Umb Application Essay

Early ActionNovember 1
Regular DecisionMarch 1
Spring SemesterDecember 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-I 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-I verbal score. Non-native speakers with a SAT-I verbal score of 450 or higher do not need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • TOEFL.  A minimum score of 550 or better (213 or better on the computer-based TOEFL or 79-80 or better on internet-based TOEFL) is required, although achieving this score does not guarantee admission.
  • IELTS score
  • Successful completion of the UMass Boston University Preparation Program

You must submit official copies of scores. The school code (CEEB code) for the University of Massachusetts Boston is 3924.

Advanced Placement Credit

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

Download this list of Advanced Placement Examinations for which the university awards course credit. All scores must be sent directly from The College Board to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Application Process

The Accelerated Nursing Option program begins once a year in the summer semester. The due date for all application materials for the Accelerated Nursing Option is December 1.

All in-state applicants must attend an Accelerated Information Session (out-of-state applicants are not required to attend an information session), and then submit the following application materials:

  • Complete undergraduate admissions application or special application (see below).
  • Complete accelerated nursing option supplemental form
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended since high school
  • Complete a 500-word essay* titled “What is a Professional Nurse?”
  • Provide two (2) letters of professional recommendations*

*The College of Nursing the Health Sciences’ application only requires one essay, on the subject "What is a Professional Nurse?" You do not need to complete the undergraduate admissions essay that is on the UMass Boston application. In addition, we do not use a form for the letters of recommendation.

Undergraduate Admissions Application: For those applicants who obtained their undergraduate degree elsewhere and have never attended UMass Boston as a matriculated/accepted student, please visit the UMass Boston Undergraduate Admissions website, where you may complete an application online, or download the application and print it. All non-online applications and materials may be submitted via mail to: 

University of Massachusetts Boston
Undergraduate Admissions Processing Center
PO Box 814
Randolph, MA 02368

Special Application: If you obtained a bachelor's degree from or completed coursework at UMass Boston as an accepted/matriculated student you will still need to submit all the application materials listed above along with a special application. The One Stop located on the upper level of the Campus Center can help you determine which application you’ll need to complete. (Special applications include Application for Second UMass Boston Undergraduate Degree, Readmission Application, or an Undergraduate Inter-College Transfer Application.)

Please note: On all applications (online, regular paper or special paper application) please choose or indicate that you are applying to the "Accelerated Nursing Program" with a summer start date as your intended major.

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to application. For a list of all prerequisite courses, please visit Accelerated Prerequisite Courses.

If you would like additional information on the Accelerated Nursing Option, please contact Enrollment Information Services at 617.287.6000 or by email at

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