Universities and Colleges in Boston

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Colleges in Boston and Cambridge include MIT - Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

With 60+ universities and colleges in Boston, Cambridge, and nearby locations, you'll find the largest concentration of higher education institutions in North America. 

Online college classes available at many Boston colleges and universities mean you can access a Boston education from almost everywhere, plus several schools have offsite campuses in cities around the world.

Add in numerous research centers, Boston career and technical schools, and online college courses from universities and colleges in Boston - and you can see the rich educational and intellectual diversity offered by our institutes of higher learning.  You can take classes in everything from quantum physics to wine tasting, even if you're just visiting for the weekend.

With more than 330,000 students attending universities and colleges in the Boston area at any given time, Boston hosts the second highest number of students of any North American city - only Montreal has more.  If you're considering universities and colleges in Boston, you'll find a huge array of options to consider.

If you're visiting Boston for a vacation with teens or even pre-teens who will be applying to colleges in a few years, think about adding a campus tour or two to your itinerary. 

Informational tours by admissions officers at colleges in Boston typically last an hour, followed by student-led tours lasting another 60-90 minutes.  You're sure to hear about the college's culture in addition to useful information about academics and campus life.

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Guide to Universities and Colleges in Boston

Use this complete guide to Boston institutes of higher education to plan campus tours during your Boston visit.

The schools in this section offer Bachelor degrees, and in many cases, Master and Doctoral degrees.  Some also offer Associate degrees, while others offer hands-on training in specialized areas such as fine furniture making, glass blowing, and even wine making.

Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University 

700 Beacon Street, in Boston's Fenway neighborhood

Focused on preparing students for careers in art, the Art Institute offers Bachelor and Master degrees.  Courses cover a variety of areas including web and multimedia design, graphic design, advertising and editorial illustration, animation, photojournalism, art education, and even fine arts.

Babson College 

231 College Street, Wellesley

Babson is all about business . . . and both the undergraduate and graduate programs have outstanding reputations.  Babson is one of the best colleges in Boston for entrepreneurial leadership programs.

Bay Path College

Longmeadow, MA
123 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA

Although Bay Path College has its main campus in Longmeadow, a Saturday program and some graduate programs are offered in Burlington, north of Boston.  The undergraduate program offers career-oriented majors to an all-female student body.  A coed graduate program is designed for working professionals.

Bay State College 

122 Commonwealth Avenue, Back Bay, Boston)

Originally founded to serve the airline industry, this for-profit career college in Boston's Back Bay offers Associate and Bachelor degrees in Business, Fashion, Nursing, and Entertainment Management.

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology 

41 Berkeley Street, South End, Boston

Established by an unusual provision in Benjamin Franklin's will, the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is a private technical college that offers a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology, and Associate degrees in Industrial and Engineering Technologies, as well as Opticianry. 

Although BFIT offers some housing options, most students commute.  The college aligns its programs with workplace demands.  About two thirds of recent graduates find employment in a field related to their major, and the remaining third transfers to a four-year college to complete their baccalaureate degree.

Bentley University

175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA

One of the best colleges in Boston for business.  This highly ranked school a few miles west of the city specializes in finance, accounting, and information systems.  Bentley's McCallum Graduate School offers MBA and MS programs in a variety of business-related areas.

Berklee College of Music

Admissions Office: Uchida Building, 921 Boylston St; the Berklee campus straddles Boston's Fenway and Back Bay neighborhoods 

Berklee College of Music specializes in musical performance and composition training in jazz, rock, and other contemporary music not normally stressed at other schools.  Undergrads come from 70+ different countries.  More about Berklee College of Music

Boston Architectural College  

Back Bay, Boston

New England's largest independent design college, offering bachelor and master degrees in architecture and design.  It may also be the only college in Boston that started 100+ years ago as a private club.  Boston Architectural College

Boston Baptist College 

Hyde Park, Boston

A small Bible college with about 130 students.  Offers Associate and Bachelor degrees in Biblical studies.  

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Newton

Despite its name, Boston College is actually a university, and home to one of the largest Jesuit communities in the U.S.  In addition to offering highly-ranked liberal arts programs as as programs in nursing, engineering, and business for undergraduates, it also has a gorgeous hilltop campus - possibly the prettiest in Boston - with many buildings featuring "collegiate gothic" architecture.  More about Boston College

Boston Conservatory

Fenway, Boston

An arts conservatory with undergraduate and graduate programs music, dance, theater, and music education.  More about Boston Conservatory

Boston University

Commonwealth Ave, Boston, Allston

With over 30,000 students and 4,000 faculty, BU is the fourth largest private university in the U.S.  BU includes 18 schools and colleges, and offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in numerous disciplines.  More about Boston University

Brandeis University 


Established in 1948 as a Jewish-sponsored private nonsectarian research university, Brandeis is located on a wooded campus about 8 miles west of Boston.  It offers strong liberal arts and international programs, plus a number of graduate and research programs.  More about Brandeis University

Cambridge College

Cambridge and online

One of the best colleges in Boston for adult education for working adults.  Offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in education, counseling, management, and human services.  Cambridge College features collaborative learning and recognizes prior learning and life experiences.  Classes are onsite and online.  More about Cambridge College

Colleges of the Fenway

Boston's Fenway neighborhood

This group of small colleges in Boston's Fenway neighborhood allows their students to cross-register, greatly increasing course options.  Students also share many sports and student activities.  Colleges of the Fenway include Emmanuel, Mass College of Art, Mass College of Pharmacy, Simmons, Wentworth, and Wheelock.  More about Colleges of the Fenway 

Curry College  (Milton)
This private liberal arts school offering Bachelor and Master degrees started back in 1879 as the School of Elocution, with telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell as its chancellor.

Dean College 


Dedicated to help each student fulfill his or her potential based on individual learning styles, Dean offers Associate degrees in 15 academic majors, Baccalaureate degrees in Entertainment Management and Dance, and several Bachelor degree options in partnership with Suffolk University.

Eastern Nazarene College 


Sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene, this interdenominational school blends faith with scholastics, offering Associate and Bachelor degrees in 50+ areas, along with continuing ed and graduate programs for working adults.  The tree-filled 15 acre campus doubles as an arboretum.

Emerson College 

120 Boylston Street, Theatre District in Downtown Boston

This private university began as the Boston Conservatory of Elocution, Oratory, Dramatic Art, and today focuses on communications and performing arts.  It owns several of Boston's historic theaters, as well as state-of-the-art television and recording studios.  One of the most active colleges in Boston in the local media and performance arena, with top-notch faculty and numerous famous alumni.  More about Emerson College

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Emmanuel College, small college in Boston's Fenway neighborhood

Emmanuel College 

Fenway, Boston

A Roman Catholic liberal arts school, all-female until 2001, offering internships, research, and other collaborative opportunities in Boston's Longwood Medical area. 

Endicott College 

Beverly, Boston

One of the formerly all-female colleges in Boston, Endicott was founded in 1839 for the purpose of educating women.  The school is now coed and offers a broad spectrum of liberal arts programs for Associate, Bachelor, and Master degrees.   A mandatory internship program links classroom work with professional experience.

Fisher College 

Back Bay, Boston

Offering a Bachelor of Science in Management, Fisher blends liberal arts courses with career training and preparation.

Framingham State College 

Framingham, MA

Founded in 1839, this public college west of Boston offers small classes, 25 undergraduate majors, and 24 graduate programs.  Although especially well known for its teacher education programs, it also offers a nursing program (R.N.) and many liberal arts majors, as well as pre-law, pre-medical, and pre-engineering programs.

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering 

Needham, MA

Open only since 2002 and possibly the newest college in Boston, Olin offers engineering degrees, terrific facilities, and a commitment to provide world-class engineering education at an affordable cost - a commitment backed up by Olin Scholarships covering 100% of the tuition portion of student fees for all 4 years.

Gordon College 

Wenham, MA

The only non-denominational Christian college in Boston and greater New England, Gordon College focuses on providing a Christian community for its students by integrating Christian beliefs with classroom studies.

Harvard University


Founded in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the most famous in the world.  With 8 schools and a Division of Continuing Education, Harvard is a leader in too many areas to count.

Hebrew College 

Newton Centre

Offers comprehensive Jewish and Hebrew studies in a non-sectarian environment.  Emphasizes preparation for Jewish careers ranging from Jewish education to Jewish music to rabbinical studies.

Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology 


As the only fully accredited 4-year liberal arts Orthodox Christian college in the Americas, Hellenic College offers Bachelor degrees.  Holy Cross is a 3-year program of graduate-level theological studies leading to a Master of Divinity degree.

Labouré College 

Dorchester, Boston

As the first Roman Catholic school of nursing in New England, Labouré has offered Associate degrees in Nursing and Allied Health for a long time, and started offering a Bachelor of Science for Registered Nurses degree in 2009.

Lasell College


Founded in 1851 as a school for women, Lasell became coed in 1997.  Fashion Design is the most popular major, although Lasell also offers degrees in Hospitality and Event Management, Athletic Training, Communications, Retailing, and Management.

Lesley University

22 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA

Although Lesley offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of fields, it is renowned for its programs in education. 

Longy School of Music of Bard College


One of 4 degree-granting music colleges in Boston and Cambridge, Longy is affiliated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and specializes in the French conservatoire method in which faculty master classes are emphasized.  Became part of Bard College in 2012.

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Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Massachusetts College of Art and Design  

Fenway, Boston

Combines a professional education in art and design with a strong liberal arts foundation in its undergraduate, graduate, and continuing ed programs.  Programs range from animation to fashion design, metalsmithing to sculpture, film/video to graphic design - and everything in between.  MassArt's film program provides weekly screenings of an eclectic mix of films and videos - you may even get to particpate in a discussion with the filmmaker afterward.  

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Creations by Mass College of Art students on display at Chestnut Hill Mall

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 

Fenway, Boston

Offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in a wide array of programs in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, nursing, dental hygiene, radiologic sciences, environmental sciences, health studies, health policy, drug regulatory affairs, premedical studies, medicinal chemistry, and other areas.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Large, world-renowned research university with top engineering, science, and business programs.  MIT boasts 73 Nobel Laureates, and has one of the largest endowments and annual research budgets of any American university.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Buzzards Bay

This 4-year state college, located on Cape Cod, offers Bachelors and Masters degrees in disciplines that prepare students for careers in seagoing, engineering, and environmental professions, as well as other areas.  In addition to earning a B.S. degree, Massachusetts Maritime Academy Students also have the opportunity to earn a Merchant Marine Officer's License and a Naval Officer's Commission.

Merrimack College 

North Andover, MA

This Roman Catholic college north of Boston offers programs in liberal arts, business, science, and engineering.  A cooperative education program combining classroom study with work experience in area businesses prepares students for careers in their chosen fields.

Montserrat College of Art 

Beverly, MA

Started in the 1960s by a group of artists who wanted to provide professional education in the visual arts, Montserrat offers diplomas and a Bachelor degree to students who work primarily in a studio environment creating art under the guidance of a faculty of artists, designers, and scholars.

Mount Ida College


Reflecting a merger with 3 other small colleges in the 1980s, Mount Ida's eclectic mix of programs ranges from American Studies to Equine Management, from Interior Design to Funeral Home Management.

New England Conservatory 

Fenway, Boston

The oldest independent conservatory in the U.S., and one of the finest.  Strong undergrad and graduate programs, as well as preparatory, professional, and continuing ed programs.  Jordan Hall, NEC's primary performance space, hosts over 600 concerts a year.  Its incredible beauty is matched by its world-famous acoustics.

New England Institute of Art 


Part of the national for-profit Art Institute group, the New England Institute for Art offers Associate and Bachelor degrees and a career-oriented approach in areas such as advertising, digital filmmaking, video production, graphic design, interior design, and photography. 

Newbury College 


Two and four year degree programs with multiple major options in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Business, and Arts, Sciences, and Design.

Northeastern University

Fenway, Boston

Nationally renowned for its cooperative education program, Northeastern offers majors in a wide variety of disciplines while giving students to gain valuable hands-on experience in their chosen field.  Once known as a local commuter school, Northeastern now ranks as a large research institution.

Pine Manor College 

Chestnut Hill, Newton

Small all-women's liberal arts college offering Associate and Bachelor degrees.

Regis College 


This small formerly female-only Roman Catholic school became coed in 2007.  It offers a liberal arts curriculum at the undergrad and graduate levels, and is known for its strong nursing program.

Roxbury Community College 

Roxbury, Boston

This Massachusetts public college offers Associate degrees and certificate programs in liberal arts, career development, and workforce training.  Many graduates transfer into 4-year schools to continue their education.

Salem State College


This public college north of Boston provides affordable tuition.  Most popular majors are business, education, nursing, and criminal justice.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Fenway, Boston

Dedicated to the visual arts, the Museum School offers undergraduate and graduate programs to aspiring artists and art teachers in partnership with Tufts University and Northeastern University.


Fenway, Boston

Started in 1899 for the purpose of educating women in "useful professions," Simmons is a small university with an all-women undergrad program combining liberal arts with professional work experience, and coed graduate programs.  Also offers the only MBA program in the world designed specifically for women.  Simmons belongs to the Colleges of the Fenway.

Stonehill College 


This coed Roman Catholic college offers 70+ liberal arts, science, and pre-professional programs.

Suffolk University 

Downtown, Boston

This private university with an emphasis on globalism also has campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal.  It focuses on offering high quality education at a reasonable cost and emphasizing diversity.

Tufts University


This internationally-known research university includes 10 schools, of which only 2 award undergrad degrees.  Although perhaps best known for its emphasis on international studies, Tufts offers excellent programs in many different areas.

University of Massachusetts at Boston 

Dorchester, Boston

This large public research university is the second-largest campus in the University of Massachusetts system, and includes 7 schools.  Primarily a commuter school, it is in the early stage of shifting to a residential model.  

Wellesley College 


This all-women liberal arts college offers undergraduate degrees in single majors, double majors, interdisciplinary, and cross-disciplinary areas, as well as cross-registration with MIT and exchanges with other area schools.

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Wentworth Institute of Technology

Wentworth Institute of Technology 

Fenway, Boston

Career-oriented Bachelor degree programs in architecture, computer science and systems, engineering, engineering technology, environmental science, construction management, and other technically-oriented areas.  Features a hands-on approach in extensive lab and studio work.

Wheaton College 


Once an all-women's college, this private liberal arts college became coed in 1987.  Offering 40 majors and 50 minors, Wheaton also offers duel-degree and pre-professional programs, as well as courses designed to encourage students to think beyond their area of interest.

Wheelock College 

Fenway, Boston

One of the Colleges of the Fenway, Wheelock College combines liberal arts with professional training in undergrads and graduate students in elementary and childhood education, special ed, daycare, counseling, social work, and child life work.  More about Wheelock College

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Research Institutes and Post-Graduate-Only Institutes

Andover Newton Theological School (Newton Centre)
Founded in 1807, this is the oldest graduate school of theology in the United States, with 250 students from over 35 denominations.

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis  (Brookline)
A small independent psychoanalytic graduate school offering Master and Doctoral degrees in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic counseling. 

Episcopal Divinity School  (Cambridge)
An episcopal seminary that offers graduate degrees in theological studies, divinity, and ministry

Forsyth Institute   (Fenway, Boston)
Primarily a research institute focused on dental and oral health, Forsyth also offers a large post-doctoral training program in biomedical research.

Massachusetts College of Professional Psychology  (West Roxbury, Boston)
A graduate-level institute offer Masters and Doctoral programs in psychology.  

MGH Institute of Health Professionals  (West End, Boston)
Affiliated with world-famous Massachusetts General Hospital, the Institute combines clinical research with classroom experiences and awards Master and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Investigation, Medical Imaging, Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Communications Sciences and Disorders.

St. John's Seminary  (Brighton, Boston)
Men-only Roman Catholic school that offers a graduate-level Masters of Divinity program, although most of its property was sold to Boston College in 2004-06.

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Law Schools in Boston

Boston College Law School  (Chestnut Hill, Newton, Boston)

Boston University School of Law (Fenway, Boston) 

Harvard Law School  (Cambridge)

New England School of Law  (Theatre District, Downtown Boston)
NESL's part-time evening division allows many working adults to pursue a law degree, although the full-time day division is actually larger.

Northeastern School of Law  (Fenway, Boston)

Suffolk University Law School  (Downtown, Boston)    
The fourth oldest law school in New England and the fourth largest in the U.S., Suffolk was founded in 1906 to provide immigrants, minorities, and the working class with the opportunity to study law.  Suffolk offers full-time and part-time programs.  Television shows The Practice and Boston Legal feature fictional Suffolk grads.

Tufts University - Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Medford)
The nation's oldest graduate school in international relations, Fletcher offers an LL.M. degree in international law for legal professionals and an M.A. in law and diplomacy, along with Master and Doctoral degrees in other areas related to international law and diplomacy. 

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Medical Schools, Dental Schools, and other Health Professional Schools in Boston

Boston University - Goldman School of Dental Medicine  (Fenway, Boston)

Boston University School of Medicine (South End, Boston)

Harvard Medical School  (Fenway, Boston)

Harvard School of Dental Medicine  (Fenway, Boston)

Harvard School of Public Health (Fenway, Boston)

MGH Institute of Health Professions (West End, Boston, and online)
This graduate school founded by the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) grants master's degrees, doctoral degrees, certificates in advanced study, and continuing education in onsite and online medical classes.  Nursing, Physical Therapy, Medical Imaging, and Communications Sciences and Disorders are the primary focus. 

New England College of Optometry  (Back Bay, Boston)
The oldest continually operating college of optometry in the U.S., and a leading research center.  Students in the Doctor of Optometry and Master of Vision Science programs get clinical experience at the nearby New England Eye Institute.

Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition and Policy  (Chinatown, Boston)

Tufts School of Dental Medicine  (Chinatown, Boston)

Tufts School of Medicine  (Chinatown, Boston)

Tufts University - Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine  (Grafton, MA)

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Graduate Schools of Management

Babson College - F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business (Wellesley)

Bentley University McCallum Graduate School   (Waltham, MA)

Boston College - Carroll School of Management (Chestnut Hill, Newton, MA)

Boston University School of Management  (Fenway, Boston)

Brandeis International Business School (Waltham, MA)

Harvard Business School   (Allston, Boston)

Northeastern School of Management  (Fenway, Boston)

Suffolk University - Sawyer School of Business  (Downtown Boston)

UMass Boston College of Management (Dorchester, Boston)

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Other Boston Schools

These schools offer Associate degrees, certificates, professional and career training, and even enrichment classes. 

North Bennet Street School

North End, Boston and Arlington, MA

With a focus on training students for careers in traditional trades that require hand skills, this rather famous school offers programs and workshops in a wide range of areas.  Perhaps best known for its highly acclaimed stringed instrument making and furniture making programs, Bennet also offers training in bookbinding, preservation carpentry, jewelry making, and piano technology and 1-day workshops in everything from building birdhouses (children welcome) to manuscript gilding.   38 North Bennet Street, Boston; www.nbss.edu

Boston Center for Adult Education 

Bay Village, Boston

Here's where to come when you want to learn something just for fun - cake decorating . . . how to pay off your debt . . . pet first aid . . . Samba . . . and much, much more.  Fees are very affordable, and many classes meet one time only - so if you're visiting Boston just for the weekend and want to take a class in something fun and interesting, check out BCAE's offerings.

Boston University's Center for Digital Imaging Arts

Waltham, Massachusetts (and Washington DC)

The Center for Digital Imaging Arts, part of Boston University, lets you earn a certificate in Digital Filmmaking and focuses on providing career-oriented training in pre-production, production, and post-production.  Professionals working in the field teach the classes, and you can choose a full-time or part-time schedule.  

Boston Wine School 

Allston, Boston

For enrichment and pleasure, wine lovers can't go wrong at Boston Wine School, run by wine critic Jonathan Alsop.  Classes such as "Burgers and Bordeaux," "Fine Wine on a Tight Budget," and "A Night in Southern France" combine wine tastings with snacks and in some cases, dinners.

Bunker Hill Community College 


The 8,500 students attending this 2-year college come from 90+ countries, and many of the graduating students transfer into 4-year programs elsewhere.  If you saw the movie Good Will Hunting, you've seen Bunker Hill - it's the place where Robin Williams' character taught.

Butera School of Art

Back Bay, Boston

This high-focused commercial art school offers a 3-year commercial art program that focuses on computer graphics, graphic design, and illustration, and a 2-year sign-painting program that prepares students for a sign art career by focusing on computer graphics, truck/van/boat lettering, and airbrush techniques.

Cambridge School of Culinary Arts


Professional culinary programs and recreational classes in cooking, including an especially strong pastry program, taught by an impressive roster of professional chefs.

Diablo Glass School

Mission Hill, Boston

This professional glass blowing school offers a wide spectrum of classes ranging from specialized professional training to enrichment classes in glassblowing, flameworking, fused glass, and stained glass.

Gibbs College 

Back Bay, Boston

Formerly a secretarial training school, Gibbs offers 2-year Business Administration and Office Administration training programs.

New England School of Photography

Fenway, Boston

Offers 1- and 2-year professional photographer training programs with specializations in areas such as advertising and commercial photography, photojournalism, digital arts, documentary photography, architectural photography, and more.

Quincy College 


A public community college run under the direction of the City of Quincy.  Offers Associate degrees in a wide variety of subjects.

School of Fashion Design

Back Bay, Boston

Established in 1934, this school offers certificates and diplomas for up to three years of study about fashion design, construction, and production.  A "prep" program is also open to high school students.

Urban College of Boston 

Downtown Boston

Founded in 1993, this private 2-year college is designed as a "non-traditional, multicultural college" to bridge students from literacy, GED, adult education, and other programs into higher education.  It offers Associate degrees in early childhood education, human services administration, and a few other areas.

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