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The Best Colleges in Massachusetts Ranked for 2019

These are the best four year colleges in Massachusetts as ranked by CollegeSimply. This Massachusetts ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading the 2019 ranking as the best college in Massachusetts is Harvard University.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in Massachusetts
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Harvard University 4 1 2
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 8 6 21
3 Williams College 9 33 12
4 Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering 15 27 10
5 Amherst College 17 23 4
6 Tufts University 21 32 56
7 Wellesley College 27 54 31
8 Boston College 53 98 42
9 Brandeis University 60 113 43
10 Boston University 59 68 92
11 Babson College 106 61 55
12 Northeastern University 37 73 184
13 Mount Holyoke College 67 318 93
14 Bentley University 136 210 65
15 Emerson College 157 234 130
16 Wheaton College 180 262 185
17 University of Massachusetts Amherst 158 471 362
18 Simmons College 247 510 314
19 Springfield College 515 815 363
20 Emmanuel College 412 909 463
21 University of Massachusetts Lowell 246 777 862
22 Gordon College 301 1,363 225
23 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 345 1,253 313
24 Bay Path College 639 594 413
25 Wentworth Institute of Technology 346 1,420 544
26 Western New England University 686 1,161 514
27 Lesley University 555 910 905
28 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 640 1,048 749
29 Massachusetts Maritime Academy 592 1,221 414
30 College of the Holy Cross 1,414 160 44
31 Smith College 1,428 99 94
32 The New England Conservatory of Music 1,421 104 183
33 Suffolk University 685 1,255 721
34 University of Massachusetts Boston 514 984 1,197
35 College of Our Lady of the Elms 887 1,096 600
36 Framingham State University 886 752 794
37 Eastern Nazarene College 769 751 793
38 Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology 413 1,573 328
39 Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1,430 263 200
40 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 641 1,254 937
41 Westfield State University 804 1,291 601
42 Clark University 1,409 429 143
43 Bridgewater State University 768 1,130 792
44 Dean College 1,051 1,309 495
45 Becker College 767 776 1,490
46 Salem State University 803 1,189 1,134
47 The Boston Conservatory 1,406 233 748
48 Lasell College 770 1,159 972
49 Wheelock College 1,031 1,049 602
50 Stonehill College 1,429 879 131

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2016-2017 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.