List of colleges and universities in metropolitan Boston

Map of the land owned or leased by colleges and universities in the Boston area as of 2007

This is a list of colleges and universities in metropolitan Boston. Some are located within Boston proper while some are located in neighboring cities and towns, but all are within the 128/95/1 loop. This is closer to the "inner core" definition of Metropolitan Boston, which excludes more suburban North Shore, South Shore and MetroWest regions. Although larger institutions may have several schools, some of which are located in cities other than that of the main campus (such as Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine), each institution is listed only once and location is determined by the site of each institution's main campus.

There are a total of 52 institutions of higher education in the defined region, including 4 junior colleges, 15 colleges that primarily grant baccalaureate and master's degrees, 8 research universities, and 22 special-focus institutions. Of these, 49 are non-profit organizations while 3 are for-profit businesses, and 47 are private ventures while 5 are public institutions (4 are run by the state of Massachusetts and 1 is operated by the city of Quincy).

In 2007, enrollment at these colleges and universities ranged from 108 students at the Episcopal Divinity School to 32,053 students at Boston University. The first to be founded was Harvard University, also the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, while the most recently established institution is the Urban College of Boston. All but five of these schools are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the oldest regional accrediting body in the United States, and all but one are recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Institutions

Name Location Control[1] Classification[1] Enrollment[2] Founded[a] NEASC-accredited[3]
Bay State College Boston For-profit Associate’s 1,150 1946 2008
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Boston Private Special-focus 513 1908 2006
Bentley University Waltham Private Master's 5,662 1917 1966
Berklee College of Music Boston Private Special-focus 4,054 1945 1973
Boston Architectural College Boston Private Special-focus 1,338 1889 1991
Boston Baptist College Milton Private Special-focus 153 1976
Boston College Newton Private Research 14,621 1863 1935
Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis Brookline Private Special-focus 178 1973 1996
Boston University Boston Private Research 33,106 1839 1929
Brandeis University Waltham Private Research 5,327 1948 1953
Bunker Hill Community College Boston Public Associate’s 8,806 1973 1976
Cambridge College Boston Private Master's 5,355 1971 1981
Curry College Milton Private Baccalaureate 3,097 1879 1970
Eastern Nazarene College Quincy Private Baccalaureate 1,050 1900 1943
Emerson College Boston Private Master's 4,536 1880 1950
Emmanuel College Boston Private Master's 2,467 1919 1933
Fisher College Boston Private Associate’s 1,225 1903 1970
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Boston Private Special-focus 2,137 1888 1985
Harvard University Cambridge Private Research 21,000 1636 1929
Hebrew College Newton Private Special-focus 201 1921 1955
Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Brookline Private Special-focus 222 1937 1974
Hult International Business School Cambridge Private Special-focus 1,000 1964 1976
Labouré College Milton Private Associate's 548 1892 1975
Lasell College Newton Private Baccalaureate 1,469 1851 1932
Lesley University Cambridge Private Master's 7,003 1909 1952
Longy School of Music of Bard College Cambridge Private Special-focus 300 1915 1995
Massachusetts College of Art and Design Boston Public Special-focus 2,349 1873 1954
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Boston Private Special-focus 3,909 1823 1974
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge Private Research 10,229 1861 1929
William James College Boston Private Special-focus 304 1974 1984
MGH Institute of Health Professions Boston Private Special-focus 1,329 1977 1985
Mount Ida College Newton Private Baccalaureate 1,460 1899 1970
New England College of Business and Finance Boston Private Master's 711 1909 2008
New England College of Optometry Boston Private Special-focus 464 1894 1976
New England Conservatory Boston Private Special-focus 714 1867 1951
New England School of Law Boston Private Special-focus 1,103 1938
New England School of Photography Boston For-profit Special-focus 119 1968
Newbury College Brookline Private Baccalaureate 1,088 1962 2000
North Bennet Street School Boston Private Special-focus 166 1881 1985
Northeastern University Boston Private Research 24,434 1898 1940
Pine Manor College Brookline Private Baccalaureate 452 1911 1939
Quincy College Quincy Public Associate’s 3,932 1958 1980
Roxbury Community College Boston Public Associate’s 2,398 1973 1981
Saint John's Seminary Boston Private Special-focus 118 1884 1969
Simmons College Boston Private Master's 4,933 1899 1929
Suffolk University Boston Private Master's 7,560 1906 1952
Tufts University Medford Private Research 10,252 1852 1929
University of Massachusetts Boston Boston Public Research 16,847 1964 1972
Urban College of Boston Boston Private Associate’s 673 1993 2001
Wheelock College Boston Private Special-focus 1,378 1888 1950
Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston Private Special-focus 3,816 1904 1967