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University of Massachusetts - Boston Overview

University of Massachusetts - Boston is a public institution situated in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is University of Massachusetts - Boston Known For?

2,580 Undergraduate Awards
$43,899 Avg Cost After Aid
75% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at UMass Boston.
  • In 2017-2018, 62% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from UMass Boston with a bachelor's degree make about $48,200 a year. That's 18% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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University of Massachusetts - Boston Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

UMass Boston has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#75 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#211 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#264 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UMass Boston.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Dispute Resolution Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Gerontology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Linguistics & Comparative Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Instructional Media Design Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Foreign Languages & Linguistics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best International Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Special Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Best Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UMass Boston has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#16 Best Sociology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#35 Best Health & Physical Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#37 Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#38 Best General Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#41 Best Teaching Graduate Certificate Schools Teaching Degree Search
#74 Best General Biology Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is University of Massachusetts - Boston?

Location of University of Massachusetts - Boston

Contact details for UMass Boston are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125-3393
Phone: 617-287-5000
Website: www.umb.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/umassboston
Twitter: https://twitter.com/umassboston

How Do I Get Into UMass Boston?

You can apply to UMass Boston online at: www.umb.edu/admissions

Admission Requirements for UMass Boston

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UMass Boston?

75% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
70% Submit SAT Scores
UMass Boston has an acceptance rate of 75%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 74%, and the acceptance rate for women is 76%.

Average Test Scores

About 70% of students accepted to UMass Boston submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 610. Math scores were between 520 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Massachusetts - Boston  ( 520 to 610 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Massachusetts - Boston  ( 520 to 610 )
200
800
UMass Boston received ACT scores from 9% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 29. Math scores were between 21 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 26.

ACT English Scores for University of Massachusetts - Boston  ( 21 to 29 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Massachusetts - Boston  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Massachusetts - Boston  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Massachusetts - Boston?

$43,899 Net Price
52% Take Out Loans
5.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UMass Boston is $43,899. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UMass Boston, approximately 52% of students took out student loans averaging $5,819 a year. That adds up to $23,276 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UMass Boston is 5.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Massachusetts - Boston Undergraduate Student Diversity

9,995 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 12,595 undergraduate students at UMass Boston, with 9,995 being full-time and 2,600 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UMass Boston

There are also 3,394 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 9,995 full-time undergraduates at UMass Boston, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UMass Boston

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Massachusetts - Boston students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UMass Boston Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,497
Black or African American 1,578
Hispanic or Latino 1,666
White 3,364
International Students 1,177
Other Races/Ethnicities 713

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at University of Massachusetts - Boston. At this time, 22 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 106 countries are represented at UMass Boston. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of Massachusetts - Boston

972 Took All Classes Online
3,287 Took At Least One Class Online
-12.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 7 master’s degree programs available online at UMass Boston. In 2017-2018, 3,287 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UMass Boston has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 23rd most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UMass Boston

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Massachusetts - Boston was -12.1%. This is the #2,593 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UMass Boston regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UMass Boston majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health Professions 3%
International Studies 56%
Management Information Systems 18%
Nursing 3%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UMass Boston ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UMass Boston.

Major Growth Rate Rank
International Studies #16
Linguistics & Comparative Literature #18
Gerontology #33
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #53
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #66
Instructional Media Design #141
Special Education #216
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #260

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Massachusetts - Boston Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 451 0 0 4 455
Nursing 0 286 69 60 15 430
General Psychology 0 295 0 0 0 295
Computer Information Systems 2 192 0 17 0 211
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 62 1 146 0 209
General Biology 0 183 0 1 3 187
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 158 0 158
Health & Physical Education 0 147 0 5 2 154
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 135 0 0 0 135
Economics 0 118 0 9 0 127
Communication & Media Studies 0 108 0 0 0 108
General English Literature 0 82 0 15 0 97
Political Science & Government 0 67 15 0 0 82
Special Education 0 0 41 39 0 80
Sociology 0 59 0 13 3 75
Natural Resources Conservation 0 49 0 7 3 59
Computer Science 0 0 0 45 9 54
History 0 30 0 24 0 54
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 42 0 42
Instructional Media Design 0 0 24 16 0 40
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 6 15 19 40
Social Work 0 36 0 0 0 36
Ethnic Studies 0 24 0 11 0 35
Gerontology 1 0 3 26 3 33
Anthropology 0 33 0 0 0 33
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 32 0 32
Public Policy 0 0 0 21 11 32
Accounting 0 0 0 27 0 27
Student Counseling 0 0 2 25 0 27
Public Administration 0 0 0 26 0 26
Fine & Studio Arts 0 18 0 8 0 26
Educational Administration 0 0 14 7 3 24
Chemistry 0 15 0 3 4 22
Other Education 0 0 10 9 0 19
Dispute Resolution 0 0 7 12 0 19
Philosophy 0 19 0 0 0 19
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 18 0 0 0 18
Mathematics 0 18 0 0 0 18
International Studies 0 12 6 0 0 18
Electrical Engineering 0 16 0 0 0 16
Physics 0 10 0 6 0 16
Area Studies 0 8 0 7 0 15
Romance Languages 0 14 0 0 0 14
International Relations & National Security 0 14 0 0 0 14
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 13 0 0 0 13
Drama & Theater Arts 0 13 0 0 0 13
Music 0 13 0 0 0 13
Information Science 0 0 0 12 0 12
Management Information Systems 0 0 11 0 0 11
Archeology 0 0 0 11 0 11
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 9 0 9
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 6 0 6
Computer Engineering 0 6 0 0 0 6
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 6 0 0 6
General Social Sciences 0 3 3 0 0 6
Human Resource Management 0 5 0 0 0 5
General Education 0 0 0 0 4 4
Public Health 0 0 0 3 1 4
Criminology 0 0 4 0 0 4
Classical Languages & Literature 0 3 0 0 0 3
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 3 0 0 3
Educational Assessment 0 0 2 0 0 2
Sustainability Science 0 0 2 0 0 2
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 0 2 2
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 1 0 1
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 1 0 0 0 0 1
International Business 0 0 0 1 0 1
Marketing 0 0 1 0 0 1
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 1 0 0 1
Library & Information Science 0 0 1 0 0 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 1 0 0 0 1
Human Services 0 0 0 1 0 1
TOTAL 4 2,576 232 876 86 3,774

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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