UMass Boston at 50

Gov. Endicott Peabody signed the legislation that established UMass Boston on June 18, 1964.

Establishment of UMass Boston

The Massachusetts Legislature passed the bill establishing a Boston campus of the University of Massachusetts system on June 16, 1964, which Gov. Endicott Peabody signed on June 18, 1964. The need for a second undergraduate campus was clear: UMass Amherst had turned down 8,000 applicants, including 1,400 qualified metropolitan Boston high school seniors. The legislation called for a public institution—a great urban center of higher learning, service, and culture—committed to excellence in education and to meeting expanding higher education demand.