Apply As a First-Year Student

The Undergraduate Admissions Office looks forward to reading your application! We welcome all students who are considering UMass Boston to apply and will review all applicants who submit all application requirements. Be sure to review the below information to ensure your application is complete.

Apply online by submitting either the UMass Boston Web Application or the Common Application below:

Submit all additional application requirements to the following address:

University of Massachusetts Boston
c/o Office of Undergraduate Admissions
100 William T Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125


If you need any assistance during the application process, you may contact us at or 617.287.6100.


Early Action I (recommended for Nursing):  November 1

Early Action II: January 1

Regular Decision: February 15 

Rolling Admission: July 15

Spring Semester: December 15 (still accepting applications) 

Application Requirements

Completed applications will include the following information:

  • Completed UMass Boston Web Application or Common Application with Essay
  • Application Fee: $60 *fee waivers are accepted
  • Official high school transcript and/or high school equivalency (GED, HiSET, etc.).
    • In-progress high school transcript must include grades 9-11 and should reference in-progress senior year courses. Senior grades may be submitted when available but may not initially be considered. First year students who have graduated from high school are required to submit an official, final high school transcript inclusive of graduation date. 
  • SAT or ACT scores (unless applying with No Test Option
  • Recommendation Letter (school-based counselor or teacher)
  • English Language Proficiency for non-native speakers of English

Academic Requirements

Your future success at UMass Boston is important to us, and that begins with your high school curriculum. Applicants should follow college-preparatory level courses throughout their secondary school years. This includes:

  • English - 4 courses
  • Math - 4 courses (Alg I & II and Geometry or Trigonometry or comparable) (must include mathematics during final year of high school)
  • Science - 3 courses (drawn from Natural Science and/or Physical Science and/or Technology/Engineering), including 3 courses with laboratory work 
  • Social Sciences: 2 courses (including 1 course in U.S. history)
  • Foreign Language: 2 courses (in a single language)
  • Electives: 2 courses (from the above subjects or from the arts & humanities or computer sciences)

Early Action

First-year students who wish to receive an early, non-binding admissions decision should consider applying Early Action. UMass Boston offers two Early Action deadlines: November 1 for EA I and January 1 for EA II.  All supplemental documents (transcripts, essay, etc.) must be received by application deadline. 


  • Early non-binding decision by January 1 for EA I deadline and by February 15 for EA II deadline
  • Priority consideration for merit scholarships and financial aid 
  • First access to secure on-campus housing

Self-Reported Test Scores

UMass Boston allows students to self-report SAT and ACT test scores. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will use self-reported test results for the purposes of completing an application, rendering an admissions decision, and, if applicable, awarding merit scholarship.

Applicants who enroll at the university will be required to submit official SAT or ACT scores prior to enrolling. Students who falsify self-reported test results and/or do not provide official scores prior to enrolling may have their admissions decision rescinded and/or scholarship revoked.  

To submit your official test scores, please contact:

Test Optional

UMass Boston is committed to providing an accessible education for all students and we recognize that while useful, standardized test scores may not accurately reflect a student's academic abilities. As such, applicants may choose to apply without submitting standardized test scores. Please read our FAQ before indicating your preference on your application. 

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Homeschooled applicants are encouraged to apply for admission to UMass Boston and are required to submit all of the application materials required for first-year applicants. Applicants may be asked to submit additional information describing curriculum and/or texts used.

Be sure your homeschooled transcript includes 9-11 grades (including senior year courses in progress) as well as documentation from your school district of approved curriculum, along with:

  • Grade level of each course along with credits earned for each course
  • Grades earned (or written evaluation) and grading scale used for each academic year
  • Grade point average (if applicable)
  • Graduation or completion date - please submit your final 9-12 transcript once you’ve completed your studies 
  • Any advanced level credit you may have achieved, i.e., AP scores, Dual Enrollment, etc.

While not required, it is beneficial to let the admissions committee know of your extracurricular activities including, but not limited to community involvement, recreational sports, or work-related experience you may have.