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Academics

For students seeking diversity and the energy of a large campus, UMass Amherst, the flagship campus in the University of Massachusetts system, is a great opportunity. In addition to the regular course offerings at this strong research-focused institution, the Five College Interchange allows students to register for classes at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges. Academic demands can vary between programs and departments, but overall the coursework here is “appropriate and rigorous enough.” In addition to the renowned Isenberg School of Management, a “business innovation hub,” UMass Amherst’s engineering, computer science, landscape architecture, and pre-Veterinarian programs earn high marks from students. Students like UMass Amherst for both the number and “depth of its programs.” Students are aided in finding their courses of study by helpful academic advisors and the “flexibility of moving between majors and minors.” Says one student: “If a student comes in undecided, they have a plethora of tools to find their place, and a wealth of options to choose from.” Though there are small discussion courses, the size of the college means large lecture courses are the norm, taught by faculty who “work in the field they teach, which shows.”

Student Body

UMass Amherst has a large population of in-state students as well as international students. Diversity is widely cited as one of the college’s major strengths. There are “countless clubs that are intended for people of all backgrounds.” Most of the students are described as “highly motivated,” “driven,” “accepting and open minded,” and “pretty chill, liking to have a good time.” “It’s hard to lump people under a couple of adjectives,” says one student, “but basically you’ll be able to find people you vibe with.” Students note that there are different housing areas, which do tend to divide populations (i.e., first-years and older students). Housing areas also tend to reflect student personalities and interests. For prospective students worrying that a large campus might be intimidating, students stress that UMass Amherst “creates a warm welcoming environment because there are so many people and cultures you are exposed to: it helps you find where you most feel comfortable.”

Campus Life

Students are eager to make their appreciation for campus dining known! One student says the “food really allows you to try things from all over the world” and is “healthy, which allows the student body as a whole to eat healthy and great”. UMass Dining offers “four dining commons, eighteen retail cafes, Kosher and Halal options, two food trucks, a delivery service, bakeshop, concessions, and the University Club.” When not indulging their palates, students engage in extracurricular clubs, go on “adventures to Puffers Pond,” and can participate in one of the over 200 student clubs, providing plenty of ways to unwind. Students also go hiking or “head into town for dinner in Amherst or Northampton.” There are plenty of student and department-sponsored events happening on campus any day of the week at UMass Amherst in addition to those at the other Five Colleges, so students do not lack options.

Overview

Applicants
41,922
Acceptance Rate
57%
Average HS GPA
3.89

GPA Breakdown

66%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
5%
3.25 - 3.49
4%
3.00 - 3.24

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 690
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
1,495
with Terminal Degree
1,380

842
Men
653
Women
300
Minority
56
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
67%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
77%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

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

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology.
  • Environmental Design/Architecture.
  • Landscape Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

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

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biostatistics.
  • Botany/Plant Biology.
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology.
  • Epidemiology.
  • Evolutionary Biology.
  • Exercise Physiology.
  • Microbiology, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Finance, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General.
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication, General.
  • Journalism.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Education, General.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Environmental/Environmental Health 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.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Japanese Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Portuguese Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies.
  • Public Health, General.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • 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.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Policy Analysis, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Applied Economics.
  • 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.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Catherine Coleman
Astronaut for NASA

Audie Cornish
Host of National Public Radio

Julius Erving
Professional Basketball Player, Hall of Fame

Ken Feinberg
Attorney, Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Russell Hulse
Nobel Prize Recipient in Physics

Natasha Trethewey
Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, Poet Laureate

Jack Welch
Former CEO of General Electric

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
67%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
77%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$53,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$99,300

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$54,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$102,300

Percent High Job Meaning
46%

Percent STEM
24%


Students Say

The Career Services department provides all the standard guidance and tools (including job and career fairs, advising, and workshops), as well as several online tools to help make the search easier. The UMass Amherst Alumni Advisor Network is a platform that allows undergraduates access to mentorship and advice from alumni in their fields of choice, and the CareerConnect 3.0 Jobs and Internships Database helps connect student with open opportunities. Most alumni are “very helpful to UMass graduates,” and a majority are in the New England and New York area so “finding and getting a job is immediately easier than a smaller university.” Of the University of Massachusetts Amherst alumni visiting PayScale.com, 46 percent report that they derive a high level of meaning from their jobs.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,965

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,708

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,856

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
68%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,860

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$9,312

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$15,406
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$34,089
Required Fees
$481
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

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,202
Comprehensive Fee

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
23,388
Foreign Countries Represented
78

Demographics

10.02%
Asian
4.38%
African-American
6.37%
Hispanic
64.42%
Caucasian
5.86%
Unknown
5.98%
International

50% female
50% male
18% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
61%
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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
AnnMarie Duchon & Benjamin Ostiguy (Interim Co-Directors)

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Diagnosis of LD is expected. It is preferable to provide a neuropsychological evaluation or testing results specifically, but not required.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Diagnosis of ADHD is expected. It is preferable to provide a neuropsychological evaluation but not required.

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
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
488
Number of Honor Societies
37

Number of Social Sororities
14
Number of Religious Organizations
25

9% join a fraternity
9% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

30% 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/cmass/)

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.

98/99
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
15%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
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 March, 2017.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Discounts are available for students at the campus store and through the USave program. http://usave.umassp.edu/

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Undergraduate Admissions Office
37 Mather Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-0120

Phone
413-545-0222

Email
mail@admissions.umass.edu

Experience College Life

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

Most Popular Places Off Campus
0.5 miles - College Town of Amherst
Amherst, Smith, & Mount 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 from the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (http://www.valleyvisitor.com/visitors.html) and from the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (https://www.massvacation.com/regions-towns/western-massachusetts/).

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; Sat 11am, 1:30pm
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 Northampton, with a station stop 10 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

Local Accommodations
Hotel UMass (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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