WORCESTER – Worcester is often referred to as a college city for good reason. The city is home to a public medical university, UMass Chan Medical School, and a private university of pharmacy and health sciences, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Worcester State University, a public institution, along with private universities at Assumption, Clark, Holy Cross, and Worcester Polytechnic University (WPI) also call the city home, along with Quinsigamond Community College.
These institutions of higher education and the staff, students, and faculty within them are an important aspect of the economic makeup of Worcester.
While the city is home to renowned institutions, how does the city rank compared to other cites across the country in the factors that students look for when deciding where they will spend most of four years of their lives?
A new study that compared indicators of academic, social and economic opportunities for students in 415 cities across the United States, found Worcester the 264th best college town.
The study used 31 metrics to create its rankings in three categories. Worcester ranked 228th in wallet friendliness, 177th in social environment, and 271st in academic and economic opportunities. Of the 153 mid-sized cities included in the report, Worcester’s rank: 91st.
Below you can find the rankings and scores for cities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
See the full study and its methodology at WalletHub.com.