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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
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
University of Massachusetts - Amherst is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Independent Northeast Region
Address
374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003
Website
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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
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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
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
44%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.225 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.223 responses
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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 121 responses
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  • There are many different people at UMass
    50%
  • Party lover but also very good students
    17%
  • Cool
    9%
  • Hard working
    8%
  • Party lover
    7%
  • Liberal
    3%
  • 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.262 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.316 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 126 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    25%
  • The place to be
    21%
  • Enormous
    20%
  • The best place on Earth.
    8%
  • Be on top of your game because it's huge!
    7%
  • Intriguing
    5%
  • Number one
    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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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!
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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!
UMass is a really great school with passionate, academically-renowned professors who really care about their students. The academic programs here are rigorous and, as a student here, I can say that you really do have to work hard, which is, of course, rewarded and promoted by UMass.
The dorms need a bit of work here and there although the Honors College is very nice and the new buildings/architecture is beautiful. The campus is also very open and well-kept throughout the year.
The food is number one in the country and for good reason. All of it comes from local farms and the dining halls are easily accessible to every student.
UMass is known for it's party scene but you don't have to take part if you don't want to, although it can get rowdy now and again, especially during the Superbowl. Overall the social scene here is very relaxed and there are 20,000 students so it's easy to meet many different kinds of people.
Go UMass!