ic S/general/checkmark circled Thanks for subscribing! Be on the lookout for our next newsletter.
ic S/general/checkmark circled Saved to Favorites.
Colleges / University of Massachusetts Boston

University of Massachusetts Boston

Boston, MA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate78%
Acceptance Rate78%

About UMass Boston

University of Massachusetts Boston Overview

University of Massachusetts Boston is a public, state school in the urban setting of Boston, Massachusetts. UMass Boston was founded in 1964 and the school now enrolls around 16,259 students per year, including 12,871 undergraduates. UMass Boston offers on-campus housing for up to 1,000 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is February 15.

Student Activities at UMass Boston

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of UMass Boston's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? UMass Boston students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

UMass Boston does not have any greek life opportunties.

Planning to play sports? UMass Boston has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at UMass Boston on the Student Life page.

2022 UMass Boston Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 80%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 81%
In-State Tuition $14,542
Out-of-State $35,515
Percent of Need Met 83%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $18,420

Is UMass Boston a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer idea of what UMass Boston offers and if the school seems like a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for University of Massachusetts Boston

It is moderately difficult to get into UMass Boston. The acceptance rate at UMass Boston is 80%. Out of 14,029 applications received in 2022, 11,178 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UMass Boston

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UMass Boston, around 76% come back the next year. Around 49% of students who started at UMass Boston earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for UMass Boston Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with UMass Boston directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

UMass Boston's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

UMass Boston's endowment was valued at $88.6 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $15,049 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at UMass Boston

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

UMass Boston meets 83% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend UMass Boston full-time are awarded $18,420 a year in financial aid, on average.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $25,477 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. 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.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at UMass Boston.

Based on this information, is UMass Boston the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is UMass Boston a good school for you?

If University of Massachusetts Boston seems like a school you want to apply to, click the heart button to save it to your college list.

Still Searching for Colleges?

To learn more about UMass Boston, choose from the options below:


Student Life


Tuition & Aid

UMass Boston Community Forums

Then use the college admissions predictor to take a data science look at your chances of getting admitted to some of the colleges and universities in the U.S.

Where is UMass Boston?

UMass Boston is located in the city of Boston, Massachusetts.

If you would like 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.

Considering Colleges in Massachusetts?

See a full list of colleges in Massachusetts and save your favorites to your college list.

College Info

100 Morrissey Boulevard Boston, MA 02125-3393

Campus Setting: Urban

UMass Boston Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UMass Boston is Feb 15.

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

UMass Boston ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

27 and Above


20 to 27


20 and Less


Stand out on your college application

  • • Qualify for scholarships
  • • Most students who retest improve their score
Sponsored by ACT
Take the Next ACT Test

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

UMass Boston Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


In State


Cost Breakdown
In State
State Tuition

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.


Full Time


Part Time


In State



Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment


Campus Setting


Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

In State




Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Feb 15
Do You Work at a University?

Claim your page to customize your profile and connect with students!

Claim Free Account
Scholarship Tips

Want to find money for school that doesn’t need to be paid back? Access insights and advice on how to search and apply for scholarships!

Find Scholarships
Need Advice or Have a Question About UMass Boston?

Connect with the world's largest college forum for candid, authentic discussion.

Join the Conversation