a lot away from the experience. I was a Criminal Justice major, and was fortunate enough to have Professor Couture for my Intro to Crim class. She has a system set up where you can earn...” – Kristen from Millville, MA

Simmons University is a private, liberal arts university located in Boston, Massachusetts. Simmons offers a women’s undergraduate education in 60+ majors and programs, as well as four graduate schools for its co-ed graduate population. The university...

“…My classes at Simmons have proved to be exciting and stimulating, and there are also a lot of social opportunities at Simmons. This includes frequent events such as plays, movie nights, sporting events, city outings, special guests and more. Not to...” – Anne from Philadelphia

Founded in 1879, Curry College is a private institution based in Milton, Massachusetts. The school operates a main campus near a state park in Norfolk county and a satellite campus in Plymouth. All students must take a General Education curriculum...

“…I transfered to Curry College last semester and loved that it was a small school and the professors were very helpful with anything you needed. Curry has a great campaus and very small class sizes which is very easy to learn from. Also since the...” – Joseph from Canton, MA

Cambridge College is a private, not-for-profit institution located in Boston, Massachusetts, that focuses on adult learners. CC offers most classes in the evening and on weekends at any of their five campuses, as well as hybrid courses that can be...

“…Love this college. The classes are catered to adults with jobs and most have children. The teachers understand this.” – peggy from Jamaica Plain, MA

With campus a short walk from the Boston Public Garden, Fisher College is a 4-year private school in Boston. Fisher confers undergraduate degrees in over 20 academic majors and 15 minors, as well as graduate degrees. Additionally, Fisher is home to a...

“…I am an international student at Fisher college and all of my teachers that i had by far were great. I am majoring in business and this is a really good place to consider in boston if you want to get an associates degree first. Small school size and...” – Dmitry

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“…mount ida is a great school. i have made lots of friends and have learned many new things. i know have great leadership abilities that i did not have before.” – Matthew from RUTLAND, MA

Bunker Hill Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Boston, Massachusetts. The college offers courses at all hours, including daytime, afternoon, early-evening, late-evening, midnight, and weekends, with fully-online options...

“…Bunker Hill Community College is not only diverse, but the atmosphere over here is great. The school provides it's students with many great opportunities and with the help of the great staff. ” – Tashi from Malden, MA

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is the second largest public university in the state and maintains six colleges that collectively offer more than 175 degree programs. Programs at UMass Lowell span and interconnect the disciplines of business,...

“…UMass Lowell won't just teach you about writing, math, and science- it takes you beyond to learn about yourself. One must learn to manage time well with so many campus activities. The school also has a great amount of diversity, which helps students...” – Jessica from Bradford, MA

Originally founded as Miss Wheelock’s Kindergarten Training School, Boston University Wheelock is a college of education affiliated with Boston University. BU Wheelock confers bachelor’s degrees in 10 educational fields of study. Additionally, BU...

“…The classes are all really interesting and the professors know a lot and are great.” – Nicholas from Waterford, ME

Founded in 1839, Framingham State University is a public institution based in Framingham, Massachusetts. Framingham operates the Center for Social Research, the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Education and Teaching Excellence, and the John C.....

“…Framingham has some of the best teachers I've ever had. Some are rather quirky, but others are truly brilliant! You not only trust most of them as a teacher, but also as a person.” – Amber from West Wareham, MA

Founded in 1851, Lasell College is a private institution situated in Newton, Massachusetts, outside of Boston. The school offers degree programs focused on professionalism and all students complete at least one internship during their time at Lasell....

“…Lasell College offers many appealing and intriguing courses designated to benefit your knowledge of your major. Also, the student to teacher ratio is roughly 15:1, so students get more attention in the classrooms. ” – Sarah from Wallingford, CT

Wheaton College is a 4-year, coeducational college located halfway between Boston and Providence in Norton, Massachusetts. Students can choose between more than 47 majors, all of which are influenced by the Wheaton Core Curriculum, which includes...

“…Wheaton is a small, intensive liberal arts college in Norton, MA. While the town of Norton isn't a great college town and the campus is small, Wheaton has a great campus community with active and engaged students, faculty, and staff. Classes are...” – Nicholas from Loudonville, NY

Founded in 1823 as the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, MCPHS University is a private school of healthcare programs in Boston and the second-oldest college of pharmacy in the nation. MCPHS is home to 12 schools of healthcare hosting over 100...

“…You will never get bored, that's for sure! I am a third year PharmD student at MCPHS, and let me tell you, MCPHS is very serious when it comes to academics. Although you'll find that there aren't too many homework assignments like those you get in...” – Choua from Fitchburg, MA

Newbury College is a private institution located in Brookline, Massachusetts, three miles outside of Boston, providing a liberal arts and career-focused education. Newbury College offers a Three-Year Degree program for many of their baccalaureates...

“…people will learn a lot because it is a nice small school and u can get one on one time with your professor when needed.” – Steven from West Haven, CT

Quincy College is a public, 2-year institution established in Massachusetts. Quincy offers 24 certificate programs and 34 associate degree programs, and it has been granted the ability to confer baccalaureate degrees as well. The college is a...

“…I've heard and read the courses here are great.” – Courtney from Dorchester, MA

Founded in response to a 19th century state edict requiring city public schools to include classes on drawing, the Massachusetts College of Art & Design is an art school in Boston. MassArt confers a Bachelor of Arts degree featuring 18 artistic...

“…I am learned so much about art and about myself as an artist. MassArt starts with a studio foundation year which helps students sharpen their skills and find out what they want to do (you don't have to declare your major untill the second semester)....” – Deanna from Newington, CT

Named for the Native American tribal chief who greeted the pilgrims on their arrival in America, Massasoit Community College is a 2-year institution in the greater Boston area. Massasoit’s three campuses are home to 21 associate degree programs...

“…Accounting wasn't my top choices for a career. But recently I took a class at Brockton High School and loved every moment of it. That is my new career in life.” – Beshawn from Brockton, MA

North Shore Community College is a 2-year community college serving northeast coastal Massachusetts with three campuses. NSCC confers degrees and certificates in over 80 fields of study and rewards outstanding students with a Dean’s List and...

“…I love my teachers!! They are so inspirational! They get you to understand what they teach, not just guide right through the materials. I have always found that once a class is over, I leave wanting to change myself and change the world for the...” – Kathleen from Danvers, MA

From its 45 acre campus in a wooded area of the Boston suburbs, Pine Manor College is a liberal arts institution dedicated to serving low-income and first generation students. Eighty five percent of Pine Manor’s student body are the first person in...

“…I learned a lot that I didn't quite learn in high school. I improved on my Communication skills and writing. I also learn how to increase my analytical skills.” – Zoe from Worcester, MA

Founded in 1889, Boston Architectural College is the largest college of spatial design in New England. The bachelor of architecture program curriculum combines classwork with professional employment at a design firm or through projects or...

“…I am a Master's of Design Studies Student focusing in Historic Preservation through BAC's distance learning program, and what I love most about the school is the responsiveness of the professors. They have all been wonderful resources for the...” – Jamie from Columbia, IL

Gordon College is a nondenominational Christian liberal arts college in Wenham, Massachusetts. Gordon offers undergraduate degrees in 30 academic majors as well as the new Center for Career and Connection Institute to help students create life plans....

“…Being at a Christian Liberal Arts school allows me to explore a wide variety of issues regarding faith and practice, while integrating course material in daily life.” – Teresa from Lake Saint Louis, MO

Eastern Nazarene College is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Quincy, Massachusetts. The college offers over 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as the opportunity for students to attend a semester at Nashville...

“…I would rate Eastern Nazarene College a 9 out of a 10. I have learned so much about myself while attending. ” – Lisabeth from Brockton, MA

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering is a private engineering school in the greater Boston area dedicated to training future innovators. Olin features a curriculum that encourages collaboration and culminates in undergraduate degrees in...

“…Olin has a very positive and unique environment. The college encourages students to experiment and pursue their interests by providing resources and help from faculty. Olin is also very small, so you get to know everyone quickly.” – Anonymous from California

Emmanuel College - Massachusetts is a private Roman Catholic institution. Originally a women’s college, it is now coeducational. EC is a part of the Colleges of Fenway consortium and operates two satellite locations in Quincy and Woburn as well as a...

“…The professors really make an effort to make sure students understand the material. The small student-to-faculty ratio allows for better comprehension and focused learning.” – Sarah from East Hartford, CT

Roxbury Community College is a 2-year community college in Boston dedicated to reducing economic and social barriers to opportunities for higher education. RCC is home to 25 associate degree programs in fields such as Web Technologies and Musical...

Montserrat College of Art was founded by working creative professionals and operates on the tenet that “the practice of art, design, research, and creative enterprise has intrinsic value.” Montserrat confers Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFAs) in a variety...

“…I think this school has a lot to offer the artistic mind.” – Sara from, VT

Hult International Business school is a private institution that focuses on the finance, international relations, and marketing aspects of business. The school has campuses in San Francisco, Boston, London, Dubai, Shanghai, and New York. The...

William James College is a psychology-oriented graduate institution established in Newton, Massachusetts. The college values experiential learning and offers many opportunities for field placement in a variety of potential settings. Students enrolled...

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is a technology and engineering school in Boston. BFIT offers science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees, and is the only college in Massachusetts to offer degree programs in Opticianry....

With campus situated a short walk from the Public Garden, Bay State College is a for-profit college in Boston. Bay State offers bachelor’s and associate degrees in more than 15 areas of study. In addition to classroom work, students participate in a...

Labouré College is a Catholic school of nursing and healthcare studies in the greater Boston area. The majority of Labouré’s student population is made up of adult learners looking to transition to a career in the health science field. The college’s...

“…in setting my goal of becoming an RN.” – Glorimar from Methuen, MA

The New England Conservatory of Music is a private, musical education institution established in Boston, Massachusetts. As the oldest school of music in the country, as well as one of the most distinguished, NEC offers undergraduate and graduate...

“…The Conservatory is an inspirational environment that fosters incredible talent without the cut-throat aura that most top music schools come with. As a top Music school in the world, the professors come from near and far with a level of expertise...” – Corey from Boston, MA

With a campus down by the banks of the River Charles, the New England College of Optometry is a Boston-based graduate institution training students for careers in the field of eye care. NECO instructs students in visual, ocular, and systemic care...

Located in the Cambridge, Massachusetts neighborhood of Harvard Square, the Longy School of Music of Bard College is a conservatory of the musical arts. Longy is home to 4-year Undergraduate Diploma programs in seven musical concentrations such as...

Originally founded in Rhode Island, Northpoint Bible College is a Christian school training students for Pentecostal ministry in northeast Massachusetts. To provide that training, NBC offers an associate degree in Bible and Theology featuring a...

With a campus adjacent to Boston’s Back Bay Fens, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University is a studio art school and a partnership between a prominent New England museum and college. The SMFA Bachelor of Fine Arts program encourages...

“…The professors love what they are teaching and therefore get involved in everything you do. They are always willing to help with projects and they give good feedback. The academics that are taken through Tufts are also excellent as well. The...” – Massachusetts

Established in 1908, the  England Law School in Boston is a private law institution located in Massachusetts. NESL Boston offers both a Juris Doctor degree program, which is available in full-time, part-time-day, part-time-evening, and accelerated...

Situated just outside of downtown Boston, Boston Baptist College is a Christian institution affiliated with the Baptist Bible Fellowship International. As Boston’s only evangelical college, Boston Baptist offers a bachelor’s degree in Ministry with...

Located in Boston’s historic north end, the North Bennet Street School is an artisan institution providing hands-on training for students in a number of trades utilizing evolving technology. The school offers nine full time professional training...

Middlesex Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Lowell, Massachusetts, with a satellite campus located in Bedford. MCC offers over 70 degree and certificate programs, with classes available during the day, evening, weekends...

“…The MOST AWESOME school experience. Just fantastic professors! Great student body and good learning environment. ” – Cale from Mont Vernon, NH

Located in the Boston metro area, Hebrew College is a Jewish graduate school in the Hebraist-Zionist tradition dedicated to training rabbis and Jewish community leaders. Hebrew College is home to a Rabbinical School, a School of Jewish Music for...

The oldest graduate school in the United States, Andover Newton Seminary is a Christian grad school affiliated with Yale Divinity School in the greater Boston area. Andover Newton is home to an academic curriculum focused on preparing religious...

Lawrence Memorial/Regis College is a private, 2-year institution located in Medford, Massachusetts. The college offers two associate’s degree programs in Nursing and Radiography, a bachelor’s degree program in Nursing, and an MRI Post Graduate...

Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing is the only hospital-based institution of nursing education in Massachusetts. In addition to nursing classes in subjects such as Pharmacology, the BHSN curriculum includes a number of general...

Established in 1937, Hellenic College-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Brookline, Massachusetts. Holy Cross offers three master’s degree programs in Divinity, Theological Studies, and...

The Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is a business and technology training institution providing experiential learning opportunities to prepare students for career paths in a 21st century job market. The PAN offers over 200...

Established in 1884, Saint John's Seminary is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Boston, Massachusetts. Saint John’s and the college’s Theological Institute offer two pre-theology bachelor’s degree programs, a dual degree Master of...

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis is a private, graduate education institution located in Brookline, Massachusetts. As the only accredited, independent graduate school of psychoanalysis in the United States, BGSP offers eight certificate and...

Established in 1964, Pope St John XXIII National Seminary is a Christ-centered, graduate education institution located in Weston, Massachusetts. The seminary admits men over the age of 30 for a Masters of Divinity degree program, with 1-2 years of...

The Massachusetts General Hospital Dietetic Internship is a medical school internship in Boston dedicated to training entry-level dieticians. The 50-week curriculum encompasses rotations in subjects such as ambulatory care, food systems management,...