Universities & Colleges in Massachusetts
The state of Massachusetts falls in the north east of the United States is located in the New England region.
Massachusetts experiences a humid continental climate with summers in the state is warm while the winters, cold and snowy. Boston is the most heavily populated areas of the state with 6.4 million people here. Out of the six New England states Massachusetts is the most populous with per capita personal income of $51,000 in the year 2008, which was the third highest in the US.
The state boasts of 13 Fortune 500 companies with MassMutual Financial Services of Springfield and Liberty Mutual Insurance Group of Boston being the largest of the 13. Massachusetts has been ranked as fifth by the CNBC for "Top States for Business for 2010".
Massachusetts is considered to be the best state to study law and politics. In the past, many famous politicians like John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Oliver Holmes, John F. Kennedy and John Hancock have studied here.
The sectors that contribute to the economy of the state include finance, higher education, health care, tourism and biotechnology.
Massachusetts is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the US. There is a total of 188 college campuses in the state out of which 81 offer bachelor's degrees while in 74 colleges a student can pursue a graduate degree. Almost a quarter of the college is located in the Boston metro area and therefore, Boston is rightly called the higher education capital of the nation.
Harvard University is the oldest and the most prominent University in the country is located in the state. This university has 6,700 undergraduate students and 2,300 graduate as well as professional students. It is known for offering quality education, comprising of student to faculty ratio is 8:1.
Besides this, other top colleges in the state that have made it to the US News & World Report's list of America's Best Colleges are Tufts University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Best Engineering college of the world, see Top 100 engineering colleges in USA
), North eastern University, Clark University, Brandeis University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Tuition fee/ job prospects
The cost of education in Massachusetts is little higher than other US states for instance in Harvard University is about $55,000 for a year. As far as job placements are considered Harvard is one of the top 3 schools, providing jobs to the students soon after college. Thus, despite of being expensive, studying at Harvard is a sound higher education investment.
Cost of Living
The cost of living in Massachusetts (MA) is much higher compared to other US states. The average salary in this state is $58,000.00, which is also higher than average by nearly $11,000.00.
The state of Massachusetts admitted almost 39,000 international students in the 2011, which was 4th largest in the country. Harvard University receives around 6,000 international students every year followed by Cambridge, where as many as 5,500 international students enroll and the third is the Northeastern University with 5,200 pupils from different parts of the world to pursue their graduate and higher studies.