A member of the University of Massachusetts system, the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) has a multifaceted history that stretches back to two distinct academic institutions. In 1863, the Massachusetts Agricultural College was founded in Amherst - a school that would lay the groundwork and serve as the flagship institution of the UMass system as UMass Amherst in 1947. In 1964, the state legislature decided to open a branch campus in Boston, merging its own resources with Boston State College, a school that originated in 1851 as Girls' High School. Today, UMass Boston is a proud public institution in the neighborhood of South Boston.
According to its stated mission, UMass Boston "is a public research university with a dynamic culture of teaching and learning, and a special commitment to urban and global engagement. Our vibrant, multi-cultural education environment encourages our broadly diverse campus community to thrive and succeed. Our distinguished scholarship, dedicated teaching and engaged public service are mutually reinforcing, creating new knowledge while serving the public good of our city, our commonwealth, our nation and our world."
Those living in student housing or an off campus apartment at UMass Boston have access to the school's exceptional academic programs and fields of study. Students may pursue bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees through UMass Boston's College of Education and Human Development, College of Science and Mathematics, College of Public and Community Service, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, College of Management, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies and the University College.
Student living and university living at UMass Boston revolve around a variety of traditional campus student activities and organizations. The school's athletic programs compete in the NCAA Division III in men's and women's sports such as indoor and outdoor track and field, ice hockey and basketball.
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