University of Massachusetts: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships
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.
University of Massachusetts, Boston Campus
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.
Housing Facilities at University of Massachusetts, Boston Campus
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:
- Double Unit Floor Plans:
|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|
- Triple and Quad Unit Floor Plans:
|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|
- Single Unit Floor Plans: There is a limited number of these options available for students with need-based requests. Students are to contact the Office of Housing and Residential Life for more information.
|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.
- Dorchester: 13,200 USD to 21,600 USD per annum
- Quincy: 17,112 USD to 28,092 USD per annum
- Mattapan: 13,908 USD to 14,016 USD per annum
- Braintree: 17,112 USD to 29,172 USD per annum
- South Boston: 20,076 USD per annum
- Cambridge: 23,364 USD to 45,396 USD per annum
- Somerville: 23,376 USD to 34,680 USD per annum
- East Boston: 17,496 USD to 24,912 USD per annum
Application for Residence
The step by step process for applying for residence is given below for international students.
- After applying for admission to the University of Massachusetts, Boston, applicants are to indicate that they want to live On-Campus.
- Complete the housing application where house preference details are requested.
- Submit Enrolment Deposit of 200 USD not later than May 1.
- Submit House Reservation fee of 300 USD as soon as admission had been given.
- Receive Housing License Agreement Packet.
- Complete the Housing Agreement Packet.
- Complete Meal Plan Contract.
- Early decision deadline: November 1
- Regular decision deadline: March 1
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).
Programs offered at University of Massachusetts
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.
- Fall Early Action: November 1
- Fall Regular Decision: August 1
- Spring Semester: January 1
Application fee: Non-refundable application fee of 100 USD is to be paid along with the application.
Undergraduate Application Requirements:
- An official high school record, graduation certificate or results or the notarized copies.
- Academic recommendation letter(s) from a teacher or school counselor.
- 500-word essay
- Copies of Test Scores: International students who graduated from a U.S high school must submit SAT or ACT scores. All international students are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
- Students are required to complete and submit the certification of Finances Form so as to obtain I-20 for use in applying for an F-1 visa. This is necessary in order to show that applicants have enough funds to fund their schooling. Applicants are to include a letter of support (if not self-sponsored) from sponsors in the certificate of finances and corresponding current bank statements.
UMass Boston Accepted Test Scores for International Undergraduates
- TOEFL: 79-80
- IELTS: 6.0
Graduate Application Requirements:
- Bachelor's Degree or it's equivalent
- Official Transcripts (Mailed in hardcopy or sent electronically. UMass does not accept scanned or emailed transcripts
- English Language Proficiency test scores for applicants who had not completed at least two academic years of full-time study at an approved English speaking college. UMass exempts applicants from Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canadian (except Québec), Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Trinidad/Tobago, Singapore and the United Kingdom from this requirement.
- Completion of Certificate of Finances for the I-20 form.
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|
Cost of Attendance
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:
- The Putnam UMass Scholarships: These are financial assistance offered to an outstanding graduate student who offers a minimum of twelve credits in the university and has a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA. The deadline is March 4, for the 2020/2021 academic session and students are to apply at the school's website at the Putnam Scholarship which is the school's scholarship webpage for the Putnam UMass Scholarships. The amount is up to 1,000 USD.
- The Halal Alamgir Memorial Scholarships: This scholarship is for continuing students pursuing a career in areas of democracy, development and social justice. The student must be a junior-level student in any political science, international relations or any other major. The amount is 2,606 USD. The deadline is February 20th for the 2020/2021 academic year. Applicants are to apply through the school academic works and webpage.
- The Rusty Simonds Award: This is open to full-time undergraduates in political science who have earned a minimum of 60 credits in the school and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. The amount is 3,549 USD and the deadline is February 20th for the 2020/2021 year.
Work While Study
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.
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Ranked #651 - #700
Location of the university in the city, and interdisciplinary faculty working in my research interests.
Course Curriculum :
The course curriculum is very interdisciplinary with an array of core and elective courses from different domains and methods. As a public policy student, you are introduced to every perspective before you start with your research.
One of my cousin who lived in the USA had suggested me to take admission in this college. The GPA of 8.9 in my 12th helped me a lot during the time of the admission process. I had submitted a common application form on the college website and paid the application fee of around $60.
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The course covered all the important subjects and helped me provide in-depth knowledge. The curriculum integrated policy, management, and law with the natural sciences.
I always wanted to pursue my graduation from the USA. I also took a recommendation from my education counselor before applying to the university. The GPA of 9 in my 12th helped me a lot in getting through the admission process. I had applied at the university through a common application form. An application fee of around $60 was also paid by me.
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My course delivered skills needed by emerging experts. The subjects included in my curriculum were data structures, web designing, algorithms, programming. The course provided me with in-depth knowledge about the subject and helped me to gain skills in leadership and management.
After completing my 12th I decided to study in detail about physics as it was significant and is relatable with the things present around us. I applied to a few other colleges for admission and I got an admission offer from the University of Massachusetts. Doing Bachelor's in Physics from this university opened various future scopes for me.
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The course curriculum I studied was good. During the course, I was taught the basic concepts and fundamentals of physics. I got chances to interact with chiefs of research organizations, industry experts, and learned about recent trends happening in physics globally.
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