Boston, one of the oldest cities in the U.S., was founded in 1630 by John Winthrop and his group of Massachusetts Bay Colony settlers. A few short years later, in 1636, the Colony established the college now known as Harvard University.
Thanks to its rich academic heritage and high concentration of top colleges and universities, such as Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Boston College, Boston has come to be known as "America's College Town". Numerous public universities, community colleges, private schools and vocational institutes also call Boston home.
With so many colleges and universities in "Beantown", a significant percentage of the population in Boston is directly involved with academics in one form or another -- be it as a student, faculty, or staff member.
The city is a national leader in per capita graduation rates in many fields including computer science, engineering, business management, medicine and the physical sciences. In addition to these popular choices, students at Boston colleges and universities can study for careers that may not be offered at schools in other parts of the country, including biobehavioral studies, East Asian studies, geographic information technologies, and labor studies.
And business is still big in Boston. MBA graduates are hired at some of the largest finance and consulting firms in the world, such as Fidelity Investments, Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Company, and Liberty Mutual.
Other leading industries in Boston include healthcare, social services, and tourism.
Steeped in history and tradition, Boston is well known for its commitment to higher education and its quality schools. It is home to some of the most prestigious private schools and top public institutions, providing a broad spectrum of program areas, learning environments, cost levels and financial aid options.
Students from all backgrounds and interest areas are welcomed, though being a Red Sox fan helps!