Nicknamed as the Athens of America, Boston, Massachusetts, is a beautiful city surrounded by some of the best colleges and universities in the United States. In fact, there are over 100 colleges in the Boston metropolitan area focusing on all kinds of fields. From music to technology and everything in between, Boston colleges offer their students a diverse variety of academic fields.
Located along the Charles River on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston University, the largest university in the Boston area, is well-known for its academic programs in arts and science. Across the Charles River in Cambridge, you can find Harvard University, which is the oldest and – perhaps – most famous institution of higher learning in the United States. Also in Cambridge, you will find the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a premier institution focused on cutting-edge engineering and technology. Boston College, one of the oldest Jesuit institutions in the USA, is located in Chestnut Hill – a wealthy suburban area located 6 miles west of Boston. A few miles northof Boston on the Mystic River, you will find Tufts University – a private university well-known for its international and study abroad programs. Suffolk University, a small private university known for its law school and distance-learning MBA program, is located on Beacon Hill – a wealthy Boston neighborhood. Although the majority of colleges and universities in the Boston area are private, there are also some public colleges and universities such as the University of Massachusetts Boston located in Dorchester, the Roxbury Community College and the Bunker Hill Community College.
Boston is also home to many colleges that specialize in a variety of fields. Emerson College, a college known for its excellent academic programs in performing arts, media, and communications, is located by Boston Common. In the suburb of Wellesley, you can find Babson College, a college well-known for its business education and top entrepreneurial studies. Boston is also known for its cultural activities, conservatories and art schools. Some of the most acclaimed music and art colleges such as the Massachusetts College of Art, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston Conservatory, the School of the Museum of Fine Art and Berklee College of Music are located in the center of the city.
With so many colleges and universities, a typical fall day in Boston is characterized by students walking, riding their bikes, taking the “T” (Boston subway), studying at libraries and cafes, eating and shopping at the Quincy Market, or meeting with classmates and friends. You will see students who come here from every state and from every country. You will see the scientists, the academics, the philosophers, the artists, the musicians, the worldly and the techies conglomerated in one city where the only one missing is you.
For more information on Boston, visit its official tourism site: http://www.bostonusa.com/
Links you may find useful: Wikitravel Boston, Lonely Planet Boston