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2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in Massachusetts

14 Colleges
1,818 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,805 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in MassachusettsIn 2018-2019, education students earned 1,818 bachelor's degrees from a Massachusetts school, making the subject the 10th in the state. This means that of the 88,927 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 2.0% were from a college or university in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Education in Massachusetts ranking, we looked at 14 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. For this ranking, we are identifying those education schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Value Education Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Value Education Schools in Massachusetts

Check out the education programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Education Schools

#1

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA

Our rankings recognize Bridgewater State University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Bridgewater State is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Bridgewater. Bridgewater State also made our Best Colleges for Education in Massachusetts list, coming in at #2.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Bridgewater State to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $26,167. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater State is about $117,228. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#2

Gordon College

Wenham, MA

Our rankings recognize Gordon College as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Gordon College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Wenham. Gordon College also made our Best Colleges for Education in Massachusetts list, coming in at #5.

At Gordon College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $31,764. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Gordon College is about $133,409. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#3

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Westfield State University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Westfield, Westfield is a public school with a medium-sized student population. Westfield not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Education in Massachusetts list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Westfield is 4.2 years, and it costs about $24,805 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Westfield is about $103,933. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#4

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

Fitchburg State University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Fitchburg State is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Fitchburg.

The average student at Fitchburg State graduates in less than 4.4 years, and it costs about $23,143 per year to attend the school. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State is $102,755. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#5

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. Boston U also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Massachusetts rankings.

It takes the average student at Boston U about 4.1 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $41,917. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Boston U is about $170,183. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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#6

Stonehill College

Easton, MA

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Stonehill College. Located in the suburb of Easton, Stonehill is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Stonehill, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Massachusetts ranking.

At Stonehill, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $39,204. This means that the average student pays around $159,168 to get a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the fringe town of North Adams, MCLA is a public school with a small student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at MCLA is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $27,170. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from MCLA be around $114,657. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Amherst, UMass Amherst is a public college with a very large student population. UMass Amherst did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Education in Massachusetts list.

At UMass Amherst, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $36,714. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst is $151,996. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize Salem State University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Salem State is a moderately-sized public school located in the suburb of Salem. Salem State also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Massachusetts rankings.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Salem State to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,804. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Salem State is about $118,474. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#10

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA

Worcester State University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Worcester State is a moderately-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Worcester.

It takes the average student at Worcester State about 4.4 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $24,921. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Worcester State is $109,403. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Best Education Colleges in the New England Region

Explore all the Best Education Schools in the New England Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Vermont 235
Maine 397
Rhode Island 404
New Hampshire 431
Connecticut 562

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1,042
Teacher Education Subject Specific 386
General Education 227
Special Education 100
Other Education 43

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 7,339
Psychology 4,579
Communication & Journalism 2,856
History 1,231
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies 672

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 14 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Horadrim.

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