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Economic Impact of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is the only state in the nation to educate more college students in the Independent sector (274,695) than the public sector (121,888) and community colleges (105,117).

Independent colleges graduate 71% of minority students who earn a bachelor's degree and 70% of minority students who earn a graduate degree. Approximately 23% of the students enrolled in these colleges are minority.

Massachusetts independent colleges account for 66% of all bachelor degrees (33,261) in AY2013 and 85% of all graduate degrees (37,197) in AY2012.

Independent higher education institutions employ 88,129 workers compared to public higher education, which employs 36,858 workers.

Independent higher education employs more Massachusetts workers than Raytheon (12,400), State Street (12,347), and Verizon (10,000).

Sources: IPEDS 2011, AICUM, and BBJ Book of Lists 2013

presidenthonorHonors: Lasell University was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction for its strong commitment to service and compelling outcomes in the community. The award is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. It is the fourth year in a row Lasell has received this honor.