The Best Massachusetts Colleges

The Best Colleges in Massachusetts for 2024

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in Massachusetts as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the list for 2024 as the best overall college in Massachusetts is Harvard University. The top rated public state college is University of Massachusetts Amherst. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


43 results

Harvard University
H
Cambridge, MA

Harvard University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in America

  • 31,345enrollment
  • $18,037net price
  • 4%acceptance rate
  • 1480-1580SAT range
  • 33-36ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M
Cambridge, MA

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in America

  • 11,934enrollment
  • $19,998net price
  • 4%acceptance rate
  • 1510-1580SAT range
  • 34-36ACT range
  • 3.96Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Amherst College
A
Amherst, MA

Amherst College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in America

  • 1,971enrollment
  • $18,832net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1550SAT range
  • 32-34ACT range
  • 3.91Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

Wellesley College
W
Wellesley, MA

Wellesley College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#22 Best Colleges in America

  • 2,461enrollment
  • $21,614net price
  • 16%acceptance rate
  • 1400-1540SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 8

Tufts University
T
Medford, MA

Tufts University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 13,293enrollment
  • $32,720net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1440-1550SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.91Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Boston College
B
Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 15,577enrollment
  • $30,192net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1420-1530SAT range
  • 33-34ACT range
  • 3.86Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Smith College
S
Northampton, MA

Smith College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 2,924enrollment
  • $28,422net price
  • 30%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Boston University
B
Boston, MA

Boston University

Private 4 Year

9 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 36,104enrollment
  • $29,154net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1360-1520SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.79Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 4

College of the Holy Cross
H
Worcester, MA

College of the Holy Cross

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 3,029enrollment
  • $32,061net price
  • 43%acceptance rate
  • 1240-1420SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Mount Holyoke College
M
South Hadley, MA

Mount Holyoke College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 2,342enrollment
  • $31,165net price
  • 52%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1510SAT range
  • 31-35ACT range
  • 3.87Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Brandeis University
B
Waltham, MA

Brandeis University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#11 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 5,558enrollment
  • $41,222net price
  • 39%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1530SAT range
  • 31-34ACT range
  • 3.84Avg GPA

Bentley University
B
Waltham, MA

Bentley University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#12 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 5,158enrollment
  • $42,759net price
  • 61%acceptance rate
  • 1240-1413SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Babson College
B
Wellesley, MA

Babson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#13 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 3,684enrollment
  • $31,559net price
  • 25%acceptance rate
  • 1330-1480SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.79Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 3

Northeastern University
N
Boston, MA

Northeastern University

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#14 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 28,167enrollment
  • $37,738net price
  • 18%acceptance rate
  • 1430-1550SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.91Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

Simmons University
S
Boston, MA

Simmons University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 5,984enrollment
  • $29,021net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1360SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 3.87Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

University of Massachusetts Amherst
M
Amherst, MA

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#1 Best Public Universities in Massachusetts

  • 32,045enrollment
  • $22,505net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1460SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 3.99Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Clark University
C
Worcester, MA

Clark University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 3,350enrollment
  • $30,617net price
  • 48%acceptance rate
  • 1218-1403SAT range
  • 27-30ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Emerson College
E
Boston, MA

Emerson College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 5,900enrollment
  • $47,594net price
  • 45%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1400SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.73Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 20