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
Simmons College Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 3488
Simons Rock College of Bard Great Barrington MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 387
Smith College Northampton MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 3113
Southern New England School of Law North Dartmouth MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 151
Springfield College Springfield MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 4722
Stonehill College Easton MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 2650
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
Tufts University Medford MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 9106
Wellesley College Wellesley MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 2287
Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 3187
Western New England College Springfield MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 4826
Weston Jesuit School of Theology Cambridge MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 183
Wheaton College Norton MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1474
Wheelock College Boston MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1012
Williams College Williamstown MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 2066
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester MA 4-year private, not-for-profit 3874
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Boston MA 4-year public 327
Bridgewater State College Bridgewater MA 4-year public 8839
Fitchburg State College Fitchburg MA 4-year public 5715
Framingham State College Framingham MA 4-year public 5763
Massachusetts College of Art Boston MA 4-year public 2328
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts North Adams MA 4-year public 1590
Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buzzards Bay MA 4-year public 830
Salem State College Salem MA 4-year public 8587
University of Massachusetts - Amherst Amherst MA 4-year public 24416
University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston MA 4-year public 13346
University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth North Dartmouth MA 4-year public 7122
University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell MA 4-year public 12189
University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester Worcester MA 4-year public 664
Vamc School of Medical Technology Boston MA 4-year public No Data
Westfield State College Westfield MA 4-year public 5005
Worcester State College Worcester MA 4-year public 5303
University of Massachusetts - Central Office Boston MA Central office or Administrative Unit No Data
Academy of Learning Attleboro MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Ailano School of Cosmetology Brockton MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 30
American Real Estate Academy Waltham MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Bancroft School of Massage Therapy Worcester MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 100
Bay State School of Technology Canton MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 257
Beauty Creator Academy Everett MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Berlitz Language Centers Wellesley Hills MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Berlitz Language Centers Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Blaine the Beauty Career School Lowell MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 127
Blaine the Beauty Career School - Boston Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 120
Blaine the Beauty Career School - Hyannis Hyannis MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 54
Blaine the Beauty Career School - Malden Malden MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 157
Blaine the Beauty Career School - Waltham Waltham MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 128
Bojack Academy of Beauty Culture Inc West Roxbury MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Boston Bartenders School of America Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Boston Bartenders School of America West Springfield MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Boston Bartenders School of America North Dartmouth MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Boston Language Institute Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Canton School of Bartending Canton MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Cape Cod Plumbing School Inc Hyannis MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Career - Ed Institute - Brockton Brockton MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 56
Career Education Institute - Somerville Somerville MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 48
Caregivers Training School Springfield MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Cass School of Floral Design Watertown MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics Woburn MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 149
Center for Educational Enhancement Development Quincy MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Central Massachusetts School of Massage and Ther Spencer MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Computer Ed Business Institute Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 72
Computer Processing Institute Cambridge MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Conway Country School of Real Estate Hanover MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Cortiva Institute - Muscular Therapy Institute Watertown MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 246
Csb School of Broadcasting - Boston Wellesley Hills MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Deluxe Academy of Desktop Publishing Blandford MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Dick Lepine Real Estate Inc Lowell MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Eine Inc Tewksbury MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics Medford MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 57
Executive Flyers Aviation Corp Bedford MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Fine Mortuary College Norwood MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 58
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
Harcourt Learning Direct Cambridge MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Henris School of Hair Design Fitchburg MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 32
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
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
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
Lee Institute Brookline MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
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
Martin Electrical and Technical School Norwood MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Massachusetts School of Barbering and Mens Hairstyling Quincy MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 44
Mildred Elley Pittsfield MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 40
New England Hair Academy Malden MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 113
New England School of Floral Design Norton MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
New England School of Whole Health Education Boston MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
North Shore Professional Registry of Nurses Inc Gloucester MA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data

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

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