UMass Boston Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

UMass Boston
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The University of Massachusetts Boston is a public research university located in Boston, Massachusetts. The second-largest campus of the UMass system, it is the only public university in metropolitan Boston. The 177-acre waterfront campus sits on the edge of the Columbia Point Peninsula overlooking the bay and providing easy access to the cultural and recreational offerings of downtown Boston.

UMass Boston has a student faculty ratio of 16 to 1 and offers 65 undergraduate degree programs, 39 master’s degree programs, 13 doctoral programs and 14 certificate programs. The top degrees awarded at the university include bachelor’s degrees in management, psychology, nursing, criminal justice and English and master’s degrees in education, business administration and applied linguistics. Students have access to a rich campus life, with over 100 clubs and organizations in addition to the amenities and culture of the surrounding community. The UMass Boston Beacons compete in NCAA Division III in the East Coast Athletic Conference and Little East Conference.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 16,847 (12,847 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47 percent male / 53 percent female
  • 72 percent full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $13,435 (in-state); $32,023 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $800 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,200
  • Other Expenses: $2,956
  • Total Cost: $26,391 (in-state); $44,979 (out-of-state)

UMass Boston Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 81 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 73 percent
    • Loans: 50 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $10,267
    • Loans: $5,378

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, English, Exercise and Health Sciences, Nursing, Psychology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 79 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 34 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 18 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 45 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Lacrosse, Soccer, Track and Field, Tennis, Baseball, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country

UMass Boston Mission Statement:

"The University of Massachusetts Boston is a public research university with a dynamic culture of teaching and learning, and a special commitment to urban and global engagement. Our vibrant, multi-cultural educational environment encourages our broadly diverse campus community to thrive and succeed. Our distinguished scholarship, dedicated teaching, and engaged public service are mutually reinforcing, creating new knowledge while serving the public good of our city, our commonwealth, our nation, and our world."

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Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics