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
Hablespana Spanish Language Center Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Hair in Motion Beauty Academy Worcester MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 89
Hallmark Institute of Photography Turners Falls MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 138
Hampshire College Amherst MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1175
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
Hebrew College Newton Centre MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 102
Hellenic College - Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Brookline MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 132
Henris School of Hair Design Fitchburg MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 32
Heritage Baptist Institute Easthampton MA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Holyoke Community College Holyoke MA 2-year public 5754
Inlingua School of Languages Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
International Auction School South Deerfield MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
ITT Technical Institute Woburn MA 2-year private, for-profit 71
ITT Technical Institute Norwood MA 2-year private, for-profit 194
John Robert Powers School of Modeling and Career Worcester MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Jolie Hair and Beauty Academy Ludlow MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 35
Joseph P Keefe Technical School Framingham MA Less than 2-year public No Data
Kay Harvey Academy of Hair Design West Springfield MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 25
Kelleys School of Electrology Quincy MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
L J Technical Institute Mansfield MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
La Baron Hairdressing Academy New Bedford MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 37
La Baron Hairdressing Academy Brockton MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 35
La Newton School of Beauty Culture Dorchester MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Laboure College Boston MA 2-year private, not-for-profit 284
Lasell College Newton MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 841
Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing Medford MA 2-year private, not-for-profit 156
Lee Institute Brookline MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Lemuel Shattuck Hospital School of Practical Nurs Jamaica Plain MA Less than 2-year public No Data
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
Lowell Academy of Hairdressing Lowell MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 44
Mansfield Beauty Schools Springfield MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 32
Mansfield Beauty Schools Quincy MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 46
Marian Court College Swampscott MA 2-year private, not-for-profit 281
Martin Electrical and Technical School Norwood MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills MA 2-year public 4458
Massachusetts Career Development Institute Inc Springfield MA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 39
Massachusetts College of Art Boston MA 4-year public 2328
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts North Adams MA 4-year public 1590
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 Institute for Psychoanalysis Westford MA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 10090
Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay MA 4-year public 830
Massachusetts School of Barbering and Mens Hairstyling Quincy MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 44
Massachusetts School of Law Andover MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 441
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 152
Massasoit Community College Brockton MA 2-year public 6706
Merrimack College North Andover MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 2660
Mgh Institute of Health Professions Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 524
Middlesex Community College Bedford MA 2-year public 7451
Mildred Elley Pittsfield MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 40
Montserrat College of Art Beverly MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 392
Monty Tech Fitchburg MA Less than 2-year public No Data
Mount Holyoke College South Hadley MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 2069
Mount Ida College Newton MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1196
Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner MA 2-year public 3367
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 Dance Conservatory East Longmeadow MA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
New England Fuel Institute Technical Training Ctr Watertown MA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
New England Hair Academy Malden MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 113
New England Institute of Art Brookline MA 2-year private, for-profit 581
New England School of Accounting Worcester MA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
New England School of Acupuncture Inc Watertown MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 271
New England School of Floral Design Norton MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
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
Newbury College - Brookline Brookline MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 2152
Nichols College Dudley MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1380
North Bennet Street School Boston MA 2-year private, not-for-profit 134
North Shore Community College Danvers MA 2-year public 6285
North Shore Professional Registry of Nurses Inc Gloucester MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Northeast Maritime Institute New Bedford MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Northeastern University Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 23897
Northern Essex Community College Haverhill MA 2-year public 6580
Peterson School of Steam Engineering Woburn MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Pine Manor College Chestnut Hill MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 372
Pittsfield High School Pittsfield MA Less than 2-year public No Data
Porter and Chester Institute Chicopee MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 340
Professional Bartending School of New England Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Quincy College Quincy MA 2-year public 4508
Quinsigamond Community College Worcester MA 2-year public 5617
Real Estate Salesman School Chicopee MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Regis College Weston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1138
Rittners School of Floral Design Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Rob Roy Academy Worcester MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 286
Rob Roy Academy - Fall River Fall River MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 48
Rob Roy Academy - New Bedford New Bedford MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 39
Rob Roy Academy - Taunton Taunton MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 37
Roxbury Community College Roxbury Crossing MA 2-year public 2699
Saint Hyacinth College and Seminary Granby MA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Saint Johns Seminary Brighton MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 114
Salem State College Salem MA 4-year public 8587
Sanford - Brown Institute - Springfield Springfield MA 2-year private, for-profit 269
School of the Museum of Fine Arts - Boston Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1300

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

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