List of colleges and universities in metropolitan Boston

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This is a list of colleges and universities in metropolitan Boston. Some are located within Boston proper while some are located in neighboring cities and towns, but all are within the 128/95/1 loop. This is a somewhat narrow definition of Metropolitan Boston, and it excludes colleges and universities along the North Shore, South Shore and in suburbs to the west. Although larger institutions may have several schools, some of which are located in cities other than that of the main campus (such as Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine), each institution is listed only once and location is determined by the site of each institution's main campus.

There are a total of 60 institutions of higher education in the defined region, including 5 junior colleges, 18 colleges that primarily grant baccalaureate and master's degrees, 9 research universities, and 26 special-focus institutions. Of these, 55 are non-profit organizations while 3 are for-profit businesses, and 50 are private ventures while 5 are public institutions (4 are run by the state of Massachusetts and 1 is operated by the city of Quincy). Collectively, they enroll 249,520 students.

In 2007, enrollment at these colleges and universities ranged from 108 students at the Episcopal Divinity School to 32,053 students at Boston University. The first to be founded was Harvard University, also the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, while the most recently established institution in the area is the Urban College of Boston. All but four of these schools are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the oldest regional accrediting body in the United States, and all but one are recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Institutions[edit]

Name Location Control[1] Classification[1] Enrollment[2] Founded[3] NEASC-accredited[4]
Andover Newton Theological School Newton Private Special-focus 350 1807 1978
Bay State College Boston For-profit Baccalaureate 1,150 1946 2008
Babson College Wellesley Private Special-focus 2,375 1919 1950
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Boston Private Special-focus 513 1908 2006
Bentley University Waltham Private Master's 5,662 1917 1966
Berklee College of Music Boston Private Special-focus 4,054 1945 1973
Boston Architectural College Boston Private Special-focus 1,338 1889 1991
Boston Baptist College Milton Private Special-focus 153 1976
Boston College Chestnut Hill Private Research 14,621 1863 1935
Boston Conservatory Boston Private Special-focus 613 1867 1968
Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis Brookline Private Special-focus 178 1973 1996
Boston University Boston Private Research 31,766 1839 1929
Brandeis University Waltham Private Research 5,327 1948 1953
Bunker Hill Community College Boston Public Associate’s 8,806 1973 1976
Cambridge College Cambridge Private Master's 5,355 1971 1981
Curry College Milton Private Baccalaureate 3,097 1879 1970
Eastern Nazarene College Quincy Private Baccalaureate 1,050 1900 1943
Endicott College Beverly Private Master's 4,245 1939 1952
Emerson College Boston Private Master's 4,536 1880 1950
Emmanuel College Boston Private Master's 2,467 1919 1933
Episcopal Divinity School Cambridge Private Special-focus 108 1975
Fisher College Boston Private Baccalaureate 1,225 1903 1970
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Needham Private Special-focus 343 1997 2006
Harvard University Cambridge Private Research 25,690 1636 1929
Hebrew College Newton Private Special-focus 201 1921 1955
Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Brookline Private Special-focus 222 1937 1974
Hult International Business School Cambridge Private Special-focus 1,000 1964 1976
Labouré College Boston Private Associate's 548 1892 1975
Lasell College Newton Private Baccalaureate 1,469 1851 1932
Lesley University Cambridge Private Master's 7,003 1909 1952
Longy School of Music Cambridge Private Special-focus 235 1915 1995
Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills Public Associate's 5,500 1961 1967
Massachusetts College of Art and Design Boston Public Special-focus 2,349 1873 1954
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Boston Private Special-focus 3,909 1823 1974
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge Private Research 10,229 1861 1929
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology Boston Private Special-focus 304 1974 1984
MGH Institute of Health Professions Boston Private Special-focus 1329 1977 1985
Mount Ida College Newton Private Baccalaureate 1,460 1899 1970
New England College of Business and Finance Boston Private Master's 711 1909 2008
New England College of Optometry Boston Private Special-focus 464 1894 1976
New England Conservatory Boston Private Special-focus 714 1867 1951
New England Institute of Art Brookline For-profit Special-focus 1,975 1952 2004
New England School of Law Boston Private Special-focus 1,103 1938
New England School of Photography Boston For-profit Special-focus 119 1968
Newbury College Brookline Private Baccalaureate 1,088 1962 2000
Northeastern University Boston Private Research 24,434 1898 1940
Pine Manor College Brookline Private Baccalaureate 452 1911 1939
Quincy College Quincy Public Associate’s 3,932 1958 1980
Regis College Weston, Massachusetts Private Bachelor's degree 1198 1927 884
Roxbury Community College Boston Public Associate’s 2,398 1973 1981
Saint John's Seminary Boston Private Special-focus 118 1884 1969
School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston Private Special-focus 797 1876
Simmons College Boston Private Master's 4,933 1899 1929
Suffolk University Boston Private Research 12,000 1906 1952
Tufts University Medford Private Research 10,252 1852 1929
University of Massachusetts Boston Boston Public Research 14,117 1964 1972
Urban College of Boston Boston Private Associate’s 673 1993 2001
Wellesley College Wellesley Private Baccalaureate 2,373 1870 1929
Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston Private Special-focus 3,816 1904 1967
Wheelock College Boston Private Master's 1,109 1939 1950

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Institution Lookup". Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  2. ^ "Search for Schools, Colleges, and Libraries". U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  3. ^ Founding year is institutionally determined. It may differ from the institution's charter year, the year it became an institution of higher education, or the year it took its current name.
  4. ^ "Roster of Institutions: Massachusetts". Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Retrieved 2009-07-01.