Transfer Enrollment Checklist

Congratulations on your acceptance to UMass Boston. There are still a few things left to do before you can call yourself a Beacon! Review the checklist below and be sure to contact the Office of Admissions at 617.287.6100 or with any questions. 

Submit Your Enrollment Deposit

All new students must submit a $200 New Student Deposit which will be applied to your first semester tuition bill. Log into your myUMB portal to submit your deposit. 

If you believe you may qualify for a New Student Deposit waiver, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Register for New Student Orientation

All new students are required to attend New Student Orientation. Orientation is where you'll have the chance to meet fellow classmates, register for classes, and familiarize yourself with university resources. 

After you've submitted your enrollment deposit, log into your myUMB portal to see if New Student Orientation dates are open for registration. 

Understanding Your Transfer Credit Evaluation and Degree Audit

Shortly after being admitted you should receive an email from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions with your secured Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) attached. It's important that you understand your credit evaluation. For more information, watch this quick video demonstrating how to understand your TCE.

If you have academic coursework that is in progress, be sure to submit final, official transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as soon as possible and prior to your New Student Orientation and advising session. Please send electronic transcripts to Mailed transcripts may be sent to the address below: 

University of Massachusetts Boston
Undergraduate Admissions Processing Center
P.O. Box 51283 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19115

Writing and Math Placement

Guided Writing Placement

All new students will participate in a guided writing assessment, which will result in recommended placements for both composition and other required courses. Please expect an invitation in your personal email account with the subject line: “Guided Writing Placement – Complete Before Orientation.” This process will help you determine which writing courses you should take in your first year at UMass Boston. You will receive a confirmation email with the subject line: “Guided Writing Placement – Recommended Courses.” Please retain this email for your records. It will be helpful to have it readily available during your advising session following orientation.

Guided Self-Placement Steps:

  • Complete this self-assessment activity before attending orientation. This placement program involves a set of questions about your experiences with language, writing, and standardized testing, followed by a brief reading and writing activity. Please answer all questions carefully and honestly, so that you will receive the best guidance on your course placements. You should expect this process to take about 60 minutes to complete. Students who have already taken college-level writing classes and/or are transferring at least 30 credits should still complete the self-placement, but should be able to bypass the writing portion based on self-reported information.
  • Meet with your academic advisor. During your meeting with your academic advisor, you and your academic advisor should discuss the results of this program to select and register for appropriate writing courses. If you have not yet completed the guided writing placement when you meet with your advisor, they will not be able to assist you with registering for all courses. If you have already earned credit for English 101 and/or English 102 at your prior institution, please alert your advisor during your advising appointment.
  • Register for courses. Using the results of this placement program as a guide, you and your advisor will work together to register for the appropriate courses in your first year at UMass Boston.
  • If you have questions about this placement process, please contact the Testing Center at


ALEKS Math Placement

The ALEKS math placement exam is required for ALL incoming undergraduate students EXCEPT: 

  • Liberal arts students receiving math transfer credit who do not intend to take more math courses.
  • Science students receiving transfer credit for college algebra or pre-calculus with a grade of B or better in the most recent semester, and students transferring in calculus or higher mathematics courses.
  • Management students receiving transfer credit for college algebra with a grade of B or better in the most recent semester, and students transferring in pre-calculus or higher mathematics courses.
  • Bachelor of Arts students and nursing students receiving transfer credit for statistics.
  • Students who have an SAT or ACT score within two years, as noted in this chart.

Students who do not meet the exceptions above should plan to take the ALEKS math placement before orientation. All students taking the ALEKS placement will be given access to a personalized learning module within ALEKS and the opportunity to retest if needed. You may discuss this with your advisor during your advising/registration session following orientation.

To take the ALEKS Math Placement Test:

  • Log into your myUMB portal
  • Click on the 'Admissions Status' tab and scroll down to 'Next Steps'
  • Click on the 'ALEKS Math Placement' tile

Health Services: Immunization and Health Insurance

To be ready for the start of classes, you are required to provide proof of immunization compliance by returning an immunization form to University Health Services. Also, you must participate in a school-sponsored qualifying Student Health Program or submit a waiver demonstrating comparable coverage through an alternate health plan. Save about $2,000 annually on insurance costs by submitting this waiver if you already have your own health plan or receive coverage from a parent/guardian's plan.

On-Campus and Off-Campus Housing

While on-campus housing is primarily reserved for first year students, there may be opportunities for transfer students to live on campus. Please contact to inqure about opportunities to live on campus.

The Office of Off-Campus Living has staff and resources to assist students with finding off-campus housing. Explore resources and find contact information on our off-campus housing website.

Get Your Financing In Order

Be sure to keep up on financial aid, merit scholarships, and employment opportunities. UMass Boston's One Stop staff is here to help you with your Financial Aid, Registrar and Bursar questions. 

International Students and F-1 Visas

Upon admission to UMass Boston, the Office of Global Programs will reach out to encourage international students in need of an I-20 to upload financial and other documentation. International students can use their myUMB portal credentials to access the Global Programs portal to begin uploading required documentation. 

Please contact the Office of Global Programs with any questions: