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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
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  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B+
UMass is a highly rated public university located in Amherst Center, Massachusetts in the Springfield, MA Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 21,577 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the UMass acceptance rate is 58%. Popular majors include Psychology, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Economics. Graduating 77% of students, UMass alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $41,200.
About University of Massachusetts - Amherst...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Independent Northeast Region
Address
374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003
Branch of
UMass System
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
58%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1180-1360
ACT Range
26-31
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Test Prep

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Cost

Net Price
$21,281/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,867/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
89%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.209 responses
46%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.239 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.237 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
21,577Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,811
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 135 responses
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  • There are many different people at UMass
    52%
  • Party lover but also very good students
    16%
  • Cool
    8%
  • Hard working
    7%
  • Party lover
    6%
  • Liberal
    4%
  • Surprising
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
66%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.276 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.330 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 140 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    24%
  • The place to be
    21%
  • Enormous
    17%
  • Perfect fit for academics and social life.
    8%
  • Be on top of your game because it's huge!
    7%
  • The best place on Earth.
    7%
  • Number one
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$51,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
77%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
75%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.134 responses
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I just joined the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and I love it! The tight-knit student community makes me feel right at home, despite the fact that I had applied as an international student. The innumerable student and faculty-led organizations have helped me to pursue my passions such as Literature, Filmmaking, and Journalism. Moreover, I have discovered several new and interesting hobbies thanks to UMass, such as Archery, Lawn Darts, and Chess!

As an international student, it was nice to see several students from different backgrounds and races. As an Indian student (Asia), I was initially fearful that I would not be able to grow culturally and spiritually at Amherst. However, UMass Amherst has an Indian community, a Hindu community and multifarious others that allow me to feel right at home while experiencing a culture that is different from my own! Overall, UMass Amherst is a great college!
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My overall experience being at Umass Amherst has always been pleasant. This is a community that makes you feel at home and never feel in the dark. Throughout my four years there, I was always guided through with my friends and professors on this journey. There were always good and bad times, but there would always be someone by your side through it all. The professors would always go the extra mile to make sure you grasp the material. There is always something to do besides studying and coursework. The people want to make sure you are having the time of your life while being on campus. Not to forget that the view of the campus is beautiful and that the food is top notch!
I absolutely loved my time at UMass. Amherst is the perfect college town, the campus is beautiful throughout all seasons, and the food is consistently the best in the country and it shows. There are plenty of resources for academics, and UMass is consistently building brand new facilities for students and classes. The social scene is also great. There are so many people all looking to make friends and have a good time!