Overview of Massachusetts Colleges & Schools

The state of Massachusetts is home to over 100 institutions of higher learning, and is home to the oldest post-secondary institution in the United States. The state is located in the heart of New England, short ride to any of the major urban centers along the north east Atlantic coast. The state is home to one of the larger cities in the United States, Boston, which also doubles as the state capital and is home to some a large number of colleges and universities.

The University of Massachusetts System of schools was the first of its kind to be established in the United States. The system is comprised of five schools and is the largest such system in the state. The school system began with founding of the Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1863. By 1947 the school was renamed University of Massachusetts Amherst, and was joined by the following schools to form the UMass System:

Massachusetts is also home to some of the oldest and most prestigious private universities in the United States. These schools offer strong undergraduate studies programs that are tailored to the traditions or mission of the school, and often have excellent graduate programs, usually specialized and high selective in their admissions process. Private schools are typically more expensive than public schools but offer an educational experience that may be highly desirable for certain students.

Some Private Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts:

Additionally, the state of Massachusetts is home to a community college system comprised of 15 schools and is host to a number of technical and vocational schools. Both the community colleges and the trade schools provide career oriented education through short term programs, while the community colleges offer transfer opportunities to four year institutions with established agreements with various universities.

The most populous city in Massachusetts is Boston, followed by Worchester and Springfield.  While the most populous county in Massachusetts is Middlesex County with Worchester County and Essex County close behind.   If you are interested in visiting the state of Massachusetts, consider visiting their state page or the state chapter of the Chamber of Commerce.

College Degree Breakdown for the State of Massachusetts

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online

Doctoral or professional degree125,9703.6
Master's degree98,0102.8
Bachelor's degree926,13026.8
Associate's degree94,8002.7
Postsecondary nondegree award199,9505.8
Some college, no degree101,7402.9
High school diploma or equivalent1,069,44030.9
No formal educational credential843,87024.4

Public Universities & Colleges

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There are thirteen public 4-year state universities and colleges in Massachusetts. These four-year institutions predominantly offer bachelor's or higher level programs and some may even include research facilities. See a state-wide list of the state universities and colleges in Massachusetts.

Private Universities & Colleges

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In Massachusetts there are sixty-four accredited private four-year colleges. Similar to public schools, private colleges and universities offer bachelor's or higher level programs and research opportunities, although they usually have smaller classes and higher tuition. Compare admission requirements and tuition details for private colleges in Massachusetts.

Community Colleges

Community College in Massachusetts

Community colleges are public institutions that offer low cost, high quality education for residents throughout the state. These schools offer 2-year programs that grant associate degrees or offer training courses in specialized trades. Massachusetts" Community colleges also are the number one transfer-out programs available for four-year colleges and universities. Learn more and compare community colleges in Massachusetts.

Liberal Arts Colleges

Liberal Arts Colleges

Massachusetts has eleven accredited liberal arts colleges. These schools primarily focus on undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences through comprehensive and flexible curriculums. Compare all the liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts.

Bible & Christian Colleges

Christian Colleges

Bible and Christian colleges generally provide specialized undergraduate education with a focus on religious or biblical study. There are approximately twenty such colleges in Massachusetts located throughout the state. See a full list of Christian colleges in Massachusetts along with program and tuition information.

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