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  1. Academics
    A-
  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 21,784 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the UMass acceptance rate is 60%. Popular majors include Psychology, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Economics. Graduating 80% of students, UMass alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $41,200.
374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003
Branch of
UMass System
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Independent Northeast Region

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.

UMass Admissions

Acceptance Rate
60%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1200-1390
ACT Range
26-31
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$21,740/ 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
$9,694/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
91%

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
46%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.246 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.244 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
17
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
8
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
9
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    11%
  • On Campus
    83%
  • Online
    5%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
21,784Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,731
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 141 responses
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  • There are many different people at UMass
    52%
  • Party lover but also very good students
    18%
  • Cool
    9%
  • Hard working
    7%
  • 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.283 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.337 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 147 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    23%
  • The place to be
    20%
  • Enormous
    16%
  • Perfect fit for academics and social life.
    10%
  • Be on top of your game because it's huge!
    7%
  • The best place on Earth.
    7%
  • Intriguing
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$51,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
80%
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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UMass Amherst is an amazing, financially viable option for in-state students. As an in-state student, I can state that I am paying a very reasonable price for my education. I have enjoyed every class I have taken so far and have had amazing, dedicated professors. There is an abundance of extracurricular activities to choose from and there is always something to do on campus. It is easy to get caught up in the party culture however, it is just as easy to avoid it. Downtown Amherst and the surrounding towns, namely Northampton, are fun to explore and are easily accessible by the PVTA bus system. The campus food is amazing; the food does get repetitive at times, but there are many dining halls that offer different options daily. Overall, I am thrilled with UMass and feel that I am getting more than my money's worth!
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There is an awesome view of the Amherst surrounding area from the 20th. floor of the largest library in the United States. Their food gets a 5.0 rating which is unbelievable for college food. They know how to mix partying with studying and come up well balanced. If you want to be in a place where people want you to succeed, this is the place for you! Our tour guide was so happy at the university. She knew this was her home away from home. Someone commented: "I have never been in a situation where everyone wants you to succeed." It is a big university which has a lot to offer. Their Marching Band members are 500 strong. Color Guard and Winter Guard are offered and everyone makes the team. You will find what you are looking for in a club/sports/team here. There is something for everyone. If you really want to challenge yourself, there is the honors college for those who are very academically inclined with their very own brand new housing.
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!