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Colleges / University of Massachusetts Boston

About UMass Boston

University of Massachusetts Boston is a public, state school that was founded in 1964. It is moderately difficult to get into UMass Boston. It enrolls around 16,259 students a year, including 12,871 undergrads.

UMass Boston offers early action and does not offer early decision.

Acceptance Rate for University of Massachusetts Boston

In 2021, UMass Boston accepted 78% of applicants. In 2021, 11,178 out of 14,329 total applicants were accepted.

UMass Boston Application Deadlines

UMass Boston's regular decision application deadline is March 30. All regular decision applicants will be notified by April 30.

Early Admissions at UMass Boston

University of Massachusetts Boston does not offer early decision. UMass Boston offers early action.

Mark Your Calendar! The EA deadline is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 78%
Average GPA 3.4
Mean ACT score 24
In-State Tuition $14,187
Out-of-State $34,649

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to UMass Boston.

Financial Aid at UMass Boston

UMass Boston meets 83% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend UMass Boston full-time are awarded $20,000 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do..

Does UMass Boston Provide Student Housing?

UMass Boston offers housing for up to 1,000 students.

Most UMass Boston students live off campus.

The most popular organizations for UMass Boston students to join are Student Arts and Events Council, Haitian Student Association and Golden Key Honor Society. Convocation, Commencement, and and Fall and Spring Festivals are the best-attended events on campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at UMass Boston.

What GPA Do I Need For University of Massachusetts Boston?

UMass Boston is considered moderately difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities, recommendations and essays. Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. The mean ACT scores is 24.

Is UMass Boston Test Optional?

UMass Boston has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 81% submitted the SAT. 6% submitted the ACT.

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UMass Boston Waitlist

UMass Boston reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Is UMass Boston a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a university is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UMass Boston

About 76% of students who start at UMass Boston come back for their second year of college. Out of the 1,438 students who started at UMass Boston as first-time freshman, 365 graduate within four years.

UMass Boston's six-year graduation for undergrads is 49%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $26,700 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does UMass Boston sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is UMass Boston a good school for you?

What is UMass Boston's Endowment?

UMass Boston's endowment was valued at $88,623,000 in 2021. For each full-time student, UMass Boston spends about $15,049.

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Where is UMass Boston?

UMass Boston is located in the urban setting of Boston, Massachusetts.

If you want to see UMass Boston for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 93 to Boston, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Logan International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UMass Boston and Boston are like without leaving home.

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College Info

100 Morrissey Boulevard Boston, MA 02125-3393

Campus Setting: Urban

UMass Boston Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Mar 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UMass Boston is Mar 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UMass Boston is Jun 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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UMass Boston ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UMass Boston is 24. Students with an ACT score of 27 and above have a good chance of getting into UMass Boston. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 27 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UMass Boston SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1020 - 1200


Math SAT Range

510 - 600


Reading SAT Range

500 - 610

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UMass Boston Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UMass Boston is like? There are approximately 16,259 students enrolled at UMass Boston, including 12,871 undergraduate students and 3,388 graduate students. 80% percent of students attend school full-time, 94% percent are from MA and 6% percent of students are from other states.


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