The state of Massachusetts falls in the northeast 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 is the most heavily populated areas of the state. The population of Massachusetts is around 6.9 million. Out of the six New England states Massachusetts is the most populous with per capita personal income of $66,000 in the year 2017, which was the third highest in the US.
The state boasts of 12 Fortune 500 companies like EMC Corporation, Raytheon, Mass Mutual Financial Services of Springfield. Massachusetts has constantly been ranked as one of the best states for education and healthcare.
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, healthcare, tourism, and biotechnology.
Massachusetts is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the US. There is a total of 150+ college campuses in the state out of which 80+ offer bachelor's degrees while in 75+ colleges a student can pursue a graduate degree. Almost a quarter of the colleges are 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 15,500 graduate students. It is known for offering quality education, comprising of the 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 in the world, see
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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 being expensive, studying at Harvard is a sound higher education investment.
The state of Massachusetts admitted almost 63,000 international students in 2016, which was 4th largest in the country. Harvard University receives around 6,000 international students every year.