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University of Massachusetts Boston

Boston, MA

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About This Campus

The University of Massachusetts Boston is Boston's only public research university. Its student body of more than 17,000 is one of the most diverse in New England. While Boston is attractive to many consumers of expensive private higher education, only UMass Boston is unequivocally committed to meeting the needs of students who want high-quality, university-level education that is also accessible, convenient, and affordable,in the extraordinary educational environment Boston has to offer.

Location Information

The educational environment is enriched by its close proximity to the many historical and cultural sites in Boston, including the adjacent John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The campus sits on the scenic 177-acre Columbia Point, overlooking Boston Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean.

Helpful Information

Massachusetts has an excellent public transportation system and the Student Activities office offers discount passes for the transportation system (MBTA)as well as tickets to Boston events, games, museums and more.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)
Very Good

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Boston
Population | 700,000
Enrollment | 16,640
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | N/A
Term Dates
Fall | 09/08-12/21
Spring | 1/25/-5/22

Campus Diversity

White | 46%
Black | 18%
Hispanic/Latino | 17%
Asian | 14%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 4%
Other | 0%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Closed Programs
Nursing, Exercise and Health Sciences

Management/Business courses are limited. Registration takes place after all MGT students have had ample opportunity to enroll. Math placement test is required for registration in math courses. No exchange available to other UMASS campuses.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Environmental Sciences

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • African Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Asian American Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering Physics
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin American Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Merchandising and Buying Operations
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Psychology
  • Russian
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Technical Writing
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Women and Gender Studies


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, N/A computer or 79.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 07/20/20.
  • Estimated cost: $7408.5.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 17
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 17
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/20/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
ID Card $12.00 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Registrar's Service Fee $10.00 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Registration Fee $60.00 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Other Fee $20.00 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes: Tuition and fees for the 2020-21 academic year did not increase from 2019-20 rates. Some UMass Boston courses are offered through the College of Advancing and Professional Studies (CAPS), a self-supporting component of the university. CAPS course costs differ somewhat and CAPS/CE courses are charged separately, and are not covered by the in-state tuition reciprocal agreement with NSE. Students have to pay out-of-pocket for CAPS/CE courses. Speak with the NSE Coordinator before registering for any of these courses.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002222

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/20/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 7% living on campus
  • Double: $5012
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $1700
  • Proximity to campus: 1 mile
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
On-campus housing is extremely limited, and is only available in the spring semester. On-campus housing is not available for NSE students in the fall semester. The university provides resources for off-campus housing. Please visit this link: www.umb.edu/housing/off_campus

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2775 declining balance plan.
  • $390.00 per semester for 3 meals per week.
  • $665.00 per semester for 5 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
A meal plan is required for students living on-campus. Voluntary meal plans are available for those looking to dine on campus. For more information on the various meal plans, go to https://www.umb.edu/housing/meal_plans

Health Ins.

Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 07/20/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $2553 Year Plan A & B Optional

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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