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Bridgewater State University

Earn your degree at one of America’s best colleges in 2024


State-of-the-art facilities, faculty that meet students where they are and show them where they can be — these are just some reasons Bridgewater State University was named one of the Wall Street Journal’s 2024 Best Colleges in America. Bridgewater ranks in the top 20% of schools nationwide and 18th out of over 100 Massachusetts institutions. 

Bridgewater matches your drive with innovation. They’ll support your career aspirations with degrees responsive to the ever-changing needs of the workforce, wherever you see your future. From financial aid to career services, they’ve got you covered from day one, offering every kind of support so you can achieve every kind of success. 

The beautiful 270-acre campus, located just 30 miles south of Boston, offers the perfect environment to grow, change, and progress. There, you’ll test your strength, sharpen your mind, and prove to yourself: “Yes, I can.”

No matter where you’re from, Bridgewater will help you get to where you want to be. Join a college that works to close opportunity gaps for students from all walks of life and discover why it’s one of the highest-ranking public colleges in New England. 

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UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst is fueling innovation

The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers a world-class education, driving groundbreaking research with real-world impact. Its commitment to excellence is reflected in its standing among the top public universities nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report.

With a diverse and award-winning faculty and 29 academic disciplines ranked among the top 200 programs worldwide, the Commonwealth’s flagship public campus excels at preparing students to challenge conventions, rethink expectations, and tackle tomorrow’s challenges. As New England’s largest public research university, UMass Amherst contributes to the state’s economy in advanced manufacturing, applied health sciences, data and computer science, entrepreneurship, social and environmental justice, sustainability, and the arts. The university’s impact extends statewide, encompassing the Mount Ida Campus in Newton, the UMass Amherst Center at Springfield, and research stations in Gloucester and East Wareham.

For every dollar the state invests in the university, UMass Amherst returns $7 to the Massachusetts economy. Roughly three-quarters of UMass undergraduates hail from Massachusetts, and about 60% of alumni stay in the state, fueling the state’s innovation economy. More than 1,400 companies and organizations rely on UMass Amherst for high-quality talent.

UMass Amherst drives Massachusetts — and the world — forward by educating the public, generating new knowledge, and producing bold, impactful research.


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UMass Chan Medical School

Advancing together

It’s not just what UMass Chan Medical School does — training the next generation of physicians, nurse leaders, and scientists; leading groundbreaking research and clinical trials; and making communities healthier — it’s how they do it: together. 

UMass Chan Medical School is the Commonwealth’s only public academic health sciences center, perennially ranked among the best in the country for primary care education, and a destination for collaborative teaching, learning, and research. For two years in a row, employees have made UMass Chan a Boston Globe Top Place to Work.

Their three graduate schools are home to 1,400 students. The T.H. Chan School of Medicine attracts students from across the country to learn at their Worcester campus and regional campuses, UMass Chan-Baystate in Springfield and UMass Chan-Lahey in Burlington.

The Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing offers master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees, as well as continuing education and certificates, in an interprofessional setting.

Doctoral students in the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences study alongside distinguished mentors and colleagues to deepen scientific understanding and improve modern medicine.

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UMass Dartmouth

An extraordinary college experience

UMass Dartmouth is a national research university home to a vibrant and diverse community of learners. It is a place where people from all over the world can feel they belong.

UMass Dartmouth’s accredited, nationally ranked academic programs combine hands-on learning with individualized attention, creating endless opportunities for students to customize their education. Mentored by distinguished faculty, students tackle real-world problems and conduct research in critical areas like climate change mitigation, treating diseases, machine learning and artificial intelligence, mental health in vulnerable communities, legal advocacy, and more.

As a key driver of New England’s blue economy, UMass Dartmouth has secured more than $16 million from the Office of Naval Research for marine and undersea technology research and belongs to an $11.9 million initiative to enhance offshore wind energy reliability nationwide. Meanwhile, its Cybersecurity Center, recognized by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security, spearheads efforts in cyber defense.

UMass Dartmouth students emerge ready to make their mark on the world, with 95% of graduates employed or pursuing advanced degrees within six months of graduation

From distinctive architecture to boundary-breaking ideas and life-changing opportunities, there is nothing ordinary about UMass Dartmouth. 

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University of Rhode Island

Big thinking. Global impact.

The University of Rhode Island (URI) is a diverse and dynamic community whose members are connected by a common quest for knowledge. As a global education leader and the state of Rhode Island’s flagship public research institution, URI offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional students distinctive educational opportunities designed to meet the global challenges of today’s world and the rapidly evolving needs of tomorrow. 

Founded in 1892, URI now enrolls more than 18,000 students and offers more than 200 degree programs across nine schools and colleges. As a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution, URI is a key driver of economic development in Rhode Island and contributes significantly to the health and vitality of the state, the New England region, and the nation.

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