Best Massachusetts Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts for 2021

There are 102 colleges and universities in Massachusetts enrolling 481,226 students. Explore the list of top colleges in Massachusetts below to begin your college search. The CollegeSimply rankings are objective and data-driven in order to help you find good matches for you. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page. Whether you're searching for a good public, private or community college, this guide to universities in Massachusetts offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

 Massachusetts is home to nationally ranked institutions like Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Williams College and Amherst College. The highest ranked college in Massachusetts is Harvard University and the top rated public state college is University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Local college options can be explored in Boston, Worcester and Springfield or other cities.


102 results

List of the Best Massachusetts Colleges

Harvard University
H
Cambridge, MA
Harvard University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 31,566enrollment
  • $18,030net price
  • 5%acceptance rate
  • 1460-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 4.04Avg GPA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M
Cambridge, MA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 11,574enrollment
  • $20,465net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1510-1570SAT range
  • 34-36ACT range
  • 3.96*Avg GPA
Williams College
W
Williamstown, MA
Williams College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 2,149enrollment
  • $17,303net price
  • 13%acceptance rate
  • 1410-1550SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.94*Avg GPA
Amherst College
A
Amherst, MA
Amherst College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 1,855enrollment
  • $16,339net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1310-1520SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.91*Avg GPA
Wellesley College
W
Wellesley, MA
Wellesley College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 2,534enrollment
  • $19,805net price
  • 22%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.86*Avg GPA
Tufts University
T
Medford, MA
Tufts University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 11,586enrollment
  • $26,280net price
  • 15%acceptance rate
  • 1390-1540SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.91*Avg GPA
Boston College
B
Chestnut Hill, MA
Boston College

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 14,720enrollment
  • $28,354net price
  • 27%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1500SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.86*Avg GPA
Boston University
B
Boston, MA
Boston University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 34,657enrollment
  • $29,479net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1340-1510SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
College of the Holy Cross
t
Worcester, MA
College of the Holy Cross

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 2,939enrollment
  • $34,627net price
  • 34%acceptance rate
  • 1260-1430SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA
Brandeis University
B
Waltham, MA
Brandeis University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 5,800enrollment
  • $37,264net price
  • 30%acceptance rate
  • 1350-1520SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.87Avg GPA
Bentley University
B
Waltham, MA
Bentley University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 5,460enrollment
  • $41,582net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1410SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.75*Avg GPA
Babson College
B
Wellesley, MA
Babson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 3,357enrollment
  • $28,325net price
  • 26%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1450SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Northeastern University
N
Boston, MA
Northeastern University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 21,627enrollment
  • $36,479net price
  • 18%acceptance rate
  • 1390-1540SAT range
  • 32-35ACT range
  • 3.91*Avg GPA
Simmons University
S
Boston, MA
Simmons University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 6,082enrollment
  • $30,841net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1290SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA
Emerson College
E
Boston, MA
Emerson College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 4,573enrollment
  • $46,381net price
  • 33%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1410SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
University of Massachusetts Amherst
M
Amherst, MA
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 30,593enrollment
  • $22,927net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1390SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.73Avg GPA
Springfield College
S
Springfield, MA
Springfield College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 3,139enrollment
  • $29,706net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1220SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA
Gordon College
G
Wenham, MA
Gordon College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 1,955enrollment
  • $29,047net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1310SAT range
  • 21-30ACT range
  • 3.56Avg GPA