List of Colleges in Boston Massachusetts

Oct 20, 2021

Familiarize yourself with the student populations, net prices, proximity to Boston, and graduation rates of the schools near the city. These statistics have been calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Boston, Massachusetts

There are many colleges located right in the city of Boston, at various distances from downtown. The most centrally located is Suffolk University, a 4-year private school situated directly in downtown. Other nearby colleges include the following:

  • Suffolk University (located downtown)
  • Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (0.7 miles from downtown)
  • Emerson College (0.7 miles from downtown)
  • Fisher College (0.7 miles from downtown)
  • New England Law-Boston (0.7 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Boston, Massachusetts

There are several fairly large colleges in and around Boston. While most of these are subsequently located in urban campus settings, there is also a large suburban college option in the mix. The most populated schools are:

  • Boston University (34,657 students)
  • Harvard University (31,566 students)
  • Northeastern University (21,627 students)
  • University of Massachusetts-Lowell (18,242 students)
  • University of Massachusetts-Boston (16,164 students)

Lowest Net Price

Net price can provide an idea of what college will cost after you've received financial aid. The calculation of it involves a subtraction of the average amount of aid provided from the overall cost of attending college. Over 2018-2019, the lowest net prices around Boston for full-time undergraduate students belonged to:

  • Urban College of Boston ($10,181)
  • Southeastern Technical Institute ($11,256)
  • Roxbury Community College ($11,489)
  • Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology ($14,581)
  • Pine Manor College ($15,120)

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rates are calculated based on 150% of the usual timespan in which students are able to complete their degree programs. Here we'll again be focusing specifically on full-time undergraduate students, with the best graduation rates around Boston for 2019 being at the following institutions:

  • Assabet Valley Regional Technical School (100%)
  • Harvard University (97%)
  • Franklin W Olin College of Engineering (96%)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (95%)
  • Tufts University (94%)

Students in Boston have many quality options close by, with several in-city schools boasting a variety of degree programs and large populations as well as nearby community colleges offering relatively inexpensive net prices.

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