University of Massachusetts - Boston
The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus, with easy access to downtown Boston, is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library and Presidential Museum, the Commonwealth Museum and Massachusetts State Archives, and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Reacting to social upheaval, urban unrest, and a rapidly increasing demand for higher education, the Massachusetts Legislature established the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1964. In 1982, Boston State College was incorporated into UMass Boston, eliminating duplicate programs. The university took over Boston State’s remaining graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as its evening division. These additions created momentum for UMass Boston to expand both its degree offerings (including doctoral programs) and its presence in the community. Their students hail from more than 150 countries around the globe, and more than 2,000 of them study here on international visas. The University of Massachusetts Boston is a public research university with a dynamic culture of teaching and learning, and a special commitment to urban and global engagement. Their vibrant, multi-cultural educational environment encourages their broadly diverse campus community to thrive and succeed. Their distinguished scholarship, dedicated teaching, and engaged public service are mutually reinforcing, creating new knowledge while serving the public good of their city, their commonwealth, their nation, and their world. Their work can transform the lives, careers, and social contexts of all members of their community. They seek to help their students to realize their potential in the pursuit of education. They support their students, faculty, and staff in their efforts to create knowledge, gain new understandings, and assume the responsibilities of leadership and civic participation. Their multi-faceted diversity is an educational asset for all members of their community. They value and provide a learning environment that nurtures respect for differences, excites curiosity, and embodies civility. Their campus culture encourages them all to negotiate variant perspectives and values, and to strive for open and frank encounters.
UMass Boston’s academic excellence is reflected by a growing student body of 17,030 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s 11 colleges and schools offer 82 undergraduate programs and 126 graduate programs. The Honours College serves 535 students who thrive on intellectual challenge. Enriched courses probe more deeply into theory or venture further into application. UMass Boston’s diverse student body provides a global context for student learning, and its location in a major U.S. city provides connections to employers in industries such as finance, health care, technology, service, and education, offering students opportunities to gain valuable in-school experience via internships, clinical, and other career-related placements. UMass Boston, serving more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 11 colleges, continues striving toward fulfilling its potential as a great student-centred urban public research university. UMass Boston has embarked on a new strategic plan calling for academic and enrolment growth, heightened student success, and a physically transformed campus consistent with the master plan. Their location in Boston and their reputation in higher education attract many international students to their campus. The nearly 120-acre waterfront campus of UMass Boston is located just minutes from downtown Boston.
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