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University of Massachusetts Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

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University of Massachusetts Boston overview
Location Boston, Massachusetts
Online umb.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large City
University of Massachusetts Boston overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing No
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Massachusetts-Boston (UMass Boston) is a public research university situated on a 177-acre waterfront campus with views of the Boston skyline. Founded in 1964, UMass Boston is the third-largest campus in the University of Massachusetts system and is known for its diverse student body and urban engagement. The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs through its ten colleges, notably excelling in fields such as environmental science, public policy, and social sciences. UMass Boston fosters an urban academic environment but does not provide traditional on-campus housing, instead encouraging various off-campus living options. The institution has moderately selective admissions, seeking to balance accessibility with academic rigor. Proximity to downtown Boston provides students with cultural and professional opportunities, enhancing the experiential learning component of its academic programs.

In the most recent statistical year 19,512 prospective students applied, and 15,757 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,441 enrolled in the school.  11,290 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 4,296 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $14,542 plus fees of $590. University of Massachusetts-Boston is ranked 448 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












University of Massachusetts-Boston is rated within the top 43% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Massachusetts Boston overview
SAT 1080/1300
ACT 24/29
GPA 3.35

Applications Accepted

University of Massachusetts Boston overview
Applications Due Feb 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend

Massachusetts Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of Massachusetts Boston
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$590
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $16,896
Budget for Other Expenses$3,066
Total One Year Cost$35,894

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of Massachusetts Boston
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$590
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $16,896
Budget for Other Expenses$3,066
Total One Year Cost$56,867

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$51,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

40% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Massachusetts Boston students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 20%
Health Professions 16%
Social Sciences 14%
Psychology 11%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 7%

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