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12 of the Top Colleges in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts has some of the best colleges in the country. Harvard often tops the lists of best universities, and both Amherst and Williams have found themselves on top of rankings for liberal arts colleges. MIT and Olin win top marks for engineering. The 12 top colleges listed below vary so much in size and type of school that I have simply listed them alphabetically rather than force them into any sort of artificial ranking.

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Amherst College

Amherst Chapel

Babson College

Babson College
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  • Location: Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Enrollment: 3,439 (1,851 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private business school
  • Distinctions: highly regarded undergraduate business program; curriculum emphasizes leadership and entrepreneurship; year-long first-year course in which students develop, launch and liquidate a for-profit business of their own design
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Babson College profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Babson admissions

Boston College

Boston College Campus
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Brandeis University

Brandeis University
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College of the Holy Cross

College of the Holy Cross
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Harvard University

Harvard University Statue of Charles Sumner
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MIT

MIT Great Dome
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Olin College

Olin College
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Smith College

Smith College Student Center
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Tufts University

Tufts University
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  • Location: Medford, Massachusetts
  • Enrollment: 10,030 (5,044 undergraduates)
  • Type of Institution: private comprehensive university
  • Distinctions: chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary learning; high percentage of students study abroad; located about 5 miles from Boston
  • For more information and admissions data, visit the Tufts University profile
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Tufts admissions

Wellesley College

Tower at Wellesley College
Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Williams College

Williams College
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