3,148 reviews
  1. Amherst, MA
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
University of Massachusetts - Amherst is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Mid-American Conference
Address
374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003
Website

University of Massachusetts - Amherst Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
61%
SAT Scores Range
1120-1310
ACT Scores Range
24-30
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
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Test Scores and GPA for University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Cost

Net Price
$18,840/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,064/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,008/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,611/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,127/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,338/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.209 responses
42%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.212 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.210 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
20,684Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
23%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 108 responses
Report
  • There are many different people at UMass
    48%
  • Party lover but also very good students
    16%
  • Cool
    9%
  • Hard working
    9%
  • Party lover
    7%
  • Liberal
    4%
  • Surprising
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
64%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.249 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.303 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 113 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    27%
  • The place to be
    22%
  • Enormous
    20%
  • Be on top of your game because it's huge!
    8%
  • The best place on Earth.
    8%
  • Number one
    5%
  • Intriguing
    4%

After University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
75%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
75%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.134 responses

University of Massachusetts - Amherst Reviews

3,148 reviews
All Categories
UMass is a great place if you want a big school (and are looking to save money if in-state). I came here to save money which I’m happy about, but am not pleased with the big-school aspect. Sense of community is lacking. Professors can be inaccessible; large lectures feel very impersonal.
Campus is fine when the weather is nice, but winter is rough. Walking 20 minutes to class when it is 10 degrees out isn’t ideal. There are a lot of ugly buildings on campus, but they're constantly doing construction so hopefully the campus will get prettier in the future. The overwhelming amount of construction is frustrating.
The different residential areas all have very different cultures so there is a place for almost any "type" of person (quiet/shy, partier, stoner, studious, etc) to feel comfortable living. Dorms could use some renovations but overall are not too terrible.
Location is great; Amherst is wonderful. The surrounding colleges are fun to mingle with!
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UMass Amherst is an extremely large campus which makes meeting new people fun, easy, and exciting. Despite this large campus, I find that the department I am in, the Music Department, large enough to be fun and engaging, but small enough to be intimate and easy to learn in. I find that this versatility is a common theme all across the university, something the school strives to achieve and I love it. I also enjoy seeing how the university is really looking towards the future with building renovations and new construction projects. It is really very exciting to be apart of a school who is developing a stronger and stronger reputation as an 'academic superpower' and also very honorable to be apart of something with such an outstanding, positive reputation. Overall I am extremely happy I decided to attend UMass, I could not picture myself anywhere else!
UMass Amherst is the best out of all the UMass schools. The campus is nice and big. The faculty is hardworking and knowledgeable. They are always there to help and support students when needed. There's an endless amount of courses available and the opportunities are endless. There's a variety of clubs and activities, so there's something for everyone. The UMass campus has a great sense of community and everyone fits in here no matter what their background is. UMass Amherst is a great second home. You will receive a great education here. Also we are number one dining in the nation this year! I would recommend UMass Amherst to all of my friends.