2018 Best Value Colleges in MassachusettsAbout this List

Explore the colleges that are the best value for your money based on net price, alumni earnings, graduation rates, and student debt using data from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews. The ranking compares the most affordable colleges with the best return on investment. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

  1. Anna Maria College

    • 4 Year
    • Paxton, MA
    • 210

    College Sophomore: I finished my first year of college and have gone through so much. I made a lot of friends. Some of them are very understanding and like to be there for me. However, some are not. Some students are less social and make unnecessary comments that could hurt a person's feelings. There's always going to be some type of drama in any place a person would go. During college, I realized that certain opinions shouldn't matter and get in the way of my destination. There are so many great students, professors and staff there. My college is a small community and the relationships among people are closer than any other college. In a way you could say we're just one family. I say that because we all know each other and there's no problem of saying hi. I got a great feel on how the school work is like too. I knew before my freshman year that there was going to be a lot of work, studying and essays to do. I put aside my fear, and done it. I've written so many essays and I've studied so hard throughout one year. I stayed up late to the point where I had to force myself to stay up. I know I'm not the only one. My biggest problem, as well as others, is that I procrastinate. I have to manage my time appropriately which I will next semester because I know how it's like. I was tired all the time and I didn't get enough sleep most of the time. I managed to get every work done on time though but it was through the hard way. The essays didn't help, especially the 4+ pages. I'm already a slow essay writer. I take my time and look over so many times to make sure it doesn't sound bad. It's honestly not that bad if you really set your mind to it. What gets me going is the support I receive from the community and playing soccer. I experienced playing college soccer and it's so much different from High School but I was preparing for it. I knew there was going to be a lot more running and focus. I've grown to love soccer and after playing, I love it even more. It's great and safe place to go!
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    • C+
      Overall Niche Grade
    • B-
      Value
    • 80% Acceptance Rate
    • $29,942 Net Price
    •  SAT Range
  2. Bard College at Simon's Rock

    • 4 Year
    • Great Barrington, MA
    • 308

    Recent Alumnus: I would never regret Simon's Rock, for all that administration is a nightmare creature from the Black Lagoon. It's a wonderful, tiny school, full of fantastic minds, and has a stellar reputation amongst most Northeast colleges should you wish to transfer or attend graduate, especially for being so young!

    The people and professors here are why I came - what they need to do is revamp the campus all-around, particularly wifi and cellular access. There is NO cell tower, and we live on a literal mountain. The students need one. Legend has it, the battle is with the town over a tower blocking potential views, but there's only 300-400 students, and they could place it in a completely unnoticeable locale. It's just unacceptable and irresponsible to not have firm contact, especially given that there is no blue light system, poor campus lighting, regular blackouts and flash floods, tornado warnings, and only one to two security officers on call at any given time, who do NOT wander the campus, but stay in their booth and must be CALLED with a PHONE if you need assistance. It's a risk at this point not to build one. I myself was there for two years, and experienced two flash floods - one of which was during a blackout in which the generator gave out, and was stuck on a flooded hill up to my knees at 9:30pm in the pitch blackness of November in the Berkshires. I was knocked down by the water onset. I was in danger - this was also the fault of the professor, Bernard "Bernie" Rodgers, who, despite the EMERGENCY LIGHTS flashing on after the generator failed, and wild winds and water whipping about, threatened his class that the students who left early would not be credited for the day's work - this was with 30minutes left of a 3 hour class, during an actual emergency situation. By the time class concluded, the emergency lights had turned off, and the students were stranded. He himself offered no assistance to anyone - this, to me, was a severe scar on an otherwise fine experience.
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    • B
      Overall Niche Grade
    • C+
      Value
    • 89% Acceptance Rate
    • $37,618 Net Price
    •  SAT Range
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