In the Community

Pre-Collegiate Programs

UMass Boston has a long-standing commitment to pre-collegiate programs, spanning 37 years, with a number of programs currently serving more than 1,600 community youth. Programs serve gifted and talented, special needs, English as a Second Language, low-income, and first-generation students.

  • The Admission Guaranteed Program guarantees admission to UMass Boston for students at Burke, Dorchester, and South Boston high schools who take college prep classes and pass with at least a 2.75 grade point average.

  • GoKids Boston works to improve the health, wellness, and overall outlook of adolescents, pre-teens and teens. GoKids provides personalized instruction and support to help kids become more physically active, improve fitness, eat nutritiously, and gain self-confidence. 

  • The Hispanic Writers Week project is an innovative, weeklong initiative that introduces Latino literary professionals from all corners of the Hispanic world to local Latino students.

  • Math/Science Upward Bound provides 50 low-income, first-generation high school students who have demonstrated potential for success in a math or science career with the skills and motivation to enter and successfully complete post-secondary training for those fields. 

  • Project ALERTA aims to reduce the dropout rate among Latino students in Boston schools and increase the number of Latino students enrolled in Boston’s three academic high schools known as exam schools. Learn more at .

  • Project REACH (Realizing Educational And Career Hopes) provides college and career awareness, advising, and preparation for 600 middle school and high school students with disabilities. The program also serves low-income, first-generation college students.

  • The Talented and Gifted (TAG) Latino Program is a year-round program that has served the academic, personal, and social needs of BPS Latino students and English Language Learners since 1985.

  • Upward Bound provides 100 low-income, first-generation high school students with the skills and motivation to enter and successfully complete post-secondary education.

  • Urban Scholars is a year-round, academic, and cultural enrichment program for students in Boston Public Schools. Established in 1983, it provides 120 talented middle school and high school students with academic enrichment and skills building, college and career advising, and cultural enrichment. Urban Scholars are nominated by either their middle school or high school teachers and are then invited to apply. Contact the Urban Scholars program at 617.287.5830 or email them at

Community Resources

Information on additional community resources is available from the Office of Community Relations. Read More