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  4. Campus
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  7. Professors
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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 21,460 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the UMass acceptance rate is 60%. Popular majors include Psychology, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Economics. Graduating 76% of students, UMass alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,800.
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
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
60%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1130-1330
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$20,093/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,639/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,975/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,823/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,963/ year
  • $110k+
    $25,743/ year
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Academics

Professors
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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
44%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.228 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.226 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
21,460Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 124 responses
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  • There are many different people at UMass
    50%
  • Party lover but also very good students
    16%
  • Cool
    9%
  • Hard working
    8%
  • Party lover
    6%
  • Liberal
    4%
  • Surprising
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
65%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.265 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.319 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 129 responses
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  • Diverse
    25%
  • The place to be
    22%
  • Enormous
    19%
  • The best place on Earth.
    8%
  • Be on top of your game because it's huge!
    7%
  • Perfect fit for academics and social life.
    5%
  • Intriguing
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
76%
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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University of Massachusetts - Amherst Reviews

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Although this school was not my first choice, I do not have any regrets attending it. Coming from a small school, I did not realize how many perks there would be from going to a larger school. I was able to make so many friends from a multitude of backgrounds as well as getting to be involved with lots of activities in and out of the campus. There were so many opportunities just waiting on campus. If one wants to get involved, this campus is perfect for that because it has endless activities. I feel like I have learned a whole lot as well through my courses. Some of the professors I had were exceptional, but there were also some professors on the opposite side of the spectrum that were quite rude and hard to work with. There are also a handful of beautiful buildings and facilities, but there were a few that were not comfortable to learn in. Food was also tremendous since UMass Amherst is the number one dining common in the country! Overall, I loved my experience on campus.
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Umass Amherst is located in a spectacular location shared by several other amazing colleges. As the flagship campus of the Umass system, it stands as a growing research institution for all of STEM as well as the liberal arts. Along with the amazing faculty in my department the microbiology curriculum is in my opinion one of the best in New England. As an active member of the student body, I never felt like I was alone on campus and was able to be myself on campus. I enjoyed 4+ years at the university and I will always look back fondly on both the memories and friendships I have made while I was a Minute Man. Go Umass!
UMass Amherst was my safety but I chose to attend because of many reasons. The most important was that I paid a very reasonable price for such exceptionally high academic quality; UMass gives the same education as an expensive school like BU. Additionally, everyone here is very kind but also very smart. The professors are very helpful and actually care about your success. Many dislike the huge campus but you can make UMass small; there is always something for everybody, from clubs to majors to athletics. UMass is my home and I am happy to be here!