Resources › For Students and Parents University of Massachusetts Boston: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics Share Flipboard Email Print Campus of UMass Boston. MA MarineFisheries / Flickr / Public Domain For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More by Allen Grove Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. Updated January 21, 2020 The University of Massachusetts Boston is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 76%. One of the schools in the five-campus University of Massachusetts system, UMass Boston has a 177-acre waterfront campus overlooking the bay with easy access downtown Boston. UMB has a student/faculty ratio of 16-to-1 and offers 80 undergraduate majors and minors. Popular majors include business, psychology, nursing, criminal justice, and English. The UMass Boston Beacons compete in NCAA Division III in the East Coast Athletic Conference and Little East Conference. Considering applying to University of Massachusetts Boston? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students. Acceptance Rate During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, UMass Boston had an acceptance rate of 76%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 76 students were admitted, making UMB's admissions process somewhat competitive. Admissions Statistics (2018-19) Number of Applicants 13,649 Percent Accepted 76% Percent Accepted Who Enrolled (Yield) 20% SAT Scores and Requirements UMass Boston has a test-optional standardized testing policy for most applicants. Applicants to UMB may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. Note that applicants to the Nursing program are required to submit SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 82% of admitted students submitted SAT scores. SAT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile ERW 520 610 Math 520 610 ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores, most of UMB's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to University of Massachusetts Boston scored between 520 and 610, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 610. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 520 and 610, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 610. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1220 or higher is competitive for UMass Boston. Requirements UMass Boston does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that UMass Boston participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. UMB does not require the essay portion of the SAT. ACT Scores and Requirements University of Massachusetts Boston has a test-optional standardized testing policy for most applicants. Applicants to UMass Boston may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. Note that applicants to the Nursing program are required to submit SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 9% of admitted students submitted ACT scores. ACT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile English 20 30 Math 20 26 Composite 21 27 This admissions data tells us that most of UMass Boston's admitted students fall within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to UMB received a composite ACT score between 21 and 27, while 25% scored above 27 and 25% scored below 21. Requirements University of Massachusetts Boston does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that UMB does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, UMass Boston superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered. GPA In 2018, the average high school GPA of UMass Boston's incoming freshmen class was 3.34, and over over 58% of the class had GPAs of 3.25 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to UMB have primarily B grades. Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph University of Massachusetts Boston Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex. The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to University of Massachusetts Boston. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account. Admissions Chances The University of Massachusetts Boston, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. However, UMass Boston also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on more than numbers. A strong application essay and a glowing letter of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their scores are outside UMass Boston's average range. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who were accepted to UMass Boston. Most had SAT scores (ERW+M) of 950 or higher, an ACT composite of 18 or higher, and a high school average of a "B-" or better. If You Like UMass Boston, You May Also Like These Schools Boston UniversityNortheastern UniversityUMass AmherstBoston CollegeEmerson CollegeBrandeis UniversityTufts University All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and University of Massachusetts Boston Undergraduate Admissions Office. Continue Reading How Competitive Is UMass Lowell's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is UMass Dartmouth's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Northern Arizona University's Admissions Process How Competitive Is Fairleigh Dickinson University's Admissions Process? 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