University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, MA

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, MA

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Tuition & Fees

$16,389

$35,710

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
18%
600-699
56%
500-599
24%
400-499
1%
300-399
0
700-800
30%
600-699
46%
500-599
22%
400-499
1%
30-36
46%
24-29
45%
18-23
8%
12-17
0
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undergraduateRatios

50%

male

50%

female

17

students

1

faculty

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Moderately Selective

63%

acceptance rate

Accepted 26,895
Declined 15,262
Total Received 42,157
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Public

24,209

undergraduate students

7,141

graduate students

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Location

School Facts

The University of Massachusetts Amherst, founded in 1863, is a public, coeducational Carnegie Very High Research institution and the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts five-campus system. Its 1,463-acre campus is located in Amherst, 90 miles from Boston.

Official website Visit website
Application link Apply online
Public/private Public
Campus enrollment 31,350
Established in 1863
Coeducational Coeducational

Scholarships

1,463-acre campus in Amherst (population: 40,046), 20 miles from Springfield and 90 miles from Boston; 64-acre Mount Ida campus in Newton (population: 88,994). Served by bus and train (10 miles); major airport serves Hartford (50 miles). School operates transportation to consortium schools, local apartments, and surrounding towns.

  • Campus Setting: Small town
  • Metropolitan area: Springfield, MA and Hartford, CT
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: Bradley International

University of Massachusetts Amherst
37 Mather Drive
Amherst, MA
01003-9313

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
62%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students through freshman year required to live on campus
yes
Freshman guaranteed housing
yes
Coed housing
yes
Disabled student housing

Top Organizations

  • Minutemen Marching Band
  • Ski and Board Club
  • Outing Club
  • University Programming Council
  • Student Government Association

Top Events

  • First Week
  • Homecoming Weekend
  • Spring Concert

Fun Facts

  • At 26 stories, W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the tallest library in the country.
  • To start the fall 2012 semester, University of Massachusetts Amherst cooked and served 6,700 pounds of seafood stew—a world record! The previous year, they broke the record for the world's largest stir-fry, which weighed in at two tons.
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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Marching band
  • Choral groups
  • National fraternities on campus
  • Local fraternities on campus
  • National soroities on campus
  • Local sororities on campus

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Student patrols
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
31%
Top 1/4
70%
Top 1/2
96%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
18%
600-699
56%
500-599
24%
400-499
1%
300-399
0
700-800
30%
600-699
46%
500-599
22%
400-499
1%
30-36
46%
24-29
45%
18-23
8%
12-17
0

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $80
Application deadline January 15
School has early action program yes
Average Freshman GPA (4.0 scale) 3.9

Moderately Selective

63%

acceptance rate

Accepted 26,895
Declined 15,262
Total Received 42,157

Admissions Factors

Very Important

academic GPA
rigor of secondary school record
standardized test scores

Important

extracurricular activities
level of applicant's interest
character/personal qualities
application essay
first generation
class rank
recommendation(s)
talent/ability
work experience

Considered

alumni/ae relation
geographical residence
racial/ethnic status
state residency
volunteer work

Not Considered

interview
religious affiliation/commitment

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International Facts

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 86
Accepts International Baccalaureate yes
Offers English as a second language yes

Financial Aid

90%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$4,961

Average financial aid

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $15,791
Room & board $13,598
Additional fees $598
Books & supplies $1,000
Other fees $1,000
Total $31,987
Average Financial Aid - $4,961
Total with Avg. Aid $27,026

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Not Reported

Non-need-based

Not Reported

Scholarships

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Financial Facts

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Installment payment plan yes
Tuition waiver for employees (and children) yes

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew
Cross-country running
Field hockey
Football
Ice hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track and field

Club Sports - Men's

Alpine skiing, baseball, bike racing, boxing, crew, fencing, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, paintball, parkour, polo, quidditch, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, soccer, swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, western riding, wrestling

Club Sports - Women's

Alpine skiing, bike racing, boxing, dance, dressage, fencing, field hockey, figure skating, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, parkour, polo, racquetball, rugby, soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, western riding, wrestling

Intramural Sports Men

Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Equestrian sports, Fencing, Football, Golf, Ice hockey, Lacrosse, Racquetball, Rugby, Sailing, Sand volleyball, Skiing (downhill), Soccer, Swimming and diving, Table tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Ultimate frisbee, Volleyball, Water polo, Wrestling

Intramural Sports Women

Badminton, Basketball, Equestrian sports, Fencing, Field hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice hockey, Lacrosse, Racquetball, Rugby, Sailing, Sand volleyball, Skiing (downhill), Soccer, Softball, Swimming and diving, Table tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Ultimate frisbee, Volleyball, Water polo, Wrestling

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Divison I

Majors

Assc. Bach.
Accounting
African-American/Black Studies
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture
Animal Sciences, General
Anthropology
Applied Economics
Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services, Other
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Astronomy
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry, General
Chinese Language and Literature
Civil Engineering, General
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
Communication, General
Comparative Literature
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Crop Production
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Economics, General
Education, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
English Language and Literature, General
Environmental Design/Architecture
Environmental Science
Exercise Physiology
Finance, General
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Food Science
French Language and Literature
General Studies
Geography
Geology/Earth Science, General
German Studies
History, General
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Industrial Engineering
Informatics
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Journalism
Landscape Architecture
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Legal Studies, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Linguistics
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General
Mechanical Engineering
Microbiology, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music Performance, General
Music, General
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Nutrition Sciences
Philosophy
Physics, General
Plant Sciences, General
Political Science and Government, General
Portuguese Language and Literature
Pre-Veterinary Studies
Psychology, General
Public Health, General
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Russian Studies
Social Sciences, Other
Sociology
Spanish Language and Literature
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Turf and Turfgrass Management
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant
Women's Studies
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Programs Offered

  • English as a second language
  • Distance learning
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Accelerated degree
  • Freshman honors college
  • Honors college
  • Graduated courses offered to undergraduates
  • Cooporative programs
  • Internships
  • Off campus study
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Part time undergraduate degrees
  • Army ROTC
  • Air force ROTC

Other Programs

  • Post-bachelors certificate
  • Doctoral degree - professional
  • Doctoral degree research/scholarship

31,350

total students

83%

in-state

17%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

77%

24,209
students

Female
50%
12,080

Male
50%
12,129

23%

7,141
students

Female
51%
3,608

Male
49%
3,533

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

92%

22,491
students

Female
50%
11,040

Male
50%
11,451

8%

1,718
students

Female
61%
1,040

Male
39%
678

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 91%
Student 4 year graduation rate 71%
Student 5 year graduation rate 8%
Student 6 year graduation rate 2%

Student Break-down

7%
Nonresident aliens
4%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
10%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
7%
Hispanic/Latino
61%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

1,411

Transfer students enrolled

5%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment yes
Summer transfer enrollment no
Accepts CLEP subject tests yes
Accepts CLEP general tests yes
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions yes
Accepts DSST/DANTES yes
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred yes

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: April 15

Transfer difficulty

Moderately difficult

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

Not reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni Network
  • Career Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Other career services
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

100%

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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