2017 Best Colleges in Massachusetts

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    College Junior:Everyone around me is passionate about some topic. It's inspiring to see what my classmates are up to, whether it's research or startups or personal projects. The atmosphere can be stressful, but the community is incredibly supportive if you reach out for help.
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    Harvard University

    • Cambridge, MA
    • 618 reviews
    College Sophomore:There's not a school out there quite like Harvard. Simply put, the quality and diversity of the student body has made my time so far a remarkable experience. The intellectual attitudes and uniqueness of students truly make it a worldly experience.
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    Tufts University

    • Medford, MA
    • 855 reviews
    College Sophomore:I am very happy with my choice of Tufts University. The size of the student body, the size of my classes, my major, my instructors and playing on the lacrosse team. I have made significant friends here at the university. My chemical engineering classes are so very hard, but I am driven to study hard and succeed. I am in a study group with friends and we are all very dedicated. I only wish the weather was better my first year...it snowed like crazy and was so cold!
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    Williams College

    • Williamstown, MA
    • 250 reviews
    College Junior:Williams has been the perfect place for me. My professors have been incredible mentors--I've gone to three professors' houses for dinner. The location is beautiful, and perfect for focusing on academics. I've been able to get very involved in all my clubs and really find what makes me passionate. But best of all is the people. They're all smart and talented and wonderful. I am so lucky.
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    Amherst College

    • Amherst, MA
    • 247 reviews
    College Junior:I was accepted at my school as a transfer student from a community college, and it has been a super smooth and easy transition. The faculty at my school are so educated and welcoming. All of the students there have also been very welcoming to the other new transfers and myself. It is an amazing school academically, and it's also so small and beautiful. I love it there and I would definitely choose it again.
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    Northeastern University

    • Boston, MA
    • 3,122 reviews
    College Junior:Northeastern is a phenomonal school and has provided me with opportunities that I could not get anywhere else. The most common reason for selecting NU is the co-op program, which is clearly a great opportunity to have. On top of that I've been able to go abroad twice even though I am in a major which I thought would make that impossible. I did my first semester abroad as part of NUin and not only did I love my time there, but I also grew to become very independent and confident. This past summer I got the chance to go abroad again with a major specific to my major an lead by the dean of my major.
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    Smith College

    • Northampton, MA
    • 826 reviews
    College Sophomore:Smith is just a great place. The administration just passed a policy that will allow for transgender women to apply and get accepted, which goes to show how open-minded the school is. However, I definitely agree that views that oppose the campus norm are not well-accepted. At the end of the day, those students who are able to engage with point-of-views different from their own are going to be much better off going into the real world. The sense of community here is indeed very strong. Everyone feels the need to support a fellow Smithie. And the academics will for sure prepare you for the road up ahead. Smithies are very smart people, and employers know that. It's a great place for a female identifying individual to develop the confidence they need to really succeed in the world.
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    Wellesley College

    • Wellesley, MA
    • 518 reviews
    College Sophomore:I didn't choose Wellesley because it was an all girls school, but that aspect of it has made my experience so much better. It is wonderfully refreshing to live and learn in an atmosphere where women are consistently empowered and respected and not overshadowed by immature college guys.
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    College of the Holy Cross

    • Worcester, MA
    • 467 reviews
    College Freshman:The workload is ridiculous. You will be assigned a ton of work and all of it is hard. It is imperative that you stay on top of your work and don't think that you can get a good grade without studying...Professors here challenge you greatly. You will definitely feel smarter after taking any course.
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    Boston College

    • Chestnut Hill, MA
    • 1,325 reviews
    College Senior:The one thing that I have absolutely loved here is the academics. Almost every professor I've had is intelligent and personable, and have helped figure out what I want to do with my life.
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    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    • Worcester, MA
    • 599 reviews
    College Junior:WPI is an absolutely amazing school! There is something for everyone. All of the faculty want to see you succeed and are extremely helpful. There are opportunities available to get involved everywhere you look.
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    Mount Holyoke College

    • South Hadley, MA
    • 777 reviews
    College Sophomore:Attending Mount Holyoke College is one of the best decision I could have made. The people here are intelligent and welcoming and passionate. The professors are knowledgeable and personable. Coming from the West Coast, I was unable to go home for Thanksgiving but I received many invitations from my professors to join them at their respective tables. The classes and challenging and interesting without being overwhelming. The energy here is inspiring and empowering and there is no where else I would rather spend these four years of my life
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    Boston University

    • Boston, MA
    • 3,041 reviews
    College Sophomore:I think that the course options at BU are varied according to your degree and what you plan on taking. The College of General Studies is the school that I attend at the moment where we take all of our general education classes in the first two years, and then go into our desired field of study. I think that the school of CGS is an excellent way to get to know your students in your classes, get to know your professors on a deeper level, and find our what path you want to go down after you graduate from CGS. Although the course work may seem somewhat tedious because we cannot choose our CGS classes, we have the ability to choose one elective each semester in the field of our choice to get a better understanding of the other colleges and what BU has to offer.
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    Brandeis University

    • Waltham, MA
    • 941 reviews
    College Senior:Love everything about my school. Even though it's not one of the most social, academics always come first in college. Engaged professors, interesting classes and good jobs after graduation.
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    College Sophomore:I really like college!! There is a lot more freedom but there is also a lot more responsibility. Mastering time management is a must, but as long as you stay on top of everything it goes relatively smoothly. I like how my school has so many different clubs, activities and sports to get into. Everyone here is pretty nice and the community as a whole is pretty close. College kind of forces you to find your interests and build on them. If i had to do it all over again I would definitely pick Umass Amherst!!
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    Bentley University

    • Waltham, MA
    • 631 reviews
    College Sophomore:Bentley is a great place to be because of the strong academic standing the university has as well as its close location to Boston. The professors here are talented and passionate about their field and they are always willing to help and get to know students, especially because class sizes are small enough for that to be a possibility. Bentley also has a beautiful campus with plenty of outdoor spaces to enjoy in the warmer months. Overall, my experience here has been wonderful and the community is very welcoming.
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    Babson College

    • Wellesley, MA
    • 308 reviews
    College Sophomore:Love the environment and community. The professors know what they are talking about and have experience in their respective fields. The college does a lot for their students and the opportunities afterwards are awesome.
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    Clark University

    • Worcester, MA
    • 671 reviews
    College Junior:Clark has changed me for the better. I am more conscious of the world around me and want to make a difference. The community of "Clarkies" is unlike any other. Clark changes to fit you and not the other way around. I have never seen a more accepting place.
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    Stonehill College

    • Easton, MA
    • 473 reviews
    College Junior:Stonehill is a great small liberal arts school that has a lot tooffer. The small size means you get one on one attention and professors know your name. Everyone is very friendly.
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    Simmons College

    • Boston, MA
    • 643 reviews
    College Sophomore:I really love Simmons. It's not the school I pictured myself at, and I actually came for the nursing program and changed my mind. But Simmons is the most supportive environment I've ever been in. It's a great place to grow as a student and, more importantly, as a person.
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    Emerson College

    • Boston, MA
    • 1,002 reviews
    College Senior:Emerson College is a great school in the heart of Boston. If you know what you want to do with your work in communication and the arts then it will be the perfect place for you. However, if you are still figuring things out as you go along it can be an intimidating place because the student body is very driven overall.
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    College Sophomore:I have been dreaming about this school since I was young. I live in Lowell and watched the University grow around me and my city. Being a student here now is surreal.
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    College Sophomore:I like that I am in a specialized school, earning my degree that would normally take an extra 2 years to achieve, and that's right in the heart of a city. However, the workload is a lot to handle if you are not prepared. I guess that's what you have to consider when applying for an accelerated program.
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    Bay Path University

    • Longmeadow, MA
    • 569 reviews
    College Junior:The professors at Bay Path College are extremely caring. They want to see their students excel in life! Popular study areas include the dining hall which is always available, with access to fruit and drinks during the day. At night, popular study areas include any of the academic buildings or our tutoring center. No matter what time of day there will always be an available quiet area to study.
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    Wheaton College - Massachusetts

    • Norton, MA
    • 592 reviews
    College Junior:I have had a truly fantastic college experience. The best part about Wheaton for me is the sense of community it provides. I felt that I was warmly welcomed to the school by both the staff and other students. I made a close group of friends almost immediately, and have met so many people along the way that are really special parts of my life and have made college the amazing time that it has been. Wheaton can seem small at times; 1600 students is closer to the size of a high school than most colleges. However, I think that this small size is what makes the community feeling possible. I love being able to walk around campus and say hi to most of the people I pass by, and I love having friends in all sorts of different groups on campus. Of course, the main goal of college is to earn an education, and I feel that I am taking full advantage of that with Wheaton's science facilities and engaged professors. Having the community support just makes these four years that much easier.
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