From the School

The University of Massachusetts Boston is a nationally recognized urban public research university providing a low-cost, high-quality education in a city known as an American mecca for higher education.

The University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) is one of only 170 designated “high activity” research universities in the nation. Known for its dedicated and diverse student population, solid academic reputation, affordability and proximity to the cultural riches of the city of Boston, and recognized for groundbreaking research addressing complex issues, UMass Boston offers both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s 11 colleges and schools serve nearly 17,000 students from New England, across the nation, and around the world. Just minutes from downtown Boston, we are the most diverse public research university in New England. The urban areas surrounding the unique waterfront campus provide students with numerous opportunities to conduct research in collaboration with community and nonprofit organizations. The city is a source of internships, employment, community service, and research opportunities. A new residence complex is due to open in 2018.

A wide range of student organizations provides social options, connecting to both the campus and the surrounding metropolitan area. With more than 80 undergraduate majors, minors and programs of study, as well as master's and doctoral degree programs, UMass Boston surely has something just right for you.


From The School

Freshman candidates must have at least 17 academic units in high school including four years of English, four 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. (Average old SAT score for incoming freshmen is 1080 – for new SAT it’s 1150. The average composite ACT score is 24.) For students applying for fall 2017, UMass Boston is offering a no-test option recognizing that, while useful, standardized tests do not accurately reflect all students’ academic abilities. Students may select the ‘No Test Option’ on their Common Application or UMass Boston Online Application.

Students must have a strong academic background, as determined by a re-calculated GPA. (Admitted freshmen average a 3.19 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.

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

(The Honors College, Nursing programs, the College of Management, and engineering majors in the College of Science and Mathematics require a higher than average GPA.)

A separate international application is required of international students. Submission of scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS is required of all students educated in a non-English-based educational system.

The best way to find out if UMass Boston is right for you, of course, is to visit!

Please contact 617-287-6100 or see for more information about information sessions and campus tours.


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

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 600

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 26

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Action — November 1

Regular — March 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

Undergraduate majors range from Africana Studies to Anthropology, Biology to Environmental Studies, Art and Music to Physics and Computer or Electrical Engineering. With more than 80 undergraduate majors and minors, programs of study, as well as master's and doctoral degree programs, UMass Boston surely has something just right for you.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Eight of our schools and colleges offer bachelor's degrees:
  • College of Advancing and Professional Studies (BA)
  • College of Education and Human Development (BA)
  • College of Liberal Arts (BA, BS)
  • College of Science and Mathematics (BA, BS)
  • College of Management (BS)
  • College of Nursing and Health Sciences (BS)
  • Honors College (BA, BS)
  • School For The Environment (BS)
  1. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers both a traditional and an accelerated BSN and an online RN-to-BSN program, as well as a BS program in Exercise & Health Sciences).
  2. The College of Advancing and Professional Studies offers a range of online academic and professional development programs.
  3. Pre-med, pre-law, and teacher licensure programs are also offered, along with credit by examination, and advanced placement.
Most of these colleges also offer graduate level programs, including masters and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificate programs. In addition, the McCormack Graduate School of Policy & Global Studies, and the Graduate School of Global Inclusion & Social Development offer many unique 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.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

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

The University of Massachusetts Boston is a research university that students praise for its value: "a private school level education at a public school price." With its "prestigious educators" and "amazing resources," UMass Boston creates "an ambitious academic community for driven students" with "interesting research opportunities" in a wide range of fields, especially in science and engineering. There's also a focus on interdisciplinary studies giving students plenty of opportunities to find their academic niche and develop practical skills. Students praise and respect their professors because they are "extremely helpful" but also "considerate and fair." In the classroom students say that professors are "very knowledgeable," but they don't try to lecture "over your heads when teaching." Outside of class "most professors are very accessible. UMass Boston "professors are passionate about what they teach," so they "love to see us [students] be engaged as well." Undergrads find that if they are "interested in a field of study, there are opportunities to seek out" shared interests and research opportunities with these passionate and helpful faculty members.


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


Notable Faculty

Lloyd Schwartz
Professor, English

Lorna Rivera
Professor, Sociology

Arindam Bandopadhyaya
Professor, Accounting and Finance

Paul Tucker
Professor, Art

Cynthia Aber
Chairperson, Nursing

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


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Annual tuition and fees for academic year 2016-17 total $13,435 for Massachusetts residents studying full-time (12 or more credits), or $32,023 for out-of-state students. Students enrolling part-time are charged tuition according to number of credits taken.

Financial Aid

65% of our students receive some form of financial assistance. We are committed to making offers to meet 90% of demonstrated financial need. 34% of undergraduates who start and complete their studies at UMass Boston graduate without debt.

Financial aid includes grants, waivers, and merit scholarships, as well as loans and work-study employment. Students who apply before the March 1 priority deadline for fall semester and November 1 for spring are automatically considered for all financial aid programs administered by our Office of Financial Aid Services.

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) as close to the October 1 opening date as possible. Early Action aid packages (for those who apply by November 1) are awarded in December. Regular packages (for those completing their application and FAFSA later, but by March 1) are sent in April. The UMass Boston FAFSA school code is 002222.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

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

UMass Boston is comprised of the most diverse student body in New England. Focused on academic excellence, diversity, research and service, all 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. More than 50% of our students come right from high school; others transfer from twoand four-year colleges. Given the advantageous tuition and fees for in-state residents, most students come from Massachusetts, but many arrive from other states and 150 countries. Though classes and business are conducted in English, you will hear more than 60 languages spoken on campus.

No matter your interest, UMass Boston has activities to engage you socially and intellectually – from student government, literary endeavors, theater, musical groups, championship chess, or working with inner city youth to 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 boasts 18 men’s and women’s NCAA Division III varsity teams, as well as intramural options like basketball, softball, volleyball and others. Athletics facilities include a hockey rink, swimming pool, newly renovated basketball court, the Beacon Fitness Center and waterfront recreation like kayaking and paddleboarding. More than 100 student clubs and organizations provide social, co-curricular and academic choices for UMass Boston students every semester. This wide range of unique organizations should provide something for everyone, but if you don’t find something of interest, you are welcome to form and register your own club with the Office of Student Life.


All 1,271 UMass Boston faculty members are distinguished by reputation, and some 70% hold terminal degrees in their field of study. All are active in research and public service related to their field, while remaining student-focused and dedicated to teaching undergraduates.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



53% female
47% male
5% are out of state
72% are full time
28% are part time

Students Say

As a commuter school that makes itself accessible to nontraditional students, UMass Boston has many enrolled students that "work full-time jobs and juggle academics and extracurricular activities as well." Consequently, UMass Boston attracts "very serious students who are well onto their way to developing good adult skills and possessing maturity." Students widely praise the diversity of cultures and experiences they encounter throughout the UMass Boston student body. "I don't think I realized how stifling a homogeneous environment could be until I left it," one sociology major tells us, "Not only do the students here come from all over the world, but people's experiences and opinions similarly shape an engaging discourse that allows me to challenge my own beliefs every day." "Since this is mainly a commuter school," it can be difficult for some to make a connection, but UMass Boston students are "hardworking, cooperative, [and] friendly and "everyone is always willing to help."


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The unique 177-acre waterfront campus is adjacent to Interstate Route 93, with free and frequent shuttle bus service connecting to parking and the MBTA public transportation system. UMass Boston provides easy access to metropolitan Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and all of New England, offering a wealth of sights and activities guaranteed to enhance your college experience.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The campus’s bright, new University Hall opens up to spectacular harbor views and offers a new recital hall, a reconfigurable theater, rehearsal spaces, a dance studio, art studios, music rooms, biochemistry labs, and a café, as well as study spaces. Right next door, our beautiful Campus Center gives easy access to a range of student services, dining services, and contemporary meeting spaces. Here student will find The One Stop, a centralized student service center. The recently opened $185 million Integrated Sciences Complex gives our students state-of-the-art research and study spaces in a building washed with light and color, as well as views of the Boston skyline and Dorchester Bay. This complex of 80+ laboratories is the science hub of the campus, affording places for students and faculty can collaborate and interact across disciplines as diverse as psychology and environmental science. Other new buildings are in the works, including a new student housing complex, complete with dining services and study spaces available to all, opening in 2018.

The University's Healey Library is a member of three library consortia, and participates in the state-wide "virtual catalog" providing yet wider accessibility to scholarly and study resources. It also holds its own large collections of print volumes, journals and newspapers, electronic publications, and databases, as well as academic videos, DVDs, and films representing all fields of study on the campus. The library's electronic resources are available to students on and off campus, 24/7.

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 network connections throughout the campus, and wireless access in the Library, Integrated Sciences Center, University Hall and Campus Center, a wide variety of IT and data communications resources is available to students.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, located on our peninsula, is linked to UMass Boston by a variety of educational programs, enabling students to utilize archival documents, film, and still photographs for scholarly purposes. Also adjacent to campus, the Archives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Commonwealth Museum are rich repositories covering more than 550 years of Massachusetts and national history. The new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Study of the United States Senate provides further study enhancement, internships, and research opportunities for UMass Boston students.

Off-Campus Opportunities

The National Student Exchange Program gives our students the chance to study at one of more than 200 participating colleges and universities in the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands 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 academic experiences in places like Paris, Hong Kong, Sydney or Marrakesh for two weeks, a semester, or an academic year. UMass Boston also participates in the New England Regional Student Program.

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

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

Because UMass Boston doesn't have dorms, students reside in the bustling, college-friendly city of Boston and find other ways to engage with one another on campus. "The food is good and the cafeteria is always full of students in between classes or after class," one student tells us. The new Campus Center "offers a lot of comfortable seating and hosts many fairs like job fairs or opportunities that kids can go and get access to jobs or clubs." Perhaps because students can't retreat into their dorms between classes, it is common to see students out enjoying the campus facilities throughout the day: "People play basketball in the gym, hacky sack and football and soccer on the plaza, or read on grassy areas. There are also non-stop events on campus, from movie nights to guest speakers, which students attend." Recreational and intramural sports are popular. "I see all our clubs and organizations putting on events, to engage our student body." While many students find a large chunk of their free time occupied with family and work, "they also take the time to stay engaged inside and outside the classroom."

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
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: 1. 2.

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

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees

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

Corey Ford
Director Undergraduate Admission

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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