Universities in Worcester MA, USA
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  • Universities in Worcester MA
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
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  • Universities in Worcester MA
  • (16 institution and 9 subject rankings)
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  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in Worcester MA
  • Among TOP 200

Worcester, Massachusetts is a city well known for being a thriving college town that offers its inhabitants access to culture through various forms of art that the city makes space for in its venues, but also on its streets.

Those who come to Worcester can expect to take advantage of the region’s constantly expanding job market, as well as its numerous outdoor, dining and studying experiences that it has on offer.

PROS

  • The job market in Worcester is active and relatively stable, with some of the biggest employers in the area being Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Polar Beverages, the UMass Memorial Health Care Center, and Hanover Insurance Group.

  • Those moving to Worcester should be sure to check out the city’s acclaimed foodie scene, as well as the city’s numerous vibrant park spaces. Hanover theatre is also a must for those who love plays and ballet performances.

  • The nearby Boston Logan International Airport is of great convenience to international students in particular who are making their way to the city, as it simplifies their journey significantly to land so close to Worcester.

CONS

  • Worcester is not a very walkable city. In fact, residents report that there are many parts of the city where the sidewalks end and there is no way to continue walking without going on the road. For this reason and more, many locals recommend a car.

  • Living costs are slightly higher than the national averages in most cases, including the categories of rental prices, groceries, energy bills, and clothing, restaurants and entertainment.

  • Residents in Worcester tend to rely on using cars due to the public transport options being very limited. There is no light rail service available, and the routes offered by the bus service leaves a number of areas in the city without coverage.

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Worcester MA
  • 22 Jun, 2022: New edition of CWTS Leiden Ranking. in position #757.
  • 16 Jun, 2022: Publication of Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions. University of Massachusetts Medical School ranked #214.
  • 16 Jun, 2022: Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions by Subject (Life Sciences) updated with University of Massachusetts Medical School in position 59.
  • 08 Jun, 2022: New edition of QS World University Rankings. 2 universities in Worcester MA ranked.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Worcester MA

Biological Sciences
#17 
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Computer Science
#23 
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Engineering
#27 
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Art
#74 
College of the Holy Cross
Immunology
#91 
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Geography
#101 
Clark University
Education
#401 
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Rankings of universities in Worcester MA, USA 2022

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (367 reviews)
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  • #120 
  • #121 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2021]
  • #129 
  • #601 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #134 
  • #801 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2022]


#2

Clark University

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (67 reviews)
  • #216 
  • #217 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2021]
  • #111 
  • #501 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #116 
  • #751 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2022]


#3

College of the Holy Cross

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (747 reviews)
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  • #116 
  • #117 
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings
[Published 14 September, 2021]
  • #359 
  • #545 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 04 April, 2022]
  • #87 
  • #89 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 11 November, 2021]



#4

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (236 reviews)
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  • #73 
  • #200 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 04 April, 2022]
  • #109 
  • #379 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 25 October, 2021]
  • #82 
  • #201 
ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
[Published 15 August, 2021]


#5

Becker College

Student satisfaction: 5.0 / 5.0 (48 reviews)
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  • #1162 
  • #1216 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
  • #1269 
  • #1332 
Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (All Alumni)
[Published 11 November, 2021]
  • #1123 
  • #6977 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2022]

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (124 reviews)
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  • #732 
  • #4653 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2022]

Student Opinions About Studying in Worcester MA

“The job opportunities in Worcester are good, but being just an hour’s drive away from Boston really improves your chances a lot, although the commute can become very tiring eventually since it can take up to 3 hours if the traffic is bad.”

“One of my favourite things to do in Worcester is taking advantage of the outdoors experiences that it offers, like Cascading Waters or the Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary.”

“The West side of Worcester in particular is where the majority of the attractions are for young people, like entertainment options and coffee shops for example. My most important piece of advice for living here is to make sure you explore the entire city though, because there tends to be some kind of hidden gem in every area.”

Worcester MA Key Facts for International Students

Time: GMT +0

Living costs for students in Worcester MA:
  • Big Mac price (USA average): 0.00 (40% more expensive than in United Kingdom)
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute ranks #1 in Worcester MA in our meta ranking composed of 123 university rankings.

Among all universities in Worcester MA Worcester Polytechnic Institute is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 32 rankings where Worcester Polytechnic Institute is listed.

University of Massachusetts Medical School is ranked best in Worcester MA for Natural Sciences (Biological Sciences). See all rankings for the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is ranked best in Worcester MA for Computer Science (Computer Science). See all rankings for the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is ranked best in Worcester MA for Engineering (Engineering). See all rankings for the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

College of the Holy Cross is ranked best in Worcester MA for Arts Visual & Performing (Art). See all rankings for the College of the Holy Cross.

University of Massachusetts Medical School is ranked best in Worcester MA for Medicine & Health (Immunology). See all rankings for the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Clark University is ranked best in Worcester MA for Social Studies & Humanities (Geography). See all rankings for the Clark University.

University of Massachusetts Medical School is ranked best in Worcester MA for Education (Education). See all rankings for the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Ranking publishers

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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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

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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 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)

Payscale

Criteria used in ranking -Payscale College Salary Report - Best Universities (Bachelors only):
Ranking is based on ROI

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RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

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

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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 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

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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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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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 -Washington Monthly - 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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