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University of Massachusetts Boston: Narrative Description


100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393
Tel: (617)287-5000
Admissions: (617)287-6106
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Massachusetts. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1964. Setting: 177-acre urban campus. Research spending 2003-04: $14.2 million. Total enrollment: 11,682. Faculty: 821 (437 full-time, 384 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 2,903 applied, 53% were admitted. Full-time: 5,502 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 3,330 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 64 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 15% black, 12% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 51% 25 or older, 14% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the National Student Exchange, New England Regional Student Exchange, Boston Five Course Exchange Program. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.75 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Area resident tuition: $72 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $8034 full-time, $107 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $18,767 full-time, $406.50 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $263 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to class time, course load, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course load, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 72 open to all. Most popular organizations: Women's Center, Black Student Center, Asian Student Center, Veterans Student Center, Disabilities Student Center. Major annual events: Convocation, Commencement, fall and spring festivals. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, crime prevention program, bicycle patrols. College housing not available. Joseph P. Healey Library with 584,015 books, 827,112 microform titles, 25,575 serials, 2,011 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.8 million. 260 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Boston University.

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