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September 15, 2017

U.S. News & World Report ranks UMass Boston in top tier nationally for second straight year


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U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Massachusetts Boston in the first tier of national universities for the second year in a row, according to a new report released today.

UMass Boston climbed 18 spots in the past year, placing at No. 202 in the new rankings.

High scores in categories such as peer reputation and high-school counselor reputation kept UMass Boston in the top tier nationally. The university was also ranked favorably for its graduation rate, SAT scores, admission rate, retention rate, and class sizes.

“We’re pleased to make a repeat appearance on the U.S. News list of first-tier national universities,” said interim Chancellor Barry Mills. “The top evaluators in higher education are taking notice of our excellent academics and growing research enterprise. This is good news for current students, alumni, and everyone who values public higher education in Boston.”

UMass Boston also tied with seven other schools at No. 32 for ethnic diversity among national universities, and tied at No. 45 with several schools for its percentage of international students. The university’s undergraduate business program ranked No. 151.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings released today are the latest to recognize UMass Boston’s record of student success and high-quality academic programs.

Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 edition of Best Graduate Schools ranked three UMass Boston graduate programs among the best: Master of Nursing – No. 59; Doctor of Nursing Practice – No. 62; and graduate programs in education – No. 74. U.S. News & World Report also announced that UMass Boston has been selected as part of the publication’s annual list of Best Online Programs.

All four of the UMass undergraduate campuses are rated in the top category in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings.