University of Massachusetts - Boston

University of Massachusetts - Boston Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is University of Massachusetts - Boston Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

University of Massachusetts - Boston was awarded 159 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is international policy analysis.

Overall Quality

UMass Boston is ranked #786 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

UMass Boston is also ranked #41 out of 72 schools in Massachusetts.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UMass Boston?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, University of Massachusetts - Boston is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 75%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 70% of students accepted to UMass Boston submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 610. Math scores were between 520 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Massachusetts - Boston  ( 520 to 610 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Massachusetts - Boston  ( 520 to 610 )
UMass Boston received ACT scores from 9% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Massachusetts - Boston  ( 21 to 26 )

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University of Massachusetts - Boston Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At University of Massachusetts - Boston, this ratio is 16 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Massachusetts - Boston is 61%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  61 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Massachusetts - Boston

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Massachusetts - Boston has a freshmen retention rate of 75%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  75 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 17% for first-time, full-time students at UMass Boston, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  17 out of 100

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University of Massachusetts - Boston Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 12,595 undergraduates at UMass Boston with 9,995 being full-time and 2,600 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Massachusetts - Boston Cost?

The overall average net price of UMass Boston is $18,340. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UMass Boston

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,859 $15,055 $18,521 $22,761 $25,205

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UMass Boston, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UMass Boston, approximately 52% of students took out student loans averaging $5,819 a year. That adds up to $23,276 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UMass Boston is 6.3%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do UMass Boston Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from UMass Boston with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $48,200 in their early years. This is good news for future UMass Boston graduates since it is 21% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of University of Massachusetts - Boston

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts - Boston is a public institution. Boston is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for UMass Boston are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125-3393
Phone: 617-287-5000

University of Massachusetts - Boston Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 62 majors graduated from University of Massachusetts - Boston. Of these students, 2,605 received undergraduate degrees and 932 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 459 $43,800
Nursing 274 $67,900
General Psychology 259 $35,000
Computer Information Systems 217 $50,900
General Biology 180 $33,600
Health & Physical Education 145 $35,000
Criminal Justice & Corrections 136 $39,300
Economics 131 $42,600
Communication & Media Studies 111 $38,200
Sociology 69 $35,900

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Massachusetts - Boston along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UMass Boston

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2018-2019, 5,202 students took at least one online class at University of Massachusetts - Boston. This is an increase from the 3,287 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 5,202 1,444
2017-2018 3,287 972
2016-2017 3,451 1,123
2015-2016 3,723 1,663
2013-2014 3,361 1,703

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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