There are over 50 institutions of higher education in the Boston area, giving prospective students a wide variety of colleges and universities to choose from. For many students, a community college is the best option because lower tuition costs help students save money while earning a two-year degree which is transferable to a four-year college. Boston offers several great community colleges for prospective students.

Bunker Hill Community College

Students can take advantage of the college's branch campuses to schedule classes close to home or work. Bunker Hill Community College operates a main campus in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston and also runs branch campuses in nearby Chelsea, Cambridge, East Boston, Somerville and Boston's South End. The school was founded in 1973 and has established a long-standing tradition of service and education to a varied student body. Currently, the school has more than 11,000 full-time and part-time students, including students from over 100 different countries. Students from all backgrounds and origins will find Bunker Hill Community College to be a comfortable fit. The college offers many degree programs, including the two-year Associate of Arts or Associate of Applied Science degrees.

Bunker Hill Community College 250 New Rutherford Ave Boston, Massachusetts 02129-2925 617-228-2000 bhcc.mass.edu

Roxbury Community College

Roxbury Community College is located near downtown Boston in the suburb of Roxbury. The college was formed in 1973 as part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts community college system. Over the past couple of years, the college has enrolled about 2,400 full-time and part-time students per year. The college offers a wide variety of degrees and majors, including Africana Studies, Biological Science, Environmental Management, Biotechnology, Business Management, and Criminal Justice, to name a few. The college also offers a number of practical certificate programs in topics of study like Broadcast Media, Paralegal Studies, Web Technologies, and Practical Nursing. Prospective students will find that the student body is quite engaged and runs a number of clubs and groups, including a Creative Writing Club, Video Club, Haitian Club, and Women of Strength Club.

Roxbury Community College 1234 Columbus Avenue Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120 617-427-0060 rcc.mass.edu

North Shore Community College

Located in the greater Boston area, North Shore Community College is another option for students looking to attend a community college in Boston. There are approximately 6,600 full-time and part-time students currently attending North Shore Community College. North Shore Community College offers two-year Associate degrees in many interesting topics of study, including Animal Care Specialist, Aviation Management, Computer Applications, Culinary Arts & Food Service, Energy Utility Technology, Fire Protection and Safety Technology, Horticulture, Hotel Management, Nurse Education, Radiologic Technology, Telecommunications Technology, and Veterinary Technology, to name a few of the specialized opportunities available. Students can join academic clubs and student organizations such as Pennon, the school newspaper, or the Surfriders club, which promotes stewardship of local beaches and waterways.

North Shore Community College 1 Ferncroft Road Danvers, MA 01923 978-762-4000 northshore.edu