Universities in Boston, USA
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Boston
19 out of 23
  • Universities in Boston
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
38
  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Boston
  • (30 institution and 8 subject rankings)
28
  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in Boston
  • Among TOP 200

Boston is a city known for its varied studying opportunities, its passionate sports fans, and numerous employment opportunities thanks to the city attracting many established companies as well as start-up businesses.

The city is also famous across the nation for its very high costs of living, but with the beauty offered by the city with its garden spaces, its employment opportunities, and the activities on offer, it may be enough to win many over and convince them that Boston is the place for them.

For those who are coming to Boston to study, the city and all of the easily accessible cities around it offer a wide variety of prestigious universities to study at.

PROS

  • The city offers stunning architecture and cityscapes which are easy to walk in for doing your daily tasks. There are also plenty of opportunities for camping and hiking, as well as skiing in the winter months.

  • Boston’s subway system enjoys a good reputation among the locals for its reliability and safety. Students can get unlimited subway and bus travel by getting a University Pass from the administration office in their respective universities.

  • Many report that the opportunities for finding employment in Boston are better than in comparable parts of the country. This helps to offset the formidable cost of living in Boston and to get started

CONS

  • The cost of living in Boston is notoriously high, with the figures for average apartment rents being in the area of $2,318. Most people will have to get used to the idea of living with some roommates if living in Boston is a must for you. Those moving to the city should be aware that in Boston it's typical for landlords to ask you for multiple payments upfront.

  • Those new to Boston have to get used to the city’s street cleaning program, which prohibits parking in certain areas on certain days, and not knowing the city norms can earn you hefty fines or even result in getting your car towed by the city authorities.

  • As the majority of universities in the Boston area are prestigious, they also come with substantial tuition fees. There are not many institutions in the area offering low tuition fees.**

For business studies see our separate ranking of business schools in Boston, USA

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Boston
  • 29 Mar, 2021: Us News published most recent results of US News: Best Grad Schools (US) (Medicine Primary Care). Includes 29 universities from Boston.
  • 18 Mar, 2021: Scimago Institutions published most recent results of Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities. Includes 5 universities from Boston.
  • 17 Mar, 2021: Publication of Nature Index - Top 200 Rising Institutions in Asia Pacific. Northeastern University ranked #62.
  • 17 Mar, 2021: New edition of Nature Index - Top 200 Institutions in Asia Pacific. in position #130.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Boston

Public Health
#8 
Boston University
Criminology
#12 
Northeastern University
English
#41 
Boston University
Molecular Biology & Genetics
#48 
Boston University
Criminology
#50 
Suffolk University
Electrical Engineering
#159 
Northeastern University
Agriculture
#192 
Boston University

Rankings of universities in Boston, USA 2021

Student satisfaction: 2.4 / 5.0 (4739 reviews)
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  • #40 
  • #40 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2020]
  • #28 
  • #54 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #32 
  • #110 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (1279 reviews)
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  • #86 
  • #86 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2020]
  • #81 
  • #214 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #67 
  • #177 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 19 October, 2020]


  • #356 
  • #360 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2020]
  • #112 
  • #651 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #214 
  • #485 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (133 reviews)
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  • #130 
  • #129 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2020]
  • #651 
  • #4101 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #131 
  • #133 
US News Best Colleges
[Published 13 September, 2020]


  • #248 
  • #248 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2020]
  • #208 
  • #478 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #314 
  • #326 
MONEY Best Colleges
[Published 25 August, 2020]


Student satisfaction: 3.9 / 5.0 (430 reviews)
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  • #348 
  • #351 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2020]
  • #1 
  • #122 
The Times Good University Guide
[Published 20 September, 2020]
  • #443 
  • #625 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


  • #65 
  • #201 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #50 
  • #126 
THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 26 October, 2020]
  • #33 
  • #63 
Reuters Most Innovative Universities
[Published 23 October, 2019]


  • #410 
  • #401 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2020]
  • #415 
  • #2416 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #494 
  • #512 
MONEY Best Colleges
[Published 25 August, 2020]

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (8619 reviews)
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  • #425 
  • #401 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2020]
  • #709 
  • #732 
MONEY Best Colleges
[Published 25 August, 2020]
  • #614 
  • #655 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 15 August, 2020]

Student satisfaction: 4.8 / 5.0 (49 reviews)
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  • #507 
  • #501 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2020]
  • #169 
  • #177 
Kiplinger's Best College Values
[Published 31 July, 2019]
  • #633 
  • #654 
MONEY Best Colleges
[Published 25 August, 2020]

  • #533 
  • #501 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2020]
  • #587 
  • #606 
MONEY Best Colleges
[Published 25 August, 2020]
  • #671 
  • #714 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 15 August, 2020]

  • #573 
  • #609 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 15 August, 2020]
  • #1034 
  • #6296 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (243 reviews)
  • #698 
  • #744 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 15 August, 2020]
  • #1705 
  • #11222 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]
  • #1265 
  • #7171 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

Student satisfaction: 5.0 / 5.0 (102 reviews)
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  • #1155 
  • #1236 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 15 August, 2020]
  • #1082 
  • #6480 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

  • #775 
  • #5041 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

  • #904 
  • #5784 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


  • #1097 
  • #6558 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

  • #1386 
  • #7838 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

  • #1555 
  • #8932 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#20

School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Student satisfaction: 4.9 / 5.0 (139 reviews)
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#21

Wheelock College

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (77 reviews)

#22

Shorelight Education

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (145 reviews)


Student Opinions About Studying in Boston

“I followed the advice others gave me before moving to Boston, about choosing your neighbourhood depending on where you will need to be every day. They were right, because commuting in Boston can be intense because of the traffic, and also the drivers here are a bit aggressive most of the time.”

“Having a social life here can be a real challenge, because it’s such a commuter city, but also because people with normal jobs in Boston live in a way that tries to minimise unnecessary costs because the basics are so expensive. What this means is that people are less spontaneous when it comes to going out to a bar or restaurant together.”

“Using a bike or just walking are your best bets for getting around the city, since most of the places you need to be as a student are located fairly near to each other. Even so, I would make sure you get the University Pass for transport for the times that you really need it.”

Boston Key Facts for International Students

Population: 618000

Elevation: 14 m. above sea level

Time: GMT -5

District/province: Massachusetts, Suffolk County

Living costs for students in Boston:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 101* (1% more expensive than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 102* (2% more expensive than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 95* (5% cheaper than London)
  • Average Big Mac price 5.74 US$
  • Plug Type A
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz
  • Plug Type B
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz

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FAQ

Boston University ranks #1 in Boston in our meta ranking composed of 96 university rankings.

Among all universities in Boston Boston University is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 43 rankings where Boston University is listed.

Boston University is ranked best in Boston for Medicine & Health (Public Health). See all rankings for the Boston University.

Northeastern University is ranked best in Boston for Social Studies & Humanities (Criminology). See all rankings for the Northeastern University.

Boston University is ranked best in Boston for Languages & Literature (English). See all rankings for the Boston University.

Boston University is ranked best in Boston for Natural Sciences (Molecular Biology & Genetics). See all rankings for the Boston University.

Suffolk University is ranked best in Boston for Law (Criminology). See all rankings for the Suffolk University.

Northeastern University is ranked best in Boston for Engineering (Electrical Engineering). See all rankings for the Northeastern University.

Boston University is ranked best in Boston for Agriculture (Agriculture). See all rankings for the Boston University.

Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:
Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:
Employer reputation 30%
Alumni outcomes 25%
Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25%
Employer/Student Connections 10%
Graduate employment rate 10%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:
Research Performance 40%
Quality of Education 25%
Alumni Employment 25%
Quality of Faculty 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:
Academic research publication

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Forbes

Criteria used in ranking -America's Best Value Colleges 2019:
Rank on Forbes 2018 Top Colleges ranking 20%
Student debt 20%
Alumni earnings 20%
Net price 20%
Graduation rate 10%
Pell Grant recipients 10%

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Kiplinger

Criteria used in ranking -Kiplinger's Best College Values:
Quality Criteria 55%
Cost Criteria 45%

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MONEY

Criteria used in ranking -MONEY Best Colleges:
Quality of education 33.33%
Affordability 33.33%
Outcomes 33.33%

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Criteria used in ranking -MONEY Colleges That Add the Most Value:
Quality of education 33.33%
Affordability 33.33%
Outcomes 33.33%

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:
Research excellence 40%
Research impact 35%
Research productivity 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -NTU North America:
Research productivity 25%
Research impact 35%
Research Excellence 40%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

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Payscale

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RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Research Performance Ranking:
Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20%
Citation per papers 20%
Papers per academic and research staff 20%
International research reputation 20%
Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

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Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education:
Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Research Reputation 66,6%
Teaching Reputation 33,3%

Criteria used in ranking -THE World's Most International Universities - Times Higher Education:
Proportion of international students 25%
Proportion of international staff 25%
Proportion of journal publications with one or more international co-authors 25%
University’s international reputation 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Emerging Economies University Ranking - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 20%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 10%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Asia University Ranking:
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
Teaching 25%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 7.5%

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The Times and The Sunday Times

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Thomson Reuters

Criteria used in ranking -Reuters Most Innovative Universities:
Patent Volume 33%
Patent Citations 34%
Industry Article Citation Impact 11%
Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles 11%
Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers 11%

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Urap

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Us News

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Wallstreet Journal USA & THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings:
Outcomes 40% (employability)
Resources 30%
Engagement 20% (teaching)
Environment 10% (diversity)

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Washington Monthly

Criteria used in ranking -National Universities:
Social Mobility 33.33%
Research 33.33%
Community and National Service 33.33%

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:
Visibility 50%
Excellence 35%
Transparency 10%
Presence 5%

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