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University of Massachusetts Boston

Boston, MA

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Features

  1. Most diverse college/university in New England
  2. Situated on the inner harbor of Boston Harbor
  3. AACSB accredited Business School (College of Management)

About This Campus

The University of Massachusetts Boston is Boston's only public research university. Its student body of more than 16,000 students is one of the most diverse in New England. The university is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus, with easy access to downtown Boston, is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library and Presidential Museum, the Commonwealth Museum and Massachusetts State Archives, and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Part of the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

Location Information

UMass Boston is 3.5 miles from downtown Boston. 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. We accept students on both the host and home payment plans. Boston is one of the predominant educational hubs in the U.S. UMass Boston attracts students from all 50 states, and more than 135 countries.

2022/2023 Placement

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Host Payment
Open
Home Payment
Limited

2023/2024 Placement

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Host Payment
Excellent
Home Payment
Very Good

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

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Location | Boston
Population | 750,000
Enrollment | 16,640
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 09/06-12/22
Spring | 1/24-5/22

Campus Diversity

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1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 17%
Black | 20%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 20%
Two or more | 3%
White | 39%
Other | 0%
International | 0%
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Academics

Registration
  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Nursing, Exercise and Health Sciences, Any exclusively online program.

Limitations
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.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Biology (BS) - We offer a vibrant curriculum and extensive opportunities for mentoring and hands-on research experiences as a means of developing a deeper understanding of biology at the levels of molecules, cells, organisms, and the ecosystem. We stress the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills both in the classroom and by undergraduate students conducting original research in faculty laboratories.
  • Environmental Sciences - Our award winning, nationally recognized BS in Environmental Science program is grounded in the natural sciences integrating biology, chemistry, physics, and geology with the social sciences to prepare the next generation of innovators and knowledge creators. Students gain essential skills in ecology, geology, hydrology, and marine science and apply these skills to critical challenges facing coastal marine systems in the Boston metropolitan area. Our waterfront campus is situated on one of the most dynamic and rich urban coastal regions there is. We work within one of the most active environmental communities in the U.S.
  • Communication - As an academic field, communication is exceptionally diverse. Scholarly influence from the fields of psychology, sociology, cultural studies, economics, library science, rhetoric and language studies, and cultural anthropology can be felt throughout the discipline. The communication major and minor are designed to prepare students for careers in media, public policy, corporate communication, human resources, advertising, and many, many more!

Unique Academic Programs

  • Environmental Sciences - The School for the Environment offers a unique opportunity for aspiring environmental leaders to ensure a prosperous and just future for our planet. Preparing environmental policy and management professionals, our nationally recognized BA in Environmental Science program integrates policy, management, and law with the natural sciences. Students gain practical experiences at the intersection of science and policy through coursework and real-world problem solving.
  • Community Development - Community development is a multi-disciplinary field based in the social sciences. In UMass Boston's Community Development program students can customize their focus of study drawing on a breadth of disciplines to focus on issues at the intersection of the environment and economic development, community health, and planning.
  • Clean Energy and Sustainability (Minor) - Clean energy is rapidly becoming one of the fastest growing sectors of the US and global economy. With the goal that these new sources provide sustainable, dependable, and clean fuel for our current and future needs, there is enormous pressure on the industry to thrive and for it to do so while sustainably using natural resources and have a positive impact on the ecosystems on which we depend.

Options
Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

African Studies, American Studies, Anthropology... ++ show all

Conditions

GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
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 not accept
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 03/01/22

Finances
  • 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 Students
  • Estimated cost: $7338.5.
  • 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 students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 17
  • Home Payment: 17

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment 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 Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

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

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
ID Card $12.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Registrar's Service Fee $10.00 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Registration Fee $60.00 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
UMB-MBTA Subsidy Fund Fee $20.00 Semester Host & Home Mandatory

Important Notes: Tuition and fees for the 2022-23 academic have not been determined yet by the university's Board of Trustees. Figures shown reflect AY 2020-21 tuition & fees rate. 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.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 03/01/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $1800
  • 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

  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2775 declining balance plan.
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

Figures per Semester are current as of 03/01/22

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $2772 Year Home & Host Optional

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.

Requirements

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