University of Massachusetts Boston

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The University of Massachusetts Boston, also known as UMass Boston, is an urban public research university and the second largest campus in the five-campus University of Massachusetts system.[1] The university is located on 177 acres (0.72 km2) on Harbor Point in the City of Boston, Massachusetts. Students are primarily from Massachusetts but also from other parts of the United States and from foreign countries.

UMass Boston is the only public university in the city of Boston.



The University of Massachusetts at Boston was established in 1964, when the state legislature voted to establish a new university campus in Boston. The official Founding Day Convocation and ceremony was held on December 10, 1966 in the Prudential Tower in Boston and inaugurated UMass Boston as an official institution of higher learning and formally installed the first Chancellor of the university, John W. Ryan.[2] It is part of the Greater Boston Urban Education Collaborative,[3] but over time was absorbed and merged with other schools, such as Boston State College, absorbed in 1982, and which dates back to 1852.

In 1974, it opened its location on the Columbia Point peninsula on Dorchester Bay. The university originally occupied five buildings: McCormack and Wheatley halls, the Science Center, Healey Library, and the Quinn Administration Building.

The original Harbor Campus buildings were said to have had sparse and very unattractive interiors, with odd mazes of hallways; the campus was known as "the fortress" or "the prison" colloquially.[4] They were rumored to have been designed by architects who were primarily familiar with prisons, although, in point of fact, the library had been designed by the distinguished Chicago modernist architect, Harry Mohr Weese.[5] At one point in his career, Weese had designed the Metropolitan Correction Center in Chicago.

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