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University of Massachusetts-Boston


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Recent Reviews

Stephanie
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

My college does not have dorms, but has off-campus housing. It is a commuter school and has a different campus life than othe...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

My college does not have dorms, but has off-campus housing. It is a commuter school and has a different campus life than other schools, which I found to be interesting and influenced my decision for the school i chose.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Looking back, I would tell myself two words: "Try Harder". During the final stretch oh high school, I started to slack off and not work to my full potential. Those bad habits followed me to the first semester of college, making my GPA less impressive than it was in high school. I needed to try harder to acheive my educational goals, especially when I am in the tough spot of being unsure of what I want to do with my future. If I had tried harder, the transition in the school work load would have been easier than I made it out to be, and I could have been more successful than I was.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I always brag about the diversity at the school. It's almost unbelievable how different everyone is, yet how we all mesh together and can develop great friendships with each other.

Kerry
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself to go to community college first. It so much more financially responsible if you don't know exactly what...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself to go to community college first. It so much more financially responsible if you don't know exactly what you want to do in life because then you can complete all your core courses first while figuring out what you want to do with your life and then when that is figured out you can find a college you really like go live on campus and have the real college experince, graduate less in debt than most people and most likely finish on time!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

It is a commuter school and does not have dorms yet so it is hard to make life long friends. The average age is higher than a college campus with dorms and frats. All it is really known for is its nursing program and its school for business management. Otherwise I have been told it is pretty much a joke.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I brag about the nursing program because I am in it and it really is an excellent program with great professors. The also just put a lot of money into the simulation lab and it has all top of the line equipment for an optimal learning experience.

Kristina
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are hard working and independent

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are hard working and independent

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advice myself to study more and spend less time on Facebook. I would get to know my teachers better to establish connections to getting know the college life. I would be more invovled with the student body and join more clubs and do more after school activities.

Julie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

There are many things I might say to my young self, if given the chance. I might try to convince myself of the importance of...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

There are many things I might say to my young self, if given the chance. I might try to convince myself of the importance of a focused goal and of reaching my full academic potential; one I did not even realize existed at the time. As a 31 year old mother of two, with limited resources and a great deal of educational debt, this little speech might have made my current situation a bit less daunting. However, my decision to enter into a speech language pathology program is the culmination of experiences in my life, personal, professional and educational. While my journey to arrive here has not been smooth, it has been those bumps, detours and rest stops where real life has touched me that can not be explained, they must be experienced. If I arrived at this point without experiencing the feeling of helping a child with a disability to succeed or watching the complete change in a child, not only in his speech but his entire being after given speech therapy, I might not feel the passion I do now. If given the chance to speak to my young self, I would simply tell her to regret nothing.

Monique
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could talk to myself as a high school senior knowing what I know now I would inform myself of the amount of seriousness ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could talk to myself as a high school senior knowing what I know now I would inform myself of the amount of seriousness that I needed to acquire in order to be a successful college student. In high school it was not uncommon for me to miss class, lack in completing assignments, and rebel against authority. Now as a mature adult I have found that it is more beneficial to be focused on my education eliminating all the mistakes I made in high school. For instance now that I am focused on earning my degree I have not missed one assignment . I also attend class regularly and instead of rebelling against authority I prefer to work with and appreciate the help they provide.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about University of Massachusetts Boston is it seems to be overcrowded. The classes have minimal "elbow room" due to the chairs being extremely close together.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

I believe that the kind of person who should not attend the University of Massachusetts Boston is the type of person who is looking for a "party school". This school is a school designed for students who commute. This eliminates the dorm room drama and fun.

Alycia
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Umass-Boston is a just a school, nothing remarkable nor bad, just a place to learn if you so choose.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Umass-Boston is a just a school, nothing remarkable nor bad, just a place to learn if you so choose.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

With an attempt of graduating high school a year early after doubling all high school courses up to my senior year, I was left with one class and a work study. My work study consisted of 10 hours every school day working in place of school time. With eight other siblings my parents were supporting I really needed to save up for college. This is the moment I would go back and change; I would never have gone to Becker College. Although I loved the school and learned a lot, I spent every last cent I had worked so hard for and had to transfer once I ran out of money. I worked 30hours/week going to school full-time and missed out on everything the school had to offer. Because both of my parents make what the federal government considers too much, I do not qualify for financial aid, despite supporting myself. I would have told myself how hard it is working full time and going to school full-time is. I will be working the rest of my life; I wish I had told myself to enjoy some aspect of life a little bit more than I had.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

The kind of person that shouldn't attend this school is someone that thrives on school spirit. If you want that sterotypical college experience making lots of friends than this is not the school for you; this is a commuting school and people don't usually stick around after classes. I have found that at this school people are only there to obtain their degrees and have no interest in making friends, which makes your time at this university quite lonely at times.

Jennifer
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

U Mass Boston is a commuter school. 92% of the students are from Massachusetts. 59% of the student body is women. Compared t...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

U Mass Boston is a commuter school. 92% of the students are from Massachusetts. 59% of the student body is women. Compared to the other schools I also applied to; U Mass Amherst and Northeastern University; U Mass Boston has the largest diversity mix of 45% White, 18% Asian, 13% Black, 13% Hispanic , and 10% unreported. I find it more diverse, and that's always unique when comparing schools. Most universities and colleges in Boston have a much higher percentage of whites than any other race/culture. When you step onto the U Mass Boston campus, right away you notice.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Knowing what I know now, I would tell my highschool self to, do what you feel once you get there. As a new student, adjusting to a new environment, you should have the freedom and privelage to explore your options before narrowing down your choices. Take your time! As a freshmen, take classes that intrigue you, spark your interest, and that you may find FUN! As a new student, you may feel nervous, insecure, or unsure, but that's normal! You want to make your first year as easy as possible; to get As, to make new friends, to become familiar with your new environment. You want to make your adjustment a breeze. Don't take classes you know you don't like! Its your first year, so have fun! Take classes that interest you and that you know you will succeed in. Do what feels right for you! Do not take others people opinion as your own, because only you know what you want and how you want it. Communicate with your professors, advisors, and faculty! They can be great guidance and help towards what you want. Take apart of the school community; ie. jobs, volunteer, social activities.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person who has an interest in working with real people, and solving real problems, because U Mass Boston supports hungry students who are driven for success. What is fascinating is that most of the students who attend U Mass Boston have other commitments outside of school, such as work, family, interests, and hobbies. These students have busy lifestyles compared to the average college student. Any student who wants real experience in the real world should attend this school. The cultural diversity is also a profound learning experience. Attending public schools has taught me the importance of cultural integration.

Brandy
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The most unique thing about my school, hands down, is that there is no on campus housing. I attend a commuter campus which is...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The most unique thing about my school, hands down, is that there is no on campus housing. I attend a commuter campus which is still, contrary to popular belief, a very prestigious 4 year university. I don't think I can name any other schools in Massachusetts that have those seemingly, almost "oxy-moron" like qualities.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If I could go back to when I was a senior in high school knowing everything I know now, I would tell myself to relax! Instead of really enjoying senior year I, along with the majority of my peers, was pulling my hair out trying to find the best schools, with the best programs, for the best price, when in actuality I had nothing to worry about. I picked a great school and I wouldn't change my decision still to this day. Most high school seniors are extremely well equiped with the tools, resources, outlets, and support that they need to make this transition, but it such an overwhelming time that they usually let it get the best of them (as I did). I would tell myself to count to 10 and just breathe. I would reassure myself that I was doing great and that I had nothing to worry about, because in reality I really didn't. Everything turned out even better than I expected it would (except for the several bald spots that resulted from senior year, but rest assured the hair is growing back =D)!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Any kind of person can attend UMASS Boston. Because it is a commuter campus, it caters not only to the schedules of the typical aged college student, it can also cater to the needs of those who have hectic lives outside of school. UMASS Boston isn't for any kind of person, it's for EVERY kind of person.

Dorothy
Describe the students at your school.

Fascinating world commentators with varied experiences.

Describe the students at your school.

Fascinating world commentators with varied experiences.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Keep an open mind about your future, sometimes the paths we start on prove to be less then what we want. With that in mind, explore all the school has to offer; clubs, work experience, social gatherings, exhibits and concerts, these will give you the opportunities to meet a great variety of your fellow students. Take classes in as many areas of interest as you can, this will help you to expand your options and you might just find out that knowledge is fun. Be serious about your studies, this is why you are here, but have fun too, don't hide in your room, study in the library, and study halls. Join study groups and check out the tutoring services before you start having trouble. Try to stay on top of the work, have it ready when it is due and pass everything in on time. Call your parents....for more then just money, connecting with home can help keep you grounded.

What's unique about your campus?

Diversity of students and teaching staff, variety of choices for degrees, classes and other experiences available to the student community . This is a campus that promotes open discussion, expanding horizons and widening world views.

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  • Tuition & Fees
  • $13,435
  • Acceptance rate
  • 69%

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