Top Online Colleges in Massachusetts Ranked by

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Lists Spotlight Schools for Affordability, Quality in Online Education for 2016-2017

Leading online higher education resource provider has released its rankings of the Best Online Colleges in Massachusetts for 2016-2017. A two- and four-year school list was created for each state, with the following receiving top honors: University of Massachusetts - Lowell, Amherst and Dartmouth campuses, Westfield State University and Lesley University for four-year schools; Bunker Hill Community College, Holyoke Community College, Middlesex Community College, Massasoit Community College and Greenfield Community College for two-year schools.

"The Massachusetts Department of Education has been steadily working on initiatives to ramp up college completion numbers by 2025,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of "These colleges are examples of how higher education in Massachusetts is becoming more flexible, offering affordable, top-quality online learning programs to help more students earn degrees.”

To earn a spot on the Best Online Colleges in Massachusetts’s list, schools are required to meet several stringent base qualifications. Each institution must be an accredited, public or private not-for-profit college or university. Schools must also fall within specific affordability guidelines, offering in-state tuition rates below $5,000 annually at two-year schools and below $25,000 annually at four-year schools.

A complete lists of colleges on the two- and four-year lists are included below. To learn more about where each specifically falls in the ranking and find more details about the data analysis and methodology used to score each state, visit the following link:

The two-year schools honored as the Best Online Colleges in Massachusetts for 2016 are:
Berkshire Community College
Bristol Community College
Bunker Hill Community College
Greenfield Community College
Holyoke Community College
Massachusetts Bay Community College
Massasoit Community College
Middlesex Community College
Northern Essex Community College
Roxbury Community College

The four-year schools honored as the Best Online Colleges in Massachusetts for 2016 are:

Fitchburg State University
Framingham State University
Hebrew College
Lesley University
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
National Graduate School of Quality Management
Salem State University
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
University of Massachusetts - Boston
University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
Westfield State University

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