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2021 Best Colleges in Massachusetts by Salary Score

By the GradReports team | Updated 3/1/2021

This list of the top 25 universities in Massachusetts highlights schools whose alumni earned higher salaries compared to alumni with the same major at other colleges. Salary Scores are calculated by comparing median alumni earnings in the first year after graduation for each major at a college to data for the same major at other universities. We then compiled these program scores into an overall Salary Score to show how each university stacks up against other schools across the country. The top 25 schools in Massachusetts all scored higher than the median for colleges in the United States, with Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranking #1 and #2 in our list of the best colleges in the U.S. We also found that Massachusetts has the second-highest median Salary Score for bachelor's degrees in the country.

To be considered for our state rankings, schools must offer and provide data for at least 8 bachelor's programs. You can click on a school's name to view individual program scores. Read our methodology to learn more about how schools were ranked.

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Salary Scores based on data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Salary Score
#1 #1 Harvard University Cambridge Cambridge $50,420 99.54
#2 #2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge Cambridge $51,832 99.13
#3 #3 Boston College Chestnut Hill Chestnut Hill $55,464 96.56
#4 #4 Amherst College Amherst Amherst $56,426 95.90
#5 #5 Bentley University Waltham Waltham $49,880 95.76
#6 #6 Northeastern University Burlington Burlington $51,522 93.59
#7 #7 College of the Holy Cross Worcester Worcester $52,770 92.76
#8 #8 Williams College Williamstown Williamstown $55,450 91.23
#9 #9 Stonehill College Easton Easton $42,746 89.81
#10 #10 Wellesley College Wellesley Wellesley $53,732 88.99
#11 #11 Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston Boston $33,950 85.61
#12 #12 Boston University Boston Boston $53,948 84.92
#13 #13 Tufts University Medford Medford $56,382 84.23
#14 #14 Fisher College Boston Boston $31,384 81.25
#15 #15 Brandeis University Waltham Waltham $55,395 80.98
#16 #16 Endicott College Beverly Beverly $33,050 80.51
#17 #17 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester Worcester $50,530 79.93
#18 #18 Emmanuel College - MA Boston Boston $39,804 77.55
#19 #19 University of Massachusetts-Boston Boston Boston $14,167 75.43
#20 #20 University of Massachusetts - Amherst Amherst Amherst $15,887 75.17
#21 #21 Worcester State University Worcester Worcester $10,161 73.47
#22 #22 Suffolk University Boston Boston $38,566 72.67
#23 #23 Merrimack College North Andover North Andover $41,760 72.21
#24 #24 Assumption University Worcester Worcester $40,958 72.17
#25 #25 Emerson College Boston Boston $46,852 70.26