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Undergrad Profile

About UMass Boston

UMass Boston is situated within the city limits of Boston on a peninsula with stunning water views and a panoramic view of the city skyline and surrounding towns. Its neighbors on the point are the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the Massachusetts State Archives and Museum.

Sharing the campus is the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the first structure of its kind, offering research space and realistic simulations of significant moments in U.S. Senate history for students and other visitors.

UMass Boston has added an Integrated Sciences Complex with research labs, classrooms, offices, and study space. Opening in spring 2016, University Hall will house multimedia classrooms, performance and study spaces, meeting rooms, art studios, lecture halls, and a new café. Also on the horizon are new residence halls to complement and augment current roommate matching and housing referral services.

The University’s Campus Center houses a one-stop student service center (for registration, financial aid, and billing services), academic support services, meeting spaces, lounges, public computers and personal device charging stations, ATMs, dining options, a bookstore, and building-wide WiFi services.  

The on-campus Healey Library offers access to library and research resources throughout the area via its associations with various library consortia. In addition to its own large collection, the Healey contains a fully equipped Media Lab and Viewing Center, IT administrative services, and computer labs, as well as a Graduate Resource Center. The media and computer labs provide wide access to electronic information, research sources, and communication options.

Well connected by public transportation to the urban centers of Greater Boston, UMass Boston is also noted for its firm commitment to green sustainability. From an impressive array of solar panels atop Wheatley Hall to campus-wide recycling programs, the school is committed to the concept of environmental stewardship. Its newest buildings were designed to earn LEED Silver certification. The campus is the only public university in Massachusetts to sign the international Talloires Declaration committing to environmental sustainability in campus operations and academia, and it participates in the Leadership Circle of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

Academic excellence
UMass Boston students come from all over the world, though most are from Massachusetts. Many local students sign up to study in one of some 200 other U.S. locations through our National Student Exchange or in a study abroad program. Students can study for a week or two during a summer program or winter session, or spend a semester (or entire academic year) in places like Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, or Vietnam.

Most students, though, are happy to take advantage of the excellent academic programs offered at the Boston campus by faculty highly active in researching their fields of expertise yet fully centered on instructing and supporting student learning. Academic growth and progress are also fostered by a range of research-centered graduate programs at both master’s and doctoral levels.

The colleges are supported by the Honors College, offering special opportunities for advanced study and creating focused training, advising, and support for academic excellence and advancement. In addition, both pre-med and pre-law advising prepares students seeking to apply for eventual admission to medical or law school.

Student life
An active social life on campus is assured by campus-wide events, including Welcome Week Celebrations (with contests, activities, events, food, and giveaways), film series, dances, barbecues, cookouts, Winter Carnival, Spring Concert, Live Comedy Series, lectures, and ticket discounts for special events and venues in Greater Boston. There are also around 100 student clubs and organizations available for general and special-interest participation during the academic year. And there’s an art gallery, the recently renovated scenic Harbor Walk, greenhouse with exotic plants, interfaith chapel, and a game room with video games, ping-pong, and pool tables. In short, there’s something to appeal to everyone.

The University also offers many intramural sports activities open to all students. And, in addition to a hockey rink, a swimming pool, and a newly renovated gymnasium, UMass Boston showcases 18 NCAA Division III sports teams, all named “Beacons,” competing in the East Coast Athletics Conference (ECAC), the Little East Conference (LEC), and ECAC East Hockey. Over the years, Beacons team members have been named All-Americans 113 times in 12 sports. Our women’s indoor and outdoor track & field teams have won four NCAA team championships and 38 individual championships.



LOCATION: Boston is one of the nation’s favorite college towns, and UMass Boston is the city’s premier public research university, providing a top-notch education for its diverse population of students. Currently engaged in building for the future to expand its learning and teaching opportunities, the University welcomes students from nearby communities, across the country, and around the world.

TYPE OF UNIVERSITY: Public, four-year, co-ed research university

SIZE OF CAMPUS: Core urban campus—110 acres, Bayside site—20 acres, Nantucket field station—107 acres, plus various satellite classroom locations on Cape Cod and in Greater Boston

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 16,756 (12,700 undergraduates)


COLLEGES, PROGRAMS, AND DEGREES: 11 schools and colleges; 100+ undergraduate majors, minors, and programs

FINANCIAL AID: $156 million in student aid awarded annually to in- and out-of-state students

MINIMUM GPA: 2.75 (recalculated)

APPLICATION DEADLINES: Fall Early Action and Nursing B.S.—December 1; fall Regular Decision—March 1; spring—December 15

APPLICATION FEES: U.S. residents—$60; international—$100

REQUIRED TEST SCORES: SAT or ACT (plus CLEP and AP for advanced standing); TOEFL or IELTS if secondary education not English-based

• COLLEGE OF EDUCATION & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: Early Education & Care in Inclusive Settings, Teacher Licensure Program
• COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS: Africana Studies; American Studies; Anthropology; Archaeology & History; Art; Asian Studies; Classical Languages; Classical Studies;  Communication; Criminal Justice; Economics; English; Ethics, Social, & Political Philosophy; French; History; Italian; Latin American & Iberian Studies; Music; Philosophy; Philosophy & Public Policy; Political Science; Psychology; Social Psychology; Sociology; Theatre Arts; Women’s & Gender Studies
• COLLEGE OF MANAGEMENT: Information Technology, Management
• COLLEGE OF NURSING & HEALTH SCIENCES: Exercise and Health Sciences, Nursing, Nursing—Accelerated Program, R.N.-to-B.S. Program
• COLLEGE OF PUBLIC & COMMUNITY SERVICE: Community Development, Human Services
• COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics
• SCHOOL FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: Environmental Science
• HONORS COLLEGE: Small, interdisciplinary courses designed by faculty for students who excel academically and thrive on intellectual challenge
Plus: More than 37 additional academic minors, programs of study, and certificate programs