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.
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.
“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.”