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University of Massachusetts Amherst Overview

University of Massachusetts Amherst is a public institution located in Amherst, Massachusetts. Amherst is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is University of Massachusetts Amherst Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$40,010 Avg Cost After Aid
66% Acceptance Rate
  • The 1% student loan default rate at UMass Amherst is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at UMass Amherst.
  • In <nil>, 80% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from UMass Amherst with a bachelor's degree make about $65,645 a year. That's 61% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • The average UMass Amherst student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

Where Is University of Massachusetts Amherst?


Contact details for UMass Amherst are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA 01003
Phone: 413-545-0111

How Do I Get Into UMass Amherst?

You can apply to UMass Amherst online at:

Admission Requirements for UMass Amherst

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Required
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UMass Amherst?

66% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
26% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 66%, UMass Amherst does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 58%, and the acceptance rate for women is 72%.

Average Test Scores

About 26% of students accepted to UMass Amherst submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 620 and 710. Math scores were between 630 and 750.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst  ( 620 to 710 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst  ( 630 to 750 )
UMass Amherst received ACT scores from 5% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 27 and 34. Math scores were between 26 and 33. Composite scores were between 28 and 33.

ACT English Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst  ( 27 to 34 )
ACT Math Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst  ( 26 to 33 )
ACT Composite Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst  ( 28 to 33 )

Can I Afford University of Massachusetts Amherst?

$40,010 Net Price
41% Take Out Loans
0.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UMass Amherst is $40,010. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UMass Amherst, approximately 41% of students took out student loans averaging $7,550 a year. That adds up to $30,200 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UMass Amherst is 0.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Undergraduate Student Diversity

22,539 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 24,231 undergraduate students at UMass Amherst, with 22,539 being full-time and 1,692 being part-time.


There are also 7,814 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 22,539 full-time undergraduates at UMass Amherst, 49% are male and 51% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Massachusetts Amherst students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,731
Black or African American 1,073
Hispanic or Latino 1,904
White 13,628
International Students 1,631
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,572

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at University of Massachusetts Amherst. At this time, 35 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 108 countries are represented at UMass Amherst. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at University of Massachusetts Amherst

4,105 Took All Classes Online
6,454 Took At Least One Class Online
160.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 9 bachelor’s degree and 18 master’s degree programs available online at UMass Amherst. In 2020-2021, 6,454 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UMass Amherst has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 3rd most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of UMass Amherst

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Massachusetts Amherst was 160.9%. This is the #320 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at UMass Amherst regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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