University of Massachusetts-Amherst campus

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
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 670
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

Deadlines


Early Action
November 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

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


Students Say

The University of Massachusetts Amherst, founded in 1863 as a small agricultural college, has grown into a top public research university with over 1,471 faculty members and more than 28,500 students. It’s a school with a “lot of spirit” that offers the experience of a “private university at a public school cost.” With over 100 majors, it has “something for everyone.” Students call it “excellent and affordable” and note that “there’s a large range of opportunities to explore.” Since it is part of the Five Colleges consortium, UMass Amherst students can attend classes at any of the other four institutions, which are Hampshire College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College. Students love “Amherst and the five college area. There are such good vibrations from everyone on campus.” The university is “all about building a community” and “a safe learning environment” that allows students “to freely explore academics and encourages [them] to do so.” UMass Amherst is for “smart kids who like to have a good time.” Academics are “challenging but manageable and professors will help you.” “Professors are passionate and resourceful” and “they want to see their students succeed.” Professors here “actually cares about their students and are passionate about what they teach,” one student says. UMass Amherst is known for being “very good at engaging students and providing opportunities.” Students also frequently praise the diversity on campus and the “acceptance of all people no matter what their background is.” “It is all about the community,” one happy student states. Students all “come together as one” and share “a healthy school pride,” says another. School pride extends to the football team, the Minutemen, and the dining halls, which students are particularly fond of—as one student puts it: “FOOD IS GOOD”—and “the gigantic library.” A good fit for students who like to “work hard, play hard,” Amherst is all about “having an amazing time while getting a great education.”

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'

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$47,700

Median Mid-Career Salary
$80,900

Alumni with High Job Meaning
48%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
86

Students Say

At UMass Amherst, the Career Services database CareerConnect is a student’s first (online) stop when searching for job postings, internships, and co-op opportunities. Of course, Career Services can also help you with major exploration, skill building, and networking. Another way to gain experience is to work for or co-manage one of the 150 student-run, non-profit businesses on campus (like People’s Market or the Bike Coop, to name a few). Finally, the Office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning offers several programs for community engagement that complement academic coursework. Alumni who visited Payscale. com reported median starting salaries of $47,700, and 48 percent derive a high level of meaning from their work.

Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

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)
$14,171
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$30,504
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 Methodology
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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


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

Students Say

UMass Amherst’s typical student is “open-minded” and “liberal.” They are “athletic, care about their course-work, but also like to have fun on the weekends.” Students describe their classmates as “nice,” “spirited,” “smart,” and “jockish.” Some may think, “they party too much!” but others call their classmates “hardworking students.” “Most students I’ve met have been energetic and interesting,” notes one student. But, really, “there is no typical student,” says another. “Everyone is different but can fit in.” With over 28,000 students, UMass Amherst is known for its diversity and being “open, accepting, and a place full of opportunity” that “fosters a community that promotes a culture of equality and progress.” “People around here are very diverse,” notes one student, and “it is easy to make friends.” Students appreciate that there are “enough people that you could find anyone with the same interests.” One student sums up the student body thusly: “This is a very accepting school. Regardless of what your disposition, it is very easy to find open arms and comfort in this school. It is definitely a benefit to have such a comfortable environment.”

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

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

Students Say

Students call UMass’s campus a “fun” and “cool” place where there’s “always something to do.” UMass “gives me a great education with the opportunity to do some psrtying when I want to,” one student notes but other students just hangout in dorm rooms and play video games or watch TV.” Off campus, many students “go to the mountains near by to hike or bike” and “skate and ski and snowboard in the winter.” There are “various sporting events” and on-campus activities such as “movie nights,” “ice skating,” and “laser tag.” For the athletically inclined there are intramurals, and students can make use of the “awesome gyms/recreation center.” The W.E.B. Du Bois Library is a “great place to study,” and is the tallest library in the United States, boasting over 26 stories. All that studying can make a student hungry, and, as it turns out, the “dining commons are great places to hang,” which makes sense since so many students say the “food is amazing.” Students roundly commend the “good food and school spirit” and call UMass Amherst an “exciting environment” for “learning and living.”

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.

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/