University of Massachusetts in Boston

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About University of Massachusetts in Boston

University of Massachusetts' Boston campus, commonly known as UMass Boston, is located on Boston Harbor, 3 miles south of downtown Boston. The research university was established in 1964 and merged with Boston State College in 1982 to form the only public university in the metro-Boston area.

In 2010, The Princeton Review named UMass Boston among the best universities in the Northeast, and U.S. News & World Report included the school in its list of top undergraduate business programs in 2012.


UMass Boston offers 65 undergraduate programs, more than 50 master's programs, 14 doctoral programs, and several undergraduate and graduate certificate programs in its 8 colleges. Popular undergraduate programs include business management, nursing, and sociology. Several degree programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral level can be completed online through the school's University College.

The university runs 40 research centers in areas such as health sciences, sustainability, and media. Students can also get involved with more than 100 student organizations, including 16 athletic teams.


Freshmen must apply by April 1 and may submit either the school's online application or mail a common application with the UMass Boston addendum. Prospective undergraduates must also include SAT or ACT scores, a 500-word essay, and a recommendation letter from a counselor or teacher.

In fall 2011, out of 6,454 applicants, 68% were admitted and 29% enrolled. The total enrollment, as of fall 2011, was 15,741. Of those students, 56% were female, and the largest ethnic/racial groups were white (46%), African-American (15%), Asian (11%), and Hispanic/Latino (11%). Enrollment was comprised of 86% in-state, 6% out-of-state, and 7% international students.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In the 2012-2013 academic year, full-time undergraduate tuition and fees totaled $11,980 a year for Massachusetts residents and $26,194 for non-residents. University-sponsored scholarships are available only for in-state students who must apply by March 1 to be considered. Graduate students may apply for research and teaching assistantships, fellowships, and grants to support dissertation research.

Students can use the net price calculator on the school's website to estimate potential financial aid and total cost of attendance. Attendees have the option to pay their tuition in full at the beginning of the semester or in monthly installments.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Undergraduate certificate, bachelor's degree, post-bachelor's certificate, master's degree, post-master's certificate, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 11,866 undergraduates and 3,875 graduates in fall 2011**
Student Housing No university-owned housing; Office of Student Housing assists students with finding housing near campus*
Schools and Programs 8 colleges; more than 130 degree and certificate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Business Administration and Management (415)
Master's: Teacher Education and Professional Development (236)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 11% in 4 years
39% in 6 years
43% in 8 years (students who started in Fall 2003)**
Admission Rate 68% in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 75% for full-time and 55% for part-time students**
Median SAT Score of Admitted Students 480 in critical reading and 515 in math**
Undergraduate Application Due Date April 1; February 1 for students pursuing nursing BS*
Tuition $11,980 for Massachusetts residents and $26,194 for non-residents (full-time tuition and fees for 2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For 2010-2011: Federal grants (43%), state and local grants (59%), institutional grants or scholarships (53%), federal student loans (67%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 84% in 2010-2011 academic year**

Sources: *University of Massachusetts in Boston, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Massachusetts, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125
  • Phone: (617) 287-5000
  • Website:

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