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Group Touring Boston Area College Campuses

How to travel to check out Boston’s wide array of top-tier universities.

Metropolitan Boston is home to a lot of prestigious universities and colleges. Harvard University, the best Ivy League school, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the top STEM university in the US, is just a short drive away from Boston. If your kid is about to graduate high school, here is your guide on group touring Boston area’s college campuses. You’ll find the best accommodations in the area and learn about how to charter a Boston bus rental.

College Campuses around Boston

Before you book a hotel and rent a bus for the tour, you first have to map your tour around college campuses in Boston. In this part of the guide, we’ll list the best colleges in the area that your kid should apply to:

Boston University

We’ll start the tour at Boston University, a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts that was founded in 1839. Every year, it accepts about 18,000 students from more than 50,000 applicants. It has a myriad of undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate programs, but it is most known for business, management, marketing, biological and biomedical sciences, public administration and social service, social sciences, and computer and information sciences.

Harvard University

Established in 1636, Harvard University remains to be the best Ivy League school in the country. Because of its status, thousands of top students all over the world try to apply to Harvard. However, among its annual average of more than 40,000 applicants, the school only accepts about 2,000 students. Most of its undergraduates major in social sciences, biological sciences, and the humanities. Harvard University is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just across the Charles River from Boston.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Like Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is also in Cambridge. It is the best university in the country, and perhaps the world, that focuses in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects. Established in 1861, MIT has produced 93 Nobel laureates, 25 Turing Award winners, and 8 Fields medalists. Annually, more than 20,000 high school students apply to MIT, but only 1,500 students or 6.7% are accepted.

Boston Area Hotels

XV Beacon Hotel

XV Beacon Hotel is a stylish and sophisticated hotel in Beacon Hill, Boston, about a ten-minute car ride to Boston University. It is close to a lot of Boston landmarks like the New State House and the Benjamin Franklin Statue, so you can do a little bit of city sightseeing after touring colleges.

Fairmont Copley Plaza

Fairmont Copley Plaza is a historic hotel located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. By car, it will only take you six minutes to get to Boston University from this hotel. It is right across Copley Square, a popular public park in Boston, which is surrounded by a lot of local restaurants and markets.

Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel

The last accommodation option on this list is Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel, a luxury and eco-friendly hotel. From Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel, it only takes ten minutes to reach Boston University by car. If you stay here, make sure to visit the Boston Commons Park.

Boston Bus Rental

If you’re planning to tour colleges with other parents and their children, the best way to get around Boston is to rent a bus. The most affordable option is to rent a school bus, which is very appropriate for the trip you’re taking. However, if you want a more comfortable transportation option, you can also rent a mini coach bus for your tour.

As a parent, you want your kid to go to a great school. Hopefully, this college tour will help you determine which school is the best for them and their dreams.


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