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Top Colleges in Massachusetts for 2017

Welcome to OnlineColleges.com’s Top Colleges 2017 tool. Using the most recent final data available from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we ranked more than 2,500 accredited colleges and universities on a variety of factors, including affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. The result is a list of the best online colleges in the U.S. that is built into this interactive tool.

The filters on the left let you create customized lists of schools based on the factors that are most important to you, including location, price and religious affiliation. Choosing the right school is the first step toward success in higher education, and we’re excited to help you get started.

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STATE
TUITION
INSTITUTION TYPE
DEGREE LEVEL
MILITARY BENEFITS
RELIGIOUS AFFILATION
1 University of Massachusetts-Lowell Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
29%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
50
OVERALL SCORE
98.24
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
2 University of Massachusetts-Amherst Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
24%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
24
OVERALL SCORE
98.04
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
3 Harvard University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
10%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
49
OVERALL SCORE
92.84
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4 Massachusetts Maritime Academy Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
1%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
92.36
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
5 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
8%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
89.8
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
6 Fitchburg State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
35%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
88.96
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
7 Westfield State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
87.56
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
8 Bay Path University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
31%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
19
OVERALL SCORE
82.25
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
9 Framingham State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
22%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
79.33
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
10 Bristol Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
73.34
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
11 University of Massachusetts-Boston Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
22%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
11
OVERALL SCORE
73.02
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
12 Salem State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
19%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
71.14
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
13 Worcester State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
68.86
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14 Bentley University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
0%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
66.54
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
15 MCPHS University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
21%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
65.94
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16 Massachusetts College of Art and Design Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
1%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
65.46
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    Life Experience Credit
17 Bunker Hill Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
18%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
64.02
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
18 Assumption College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
6%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
63.14
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    Career Counseling Services
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19 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
10%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
61.31
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20 Endicott College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
10
OVERALL SCORE
61.23
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
21 Middlesex Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
61.11
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
22 Simmons College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
41%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
61.03
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
23 Emerson College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
0%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
60.19
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
24 Mount Wachusett Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
33%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
57.71
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
25 Northern Essex Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
34%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
57.43
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
26 College of Our Lady of the Elms Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
54.43
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
27 North Shore Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
28%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
2
OVERALL SCORE
53.63
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
28 Massasoit Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
20%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
53.55
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
29 Cape Cod Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
23%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
50.67
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
30 Boston University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
8%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
49.72
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
31 Northeastern University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
7%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
48.08
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
32 Bridgewater State University Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
46.8
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
33 University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
10%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
13
OVERALL SCORE
45.16
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    Placement Services
34 Quinsigamond Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
6
OVERALL SCORE
44.48
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
35 Quincy College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
13%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
43.04
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SCHOOL FEATURES
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
36 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
0%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
42.48
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    Career Counseling Services
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37 Brandeis University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
8%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
41.8
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
38 Merrimack College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
3%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
41.28
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
39 Berkshire Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
27%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
41
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
40 Holyoke Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
38%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
39.64
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41 Northpoint Bible College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
13%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
39.4
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SCHOOL FEATURES
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    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
42 Massachusetts Bay Community College Type: Public
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
25%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
9
OVERALL SCORE
37.05
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    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
43 Nichols College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
11%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
8
OVERALL SCORE
36.65
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
44 Emmanuel College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
6%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
5
OVERALL SCORE
35.93
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
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45 Lasell College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
12%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
4
OVERALL SCORE
35.49
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
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46 Wheelock College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
3%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
1
OVERALL SCORE
34.93
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
    Placement Services
    Life Experience Credit
47 Wentworth Institute of Technology Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
6%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
34.33
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
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48 Clark University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
3%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
34.21
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    Career Counseling Services
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49 Tufts University Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
3%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
3
OVERALL SCORE
34.05
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SCHOOL FEATURES
    Career Counseling Services
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50 Mount Holyoke College Type: Private
TUITION
$$$$
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DISTANCE EDUCATION
2%
ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
0
OVERALL SCORE
32.01
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    Career Counseling Services
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Methodology and Sources

Methodology

Using the most recent final data available from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) — in this case, for the 2015-16 school year — we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either “Four or more years” or “At least 2 but less than 4 years”
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • Data is reported for all 14 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section

We ranked 2,503 colleges on 14 criteria, using the final 2015-16 data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the weights specified:

  • Number of programs offered via distance education
  • Ratio of students participating fully or partially in distance education to total enrollment
  • Average in-state tuition for undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate students
  • Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases and media
  • Graduation rate
  • Retention rate
  • The availability of the following tuition plans:
    • Payment plan
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Other alternative tuition plan
  • The availability of academic/ career counseling services
  • The availability of job placement services for graduates
  • The availability of virtual reference services
  • Offers dual credit
  • Offers credit for life experience
  • Offers advanced placement (AP) credit
  • Offers credit for military training

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools’ tuition amounts are based on 2015-16 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Sources:

  1. Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed February 2017, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
, if applicable,