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Academics

Already the flagship school in the University of Massachusetts system, UMass Amherst continues to grow in prestige thanks in large part to its capacity for research. The university has numerous laboratory buildings "where cutting edge research in life science and physical science achieve recognition at the national level" and student can use a bevy of resources and programs to customize their four years, such as the opportunity to build their own major or the Five College Interchange, which allows students to also register for classes at Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges in order to broaden the already diverse course offerings.

Professors here are "very engaged in their material" and willing to work with the students, and "there is no shortage of resources for this", as teachers "go out of their way to schedule review sessions and meet with students after class." They provide research opportunities in their labs for undergraduates and "inspire interest in their subject." Professional development and internships are also very attainable here. People here know they've got the goods for a good life, so "almost everyone you see walking around campus is either running towards their next responsibility or working while they're walking." Many feel that UMass Amherst is unique because of its size and state roots, which means "the student body is proud but humble." "We get a great education …the school is so big that everyone gets their own college experience," says a student. The breadth of experience in every classroom makes for "an excellent learning environment," not to mention "a collaborative support system."

Student Body

UMass Amherst has a large population and so it's fairly diverse group of students in terms of both background and interests; a "large portion of the student body is from eastern Massachusetts," but students also come from all across the state and there is "a growing portion of out-of-state and international students." All are welcoming and friendly "not only to one another, but to visitors of our campus." The areas of the "enormous" campus in which students live tend to dictate (or selfselect) who they surround themselves with, but everybody here is "highly… tolerant" and "extremely accepting." "It is easy to always find someone to help you whether it's with homework or just needing a lunch buddy."

Campus Life

At this "lively and fun" campus, "there is an abundance of students wherever you go because there is always something going on." A popular hobby are the intramural sports leagues, and "students organize teams for dodgeball, basketball, and flag football to compete in student-facilitated tournaments." Swimming at the local Puffers Pond is popular during September when it is still quite warm, and "most people are very satisfied once they find their place at UMass, whether that is within their major, the performing arts, sports, or other campus activities."

Even though Amherst is a college town, "the campus runs like an isolated community (although students have a very heavy presence in the surrounding towns such as Northampton and Hadley)." UMass is committed to sustainability, and makes efforts that "span from energy efficient fuel sources to locally grown food to the beautiful and well-taken care of campus." As a rarely seen benefit, students have no complaints about the food: "It seems like food is highly underestimated when it comes to colleges and UMass Dining, by far, is the greatest dining program in the country," says one.

Overview

Applicants
40,703
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average HS GPA
3.83

GPA Breakdown

59%
Over 3.75
26%
3.50 - 3.74
7%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 680

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 710

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1


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
18:1
Total Faculty
1,460
with Terminal Degree
1,340

812
Men
648
Women
304
Minority
65
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
75%
Graduate in 6 years
76%

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 Service

  • Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
  • 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
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • 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
  • Polymer/Plastics 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
  • Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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

Ken Feinberg
Founder of Feinberg Rozen; Special Master for 9/11 Victims Compensation Fun

Russell Hulse
Nobel Prize Recipient in Physics

Serena Williams
Professional Tennis Player

Jack Welch
Former CEO of General Electric

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
67%
Graduate in 5 years
75%
Graduate in 6 years
76%

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)
$48,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$84,200

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$49,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$86,800

Percent High Job Meaning
47%

Percent STEM
16%


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 fourteen 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 $49,400, and 48 percent derive a high level of meaning from their work.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,723

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,249

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,555

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
68%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,397

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$9,077

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$15,030
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$33,096
Required Fees
$381
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
$12,258
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
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
23,373
Foreign Countries Represented
75

Demographics

9.86%
Asian
3.86%
African-American
5.75%
Hispanic
65.65%
Caucasian
7.10%
Unknown
4.96%
International

49% female
51% male
19% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
60%
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
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
488
Number of Honor Societies
41

Number of Social Sororities
14
Number of Religious Organizations
18

9% join a fraternity
7% 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/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.

96/99
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
14%

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

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, 2016.

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
98

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
Yes

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. http://usave.umassp.edu/

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
255 Whitmore 181 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-0120

Phone
413-545-0222


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 at MassLive: http://www.masslive.com/visitorsguide/map/

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 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_to_campus

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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