The University of Massachusetts Boston commonly referred to as UMass Boston was established as a public university by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1964 to curb the social unrest and increase in demand for higher education in the region. The school is located at 100 William T. Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, Massachusetts in the United States of America, next to the John F. Kennedy Library and Presidential Museum, the Commonwealth Museum and the Massachusetts State Archives and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S Senate.
The total enrollment for fall 2019 is 15,989 of which the total undergraduate enrollment is 12,595 and the total graduate enrollment is 3,394. The acceptance rate of the university is 78% indicating moderate to easy chances of getting in the university provided the students meet and fulfill the eligibility criteria.
The university which was the second university in the UMass system has expanded, grew and fulfilled its founding purpose and it is still fulfilling that purpose by breaking new grounds through a growing number of degree programs, research centers, and institutes, community-based partnerships and initiatives that promote learning. The university boasts of a 16:1 student to faculty ratio which aids better interactions and small class sizes and thereby, a better learning environment. It also boasts of more than one hundred student organizations and educational opportunities which makes the city the biggest and best college town in the country.
|Type of University||Public|
|Number of Undergraduates Students||12,595|
|Number of Graduate Students||3,394|
|Basic Tuition for Undergraduates||34,648 USD|
|Basic Tuition for Graduates||35,980 USD|
|Test Scores||TOEFL/ IELTS/GMAT/GRE|
|Percentage of international students||11%|
Ranked Amongst the 'Best Northeast' colleges by the Princeton Review in the year 2020.
Ranked 247th by Forbes in 2019 amongst 300 best Value Colleges in the year 2020.
Ranked in the first tier of National Universities for the third consecutive year by U.S News and World Report in 2018.
Ranked 9th in Most Diverse Colleges in America by Niche in 2020.
Ranked 29th in Best Colleges for Information Technology in America by Niche in 2020.
Ranked 120th in Most Liberal Colleges in America by Niche in 2020.
Ranked 27th in Top Performers on Social Mobility by US News in 2020.
Ranked 109th in Top Public Schools by US News in 2020.
The University of Massachusetts, Boston runs one major campus presently. The campus is located off Interstate 93 and within one mile of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy/UMass MBTA Station in Boston, Massachusetts, U.SA. The campus serves the university infrastructural and incorporates major buildings such as Campus Center, Clark Athletic Center, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Healey Library, Residence Halls -East, Integrated Sciences Complex, McCormack Hall, Quinn Administration Building Quinn Administration Building, Residence Halls -West, Science Center, University Hall, Wheatley Hall, Service, and Supply Building.
The campus has various parking lots and bus stops, a police department, alumni lounge, bookstore, colleges, and school buildings, ATMs, athletic structures and several other buildings and structures that make the university unique. The university also has some off-site locations such as the University of Massachusetts Boston's Institute for New England Native American Studies and Institute for Community Inclusion. In early December 2009, the university started a 25-Year Master Plan to improve the structural capacities of the institution and that regards, several construction projects are ongoing.
The University of Massachusetts Boston provides several options for On-Campus residence that would suit various students tastes and finances. On-Campus residence caters to options such as Double Unit Floor Plans, Triple and Quad Unit Floor Plan and Single Unit Floor Plans. There are also options for summer housing for international students who may take classes in the summer. More so, there are several benefits to living and being part of the community On-Campus such as social integration, proximity to classes and student community. All on-campus housing fees include room, furniture, building amenities, utilities, and in-building events.
On-Campus: There are three main residence options for On-Campus residents and they are tabulated below:
|Room Type||Square Footage||Housing Fee per Semester (USD)||Housing Fee per Academic year (USD)|
|Double Unit with Community Bath||205 sq. ft||5,012||10,024|
|Large Double Unit with community Bath||230 sq. ft||5,100||10,200|
|Double Unit with private Bath||250 sq. ft||5,860||11,720|
|Large Double Unit with Private Bath||255 sq. ft||5,976||11,952|
|Room Type||Square Foot||Housing Fee per Semester (USD)||Housing Fee per Academic year (USD)|
|Triple Unit with Private Bath||350 sq. ft||4,756||9,512|
|Quad Unit with Private Bath||360 sq. ft||4,576||9,152|
|Room Type||Square Foot||Housing per Semester (USD)||Housing per Academic year (USD)|
|Single Unit with Community Bath||145 sq. ft||5,780||11,560|
|Single Unit with Private Bath||210 sq. ft||6,532||12,864|
|Large Single Unit with Private Bath||275 sq. ft||6,552||13,104|
UMass Boston also aids students in acquiring Off-Campus living although the school encourages on-campus residence. The school has an off-campus office that assists students in making quality housing decisions, however, students are requested to speak to landlords for adequate information about the apartments and rates. Below are a list and cost of some off-campus residence in Boston provided by the university:
|4 Beds/2 Baths Apartment||2,800 USD per unit|
|2 Bed/1 Bath Apartment||2,850 USD per unit|
|1 Bed/1 Bath Apartment||1,850 USD per unit|
|Studio -3 Beds, 1-2 Bathroom(s)||2,576 USD-7,462 USD per unit|
|Studio -2 Beds, 1-2 Bathroom(s)||2,185 per unit|
There is a step by step guide on the school's housing webpage on how to find the right housing and the corresponding costs. More so, in various parts of Boston, there are average rent rates for studio, one-bedroom, two bedrooms, and three bedrooms apartments and they are listed below. There are monthly rates but values below are given on a 12-month yearly basis.
Application for Residence
The step by step process for applying for residence is given below for international students.
All residents are required to sign up online using their student login information and apply for meal plans each year. Meal plan information may vary each year so students are required to check online for expiration and specific conditions that come with each meal plan. Meals are served at the UMass Boston Dining and the meal plans a mandatory option(for residents) and a voluntary meal plan. The average cost of a year's meal plan is 5,550 USD (2,775 USD per semester).
The University of Massachusetts Boston offers a plethora of programs to international students. There are a total of 149 degrees (Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral), 65 graduate and undergraduate certificate programs, 11 programs of study and 65 minors. There are 89 specializations in Bachelor's Degrees, 59 specializations in Masters, 42 in doctoral and 7 in the graduate certificate. These courses are offered through faculties or schools such as College of Advancing and Professional Studies, College of Liberal Arts, College of Put and Community Service, School of Nursing and Health Science, College of Science and Mathematics, amongst others. Undergraduate courses from Accounting and Finance through Biochemistry Engineering Global Affairs, Linguistics Physics, Theatre Arts to Youth Work Centre. Graduate combined 75 courses from Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Population, through Business Administration, Computer Science, Nursing to Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies.
International students who want to seek admissions to the University of Massachusetts, Boston USA can look for admission related details below:
How to Apply: Interested applicants are to navigate to the respective program type(graduate or undergraduate) webpage on the school's website for an application. A form is there to be filled out. Applications can be saved and returned to later.
Note: It is pertinent to know that some programs, especially graduate programs, require their own unique application requirements and have specific deadlines. Applicants should check for their program-specific requirements and deadlines. However, the general deadlines, requirements, and documents for graduates and undergraduates are given below.
Application fee: Non-refundable application fee of 100 USD is to be paid along with the application.
Undergraduate Application Requirements:
UMass Boston Accepted Test Scores for International Undergraduates
Graduate Application Requirements:
UMass accepted Test Scores for International Graduate Applicants
|Colleges||TOEFL(PBT)||TOEFL (iBT)||IELTS Academic||PTE Academic|
|College of Management||600||90||6.5||61|
|Applied Linguistics (MA)||600||90||6.5||61|
|Applied Linguistics (Ph.D.)||600||100||7.0||68|
|Early Childhood Education and Care (Ph.D.)||600||100||7.0||68|
|Most other programs||550||79||6.0||53|
The cost of attendance shows a summary of the current costs of tuition and living expenses for international graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. The tuition fee and some other educational fees are calculated per number of credits.
Annual Rates of Cost of Attendance for International Undergraduate Students.
|Credits||Tuition Fees (USD)||Technology Fees (USD)||Student Activities Fees (USD)||Residential Fees (USD)|
|I credit||2887.60||29.20||6.40||Residentials fees are in the range of 9,000 to 45,000|
|12 credits and more||34,649.00||350.00||76.00|
Annual Rates of Cost of Attendance for Graduate International Students.
|Credits||Tuition Fees (USD)||Technology Fees (USD)||Student Activities Fees (USD)||Residential Fees (USD)|
|I credit||2,998.4||29.2||8.80||Residential fees are in the range of 9,000 to 45,000|
|12 Credits or more||35,980.00||350.00||105.00|
UMass Boston does not offer scholarships to international freshmen but there are a limited number of scholarships that may be available for continuing international students. It is pertinent to note that international students do not qualify for federal or state grants. International students are advised to check the specific eligibility for each scholarship to see if they qualify before applying.
Below are lists of scholarships offered for international students to afford their study in the US, awards of grants that international students may qualify for:
International students do not qualify for work-study on-campus or off-campus because of the Federal Work-Study regulations. However, international students can work through the school's Institutional Student Employment (Non-Work Study) program. International students are not allowed to work for more than 20 hours a week while classes are in session or 40 hours when classes are not in session. Students are to sign up for job listings through the 'handshake' website at www.umb.joinhandshake.com using their University of Massachusetts Boston email username. When searching for job vacancies, international students should specify by selecting the 'on-campus non-work study' icon in the filter option.
Students are to apply for a Social Security Number after they've been given employment at the Student Employment Services office on the 4th Floor of the Campus Center. International graduate students, however, who have enrolled for at least nine credits per semester may apply for an assistantship with their Graduate School department where they may be granted benefits such as a stipend, Fee Waiver of tuition credit in form of incentive or payment. However, the number of graduate assistantships are limited based on the budget.
The University of Massachusetts, Boston alumni network is a robust, profiting and growing organization that has been a source of help to alumni all over the world. Registering and becoming a UMass Boston alumni association member comes with a lot of benefits such as: having access to exclusive discounts at hotels and rental cars around the world, access to private function space in the Campus Center at a reduced rate, exclusive savings and personalized coverage by Liberty Mutual for auto and home insurance which include clauses like multi-car and multi-policy discounts, 24-Hour Claims Assistance, and more.
|Average Cost of Attendance||$36,564 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||4 : 1|
|University of Massachusetts Enrollment||20882|
|Average Graduation Rate||40.1%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$35,243 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$36,564 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$800 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$10,200 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$2,956 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$2,956 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$2,956 / Year|
|New England Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Nursing Programs||Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education|
|Psychology Programs||American Psychological Association|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
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