Massachusetts’ Best Community Colleges of 2021

The best community colleges provide an effective springboard into higher education, offering students high-quality two-year degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. The top-rated community colleges in Massachusetts offer a broad selection of associate’s degrees, affordable tuition rates, and strong partnerships with public four-year schools so that students can easily transfer their credits into accredited bachelor’s degree programs.

Massachusetts’ Best Community Colleges of 2021

Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts

Some of the most talked about universities in Massachusetts are its private schools, including Boston University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which also happen to be the largest. Tuition for these prestigious schools runs between $50,000 and $54,000. Students here have access to some of the top programs in the country in fields such as biology, literature, law, education, engineering, and religious studies. The alumni from New England schools are equally as impressive, including Martin Luther King Jr., Bill Gates, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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The public higher education institutes also boast top-notch programs, allowing students to pursue associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in fields like mathematics, social work, medicine, and economics. The University of Massachusetts Amherst, the state’s largest public university, offers tuition around $16,000 and serves over 28,000 students. Additionally, students who are interested in attending a religiously affiliated school have 17 options to choose from, most of which feature high graduation rates for their students. For future dental, medical, or mental health professionals, Massachusetts also offers loan forgiveness programs for those working in underserved communities.

As the port of destination for the Mayflower, home to the Plymouth colony, and site of the Salem Witch Trials, Massachusetts looms large in United States history, but this most populous New England state isn’t just for history buffs. The Bay State is also known for its delicious cuisine, beautiful coastlines, and devout sports fans. Not to mention, it has over 100 colleges for students to choose from.

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How do we determine Massachusetts' best community colleges?

The best colleges pound for pound!

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call Concentrated Influence. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Find out more about our ranking methodology here.

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We’ve identified 16 community colleges in Massachusetts. The following list shows the best community colleges in the state.

Best Community Colleges in Massachusetts

  1. Roxbury Community College
    #1

    Roxbury Community College

    #5563 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Student body

    1K

    Roxbury Crossing, MA

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    What is Roxbury Community College known for?

    Roxbury Community College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • Criminal Justice
    • Engineering
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
  2. Springfield Technical Community College
    #2

    Springfield Technical Community College

    #6640 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Student body

    3K

    Springfield, MA

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    What is Springfield Technical Community College known for?

    Springfield Technical Community College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. Northern Essex Community College
    #3

    Northern Essex Community College

    #7279 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Student body

    3K

    Haverhill, MA

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    What is Northern Essex Community College known for?

    Northern Essex Community College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Social Work
    • Biology
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. Massachusetts Bay Community College
    #4

    Massachusetts Bay Community College

    #7595 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Student body

    3K

    Wellesley Hills, MA

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    What is Massachusetts Bay Community College known for?

    Massachusetts Bay Community College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Sociology
    • Literature
    • Social Work
    • Engineering
    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
  5. Bunker Hill Community College
    #5

    Bunker Hill Community College

    #5884 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Student body

    8K

    Boston, MA

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    What is Bunker Hill Community College known for?

    Bunker Hill Community College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Social Work
    • History
    • Medical
    • Psychology
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. Holyoke Community College
    #6

    Holyoke Community College

    #7961 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Student body

    3K

    Holyoke, MA

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    What is Holyoke Community College known for?

    Holyoke Community College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Engineering
    • Biology
    • Computer Science
    • Social Work
    • Criminal Justice
    • Mathematics
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. Greenfield Community College
    #7

    Greenfield Community College

    #6696 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Student body

    1K

    Greenfield, MA

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    What is Greenfield Community College known for?

    Greenfield Community College 's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Social Work
    • Nursing
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
  8. Quincy College
    #8

    Quincy College

    #4391 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Student body

    3K

    Quincy, MA

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    What is Quincy College known for?

    Quincy College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Social Work

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. Mount Wachusett Community College
    #9

    Mount Wachusett Community College

    #8175 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Student body

    2K

    Gardner, MA

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    What is Mount Wachusett Community College known for?

    Mount Wachusett Community College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • History
    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  10. Middlesex Community College
    #10

    Middlesex Community College

    #4667 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Student body

    5K

    Bedford, MA

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    What is Middlesex Community College known for?

    Middlesex Community College 's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Nursing
    • Criminal Justice
    • Social Work

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. Massasoit Community College
    #11

    Massasoit Community College

    #6774 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Student body

    4K

    Brockton, MA

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    What is Massasoit Community College known for?

    Massasoit Community College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Engineering
    • Nursing
    • Communications
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. Quinsigamond Community College
    #12

    Quinsigamond Community College

    #6611 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Student body

    5K

    Worcester, MA

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    What is Quinsigamond Community College known for?

    Quinsigamond Community College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Business
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Criminal Justice
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  13. Cape Cod Community College
    #13

    Cape Cod Community College

    #7426 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Student body

    2K

    West Barnstable, MA

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    What is Cape Cod Community College known for?

    Cape Cod Community College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • History
    • Computer Science
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Physics
    • Engineering
  14. Bristol Community College
    #14

    Bristol Community College

    #6311 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Student body

    5K

    Fall River, MA

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    What is Bristol Community College known for?

    Bristol Community College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Communications
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Criminal Justice
    • Biology
    • Social Work
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

  15. Berkshire Community College
    #15

    Berkshire Community College

    #5573 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Student body

    <1K

    Pittsfield, MA

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    What is Berkshire Community College known for?

    Berkshire Community College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Criminal Justice
    • Social Work

    Most Influential Alumni

  16. North Shore Community College
    #16

    North Shore Community College

    #11528 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Student body

    3K

    Danvers, MA

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    What is North Shore Community College known for?

    North Shore Community College's faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science

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