Boston has a worldwide reputation as a centre of excellence for higher education - there are over 100 colleges and universities in the greater Boston area with almost 250,000 students who contribute an estimated $5 billion to the city’s economy annually.

Harvard University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world and is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the U.S at 384 years old.

Harvard has 20,000 students and has one of the largest financial endowments of any non-profit organization worldwide standing at approximately $40.9 billion as of October 2019.

Other local universities include:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

11,500 students; endowment c. $17.5 billion

Boston College

14,500 students; endowment c. $2.5 billion

Tufts University

11,500 students; endowment c. $1.8 billion

Boston University

34,000 students,
endowment c.$2.3 billion

North Eastern University

27,000 students,
endowment c.$1 billion

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