Admissions & Financial Aid

Application Requirements

For your application to be complete and ready for review, please submit:

All documents can be mailed to:

University of Massachusetts Boston
Undergraduate Admissions Processing Center
PO Box 814
Randolph, MA 02368

Essay Requirement

All UMass Boston applicants are asked to submit a personal essay. It gives you the opportunity to present yourself in a way that grades and test scores cannot. Our admissions counselors use your essay to determine your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself clearly.

The admission essay is also used in consideration for admission to the university’s Honors College or scholarship opportunities for qualified applicants.

Please select one of the following questions and write an essay of about 500 words.

Essay topic options:

Final Official High School Transcript

First-year students' applications can be reviewed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and admitted to the university after submitting at least one marking period from their senior year. Applicants will be required to submit a final high school transcript that indicates they have met the graduation requirements by July 15. It is expected that applicants accepted during their senior year in high school maintain a consistent performance.

English Language Proficiency

If you are not a native speaker of English, you are required to demonstrate your English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

You must submit official copies of scores. The school code (CEEB code) for the University of Massachusetts Boston is 3924.

Advanced Placement Credit

First-year freshmen may be awarded university credit for exhibiting college level proficiency through Advanced Placement examinations. 

Download this list of Advanced Placement Examinations for which the university awards course credit. All scores must be sent directly from The College Board to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.