Pathways Into UMass Boston

UMass Boston has created a variety of programs to help you get started on your college career with us. While you may not meet our academic requirements for admission right now, we see that you have potential to be academically successful here. The Admissions Office will notify you in your decision letter if you are eligible for one of our pathway programs. Please note you may not directly apply to these programs and some are available by referral only.

DSP (Referral)

The Directions for Student Potential (DSP) program is a referral based program in which the Admissions Office will determine your eligibility. Students recommended to join this program will begin their studies by joining our free 6-week summer program.

Pathway Program (Referral)

The Pathway Program is a referral based program in which the Admissions Office will determine your eligibility. Students recommended to join this program will begin their studies at UMass Boston as a non-degree student in the fall semester. 

Future Beacon Option

The Future Beacon Option affords students who were not admitted to the University the opportunity to consider transferring for a future semester.

Future Beacon Option at BHCC

If you've applied to UMass Boston but were not admissible, the Future Beacon Option at Bunker Hill Community College makes it easy to enroll at Bunker Hill Community College and then transfer to UMass Boston in a future semester.

​Office of Undergraduate Admissions staff are available to discuss these programs on an individual basis. Connect with us by phone at 617.287.6100 or by email at undergrad.admissions@umb.edu