Students Say

The University of Massachusetts Amherst “offers an incredible education at a relatively-affordable price.” As the “best state university in Massachusetts,” UMass is “a very well rounded school” that provides “top notch academics.” “UMass is a large, well rounded, diverse group of intellectual students and there is something here for every one of us that suits us perfectly,” one happy student claims. With “over one hundred undergraduate majors to choose from,” UMass has “a large variety of different majors and opportunities” and “certain degree programs that are outstanding.” As a national research university, “the greatest strengths are our science and math programs.”

Overview

Applicants
37,183
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average HS GPA
3.78

GPA Breakdown

54%
Over 3.75
28%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
5%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
550 - 640
SAT Math
570 - 670
ACT Composite
24 - 30

Deadlines


Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

The University of Massachusetts Amherst “offers an incredible education at a relatively-affordable price.” As the “best state university in Massachusetts,” UMass is “a very well rounded school” that provides “top notch academics.” “UMass is a large, well rounded, diverse group of intellectual students and there is something here for every one of us that suits us perfectly,” one happy student claims. With “over one hundred undergraduate majors to choose from,” UMass has “a large variety of different majors and opportunities” and “certain degree programs that are outstanding.” As a national research university, “the greatest strengths are our science and math programs.” UMass has a “great track record with faculty involving students in research.” Some students do wish UMass cared “more about the humanities!” You can’t have a great education without great professors, and students rave about the “amazing!!” faculty. Professors here are “educated and interested in their subjects” and “have eye opening perspectives on the classes they teach.” They “will often encourage discussion within the class to make sure that students are all on the same page.” As with any school, the quality of instruction varies but “the good outweigh the bad.” That said, students do wish for “smaller class rooms” and say you might “feel like just a number for the teacher” in a giant UMass lecture class. Unlike students at many universities, UMass students rave about the “delicious food” in the dinning commons. “The quantity, quality and diversity for food options are awesome,” one student says. Green conscious students will love how “eco friendly” UMass is. The university and the surrounding “town of Amherst sufficiently try and protect the environment.” Students also praise the “school spirit” that abounds on campus. “UMass is a multicultural environment that strives to promote community awareness, academics, and teamwork through the many programs offered,” a Hospitality and Tourism Management major explains. Another student sums the school up as “a liberal, progressive school with an accepting atmosphere and great dining.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
1,470
with Terminal Degree
1,347

830
Men
640
Women
287
Minority
60
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
63%
Graduate in 5 years
74%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services, Other
  • Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
  • Crop Production
  • Equestrian/Equine Studies
  • Food Science
  • Landscaping and Groundskeeping
  • Plant Sciences, General
  • Turf and Turfgrass Management

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture
  • Environmental Design/Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • German Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Microbiology, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General
  • Journalism

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Construction Trades

  • Building Construction Technology

  • Education

  • Education, General

  • Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Portuguese Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Studies, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Nutrition Sciences

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Mark Wilding
Writer/producer of 'Grey's Anatomy'

Catherine "Cady" Coleman
Astronaut

Bill Pullman
Actor

Madeleine Kunin
Former ambassador to Switzerland and VT governor

Victor Cruz
Football player

Jeffrey C. Taylor
Founder of Life is Good

Natasha Trethewey
Poet, 2007 Pulitzer Prize for 'Native Guard'

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
75
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

With a focus on framing learning within a professional dialogue, “opportunities to develop a résumé well before graduation are a hallmark of UMass Amherst.” Students universally cite “financial affordability” as a popular factor when considering attendance. Annual in-state tuition tallies $13,258 with an additional $11,166 for room and board. With 115 countries represented in the student body, the school boasts the diversity of talent attracted to rival urban areas. As one student declares, “I came in undeclared and liked knowing there were over eighty majors to choose from, and UMass has the BDIC program, where you can design your own major if you don’t think any really fit you.”

Bang For Your Buck

UMass Amherst “offers the academic experience of a world-class research university in one of the best college towns in North America.” The campus is “a top producer of internships, Fulbright Scholars, and Teach for America corp members.” Student involvement “has placed the campus multiple times on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Role.” Diversity is not only an attribute of the student community itself. Here students choose from almost ninety academic majors and have the option to design their own through the school’s BIDC program. As UMass Amherst is part of the Five College Consortium, undergraduates at this public university have the opportunity to extend their studies at nearby private colleges including Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges. Newly opened campus facilities include “state-of-the-art classrooms, studios, labs, and recreation center.” “The campus is ranked in the top ten nationally for its sustainability work,” and “cocurricular opportunities include 291 student-run clubs and organizations.” The food is also consistently ranked among the best in the country and is a real value for the quality.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,936

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,653

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,642

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,453

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,570

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$13,258
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$28,813
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$1,800
Transportation for Commuters
$600

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

“The typical UMass student is very accepting of all people and as progressive as the state itself” one student boasts. The typical student here is “cool, relaxed, funny,” and “very academically focused” yet “super chill.” The school does not have a lot of diversity “race-wise” and “the typical student is usually a white American.” Still, “there is a broad range of students here” and “there’s a place for everyone.” Most people are “open to meeting new people” and “never [turn] down the opportunity to make more friends.” “Minuteman pride” brings everyone together on campus. Students “fit in by joining cultural student run associations and other extra-curricular activities.” “I feel so lucky to go to a school that I feel absolutely no need to change who I am to fit in,” a happy Studio Arts major says.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
22,252
Out of State
21%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
74

Demographics

8.57%
Asian
3.89%
African-American
5.00%
Hispanic
70.00%
Caucasian
9.83%
Unknown
3.17%
International

49% female
51% male
21% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Overview

Students Say

At UMass, “a world class education” combines “with a very lively student life.” There are “many clubs on campus” and students frequently find their friend groups by participating in campus life. Nighttime means “heavy drinking” at “parties,” earning the school the nickname “Zoomass.” Some students say “the pressure to go along with the party lifestyle is high if you aren’t part of a social group devoted to a niche interest.” Others point out that “if you want to party, you seek out the party. The party does not knock down your dorm room wall and suck you in.” The school works hard to provide “many fun activities for students to attend, such as free ice skating” and “concerts on campus.” Students enjoy going “on trips to nearby mountains with the ski and snowboard club” or staying closer to campus and “going out to the cinemas or restaurants…when there’s time to spare.” “There are SO many things to do for fun,” an Art History major says, including “the Outing Club, swimming at Totman” “and check[ing] out student art at the Student Union Art Gallery.” Another student explains that “College is a cushion before being thrown into the real world, so we all want to enjoy it and get involved in some fun shenanigans before we have to leave.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
65%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
84
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
84

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Madeline L. Peters

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Formal psychoeducational evaluation.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Formal psychoeducational evaluation.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
365
Number of Honor Societies
46

Number of Social Sororities
17
Number of Religious Organizations
18

8% join a fraternity
6% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

52% participate in intramural sports
3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Minutemen)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Minutewomen)
12 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Stonewall Center (http://www.umass.edu/stonewall/), Pride Alliance (http://www.umass.edu/rso/pride)

Minority Support Groups: Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, (http://www.umass.edu/multiculturalaffairs/)

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in sustainability. President Obama recently recognized UMass Amherst when the campus won first place among 1,500 colleges in the annual White House College Champions of Change Competition. Sustainability is part of academic life. Twenty five of nearly ninety undergraduate majors are sustainability-related, while more than 300 courses include some sustainability emphasis. And three new graduate programs encourage advanced study in sustainability, including an accelerated master’s in sustainability science. Eighty student Eco-Reps are charged with promoting sustainability practices in the residence halls, while Sustainability Fellows oversee sustainability activities ranging from Green Games and Sustainable Move-out to the Green Office Program. Students also direct the blue-ribbon UMass Permaculture Initiative, run a new USGBC student chapter, and serve on the Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee. The campus continues its long commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. The award-winning central heating plant provides 100 percent of heating and 73 percent of electrical needs on campus, while a comprehensive recycling and composting program diverts 56 percent of waste from landfills. Every new building since 2011 has been certified LEED Gold, with thirteen LEED-registered projects underway. Sustainability is also a main ingredient of the university’s top-rated dining services, which purchases 28 percent of its produce locally, and is one of the largest in-house dining programs to sign the Real Food Challenge Commitment.

Green Rating
99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
7%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
97

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
9

Average Number of PC's per Lab
26

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Discounts are available for students at the campus store and through the USave program.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Undergraduate Admissions Office
Mather Building, 37 Mather Dr.
Amherst, MA 01003-0120

Phone
413-545-0222


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Campus Center / Student Union
The Learning Commons
Recreation Center
The Mullins Center
The Fine Arts Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
0.5 miles - College Town of Amherst
Amherst, Smith, Mt. Holyoke Colleges
1 hour - skiing and hiking in Vermont
2 hours - Boston
3 hours - New York City
A comprehensive listing of attractions in Western Mass is available at MassLive: http://www.masslive.com/visitorsguide/

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8:30am-5pm
413-545-0222

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 11am, 1:30pm, 2:30 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Mon-Sat 10AM, 12:30PM call 413-545-0306

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
Other

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
N/A

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bradley International Airport near Hartford, CT, is 45 miles south of the University. Logan International Airport in Boston is 90 miles to the east. Peter Pan Bus Lines (800-343-9999) links the campus to Bradley and Logan airports as well as to points throughout the region. Amtrak trains (800-872-7245) serve Springfield; the station is 2 blocks from the Springfield bus station, where you can get a Peter Pan bus to campus. Amtrak also serves Amherst, with a station stop two miles from campus. Once on campus, the Pioneer Valley Transportation Authority serves the Five College Area.

Driving Instructions to Campus
For driving instructions to campus, please visit the UMass Visitor's Center website: http://www.umass.edu/visitorsctr/directions_to_campus

Local Accommodations
Campus Center Hotel (413-549-6000) is on campus. The University Motor Lodge (345 N. Pleasant St.; 413-256-8111) is within walking distance (a half-mile walk). There are several bed and breakfasts within a 1-2 mile radius of the campus, including the Lord Jeffery Inn. Information on B&Bs in the Amherst area can be found at http://www.fivecollegebb.com/. There are numerous other lodging options slightly farther from campus. Visit the Hampshire Hospitality Group's website (http://www.hampshirehospitality.com/) for information on the local Holiday Inn Express and Howard Johnson's, as well as several other nearby accommodations. The most comprehensive listing of information for visitors to the area -- including our numerous Bed and Breakfasts -- is found on the Chamber of Commerce's website: http://www.amherstarea.com/
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Key Stats

37,183
Applicants
22,252
Size
61%
Acceptance Rate
1220
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists