Admissions & Financial Aid

Application Requirements

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

  •     The completed application
  •     Your high school transcript (an official copy including your first term or first semester senior year grades)
  •     SAT-I or ACT scores
  •     Essay (at least 500 words)
  •     Academic Recommendation Letter (from a school-based counselor and/or teacher)
  •     Application fee ($60) paid by credit or debit card
  •     Verification of English language proficiency for non-native speakers of English

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 Program or scholarship opportunities for qualified applicants.

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

Essay topic options:

  •     Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
  •     Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
  •     Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
  •     Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
  •     A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
  •     Topic of your choice.

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:

  • SAT-I verbal score. Non-native speakers with a SAT-I verbal score of 450 or higher do not need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • TOEFL.  A minimum score of 550 or better (213 or better on the computer-based TOEFL or 79-80 or better on internet-based TOEFL) is required, although achieving this score does not guarantee admission.
  • IELTS score
  • Successful completion of the UMass Boston University Preparation Program

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.