Requirements & Deadlines

Early Action (Recommended for Nursing) November 1
Regular Decision April 15
Spring Semester December 15

For your application to be complete and ready for review, please submit:

  • The completed application
  • Your high school transcript (an official copy including your first term or first semester senior year grades)
  • SAT or ACT scores (unless applying with No Test Option)
  • Essay (at least 500 words)
  • Academic Recommendation Letter (from a school-based counselor and/or teacher)
  • Application fee ($60) paid by credit or debit card
  • Verification of English language proficiency for non-native speakers of English

All documents can be mailed to:

University of Massachusetts Boston

Undergraduate Admissions Processing Center

PO Box 814

Randolph, MA 02368

Essay Requirement

All UMass Boston applicants are asked to submit a personal essay. It gives you the opportunity to present yourself in a way that grades and test scores cannot. Our admissions counselors use your essay to determine your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself clearly.

The admission essay is also used in consideration for admission to the university’s Honors College or scholarship opportunities for qualified applicants.

Please select one of the following questions and write an essay of about 500 words.

Essay topic options:

  • Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
  • Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
  • Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
  • Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
  • A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
  • Topic of your choice.

Final Official High School Transcript

First-year students’ applications can be reviewed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and admitted to the university after submitting at least one marking period from their senior year. Applicants will be required to submit a final high school transcript that indicates they have met the graduation requirements by July 15. It is expected that applicants accepted during their senior year in high school maintain a consistent performance.

English Language Proficiency

If you are not a native speaker of English, you are required to demonstrate your English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • SAT: Minimum score of 480 within the Evidence Based Reading & Writing section
  • TOEFL: Minimum score of 79-80 (internet-based)
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.0
  • Successful completion of the UMass Boston University Preparation Program

You must submit official copies of scores directly to University of Massachusetts Boston. The CEEB code is 3924.

Advanced Placement Credit

First-year freshmen may be awarded university credit for exhibiting college level proficiency through Advanced Placement examinations. 

The AP Credit Policy Chart shows the required AP scores to receive course credit. All scores must be sent directly from The College Board to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.