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Number of
4-year colleges in Massachusetts

324,912

Students attending
4-year colleges in Massachusetts

$31,857

Average
in-state tuition

$33,732

Average
out-of-state tuition

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

12 Forbes

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

Total undergraduates: 1,921
Acceptance rate: 13%
Average annual cost: $19,055
Average salary: $59,700
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Best colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

22 Forbes

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Total undergraduates: 10,297
Acceptance rate: 31%
Average annual cost: $27,167
Average salary: $70,000
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Best colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

74 Forbes

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

Total undergraduates: 3,852
Acceptance rate: 33%
Average annual cost: $32,148
Average salary: $55,300
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Best colleges in Massachusetts 2018

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

51 Forbes

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2018

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

Total undergraduates: 2,759
Acceptance rate: 38%
Average annual cost: $26,965
Average salary: $65,200
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Best colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

4 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 2018

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Total undergraduates: 14,128
Acceptance rate: 5%
Average annual cost: $16,205
Average salary: $90,900
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Best colleges in Massachusetts 2018

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 2018

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

Total undergraduates: 4,680
Acceptance rate: 7%
Average annual cost: $21,576
Average salary: $94,200
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Best colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Smith College

Northampton, MA

54 Forbes

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Smith College

Northampton, MA

Total undergraduates: 2,603
Acceptance rate: 37%
Average annual cost: $24,258
Average salary: $44,900
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Best colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Tufts University

Medford, MA

18 Forbes

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Total undergraduates: 5,697
Acceptance rate: 14%
Average annual cost: $28,076
Average salary: $66,500
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Best colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

32 Forbes

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

Total undergraduates: 2,644
Acceptance rate: 28%
Average annual cost: $20,013
Average salary: $60,100
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Best colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

2 Forbes

Best colleges in Massachusetts 2018

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Total undergraduates: 2,233
Acceptance rate: 17%
Average annual cost: $18,167
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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