Bridgewater State University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate, graduate and evening degree programs - 136 in all. Centrally located in Southeastern Massachusetts and widely respected, Bridgewater is committed to making a challenging, high-quality education accessible and achievable for students in the region and beyond.
Worcester State University is a "Best in the Northeast" and one of the 75 "Best Value" public universities in the country, according to The Princeton Review. Our 50 undergraduate and 25 graduate degree programs in liberal arts and sciences, teacher education, health professions, business and more prepare students to change the way the world works.
Hammond Hall at Fitchburg State is the university’s front door, containing the library, campus center and bookstore, as well as lounge, event and dining facilities. The stunning glass façade exemplifies the close relationship the institution has with the city and region.
A classic New England setting, a cohesive and creative community: that’s Westfield State. At Westfield, you’ll discover a mix of innovative academic programs, off-campus learning opportunities and activities to engage, challenge, and prepare you for what lies ahead. Westfield State students think differently and creatively about the world around them, make the most of their undergraduate years by being active participants in a vibrant and engaging community, and understand and embrace the strong bridge between academic study and civic responsibility.
Framingham State University offers 53 undergraduate and graduate programs on a beautiful New England campus located just 20 miles outside of Boston. FSU is just the right size - small enough for learning to be personal and collaborative, yet large and diverse enough to broaden students' understanding of their world.
Students find their passion at Salem State University. In a supportive yet challenging environment, students recognize their dreams and reach higher than they might have thought possible.
Established in 1873, Massachusetts College of Art was the first and remains the only freestanding public college of art and design in the United States. The college is nationally known for offering broad access to a quality professional arts education, accompanied by a strong general education in the liberal arts. A major cultural force in Boston, in addition to its undergraduate and graduate degree programs, MassArt also offers acclaimed public programs, including exhibitions, lectures, outreach activities and events, and education programs for adults and youth.
The Academy experience is unique. The Regiment of Cadets and military-style uniforms play an important role in campus life at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. It reinforces that the status at the Academy is not an entitlement based on gender, race, or socio-economic class; it is earned through hard work, honor, and integrity. Though the Academy is structured as a regimented academy, designed to grow effective leaders, only cadets who volunteer for commissioning programs have military obligations during and after their time at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA prepares its graduates to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.
The Massachusetts State Universities were founded in the 1830s as normal schools dedicated to educating teachers to their emergence over the past two decades as comprehensive universities, the Massachusetts State Universities have played a vital role in educating citizens of Massachusetts. Today their role and mission is more important than ever, as a highly competitive, global economy demands workers with ever higher skill levels and as the cost of many Massachusetts and U.S. universities eclipses the resources of even middle class families.The Massachusetts State University System comprises nine diverse institutions, ranging in size from fewer than 2,000 students to some of the largest universities in the state with more than 10,000 students. The nine campuses offer a wide array of programs, from institutions focused on engineering and the arts to comprehensive universities offering degree programs in the physical and life sciences, mathematics, business, education, information technology, the social sciences, humanities and other offerings.
Diversity is a core strength of the system as students can find virtually any program and college experience they’re looking for on our campuses. Although diversity is a hallmark of the system, our institutions have a common identity fused by their dedication to a shared mission.The underlying philosophy of the state universities is that all citizens have the capability to contribute to the economic, social and civic life of the community; our mission is to ensure they have the opportunity to fully develop their talents.In a state with many elite private universities, the state universities play a vital and irreplaceable role in creating opportunities for all students, especially those who have faced socioeconomic barriers to advancement, to learn and develop the skills that will allow them to succeed and create a better life for themselves and their families.
The Massachusetts State Universities are committed to preparing students for professional careers, lifelong learning and civic engagement by providing a strong grounding in the liberal arts, a rigorous academic curriculum and transformative opportunities, including undergraduate research, international study, internships and service learning opportunities.The State University System is also committed to providing the most affordable pathway to a four-year or graduate degree in Massachusetts, and to expanding access and opportunities for learning, especially to underserved members of the community.
The system is dedicated to meeting regional economic needs by partnering with businesses and local governments and equipping our students with the strong analytical, technological and communications skills that surveys demonstrate are in demand by CEOs across industries. We are also dedicated to enriching the quality of life of our communities by offering stimulating cultural and intellectual experiences and supporting local schools and other organizations.
The past ten years have witnessed an extraordinary period of growth for the Massachusetts State Universities, made all the more remarkable by the fact that this period has coincided with a significant decline in state funding for our campuses.In the past decade there has been a sharp rise in the number of students attending our institutions. The system currently educates more than 52,000 students each year. Impressively, the number of FTE students has increased from 37,709.3 in 2004 to 44,584.1 in 2013 – a gain of 18.2 percent. Impressively, the number of full-time students has increased by 25.5 percent during that same period.
- Educate 52,000 students annually
- Produce over 10,000 degrees annually
- Offer over 300 academic programs
- With an average annual tuition and fees of $8,306, your incredible state universities are the most affordable option for an undergraduate education in Massachusetts
- In the last 5 years produced 5,000 science and technology degrees
- In the last 5 years produced 4,000 health care degrees
- In the last 5 years produced 11,000 teaching degrees
- and 84% of graduates staying in MA after graduation
Bridgewater State University
Fitchburg State University
Framingham State University
of Art and Design (Boston)
Mass College of Liberal Arts
Mass Maritime Academy
Salem State University
Westfield State University
Worcester State University