Massachusetts is a state in the northeastern region of the United States. It's home to many historic landmarks and highly-ranked colleges and universities.
Massachusetts has 94 colleges and universities total. The Bay State's 29 public colleges include the UMass system.
Massachusetts is a popular place to go to college. In 2020, 464,749 students were enrolled in MA colleges and universities.
The 65 private colleges in MA include some of the top colleges in the world, including Harvard, MIT, Williams. Western Massachusetts has the Five College consortium which includes Amherst, UMass Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire.
"From my point of view, Amherst is the best option of the 3 - particularly since you are concerned about Williams being too rural.
The small town of Amherst is a vibrant, bustling community during the academic year because of all the college students in town, about 30,000 in all. In many ways, it’s the quintessential college town. Most of these students are at the University of Massachusetts."
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