Top Massachusetts Colleges

Massachusetts has some of the best colleges in the country. Harvard often tops the lists of best universities, and both Amherst and Williams have found themselves on top of rankings for liberal arts colleges. MIT and Olin win top marks for engineering. The top colleges listed below vary so much in size and type of school that I have simply listed them alphabetically rather than force them into any sort of artificial ranking.

Amherst College
Amherst College. Photo Credit: Allen Grove
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Babson College
Babson College. Tostie14 / Flickr
  • Location: Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Enrollment: 3,165 (2,283 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private business school
  • Explore the Campus: Babson College Photo Tour
  • Distinctions: Highly regarded undergraduate business program; curriculum emphasizes leadership and entrepreneurship; year-long first-year course in which students develop, launch and liquidate a for-profit business of their own design
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Babson College profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Babson admissions
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Boston College Campus
Boston College Campus. Juthamas / Flickr
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Brandeis University
Brandeis University. Mike Lovett / Wikipedia Commons
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College of the Holy Cross
College of the Holy Cross. GeorgeThree / Flickr
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Harvard University Statue of Charles Sumner
Harvard University Statue of Charles Sumner. First Daffodils / Flikcr
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MIT Great Dome
MIT Great Dome. Dan4th / Flickr
  • Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Enrollment: 11,376 (4,524 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private university with science and engineering focus
  • Distinctions: Often ranked #1 among the top engineering schools in the U.S.; member of the Association of American Universities for research strengths; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; riverfront campus with views of the Boston skyline
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the MIT profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for MIT admissions
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Olin College
Olin College. Paul Keleher / Flickr
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Smith College Student Center
Smith College Student Center. redjar / Flickr
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Tufts University
Tufts University. presta / Flickr
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The Tower of Green Hall at Wellesley College
The Tower of Green Hall at Wellesley College. Photo Credit: Allen Grove
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Williams College
Williams College. WalkingGeek / Flickr
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