Admissions & Financial Aid

Transfer Application Requirements

You are required to submit all of the following materials in order to be considered for admission as a transfer to UMass Boston:

  • Official college transcripts from all institutions attended whether you are seeking to transfer credit or not (If your transcripts are being submitted by an electronic transcript delivery service it must be sent to
  • Official copy of your high school transcript (or GED score report) if you have completed less than 24 transferable credits
  • Official SAT I or ACT score if you graduated from high school or received a GED within the last three (3) years - You must submit official copies of scores. The school code (CEEB code) for the University of Massachusetts Boston is 3924.
  • Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scores if you are applying as a transfer to the nursing program
  • An essay
  • Academic recommendation letter (from a school-based counselor and/or teacher)
  • Application fee ($60)

All documents should be mailed to:

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

Please note that:

  • If your transcripts are being submitted by an electronic transcript delivery service it must be sent to
  • All of your previous college academic records are considered in the transfer admission process. If you have earned fewer than 24 college-level credits, you should submit an official copy of your high-school transcript, and if you graduated from high school less than three years ago, an official copy of your SAT scores.
  • Typically, transfer applicants must have at least a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average to be considered for admission to the university.
  • Once your application is complete and all required documents have been received, your application will be reviewed.
  • You may also schedule an appointment to meet with an admissions counselor to discuss the application process. Be sure to bring all your application materials with you.

Essay Requirement

All UMass Boston transfer student 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:

  • 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.

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