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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.

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment
Very Good

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Fast Facts

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

Campus Diversity

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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  • 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

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... ++ show all


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 accept on Plan A
Canadian Students
  • Will NOT accept

Tuition / Finances

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

  • 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.

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


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

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


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