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Number of
4-year colleges in Massachusetts

292,451

Students attending
4-year colleges in Massachusetts

$33,202

Average
in-state tuition

$35,079

Average
out-of-state tuition

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

17 Forbes

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

Total undergraduates: 1,836
Acceptance rate: 12%
Average annual cost: $19,519
Average salary: $59,700
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Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Babson College

Wellesley, MA

74 Forbes

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Babson College

Wellesley, MA

Total undergraduates: 2,342
Acceptance rate: 24%
Average annual cost: $29,847
Average salary: $91,400
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Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

49 Forbes

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Total undergraduates: 9,921
Acceptance rate: 32%
Average annual cost: $27,299
Average salary: $70,000
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Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Boston University

Boston, MA

86 Forbes

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Boston University

Boston, MA

Total undergraduates: 18,080
Acceptance rate: 25%
Average annual cost: $33,728
Average salary: $62,000
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Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

1 Forbes
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally.

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Total undergraduates: 9,965
Acceptance rate: 5%
Average annual cost: $17,030
Average salary: $90,900
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Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

5 Forbes
MIT’s mission is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

Total undergraduates: 4,547
Acceptance rate: 7%
Average annual cost: $22,230
Average salary: $94,200
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Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Smith College

Northampton, MA

71 Forbes

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Smith College

Northampton, MA

Total undergraduates: 2,521
Acceptance rate: 31%
Average annual cost: $26,734
Average salary: $44,900
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Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Tufts University

Medford, MA

32 Forbes

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Total undergraduates: 5,541
Acceptance rate: 14%
Average annual cost: $29,449
Average salary: $66,500
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Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

47 Forbes

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

Total undergraduates: 2,508
Acceptance rate: 22%
Average annual cost: $20,189
Average salary: $60,100
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Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

13 Forbes

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2019

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Total undergraduates: 2,080
Acceptance rate: 14%
Average annual cost: $20,380
Average salary: $54,100
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Our Methodology

We show up to 10 universities for our "best colleges" section. These universities are chosen based on Forbes or US News rank (depending on what you've chosen) and sorted alphabetically. If there are fewer than 10 universities that are Forbes (or US News) ranked, we add alphabetically. Forbes' 2016 Rank of America's Best Colleges factors in post-graduate success (including salaries and awards like MacArthur Fellowships, National Academy of Sciences seats, and performing arts honors), student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate, and academic success (which includes how many students go on to get advanced degrees or receive prestigious fellowships).

Read more about the rankings. US News' 2016 Best Colleges Rankings are also based on a variety of factors, including graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni giving rate. Read more about their methodology. You can also sign up for a free RaiseMe profile to customize your college search by location, popular majors and more!

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