From the School

UMass Boston is known as a model urban university and for its dedicated and diverse student population, solid academic reputation, affordability and proximity to the cultural riches of the City of Boston.

Noted for a solid academic reputation, active faculty, modest class size and flexible schedules, the University of Massachusetts Boston is a uniquely low cost/high value institution. Its proximity to the city's cultural and social riches and urban sophistication, moderate cost structure, and its dedicated, highly diverse student body make the campus a desirable academic destination. The picturesque harborside campus is accessible by car, bus and train, and help is available to locate appropriate housing. A rich mix of student organizations provides social options connecting to both the campus and the surrounding metropolitan environs. With more than 60 undergraduate majors, a range of programs of study, 42 master's and 20 doctoral degree programs, UMass Boston surely has something just right for you.


From The School

Freshman candidates must have at least 16 academic units in high school including four years of English, three of mathematics, three of science two with laboratory requirements, two years of social science one of those being US history, two years of a single foreign language, and two years of electives in the arts or computer science (excluding vocational training). Candidates must present satisfactory scores on either the SAT I or ACT. Students must have a strong academic background (as determined by a re-calculated GPA.) Academic program choices, motivation, achievement and annual progress are closely scrutinized. Reading and writing skills are measured using English grades, the application essay, and standardized test scores.

A separate international application is required of international students. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all students educated in a non-English-based educational system.

We consider transfer students by reviewing all college academic credentials. In general, a minimum 2.5 GPA is required, though specific programs require higher.

A campus visit with a group information session is strongly encouraged. Contact 617-287-6000 or see for more information.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 570
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
490 - 580


April 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Academic Programs

Six of our nine colleges award a total of 45 bachelor's degrees: the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Management, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (with both a traditional and an accelerated BSN and an online RN-to-BSN program, as well as a BS program in Exercise & Health Sciences), the College of Public and Community Service, and the College of Education and Human Development. Pre-med, pre-law, and teacher licensure programs are also offered, along with honors study, credit by examination, and advanced placement.

All these colleges offer graduate level programs, as well, including master's and doctoral degree programs and graduate certificate programs. In addition, the McCormack Graduate School of Policy & Global Studies, the Graduate School of Global Inclusion & Social Development, and the College of Advancing and Professional Studies offer a range of graduate degree and certificate programs. Altogether, UMass Boston offers some 42 master's degree programs, 20 doctoral degrees and 35 graduate certificate programs. The academic calendar runs from early September through the end of May, with a one-month optional winter session in January and summer school sessions in June, July and August.

Distribution, core curriculum, and writing comprise the 3 required elements of our general education curriculum. Requirements of the major must also be fulfilled. The Colleges both offer an individual major option.

Fulfilling the general education, management, and elective course requirements earns graduates a BS degree with a strong liberal arts foundation and the theoretical, technical, and functional training needed to succeed in business.

The BS programs in nursing offer a liberal arts foundation and intensive study in the principles and practices of nursing. The program in Exercise & Health Sciences prepares graduates for the technical aspects of a professional discipline with a foundation in liberal arts.

The college offers a strong emphasis on social justice. Students draw upon a variety of learning options including classroom study, self-directed study, project-based learning, and the demonstration of competence gained through relevant prior experience.

For undergraduates, the college offers both licensure-focused and non-licensure programs, featuring a BA program in Early Childhood Education in Inclusive Settings.

Honors programs are open to high achievers in all colleges.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Management Science, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching

  • Engineering

  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing

  • History

  • History

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Physics

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Students Say

As it’s “predominantly a commuter campus,” “affordable and close to home” ranks highly on many undergraduates’ reasons for attending UMass-Boston, as well as its desirable “location” in America’s most college-centric city. Its students laud its “diverse, trend-setting campus with a strong focus on research-based education and innovation”, its “small class sizes”, and consequently, call it a “private quality education at state school price.” They observe that their “extremely welcoming” professors are “evidently passionate about the material they teach”, “very willing to discuss class materials with students outside of classes”, and “100% devoted to our academic and personal success.” As a result, students report that their classes are “interesting and inspiring” and feel that the university instills a central value of “hard work opens all the opportunities.” Thanks to UMass-Boston’s “excellent education”, focus on “getting students ready for a career”, “huge sense of a close community”, and oft-mentioned “diversity”, its undergraduates report resoundingly that they find it to be the “best education possible for a great price.”


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Thomas M. Menino
Former Mayor of the City of Boston

Mark Atkins
CEO, Invention Machine

Paul English
Founder and CTO, Kayak

Joseph Kennedy II
CEO Citizens Energy Corp.

Joseph Abboud
Chairman Emeritus Joseph Abboud Worldwide

Jean Elrick, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital

Doreen Portnoy Bilezikian
Christmas Tree Shops Co-Founder

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Tuition and fees for the fall 2013 semester were $6,068 for Massachusetts residents studying full-time (12 or more credits), or $13,800 for out-of-state students. Students enrolling part-time were charged tuition according to number of credits taken. Massachusetts residents paid tuition at $71.50 per credit; out-of-state residents paid $406.50 per credit. Annual mandatory fees for in-state residents ranged up to $10,422 and $17,842 for out-of-state students.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is based on need and/or merit. Need is determined by federal methodology for students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Aid includes grants, waivers, and merit scholarships, as well as loans and work-study employment. Timely (March 1 priority deadline for fall semester and November 1 for spring) applicants are automatically considered for all financial aid programs administered by our Financial Aid Services.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 6

Required Forms


Bang For Your Buck

“For a public university where one year costs the fraction of one semester at a private university, the quality of the education is excellent,” reports one student. Another raves that at UMass, “a first rate education from world-renowned faculty without leaving you to pay off school loans for a significant part of your life.” Combining affordability and diversity in an urban setting provides undergrads with great access to rewarding employment opportunities. As a heavy commuter school, UMass also caters to the “unconventional” student as much as the regular one. Many students at UMB balance work and school, and one student remarks that the university “offered me the flexibility to keep my job and get my degree.” Says another excited non-traditional undergrad, “I am an older student and UMass has a large number of things I was looking for in a school. It offers a large number of courses during the summer and online so I can get my degree faster.” Finally, one student was pleased that UMass Boston is “on the rise and I wanted to join an up and coming, thriving campus.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

No matter your interest, UMass Boston has activities to engage you socially and intellectually. Be it student government, literary endeavors, championship chess, working with inner city youth, academically affiliated clubs, affinity groups, athletics opportunities, or a course-credit-based leadership development program, you can find activities to complement your classroom experience.

UMass Boston is a community of scholars focused on academic excellence, diversity, research and service, tightly woven into the public and community service needs of Greater Boston. Our students come from an extraordinary range of backgrounds, talents and interests and represent all levels of the economic, political, spiritual and ethnic spectra. Many come straight from high school, others transfer from twoand four-year colleges; most are from Massachusetts, but many arrive from other states and countries.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



55% female
45% male
5% are out of state
72% are full time
28% are part time

Students Say

“There is a wide array of students” at UMass-Boston, and students rave about its “DIVERSITY GALORE!” One student vividly describes the diverse cross-section of undergraduates: “A 52-year old college freshman sanitation worker. A 19-year old Muslim girl, first in her family to go to college. A 35-year old mother of 4.” Students frequently describe themselves as “commuter[s] with hectic schedules”, who are balancing school and jobs, mostly “from the surrounding areas”, and say they “tend to mind their own business and do what they have to do.” Because the university makes itself so accessible to nontraditional students, some report that “the typical student has potential, but needs guidance” and that many undergrads “may not have gone to college right out of high school, but they want to improve their life so they decide to go back to school.” No matter their backgrounds, students seem happy with their UMass-Boston experience: “there is something for everyone, for every race, every belief.”


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Adjacent to Interstate Route 93, with some on-campus parking, free and frequent shuttle bus service connecting to parking and the MBTA public transportation system, and a compact campus eminently amenable to walking, UMass Boston provides easy access to all. Massachusetts and New England in general offer a wealth of sights and activities guaranteed to add adventure to your college experience.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The University's Healey Library holds a collection of more than 600,000 volumes, 85,700 electronic and 700 print journals and newspapers, 60,000 electronic books, 100 databases, and some 5,000 academic videos, DVDs, and films representing all fields of study on the campus. The library's electronic resources are available on and off campus, 24/7. UMass Boston is a member of three library consortia, and participates in the state-wide "virtual catalog" providing yet wider accessibility to scholarly and study resources.

The Information Technology Division (ITD) provides seven-day-a-week access to general purpose computer labs, as well as other specialized, course-related facilities including Adaptive Computer, Graduate & Faculty, Media & Language Labs, and a media viewing center. With more than 70 "Smart Classrooms," network connections throughout the campus, and wireless access in the Library and Campus Center, a wide variety of IT and data communications resources is available to students.

The Kennedy Presidential Library is linked to UMass Boston by a variety of educational programs, enabling students to utilize more than 28 million pages of documents, 6.5 million feet of film, and 100,000+ still photographs. Next door, the Archives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are also a rich depository covering more than 550 years of Massachusetts history. And upon opening, the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate will provide yet more enhancement for study and research, as will the new Intergrated Science Center.

A state-of-the-art Campus Center provides easy access to student services, dining services and spectacular meeting spaces, along with computer terminals and wireless Internet access. Next door, a new academic building will soon provide additiional student services and academic spaces.

Off-Campus Opportunities

The National Student Exchange Program offers our students the chance to study at one of more than seventy participating colleges and universities in forty states at a cost comparable to that of attending UMass Boston. The study-abroad program is for students with a 3.0 GPA or better who seek international year-round academic experiences. UMass Boston also participates in the New England Regional Student Program and the Boston Five-College Exchange Program.

Cooperative Education and Internship programs place students in work assignments directly related to their field of study. Under the Co-op Program, students are placed in full-time, paid positions for six-month work periods. In Internship programs, students are placed part-time during the semester or over the summer months. Most internships are unpaid.

Student Organizations & Activities

No matter your interest, UMass Boston has activities to engage you socially and intellectually. Be it student government, literary endeavors, championship chess, working with inner city youth, academically affiliated clubs, affinity groups, athletics opportunities, or a course-credit-based leadership development program, you can find activities to complement your classroom experience.

UMass Boston is a community of scholars focused on academic excellence, diversity, research and service, tightly woven into the public and community service needs of Greater Boston. Our students come from an extraordinary range of backgrounds, talents and interests and represent all levels of the economic, political, spiritual and ethnic spectra. Many come straight from high school, others transfer from twoand four-year colleges; most are from Massachusetts, but many arrive from other states and countries.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options


Students Say

“Student clubs and activities are the hub” of life on campus, “especially since it seems like 98% of students, faculty, and staff are commuters.” The fact that most students “live off campus in the Boston area” affords a high degree of social “independence” such that “mostly students go into Boston for fun.” While the high concentration of commuters makes on-campus social life somewhat atypical, it’s “easy to make friends in class”, but less so outside classes, and many students also factor jobs into their social schedules: “I love to be on campus but now that I'm working full time I can't be here as much.” However, the university “really does a lot to keep students busy and interested without going overboard” and there are “plenty of programs” and “clubs to keep you busy and connected.”

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Beacons)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Beacons)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
Womens Center
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Boston University
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Boston University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Boston University


University of Massachusetts—Boston’s new Integrated Science Complex was the focus of the Green Buildings Tour for the ACUPCC 2014 Presidential Summit of Climate Leadership in Boston.The school was recognized by the state’s department of transportation for excellence in commuting options. The school’s first 74-kilowatt capacity solar photovoltaic array generated more than 87,000 kWh in FY14 .and it is currently completing its second new building, the General Academic Building seeking LEED Silver certification. It’s the only public university in Massachusetts to have signed the international Talloires Declaration, and is part of the ACUPCC. The school has an extensive recycling program and composting program as well as a student-led leftover food harvesting program.. Organic coffee and locally grown food is widely available and dining services uses cage-free eggs. Biodegradable plates and trays from the Campus Center dining hall are composted. The harbor location of the school allows students to learn about sustainability at the new UMB School for the Environment. participate in residential marine research programs at Nantucket, collaborate with Boston area colleges onsustainability, clean energy internships, develop green harbors projects applying concepts of Living Labs and biomicry, and more. The free campus shuttle fleet conveys increasing numbers of students from three satellite locations around campus to the subway and back. Student-led installation of hydration stations save more than 300,000 bottles from reaching landfills a year while its bike share program, Hubway, is in its third year. Degrees and professional certifications in environmental sciences, green chemistry, clean energy and sustainable facilities management complement campus engagement in regional marine conservation, global environmental governance and renewable energy economics. The campus is working on leading regional climate preparedness planning and resilience efforts.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple Computer, Dell

Campus Visits Contact

John Drew
Director, Undergraduate Admissions

Office of Admissions
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
New Campus Center
Clark Athletic Center
Waterfront area and weekly boat tours
Healey Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Quincy Market, downtown Boston
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Science
Theater District
Fenway Park
JFK Presidential Library next to campus

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 30 min.

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
A stop on the MBTA Red Line, MBTA Commuter Rail Line. MBTA and Shuttle bus service. Close to Logan Airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Please visit website for directions

Local Accommodations
Doubletree Hotel, Marriott Quincy

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