Colleges in Massachusetts

Massachusetts schools of higher education include 29 campuses that have been divided into three categories: five University campuses, nine state universities and 15 community colleges. The colleges in Massachusetts are recognized as being among the best in the nation. Each category of colleges in Massachusetts has its own board of trustees. Around 260,000 students attend Massachusetts colleges annually. Over 30,000 degrees are awarded at higher education schools in Massachusetts each year.

The Massachusetts system of higher learning offers accessible, affordable programs that are both relevant and rigorous. The state appropriates close to $1 billion each year in financial assistance. Over 40,000 undergraduates receive state assistance to attend Massachusetts colleges.

Massachusetts has six comprehensive state universities that combine programs in the sciences and liberal arts with professional education. Bridgewater State College in Brigewater is the largest and offers 25 undergraduate majors and 12 master's degree programs. Fitchburg State College, often called Fitchburg State serves students on a compact urban campus in Fitchburg. This university offers postgraduate certificates, Bachelor's and Master's degrees in over 25 academic disciplines.

Framingham State College is located 20 miles from Boston in Framingham. It offers students undergraduate degrees in a variety of disciplines such as biology, art and communications. Framingham State also has graduate programs that award the Master in Business Administration, Master of Education and Master of Science degrees.

Fifteen miles north of Boston, Salem State College, a four-year liberal arts school offers graduate, undergraduate and continuing education programs.

Westfield State College is an historic four-year college located in Westfield. It was founded by Horace Mann in 1938 and was the nation's first public coed college. It offers undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs.

Finally, Worcester State College in Worchester is a four-year college with a special emphasis on business, education and nursing. However, the college also offers programs in health and natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

There are three specialized colleges in the state's system of higher learning. The Massachusetts College of Art and Design is a state funded school for visual and applied arts programs. Founded in 1873 in Boston, it is one of the oldest schools of this kind in the nation.

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams was first established as a normal school for training teachers in 1894. Today, it offers Bachelor's degrees in the arts and sciences and a track for a Master's in Education. The Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay is a coeducational college in Massachusetts that awards undergraduate degrees to prepare students in maritime, emergency management, engineering and environmental fields.

Massachusetts has 15 community colleges that are firmly rooted in their communities. All of the academic programs are affordable and of a high quality. Students can earn Associate's degrees or complete certificate programs in a variety of career fields. Students also have the option to use the state's community college program as a pathway to a Massachusetts college that offers more advanced degrees.

Economy

Manufacturing is important to Massachusetts' economy and has been since the 19th century when is was the nation's leader of textile production and shoe manufacturing. In 1860, the state became a major producer of machinery. The state also produced almost a quarter of the nation's paper. It ranked 17th in the nation in the year 1997 for the total value of manufacturer shipments. The heaviest concentrations of employment in industrial machinery are in the cities of Springfield, Attleboro, Wilmington and Worcester.

High technology enterprises are concentrated along superhighway Route 128 which encircles Boston from Quincy in the south and northward towards Gloucester. Many manufacturing industries are located on this route. The state continues to focus on the production of computers and optical equipment as well as other sophisticated technology for the future of the economy and to provide employment.

Manufacturing in Massachusetts remains important in the following product types: fabricated metals, electronics equipment, industrial machinery and equipment, chemicals and allied products, printing and publishing, instruments and related products, food and food products. In the late 20th century, the total value of manufacturing shipments was an impressive $83 billion and it was headquarters for 16 Fortune 500 companies. The largest are the Liberty Mutual Insurance Group in Boston and Mass Mutual Financial Services in Springfield.

In 2008, the US Bureau of Economic Analysis estimated the state of Massachusetts' Gross State Product to be $365 billion and the per capital personal income at $50,735. This made it the nation's third highest state for personal income.

In 2010, the Consumer News and Business Channel(CNBC)named Massachusetts as number five on the channel's "Top States for Business."

Other sectors vital to the state's economy in addition to manufacturing include higher education, health care, finance and biotechnology. The tourism sector has grown greatly in importance to the state's economy in recent years. Boston and Cape Cod are popular destinations for tourists from the rest of the nation and European countries. The state's rich history and scenic coast line draw visitors to the cape, Plymouth Rock, where the Pilgrims landed and Salem, the sight of the famous Salem Witch Trials. The Berkshires mountainous region also attracts tourists that add to the state's economy.

Farming also plays a role in the economy of Massachusetts. A total of 7,700 farms existed across the state in 2005 that encompassed 520,000 acres. Each of the farms averaged around 68 acres. Noteworthy farm products include livestock, tobacco, fruits, tree nuts and berries. It is the second largest producer of cranberries behind Wisconsin.

In April, 2013 the unemployment rate in Massachusetts was listed as 6.4 percent, significantly below the national average of 7.6 percent. The state is likely to remain a prosperous state in which to attend college, work and live.

Found 259 Post-Secondary Schools In Massachusetts


Title City State Type Enrollment
Amherst College Amherst MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1695
Hampshire College Amherst MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1175
Skills Amherst MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
University of Massachusetts - Amherst Amherst MA 4-year public 24416
Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Tech High Sch Andover MA Less than 2-year public No Data
Massachusetts School of Law Andover MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 441
Academy of Learning Attleboro MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Career Visions Inc Attleboro MA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Executive Flyers Aviation Corp Bedford MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Middlesex Community College Bedford MA 2-year public 7451
Wyotech Bedford MA 2-year private, for-profit 1249
Endicott College Beverly MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1697
Montserrat College of Art Beverly MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 392
Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School Billerica MA Less than 2-year public 36
Deluxe Academy of Desktop Publishing Blandford MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Abcd Learningworks Boston MA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Bay State College Boston MA 2-year private, not-for-profit 608
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Boston MA 4-year public 327
Berklee College of Music Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 3361
Berlitz Language Centers Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Blaine the Beauty Career School - Boston Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 120
Boston Architectural Center Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 531
Boston Baptist College Boston MA 2-year private, not-for-profit 108
Boston Bartenders School of America Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Boston Language Institute Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Boston Technical Center Inc Boston MA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Boston University Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 28318
Bunker Hill Community College Boston MA 2-year public 6385
Butera School of Art Boston MA 2-year private, for-profit 66
Cathedral Adult Collaborative Boston MA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Computer Ed Business Institute Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 72
Emerson College Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 4074
Emmanuel College Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1765
Fisher College Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1513
Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 102
Gibbs College - Boston Boston MA 2-year private, for-profit 1069
Hablespana Spanish Language Center Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Inlingua School of Languages Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Laboure College Boston MA 2-year private, not-for-profit 284
Massachusetts College of Art Boston MA 4-year public 2328
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Science Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1877
Massachusetts General Hospital Dietetic Internship Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 11
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 152
Mgh Institute of Health Professions Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 524
New England College of Finance Boston MA 2-year private, not-for-profit 889
New England College of Optometry Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 425
New England School of Law Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 981
New England School of Photography Boston MA 2-year private, for-profit 142
New England School of Whole Health Education Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
North Bennet Street School Boston MA 2-year private, not-for-profit 134
Northeastern University Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 23897
Professional Bartending School of New England Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Rittners School of Floral Design Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
School of the Museum of Fine Arts - Boston Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1300
Simmons College Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 3488
Suffolk University Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 6908
The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 514
The Boston Conservatory Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 488
The New England Conservatory of Music Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 812
The School of Fashion Design Boston MA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston MA 4-year public 13346
University of Massachusetts - Central Office Boston MA Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
Urban College of Boston Boston MA 2-year private, not-for-profit 244
Vamc School of Medical Technology Boston MA 4-year public No Data
Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 3187
Wheelock College Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1012
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School Bourne MA Less than 2-year public 28
Bridgewater State College Bridgewater MA 4-year public 8839
Saint Johns Seminary Brighton MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 114
Ailano School of Cosmetology Brockton MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 30
Brockton Hospital School of Nursing Brockton MA 2-year private, not-for-profit 265
Brockton Professional School of Bartending Brockton MA No Data
Career - Ed Institute - Brockton Brockton MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 56
La Baron Hairdressing Academy Brockton MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 35
Massasoit Community College Brockton MA 2-year public 6706
Worldwide Educational Services Inc Brockton MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 27
Alfred Adler Institute of Boston Inc Brookline MA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis Inc Brookline MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 81
Hellenic College - Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Brookline MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 132
Lee Institute Brookline MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
New England Institute of Art Brookline MA 2-year private, for-profit 581
Newbury College - Brookline Brookline MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 2152
George W Gould Instittute Burlington MA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay MA 4-year public 830
Computer Processing Institute Cambridge MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Episcopal Divinity School Cambridge MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 89
Harcourt Learning Direct Cambridge MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Harcourt Learning Direct Center for Degree Studies Cambridge MA 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Harvard University Cambridge MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 24279
Lesley University Cambridge MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 6840
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Cambridge MA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Longy School of Music Cambridge MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 164
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 10090
The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts Cambridge MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Travel Education Center Cambridge MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Weston Jesuit School of Theology Cambridge MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 183
Bay State School of Technology Canton MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 257
Blue Hills Regional Technical School Canton MA Less than 2-year public 57
Canton School of Bartending Canton MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Soldiers Home in Massachusetts Sch of Pract Nurs Chelsea MA Less than 2-year public 40

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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