Boston might be a carefree and a travelers’ playground, but it is also home to hundreds of thousands of students. This city is known as one of the top academic meccas in the world for a wide variety of studies. In fact, many of these schools are now park of the historic landscape of Boston and have been featured in books, movies and legends alike. Here are some fantastic colleges and universities you can visit on your next trip to Boston.
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When travelers think of seeing esteemed schools in Boston, Harvard University is usually the first to come to mind. Actually, the campus it located in Cambridge, a separate city from Boston, but still next door and reachable by car or public transportation. Unlike some of the other schools in and near the city, Harvard is prepared to welcome outside guests who are simply interested in the landmark. Here are free, guided historical tours available for the curious that examine the buildings, grounds and past of an iconic institution. Visitors can also go to the museums on campus that are small but famous, including the Peabody Museum and Sackler Art Muesum.
As one of the biggest high educational schools in the city, Boston University welcomes more than 30,000 enrollees every year. Many of the academic buildings are located in the Fenway area. Travelers can have a fun time poking around the libraries and coffee shops full of studious co-eds. This also is a great spot to have some wallet-friendly food that caters to a younger crowd. The Mei Mei street kitchen, Gyro City, El Pelon Taqueria and Tasty Burger all are good choices steps from the MBTA. Take a tour of nearby Fenway Park after lunch
Known for its journalistic roots, number one college radio station and hot house for budding performers, locals love to see what students at Emerson are up to in downtown Boston. The school owns a few iconic performance centers, including the Cutler Majestic. They offer spoken word, music and acting shows by both students and professionals. There is also a visitor center on Boylston Street near the sprawling Boston Common that welcomes guests to come in for more information.
Berklee College of Music
In the heart of the Theater district, this trendy and cool college houses some of the biggest performance based talents in the country. Their main building line Boylston Street and Mass Ave, emblazoned with proud Berklee namesakes and colors. While you can take a tour of the city campus if interested in its history or attending, but the real draw to Berklee is the great shows students host year-round. Many are free and some are open to the public, which can give a look into the lives of these rising stars. Alumni have received 239 Grammy awards, so it’s well worth checking out the concerts put on by co-eds. For instance, seniors will perform their final recitals at Café 939, and bigger orchestras and bands usually take over the Berklee Performance Center, which also features music professionals.
New England School of Photography
Along the same lines as Berklee, this school loves showcasing its incredible students by gallery showings and more throughout the city. Check out the main campus right near Fenway Park, then discover places to see stunning photographs. There is also the Garner Center on campus, open six days a week, which acts as a real exhibition hall with rotating showing of student work.