Best Small Colleges in Massachusetts 2022

Best Small Colleges in Massachusetts 2022

Small colleges in Massachusetts are a great option for students interested in a more intimate campus experience, more personal attention from excellent professors, and more immediate access to support services. Whether the focus is on the technical or on the liberal arts, small colleges give you the chance to pursue a well-rounded education while working closely with classmates and professors in a dynamic community atmosphere.

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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The following list of the best small colleges and universities in Massachusetts is composed mainly of four-year undergraduate schools (though a handful also offer graduate programs). We’ve identified 35 small colleges in Massachusetts. The list below of the 25 best small colleges in Massachusetts. To be included schools must fully accredited, and must have student body populations below 5,000 students.

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Best Small 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. #11

    Bard College at Simon's Rock

    Great Barrington , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $64K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    <1K

  5. Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    89%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    3K

  6. #14

    Lesley University

    Cambridge , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $30K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/23

    Lesley University’s Online Degrees

    BS in Business Management
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BS in Human Services
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Interdisciplinary Humanities
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Liberal Studies
    Degree Concentrations
    • Human Services
    • Development Psychology
    • Business Management
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    BA in Psychology
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. #15

    Springfield College

    Springfield , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/23

  8. #16

    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
  9. #18

    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
  10. #19

    Endicott College

    Beverly , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    5K

  11. #20

    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:

  12. #21

    Dean College

    Franklin , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1007/19

  13. Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    2K

    American International College’s Online Degrees

    BSN in Nursing: RN to BSN
    • Required Credits: 120
    • Completion Time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #23

    Becker College

    Worcester , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    39%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1060/20

    What is Becker College known for?

    Becker 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. Clark University
  8. Emerson College
  9. College of the Holy Cross
  10. Stonehill College
  11. Wheaton College
  12. Lesley University
  13. Bentley University
  14. Gordon College
  15. Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  16. Springfield College
  17. Western New England University
  18. Emmanuel College
  19. Wentworth Institute of Technology
  20. Merrimack College
  21. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  22. Endicott College
  23. Elms College
  24. Bay Path University
  25. Assumption University
  26. Lasell University