The University

Facts & Figures

The only public university in metropolitan Boston, located on Boston harbor, the University of Massachusetts Boston campus offers 193 academic programs through its 11 colleges. UMass Boston serves the most diverse student population in New England. As a key institution in Boston that sponsors more than 30 research centers and institutes, UMass Boston contributes substantially to public policy discussion and formulation in such areas as economic development, social well-being, environmental affairs, and health care. UMass Boston is integral to the city and its neighborhoods as it reaches out through partnerships with the Boston Public Schools, local businesses, community programs, and youth sports.

Who are our students?
Fall 2014

Out of 16,756 students in fall 2014:

  • 76% are undergraduates
  • 58% are women

Of U.S. students with known race:

  • 46% are members of a minority group
  • 54% are White
  • 15% are Black or African-American
  • 13% are Asian
  • 13% are Hispanic
  • 3% are two or more races
  • 1% are Cape Verdean
  • 1% are American Indian or Alaskan Native and Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Of 3,219 new undergraduates in fall 2014:

  • 48% were first-time freshmen
  • 10% were transfers with freshman standing
  • 21% were transfers with sophomore standing
  • 22% were transfers with upper-division standing

Top 5 Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded (2013-2014)

  1. Management: 459
  2. Psychology: 217 
  3. Nursing BSN/RN: 205
  4. Nursing (Generic): 191
  5. Criminal Justice: 165

Top 5 Master’s Degrees Awarded (2013-2014)

  1. Education: 201
  2. MBA: 86
  3. Nursing: 47
  4. Gerontology: 42
  5. Instructional Design: 40

Degrees and Certificates Awarded (2013-2014)

Undergraduate Certificates: 13
Bachelor’s Degrees: 2,366
Post-Bachelor’s Certificates: 291
Master’s Degrees: 923
Post-Master's Degrees: 21
Doctoral Degrees: 71

Total Degrees and Certificates Awarded: 3,685

Source: Office of Institutional Research & Policy Studies