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University of Massachusetts-Boston

University of Massachusetts-Boston Rating: 3.5/5 (13 votes)

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The University of Massachusetts Boston, popularly known as UMass Boston, offers variety of academic opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree-seeking students through seven colleges:

  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Management
  • College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • College of Public and Community Service
  • College of Science and Mathematics
  • Graduate College of Education
  • John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies

UMass Boston offers master’s degrees in subjects like accounting, biology, applied linguistics, chemistry, business administration, computer science, finance, history, information technology, international relations, and public affairs.

Doctoral degrees can be obtained in environmental biology, biomedical engineering & bio-technology, clinical psychology, computer science, gerontology, marine sciences & technology, nursing and public policy.

Certificate courses are offered in subjects like: women in politics and public policy, instructional technology design, forensic services, database technology, bio-technology, and applied behavioral analysis.

UMass Boston holds accreditation of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The College of Management holds accreditation by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The College of Nursing and Health Services bears accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. UMass Boston is also a member of the Council of Graduate Schools of the United States and the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.

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Students can use the university’s website to apply online or can even download the application form. Applicants can request admission materials to be mailed personally. Application materials, information and deadline details can be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Students can apply for admission in graduate programs as matriculated students or as non-degree students who will be admitted based on availability of seats. The applicant must furnish all required documents along with an official transcript from previous institutions.

All applicants must submit their high school transcript, SAT – I or ACT scores and an academic recommendation letter from a school-based counselor.

Financial Aid

Eligible undergraduate and graduate students can apply for financial aid in forms of tuition waivers, scholarships, loans, grants and work opportunities. The UMass Boston’s Office of Financial Aid Services offers part-time employment and Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) to degree-seeking graduate students.

Those who seek financial aid must submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The applicant may be required to submit a verification form supported by income and tax forms.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4946th for the average student loan amount.
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The Undergraduate Student Government and the Graduate Student Assembly are student organizations that support different campus activities. The university publishes its student run newspaper, The Mass Media, the yearbook and the Watermark literary magazine. The university has been recognized for its advocacy of human and civil rights as UMass Boston works to promote social justice around the world.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The UMass Boston Department of Athletics primarily concentrates on intercollegiate athletics, intramurals, and recreational activities. A member of the NCAA’s Division III, the department offers 18 different kinds of sports. The university has both men’s and women’s teams in tennis, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey. The university team competes in the ECAC, the Little East Conference, and ECAC East Ice Hockey. The Women’s teams for indoor and outdoor track & field have won 38 individual NCAA Championships and four NCAA Team Championships.

The Beacon Fitness Center at the university campus offers workout facilities. Students can receive personal guidance from the trained staff, who offer free exercise program design, group exercise classes, orientations and fitness assessments.

Beacon Leadership and Services Team (BLAST), Athletics and Health Services (Health and Wellness) join hands to host the Health and Fitness Expo to educate students on topics related to health, wellness and fitness. Students can participate in the Beacon Dash, a community athletic event that promotes health and fitness.

Information Summary

Ranks 30th in Massachusetts and 556th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Massachusetts and 60th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 21 0.13
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.03
Robbery 11 0.07
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 26 0.17

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3,014 0.49
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 63 0.01
Forcible Rape 271 0.04
Robbery 1,904 0.31
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,482 0.56
Larceny 14,064 2.26
Vehicle theft 1,899 0.31

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Boston, MA 02125-3393
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population33,618 (33,618 urban / N/A rural)
Households11,404 (2.84 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,513
Families7,077 (3.53 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2508

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1417th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,714 $1,714 $9,758
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $10,252 $10,252 $17,672
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $71 $71 $406
FT Graduate Tuition $2,590 $2,590 $9,758
FT Graduate Required Fees $11,578 $11,578 $17,687
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $108 $108 $406
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $12,766 $12,766 $28,230
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,156 $24,156 $39,620
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,106 $15,106 $30,570

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $11,407 $11,966 $11,407 $11,966 $24,927 $26,150
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,050(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,340(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,340(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$60
Graduate Application Fee$60
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 8,170 (3,521 male / 4,649 female)
Admitted 5,834 (2,627 male / 3,207 female)
Admission rate 71%
First-time Enrollment 1,413 (703 male / 710 female)
FT Enrollment 1,313 (641 male / 672 female)
PT Enrollment 100 (62 male / 38 female)
Total Enrollment16,277

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Little East Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Little East Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Little East Conference

SAT Test Admission

742nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 84%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 580
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 900 / 1130

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 341st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $92,663 ($97,402 male / $78,933 female)
Number of FT Faculty 602 (308 male / 294 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,173
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $20,566,000

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