Massachusetts Best Colleges Comparison

View the Massachusetts Best Colleges Comparison and compare the schools with key academic characteristics such as tuition and test scores to get right decision.
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Colleges In Massachusetts Statistics

There are 183 colleges in Massachusetts - 43 public and 140 private schools. The 2020 average undergraduate tuition & fees of the schools is $27,313 and the average graduate tuition & fees is $27,535. The average SAT scores of enrolled students is 1,239 and the average acceptance rate is 66% for Massachusetts Best Colleges Comparison.
Next table shows the key academic facts for all colleges in Massachusetts. You may want to check more statistics and compare all Massachusetts colleges at Massachusetts Statistics page.
2019-2020 Colleges In Massachusetts Statistics
Top 20 colleges in MassachusettsAll colleges in Massachusetts
Number of Schools20 schools
(2 public, 18 private)
183 schools
(43 public, 140 private)
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees$16,069 (in-state)
$54,878 (out-of-state)
$9,872 (in-state)
$27,313 (out-of-state)
Graduate Tuition & Fees$15,731 (in-state)
$42,657 (out-of-state)
$13,768 (in-state)
$27,535 (out-of-state)
Average Financial Aid$36,110$13,597
Test Scores1,405 SAT, 32 ACT 1,239 SAT, 28 ACT
Acceptance Rate38.00% 65.84%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)35.10% 32.44%
Population218,891485,447
Undergraduate134,132340,576
Graduate84,759144,871
Graduation Rate87.25%62.96%
Transfer-out Rate7.85%16.34%
Students to Faculty Ratio10.50 to 111.67 to 1

Top Colleges In Massachusetts Comparison

Next table lists the top 20 colleges in Massachusetts for academic year 2019-2020. Harvard University ranked top in the Massachusetts Best Colleges Comparison and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Williams College follows it. The 2020 average tuition & fees is $54,878 for undergraduate programs $42,657 for graduate programs. The average SAT score of the top colleges in Massachusetts is 1,405 and the acceptance rate is 38.00%. The average students to faculty ratio is 10.50 to 1 for top colleges in Massachusetts. You can sort the schools by clicking column name that you want to sort.
2019-2020 Top colleges in Massachusetts Comparison
Rank*NameTuition & FeesAverage Financial AidPopulationAcceptance RateTest ScoresStudents to Faculty Ratio
1 Harvard University
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Private, 4 yearsCambridge, MA
$55,587 $52,257 30,3914% 1,530 SAT
35 ACT
5 to 1
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Private, 4 yearsCambridge, MA
$55,878 $50,864 11,2544% 1,545 SAT
35 ACT
3 to 1
3 Williams College
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Private, 4 yearsWilliamstown, MA
$59,660 $53,036 1,9879% 1,480 SAT
34 ACT
6 to 1
4 Amherst College
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Private, 4 yearsAmherst, MA
$61,150 $54,908 1,7459% 1,460 SAT
33 ACT
7 to 1
5 Tufts University
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Private, 4 yearsMedford, MA
$63,000 $43,508 12,21911% 1,495 SAT
34 ACT
10 to 1
6 Wellesley College
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Private, 4 yearsWellesley, MA
$60,752 $50,990 2,28016% 1,470 SAT
33 ACT
7 to 1
7 Boston University
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Private, 4 yearsBoston, MA
$59,816 $38,797 32,71819% 1,440 SAT
33 ACT
10 to 1
8 Boston College
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Private, 4 yearsChestnut Hill, MA
$61,706 $43,028 14,93419% 1,475 SAT
34 ACT
14 to 1
9 Northeastern University
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Private, 4 yearsBoston, MA
$57,592 $28,535 22,90518% 1,490 SAT
34 ACT
14 to 1
10 Brandeis University
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Private, 4 yearsWaltham, MA
$60,006 $34,310 5,44039% 1,450 SAT
33 ACT
10 to 1
11 Bentley University
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Private, 4 yearsWaltham, MA
$54,910 $28,288 5,17761% 1,327 SAT
30 ACT
11 to 1
12 Mount Holyoke College
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Private, 4 yearsSouth Hadley, MA
$56,518 $35,770 2,04052% 1,405 SAT
33 ACT
9 to 1
13 Emerson College
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Private, 4 yearsBoston, MA
$52,190 $22,691 5,11545% 1,300 SAT
30 ACT
13 to 1
14 University of Massachusetts-Lowell
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Public, 4 yearsLowell, MA
$33,624
($15,698)
$9,108 18,15085% 1,255 SAT
29 ACT
19 to 1
15 Smith College
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Private, 4 yearsNorthampton, MA
$56,114 $45,869 2,50430% 1,450 SAT
33 ACT
7 to 1
16 University of Massachusetts-Amherst
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Public, 4 yearsAmherst, MA
$36,964
($16,439)
$10,126 31,64266% 1,355 SAT
31 ACT
17 to 1
17 Wheaton College
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Private, 4 yearsNorton, MA
$58,180 $36,700 1,67082% 1,260 SAT
30 ACT
11 to 1
18 Suffolk University
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Private, 4 yearsBoston, MA
$41,648 $21,610 6,83088% 1,180 SAT
26 ACT
14 to 1
19 Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Private, 4 yearsWorcester, MA
$55,731 $22,993 6,92060% - 13 to 1
20 College of the Holy Cross
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Private, 4 yearsWorcester, MA
$56,540 $38,819 2,97043% 1,330 SAT
30 ACT
10 to 1
Average$54,878
($16,069)
$36,110 218,89138.00% 1,405 SAT
32.1053 ACT
10.50 to 1
*Ranking data provided by CollegeEvaluator.
All data used in our site is from IPEDS (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), U.S. Department of Education, academic year 2019-2020