The Best Boston Colleges

Boston, Massachusetts area Colleges

There are 24 ranked colleges within the Boston city limits and 98 colleges within a 50 mile radius. Area colleges collectively enroll a total of 439,360 students. If you're looking for a large school, Boston University enrolls the most students with 310 currently taking classes. In terms of affordability, Bristol Community College offers the lowest tuition for colleges in the Boston area at $576 per year.

The top rated college in the area is Harvard University in Cambridge which is ranked #1 in the nation by CollegeSimply.

Also explore Boston area public, private, four year, public four year, community and junior colleges.

The Boston area is home to popular nationally ranked institutions like Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown University and Wellesley College.


98 results

Harvard University
H
Cambridge, MA
Harvard University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in America

  • 30,391enrollment
  • $18,037net price
  • 5%acceptance rate
  • 1460-1580SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA

6 miles from Boston

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M
Cambridge, MA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in America

  • 11,254enrollment
  • $19,998net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1510-1580SAT range
  • 34-36ACT range
  • 3.96Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

4 miles from Boston

Brown University
B
Providence, RI
Brown University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in America

  • 9,948enrollment
  • $27,659net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1440-1560SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.94Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

40 miles from Boston

Wellesley College
W
Wellesley, MA
Wellesley College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#20 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,280enrollment
  • $21,614net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

15 miles from Boston

Tufts University
T
Medford, MA
Tufts University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 12,219enrollment
  • $32,720net price
  • 16%acceptance rate
  • 1380-1530SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.91Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

7 miles from Boston

Boston College
B
Chestnut Hill, MA
Boston College

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 14,934enrollment
  • $30,192net price
  • 26%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1500SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

8 miles from Boston

Boston University
B
Boston, MA
Boston University

Private 4 Year

9 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 32,718enrollment
  • $29,154net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1500SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.76Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

4 miles from Boston

College of the Holy Cross
H
Worcester, MA
College of the Holy Cross

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 2,970enrollment
  • $32,061net price
  • 38%acceptance rate
  • 1290-1430SAT range
  • 29-32ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

41 miles from Boston

Brandeis University
B
Waltham, MA
Brandeis University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 5,440enrollment
  • $41,222net price
  • 33%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1510SAT range
  • 31-33ACT range
  • 3.84Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

12 miles from Boston

Bentley University
B
Waltham, MA
Bentley University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 5,177enrollment
  • $42,759net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1360SAT range
  • 26-31ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 7

11 miles from Boston

Rhode Island School of Design
R
Providence, RI
Rhode Island School of Design

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Rhode Island

  • 2,227enrollment
  • $40,048net price
  • 27%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1470SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

40 miles from Boston

Babson College
B
Wellesley, MA
Babson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 3,340enrollment
  • $31,559net price
  • 27%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1450SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.79Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

13 miles from Boston

Northeastern University
N
Boston, MA
Northeastern University

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#13 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 22,905enrollment
  • $37,738net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1410-1540SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.91Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

4 miles from Boston

Providence College
P
Providence, RI
Providence College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Rhode Island

  • 4,821enrollment
  • $37,284net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1360SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.47Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

40 miles from Boston

Simmons University
S
Boston, MA
Simmons University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 6,263enrollment
  • $29,021net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1250SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

4 miles from Boston

Clark University
C
Worcester, MA
Clark University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 3,405enrollment
  • $30,617net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1350SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.66Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

41 miles from Boston

Emerson College
E
Boston, MA
Emerson College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 5,115enrollment
  • $47,594net price
  • 41%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1380SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.73Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 5

3 miles from Boston

Wheaton College
W
Norton, MA
Wheaton College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#17 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 1,670enrollment
  • $28,518net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1350SAT range
  • 28-31ACT range
  • 3.48Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

27 miles from Boston