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151 Colleges
142,929 Yearly Graduations
$113,068 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$30,097 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Massachusetts ranked #11 in the nation for degrees handed out in 2019. Around 142,929 students received some type of diploma that year. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Massachusetts is $28,267 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $30,619 a year.

About 60% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $7,524 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
11,988 Yearly Degrees
$55,892 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Boston University is 33,720, of which 17,983 students are undergraduates and of those, 16,978 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Boston U is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 25%. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

32% of Boston U students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $11,099 a year. Boston U has a 1.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $49,200 during the early-career years.

#2

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts
Public Public vs. Private
9,527 Yearly Degrees
$16,389 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Massachusetts Amherst is 31,350, of which 24,209 students are undergraduates and of those, 22,491 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 58%. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

57% of UMass Amherst students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,147 a year. UMass Amherst has a 3.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UMass Amherst is $41,200.

#3

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
9,504 Yearly Degrees
$51,925 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Harvard University is 31,655, of which 10,063 students are undergraduates and of those, 7,148 are full-time. The freshman retention rate at Harvard is 98%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

The acceptance rate at Harvard is 5%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. Around 51% of accepted students are men, and 49% are women.

Approximately 6% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,430 a year. The student loan default rate of 0.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $70,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
7,454 Yearly Degrees
$53,506 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 22,207 students at Northeastern in total, 14,202 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 14,156 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at Northeastern. The freshman retention rate is 97%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 27%. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

Roughly 43% of students at Northeastern take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,792 a year. Northeastern has a 2.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $54,400 during the early-career years.

#5

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
4,838 Yearly Degrees
$57,910 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,901 undergraduates at Boston College, of which 9,666 are full-time, and there are 14,747 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at Boston College is 95%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

About 32% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 47% are men and 53% are women.

Approximately 41% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,097 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $57,000 during the early-career years.

#6

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts
Public Public vs. Private
4,733 Yearly Degrees
$15,648 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 18,352 students at UMass Lowell in total, 14,170 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 10,862 are full-time. For undergraduates at UMass Lowell, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 69%. Around 57% of accepted students are men, and 43% are women.

Approximately 70% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,604 a year. UMass Lowell has a 5.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UMass Lowell is $41,600.

#7

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
3,979 Yearly Degrees
$58,578 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,907 undergraduates at Tufts, of which 5,742 are full-time, and there are 11,878 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Tufts. The freshman retention rate is 96%.

Only 15% of students who apply get accepted. Around 47% of accepted students are men, and 52% are women.

Roughly 22% of students at Tufts take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,846 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $51,200 during the early-career years.

#8

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
3,870 Yearly Degrees
$53,790 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,530 undergraduates at MIT, of which 4,501 are full-time, and there are 11,520 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 3 to 1.

This a very selective school with only 7% of students getting accepted. Of the accepted students, 51% are men and 49% are women.

Approximately 11% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,754 a year. The student loan default rate of 0.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $82,200 during the early-career years.

#9

University of Massachusetts - Boston

Boston, Massachusetts
Public Public vs. Private
3,774 Yearly Degrees
$14,613 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,595 undergraduates at UMass Boston, of which 9,995 are full-time, and there are 15,989 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 75%. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Approximately 52% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,819 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $39,300 during the early-career years.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
3,488 Yearly Degrees
$29,700 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network is 11,857, of which 3,588 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,929 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Northeastern University Professional Advancement Network with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $54,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Public Public vs. Private
2,833 Yearly Degrees
$10,732 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 9,463 undergraduates at Bridgewater State, of which 7,681 are full-time, and there are 10,881 students altogether. It takes the average Bridgewater State undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

About 80% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Approximately 89% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,216 a year. Bridgewater State has a 5.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Bridgewater State is $36,400.

#12

Simmons University

Boston, Massachusetts
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,398 Yearly Degrees
$42,070 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,535 students at Simmons in total, 1,761 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,607 are full-time. It takes the average Simmons undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

About 60% of students who apply get accepted.

Approximately 72% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $9,440 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $47,200 during the early-career years.

#13

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,369 Yearly Degrees
$57,216 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,688 undergraduates at Brandeis, of which 3,673 are full-time, and there are 5,825 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Brandeis is 4.1 years.

About 34% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Roughly 43% of students at Brandeis take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,431 a year. Brandeis has a 2.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $41,700 during the early-career years.

#14

Salem State University

Salem, Massachusetts
Public Public vs. Private
2,361 Yearly Degrees
$11,284 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,706 students at Salem State in total, 6,273 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,997 are full-time. It takes the average Salem State undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 82%. Of the accepted students, 31% are men and 69% are women.

Approximately 77% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,356 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,200 during the early-career years.

#15

Suffolk University

Boston, Massachusetts
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,259 Yearly Degrees
$40,104 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,169 students at Suffolk in total, 4,862 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,665 are full-time. For undergraduates at Suffolk, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

About 84% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Approximately 61% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $9,740 a year. Suffolk has a 3.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Suffolk is $42,300.

Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,076 Yearly Degrees
$34,650 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,366 students at MCPHS University in total, 4,034 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 3,843 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at MCPHS University is 4.4 years.

About 84% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 24% are men and 76% are women.

Roughly 67% of students at MCPHS University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $13,918 a year. MCPHS University has a 1.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $75,700 during the early-career years.

#17

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,056 Yearly Degrees
$52,320 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,894 students at WPI in total, 4,761 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,642 are full-time. It takes the average WPI undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

About 48% of students who apply get accepted. Around 66% of accepted students are men, and 34% are women.

Roughly 53% of students at WPI take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $13,238 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from WPI is $67,500.

#18

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Public Public vs. Private
2,048 Yearly Degrees
$14,358 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth is 8,154, of which 6,405 students are undergraduates and of those, 5,465 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

About 84% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 49% are men and 51% are women.

Roughly 78% of students at UMass Dartmouth take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,046 a year. UMass Dartmouth has a 6.8% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $39,500 during the early-career years.

#19

Bentley University

Waltham, Massachusetts
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,753 Yearly Degrees
$51,830 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Bentley University is 5,314, of which 4,228 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,177 are full-time. It takes the average Bentley undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

About 44% of students who apply get accepted. Around 59% of accepted students are men, and 41% are women.

Roughly 50% of students at Bentley take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,319 a year. Bentley has a 0.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Bentley with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $65,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Westfield State University

Westfield, Massachusetts
Public Public vs. Private
1,739 Yearly Degrees
$10,849 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,069 undergraduates at Westfield, of which 4,250 are full-time, and there are 5,795 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Around 85% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

75% of Westfield students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,445 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,300 during the early-career years.

#21

Berklee College of Music

Boston, Massachusetts
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,711 Yearly Degrees
$45,660 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Berklee College of Music is 6,999, of which 6,439 students are undergraduates and of those, 5,041 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

About 53% of students who apply get accepted. Around 57% of accepted students are men, and 43% are women.

Approximately 40% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $12,820 a year. Berklee College of Music has a 5.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Berklee College of Music with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $21,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Hult International Business School

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,708 Yearly Degrees
$38,749 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Hult International Business School is 2,349, of which 761 students are undergraduates and of those, 761 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 55%. Of the accepted students, 52% are men and 48% are women.

Approximately 7% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,567 a year. Hult International Business School has a 4.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

#23

Worcester State University

Worcester, Massachusetts
Public Public vs. Private
1,591 Yearly Degrees
$10,161 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Worcester State University is 6,204, of which 5,332 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,078 are full-time. It takes the average Worcester State undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 76%. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Roughly 70% of students at Worcester State take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,237 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Worcester State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $37,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

Bunker Hill Community College

Boston, Massachusetts
Public Public vs. Private
1,570 Yearly Degrees
$4,704 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,352 students at BHCC in total, 4,037 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 7% of students at BHCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,144 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.5% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from BHCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Public Public vs. Private
1,537 Yearly Degrees
$10,505 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,043 undergraduates at Fitchburg State, of which 3,164 are full-time, and there are 7,251 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

About 80% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

Approximately 78% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,134 a year. Fitchburg State has a 6.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,500 during the early-career years.

Other Massachusetts Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Bristol Community College 1,391
27 Quinsigamond Community College 1,388
28 Lesley University 1,369
29 Endicott College 1,348
30 Framingham State University 1,338
31 Emerson College 1,288
32 Merrimack College 1,257
33 Middlesex Community College 1,205
34 Babson College 1,167
35 Clark University 1,106
36 Western New England University 1,050
37 Wentworth Institute of Technology 1,018
38 American International College 998
39 Smith College 993
40 North Shore Community College 977
41 Springfield Technical Community College 973
42 Massasoit Community College 928
43 Springfield College 905
44 Bay Path University 903
45 Holyoke Community College 886
46 Northern Essex Community College 880
47 College of the Holy Cross 848
48 Regis College 847
49 Cambridge College 838
50 Curry College 821
51 Mount Wachusett Community College 792
52 Williams College 756
53 Wellesley College 754
54 Mount Holyoke College 750
55 Assumption University 743
56 Stonehill College 719
57 Amherst College 705
58 Massachusetts Bay Community College 678
59 Elms College 622
60 Lasell College 608
61 Emmanuel College Massachusetts 597
62 Gordon College 582
63 MGH Institute of Health Professions 569
64 Quincy College 542
65 Cape Cod Community College 518
66 New England Tractor Trailer Training School of Massachusetts 463
67 Nichols College 434
68 Massachusetts Maritime Academy 433
69 Anna Maria College 427
69 Massachusetts College of Art and Design 427
71 Becker College 425
72 Laboure College 406
73 Wheaton College Massachusetts 391
74 Gordon - Conwell Theological Seminary 386
75 Fisher College 382
76 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 366
77 Greenfield Community College 358
78 Dean College 353
79 Jupiter Beauty Academy 328
80 Berkshire Community College 322
81 Springfield College - School of Professional and Continuing Studies 321
82 William James College 308
83 Hampshire College 288
84 Roxbury Community College 283
85 The New England Conservatory of Music 279
86 MotoRing Technical Training Institute 266
87 University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester 243
88 Universal Technical Institute of Massachusetts Inc 242
89 Eastern Nazarene College 234
90 Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology 223
91 Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics 204
92 Bard College at Simon’s Rock 200
93 Bay State College 198
94 Lincoln Technical Institute - Somerville 187
95 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Worcester 175
96 Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics and Massage Therapy 171
97 Boston Architectural College 164
98 New England Law - Boston 146
99 Spa Tech Institute-Plymouth 143
100 New England Hair Academy 137
101 National Aviation Academy of New England 128
102 Urban College of Boston 124
102 New England College of Optometry 124
102 Jolie Hair and Beauty Academy-Ludlow 124
105 Spa Tech Institute-Westboro 120
106 Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing 114
107 Mildred Elley Pittsfield 98
108 Longy School of Music of Bard College 94
109 Rob Roy Academy-Worcester 88
110 North Bennet Street School 82
111 Empire Beauty School-Boston 80
112 Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing 79
113 Olin College 78
114 Southeastern Technical Institute 75
115 Millennium Training Institute 66
115 Montserrat College of Art 66
117 Greater Lowell Technical School 65
117 Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School 65
119 Spa Tech Institute-Ipswich 64
120 Pine Manor College 59
121 Hellenic College - Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology 55
122 Saint John’s Seminary 53
123 Tri County Regional Vocational Technical High School 51
124 Massachusetts School of Law 50
125 Northpoint Bible College 46
126 Lowell Academy Hairstyling Institute 44
126 Diman Regional Technical Institute 44
128 Assabet Valley Regional Technical School 43
129 Empire Beauty School-Malden 41
130 Massachusetts School of Barbering 40
130 Alexander Academy 40
132 Blue Hills Regional Technical School 38
133 DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology 37
134 EINE Inc 36
135 Empire Beauty School-Framingham 35
136 Shawsheen Valley School of Practical Nursing 32
137 FINE Mortuary College 31
137 Hebrew College 31
139 Monty Tech 28
140 Southern Worcester County Regional Voc School District 27
141 Bancroft School of Massage Therapy 26
142 Rob Roy Academy-Fall River 25
143 Charles H McCann Technical School 22
144 Boston Baptist College 20
145 Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District 19
145 New England School of Photography 19
147 Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis Inc 18
148 Pope St John XXIII National Seminary 14
148 Rob Roy Academy-New Bedford 14
150 Conway School of Landscape Design 13
151 Rob Roy Academy-Taunton 10

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