University Of Massachusetts Boston

University Of Massachusetts Boston

The University of Massachusetts Boston, also referred to as "UMass Boston", is a public, coeducational, research college located in Boston, Massachusetts. It was originally established as Boston State College in 1852 but was renamed UMass Boston in 1964. Every year the university grants admission to over 12,000 students worldwide. The school offers several majors in the fields of therapy and counseling and liberal arts. Online courses in various fields are offered to overseas students.

The official mascot of UMass Boston is The Beacon. The school sponsors men's teams for baseball, basketball, cross country, ice hockey, lacrosse, track and field, soccer, and tennis. For women, the university sponsors baseball, basketball, cross country, ice hockey, lacrosse, track and field, soccer, tennis, softball, and volleyball teams. The institute also has a competitive sailing team.

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University of Massachusetts-Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston , MA 02125-3393
General Phone: (617) 287-5000

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UMass Boston Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts556American studies, African-American studies, women's studies, linguistics, Russian language, German language, French language, Italian language, Spanish language, ...
Business and Management439business management, accounting, labor relations
Education and Teaching418education, educational administration, instructional media design, special ed, education of blind, school counseling, college student counseling, teacher ed, teacher education, ...
Therapy and Counseling254psychology, clinical psychology, school psychology, substance abuse counseling, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling
Nursing and Emergency Medicine235registered nursing, adult health nursing, nurse practitioner, nursing science
Family and Social Work173human services, community organization, public administration, public policy analysis, social work, social service professions
Science160biology, biochemistry, anatomical sciences, biological and biomedical sciences, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, geology, geological and earth sciences, physics, ...
Security and Law Enforcement106criminal justice and safety, criminology
Computer Science and Engineering45computer and info science, information technology, computer science, computer and media applications
Art Studies26art studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy26health and physical education, rehabilitation
Law14legal professions
Religion and Philosophy12philosophy
Drama and Performing Arts6drama
Engineering3engineering physics, archeology
Media1communication studies

Number of programs and degrees for UMass Boston in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,50542
Master's degree79232
Award of less than 1 academic year5110
Doctor's degree309
Post-master's certificate423
Postbaccalaureate certificate11011

UMass Boston Student Body

In 2007-2008, UMass Boston had a total enrollment of 13,433 students (10,333 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 95%
Part-Time 5%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 73%
Graduate 27%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 48%
Black 12%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 9%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 20%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 14%
20-21 16%
22-24 22%
25-29 20%
30-34 9%
35-39 6%
40-49 8%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)4%
New Hampshire1%
New Jersey1%

UMass Boston Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 75 %
Part-Time 73 %

UMass Boston Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Boston, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

UMass Boston Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal420550
SAT Math450560

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT92%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

UMass Boston Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 9,111
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 21,297
Books and supplies $ 800

Financial Aid:
UMass Boston participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 222200)

UMass Boston Faculty

UMass Boston has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track6479
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3846

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year4$130,5731*
Associate professorcalendar year0*1*
Lecturercalendar year0*6$71,771
All faculty totalcalendar year4$130,5738$78,162

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year76$115,20845$110,162
Associate professoracademic year61$90,49056$85,654
Assistant professoracademic year62$73,92075$67,977
Instructoracademic year1*0*
Lectureracademic year36$61,33338$59,248
All faculty totalacademic year236$89,560214$79,923

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

UMass Boston Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Little East Conference
Baseball Little East Conference
Track Little East Conference

UMass Boston Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Labor and Industrial Relations

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, General
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Vision Impairments/ Blindness
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Engineering Physics

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy
Human Services, General
Public Administration
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Public Policy Analysis
Social Work

Legal Professions and Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American Government and Politics (United States)
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric


Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
Chemistry, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General
Physics, Other

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Psychology, General
School Psychology
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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