University Visits

The College Experience in Boston offers a full program of college visits in which groups of students travel with program staff on field trips to Boston College, Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Tufts University. Additionally, all students have the option to attend private on-campus sessions we organize with representatives from Northeastern University and University of Massachusetts Boston.


Boston College 

The charter for Boston College was formally approved in 1863 following a difficult inception that lasted three decades. Its genesis was protracted by the Civil War, its distance from Jesuits in Maryland, and the widespread suspicion of its purposes among the ruling Protestants in Boston. In the early 20th century, BC moved to its current location atop Chestnut Hill where it rapidly grew and flourished. Among its many notable alumni are current Secretary of State John Kerry, former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Tip O'Neill, and comedian and actress Amy Poehler.

Boston University 

Founded as the Newbury Biblical Institute in 1839, Boston University was chartered by the Massachusetts Legislature with its current name in 1869. Among its former students are Civil Rights Movement leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and author Elie Wiesel. BU was also the institution at which Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1875, and it was the first university in the United States to award a PhD to a female candidate, Helen Magill White. With its campus located at the intersection of Fenway-Kenmore, Allston, and Brookline, BU is truly at the heart of Boston.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

William Barton Rogers founded Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1861 after identifying a need for a new kind of learning institution in the wake of the world’s rapid Industrial Revolution. He intended for MIT to offer something between a professional and a liberal education, and it has always retained a trace of that original objective. In addition to its 84 Nobel laureates, it also boasts 34 astronauts among its alumni, as well as former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, and economist Paul Krugman.

Northeastern University

Northeastern University offers students a “cooperative education” by incorporating professional experiences around the world with more traditional models of university learning. It may be hard to believe that Northeastern began as the humble “Evening Institute for Younger Men” in a YMCA that held its first class on October 3, 1898. Today it consistently ranks among the top institutes of higher learning in the world.

Tufts University

Tufts was founded in 1852 by Christian Universalists who aspired to build a nonsectarian institute of higher learning. It is named for Charles Tufts, an anthropologist and early major donor who gave the university 100 acres of land. Today the campus spreads from the beautiful scenery of Walnut Hill to the vibrancy of Boston’s Chinatown. A unique satellite in the French Alps has enabled Tufts to develop remarkably strong international and study abroad programs. Notable alumni include actor Hank Azaria, singer Tracy Chapman, CEO Jamie Dimon, and Olympic medalist  and figure skater Michelle Kwan. 

University of Massachusetts Boston

Founded in 1964, UMass Boston is one of the city’s younger establishments, but its origins lie in the middle of the nineteenth century when Massachusetts Agricultural College, today known as UMass Amherst, first opened its doors. Today UMass is a large, five-campus public university system that has recognized status across the globe. It recently climbed as high as 19th in The Times of London’s World Reputation Rankings. Notable alumni include fashion designer Joseph Abboud, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, and former member of the US House of Representatives Joseph P. Kennedy II.