A Complete Guide to Colleges in Boston

Boston has some of the most prestigious colleges in the U.S. Here are 10 popular schools and a list of all colleges in Boston and the surrounding area.
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Updated June 2, 2023 · 4 Min Read

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10 Popular Colleges in Boston

The Boston metropolitan area is home to more than 60 nonprofit four-year colleges and universities. We've compiled a list of all Boston colleges and highlighted 10 of the most popular schools based on factors such as student enrollment, prestige, and overall reputation.

All school data below comes from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Tuition and fees are from 2022-2023, while acceptance rates, enrollment statistics, net prices, and number of applicants are from 2021.

List of All Colleges in the Boston Area

The following table lists all four-year nonprofit colleges and universities in Boston, including Boston suburbs. We've included information on enrollment, net cost, acceptance rate, and number of applicants for each school using the latest NCES data.

All Colleges in Boston
School Total Student Enrollment Avg. Annual Net Price Acceptance Rate Number of Applicants
Babson College 3,684 $29,105 25% 7,104
Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology 476 $18,143 N/A N/A
Bentley University 5,158 $41,708 61% 9,311
Berklee College of Music 7,943 $48,055 55% 7,266
Boston Architectural College 728 $27,887 N/A N/A
Boston Baptist College 42 $23,223 64% 11
Boston College 15,577 $30,159 19% 39,846
Boston University 36,104 $25,852 19% 75,778
Brandeis University 5,558 $35,147 39% 9,796
Bridgewater State University 9,942 $12,744 86% 8,881
Cambridge College 2,451 $27,166 N/A N/A
Curry College 2,242 $28,782 80% 5,192
Dean College 1,206 $35,827 74% 4,924
Eastern Nazarene College 647 $19,901 64% 849
Emerson College 5,900 $48,842 45% 11,568
Emmanuel College 1,950 $28,133 74% 6,072
Endicott College 3,982 $38,196 77% 5,055
Fisher College 1,367 $26,130 72% 2,897
Framingham State University 4,495 $16,900 84% 5,117
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering 382 $36,494 18% 907
Gordon College 1,804 $25,917 77% 1,462
Harvard University 31,345 $13,910 4% 57,786
Hebrew College 133 N/A N/A N/A
Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology 118 $26,548 76% 74
Hult International Business School 2,214 $48,780 51% 1,495
Laboure College of Healthcare 1,038 $33,180 75% 4
Lasell University 1,695 $29,401 85% 2,550
Lesley University 4,010 $31,928 87% 2,942
Massachusetts College of Art and Design 1,907 $24,772 79% 2,433
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 11,934 $30,958 4% 33,240
MCPHS University 7,304 $38,390 98% 4,486
Merrimack College 5,452 $35,500 80% 10,429
MGH Institute of Health Professions 1,339 N/A N/A N/A
Montserrat College of Art 341 $33,430 N/A N/A
New England College of Optometry 525 N/A N/A N/A
Northeastern University 28,167 $38,927 18% 75,244
Northeastern University Professional Programs 10,918 N/A N/A N/A
Northpoint Bible College 250 $24,502 N/A N/A
Regis College 3,599 $35,775 89% 2,678
Saint John's Seminary 96 N/A N/A N/A
Salem State University 7,131 $18,125 90% 6,287
Simmons University 5,984 $19,026 84% 3,516
Stonehill College 2,479 $31,467 72% 7219
Suffolk University 6,647 $32,393 88% 7,501
The New England Conservatory of Music 827 $38,409 43% 952
Tufts University 13,293 $31,630 11% 31,198
University of Massachusetts Boston 15,637 $17,575 79% 16,383
University of Massachusetts Lowell 17,597 $13,227 85% 12,493
Wellesley College 2,461 $21,862 16% 7,663
Wentworth Institute of Technology 4,163 $32,430 90% 5,441
Wheaton College 1,701 $28,867 82% 3,724
William James College 854 N/A N/A N/A

Source: NCES

Frequently Asked Questions About Colleges in Boston

How many colleges are in Boston?

There are 64 colleges and universities in metropolitan Boston, according to NCES. Some of these schools are within Boston's city limits, whereas others are located in Boston suburbs. All schools, however, are within a 30-mile radius of Boston's city center.

In total, there are 46 private nonprofit institutions, six public universities, seven junior colleges, four schools that primarily grant associate degrees, and one for-profit college in Boston and its surrounding areas.

What is the largest college in the Boston area?

With over 36,000 students, Boston University is the largest school by enrollment in the Boston area. Just over half of students here are undergraduates, according to NCES data. BU is a private research university located west of downtown Boston.

Harvard University is the second-largest institution by enrollment in the Boston area. Most of Harvard's 31,000 students were pursuing graduate degrees as of fall 2021. Harvard is a private research university based in Cambridge, a suburb of Boston.

What is the prettiest university in Boston?

While the prettiest university in Boston is up for debate, one of the top contenders is Boston College.

Located in the village of Chestnut Hill, BC features Collegiate Gothic architecture. One of the best examples is Gasson Hall, which was designed by Charles Donagh Maginnis in 1908. Gasson Hall has inspired many other campuses to adopt a similar architectural style.

Other Boston-area campuses noted for their beauty include Harvard, UMass Boston, and Wellesley College.

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