UMass Boston


About Our Students

The UMass Boston student body represents a rich array of ethnic backgrounds, life experiences, and shared commitment to achievement.

Employers seek out UMass Boston students not simply because they are diverse, but because they are competent—and happen to be diverse. Sought after by employers in all sectors, UMass Boston graduates are prized for their ability to grapple with complex concepts and issues as well as their ability to thrive in multicultural settings.

About 59% of undergraduates are first-generation college students, many of immigrant parents. In 2008, 502 UMass Boston students responded to the National Survey of Student Experience. Of those students:

  • 42% of freshmen were age 20 or older; 73% of seniors were age 24 or older.
  • 51% of freshmen and 36% of seniors indicated they were African American, Native American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, Other, or multi-racial.
  • 51% of freshmen and 33% of seniors spoke a language other than English at home or with family.
  • 14% of freshmen and 15% of seniors were foreign nationals.
  • 32% of freshmen and 55% of seniors reported working more than 20 hours a week off campus.

Did you know that UMass Boston—one of five campuses of the UMass system—is the only public university in greater Boston? That we're the most ethnically diverse public university in New England? And that we're nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban universities?

At UMass Boston, you can successfully find diverse, well-rounded, and skilled talent from our academic programs. UMass Boston has more than 16,000 students enrolled in six colleges including:

Our alumni now number more than 80,000. Most have remained in Massachusetts to live and work.