University of Massachusetts-Boston

Boston, MA 02125
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The University of Massachusetts-Boston is a public university in Boston and part of the University of Massachusetts System that includes six campuses across the state. The university was founded in 1852 as Boston State College. A wide variety of programs are offered through the eleven schools and colleges at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Nursing is one of the most popular areas of study at the university, with over 13% of undergraduates majoring in nursing. The university is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is ranked in the top 200 universities in the country according to US News & World Report. 

The university offers seven nursing programs accredited by the CCNE, including three tracks for earning a BSN. The BSN programs include traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN. The RN to BSN program is designed to be completed in 3 to 5 semesters. Graduate-level programs include MSN, DNP, PhD, and BSN to PhD programs. The traditional BSN program may take 2.5 to 4 years to complete and includes clinical work at local clinics and hospitals through the more than 200 partnerships that the university has with healthcare facilities in the area. The clinical placements include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students16,415
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate78%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 36 162
Postbaccalaureate certificate 2 16
Master's degree 6 51
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 3
Doctor's degree - professional practice 2 12

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Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
05/01/1972 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/20/2002 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/20/2002 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1040 to 1220
ACT21 to 26
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Considered but not required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $60
Graduates $60

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$562/credit
In State Students$562/credit
Out of State Students$1,360/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$724/credit
In State Students$724/credit
Out of State Students$1,413/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $25,290 $25,290 $61,200
ADN 70 $39,340 $39,340 $95,200
BSN 125 $70,250 $70,250 $170,000
FNP 50 $36,200 $36,200 $70,650
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 81% of University of Massachusetts-Boston's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 46% $5,295
Other Federal Grant 33% $782
State Grant & Scholarships 44% $2,131
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 69% $6,534
Federal Student Loans 50% $5,212
Private Loans 4% $11,743


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$8,564
$30,001 to $48,000$9,621
$48,001 to $75,000$12,263
$75,001 to $110,000$17,973
Over $110,000$18,516

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Massachusetts state board of nursing.
University of Massachusetts-Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125

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