Best Liberal Arts Colleges in Massachusetts 2022

Best Liberal Arts Colleges in Massachusetts 2022

Liberal arts colleges are a great option for students seeking a well-rounded education in an intimate campus setting. The best liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts offer a diverse selection of degree programs with opportunities for a highly individualized educational experience.

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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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A liberal arts college is a school that puts a premium on undergraduate studies and offers a broad range of subjects for students to study. A college of liberal arts typically provides smaller class sizes, more direct engagement with professors, and, most importantly, the opportunity to sample a wide range of subject areas on the way to a bachelor’s degree. We’ve identified 41 liberal arts universities in Massachusetts. To be ranked among the 25 best liberal arts colleges in Massachusetts, schools must fully accredited institutions.

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Best Liberal Arts Colleges in Massachusetts 2022

  1. #1

    Amherst College

    Amherst , MA
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $61K

    Acceptance

    12%

    Graduation

    95%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1415/32

  2. #2

    Williams College

    Williamstown , MA
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $60K

    Acceptance

    15%

    Graduation

    96%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1480/33

  3. #3

    Wellesley College

    Wellesley , MA
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $61K

    Acceptance

    20%

    Graduation

    94%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1445/32

  4. #9

    Emerson College

    Boston , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $52K

    Acceptance

    41%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1305/29

    What is Emerson College known for?

    Emerson College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1165/25

    What is Wentworth Institute of Technology known for?

    Wentworth Institute of Technology’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #13

    Bard College at Simon's Rock

    Great Barrington , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $64K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    <1K

  7. Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/21

    Westfield State University’s Online Degrees

    BS in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 75
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Criminal Justice
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Finance
    • Required Credits: 75
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in History
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA/BS in Liberal Studies
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Management
    • Required Credits: 75
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Marketing
    • Required Credits: 60
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  8. Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1085/21

    Salem State University’s Online Degrees

    BS in Fire Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BSN in Nursing: RN to BSN
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  9. #17

    Springfield College

    Springfield , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/23

  10. #18

    Bridgewater State University

    Bridgewater , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1060/22

    Bridgewater State University’s Online Degrees

    BA in Communication Studies
    Degree Concentrations
    • Communication and Media Studies
    • Public Relations
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Management
    Degree Concentrations
    • General Management
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  11. #19

    Gordon College

    Wenham , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1185/25

    Gordon College ’s Online Degrees

    BA in Accounting
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Business Administration
    Degree Concentrations
    • Digital marketing
    • Human resource management
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Supply chain management
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Communication Arts
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Finance
    • Required Credits: 120-128
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  12. Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1070/21

    Fitchburg State University’s Online Degrees

    BSN in Nursing: RN to BSN
    • Required Credits: 32
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  13. #22

    Anna Maria College

    Paxton , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    86%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    1K

    Anna Maria College’s Online Degrees

    BS in Fire Science
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #23

    Endicott College

    Beverly , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    5K

  15. #25

    Bay State College

    Boston , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $30K

    Acceptance

    34%

    Graduation

    18%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Bay State College known for?

    Bay State College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Amherst College
  2. Hampshire College
  3. Wellesley College
  4. Williams College
  5. Smith College
  6. Mount Holyoke College
  7. Emerson College
  8. College of the Holy Cross
  9. Stonehill College
  10. Wheaton College
  11. Bentley University
  12. Gordon College
  13. Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  14. Springfield College
  15. Emmanuel College
  16. Wentworth Institute of Technology
  17. Merrimack College
  18. Endicott College
  19. Elms College
  20. Bay Path University