Following are the top leading universities in the U.S. state of Massachusetts:

Brandeis University - Rated 31st in the 2009 US News ranking of Best National Universities. Acceptance to Brandeis was categorized under "Most Selective". It was also ranked 9th of "Most Liberal Students".

Bentley University - Rated No. 21 among the top undergraduate business programs in the nation in 2010 by BusinessWeek.

Clark University - It is featured in the “The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges,” a comprehensive guidebook that recognizes the impressive environmental and sustainability programs at universities and colleges across the country.

Harvard University - It is America's oldest university, consistently rated as a leading academic institution in the world by numerous media and academic rankings.

Lesley University - It was picked among the "best" universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings. The university received the distinction in the master's level category.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT is ranked 1st internationally in Technology according to THE - QS World University Rankings 2009.

Northeastern University - Its online MBA degree program is rated 2nd in the US according to the Financial Times listing of the 42 "top distance learning and online MBA programs".

Suffolk University - Named as one of “The Best 368 Colleges” by the Princeton Review.

Tufts University - 157th among the world's best institutions in the Times Higher Education - QS World University Rankings 2008.

University of Massachusetts Amherst - Ranked 29th in the nation according to the Business Week's "Top Part-Time MBA Programs" rankings (2007).

University of Massachusetts Boston - The College of Management at the UMass Boston is an outstanding business school according to The Princeton Review.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth - U.S. News and World Report ranks UMass Dartmouth's College of Engineering within the top 50 in the country.

University of Massachusetts Lowell - UMass Lowell's Master's Degree in Business Administration (Online MBA Program) is rated 'Best Buy MBA" by GetEducated.com.

University of Massachusetts Medical School - Ranked 7th in primary care among the nation's 126 fully accredited medical schools in the U.S. News annual review of graduate programs.

* Suggested Reading: Top Liberal Arts Colleges in Massachusetts

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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