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

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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
43%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.216 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.214 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 112 responses
Report
  • There are many different people at UMass
    50%
  • Party lover but also very good students
    15%
  • Cool
    9%
  • Hard working
    9%
  • Party lover
    7%
  • Liberal
    4%
  • Surprising
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
64%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.253 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.307 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 117 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    26%
  • The place to be
    21%
  • Enormous
    21%
  • 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
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University of Massachusetts - Amherst Reviews

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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!
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Attending UMass was the best decision I could have made. I considered several schools and was accepted to UC Berkeley, University of Washington, and UCLA. I ended up at UMass because while I liked the big-school environment, I also liked the more personal relationships with faculty at UMass. Now that I have graduated and am in a Master's program, I have found that my UMass education has served me well in terms of admittance to post-graduate programs and in preparing me to go further. Also, the college atmosphere and town of Amherst made for a lot of fun here I made some life-long friends.

I would do it again in a heartbeat!
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!