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University of Massachusetts Amherst Overview

University of Massachusetts Amherst is a public institution situated in Amherst, Massachusetts. The suburban atmosphere of Amherst makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is University of Massachusetts Amherst Known For?

21,577 Full-Time Undergraduates
$21,396 Avg Cost After Aid
58% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at UMass Amherst is 3%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest degree offered at UMass Amherst is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 79% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from UMass Amherst with a bachelor's degree make about $51,400 a year. That's 26% 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.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Rankings

College Factual ranked UMass Amherst as #118 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 68 colleges in Massachusetts, it is ranked at #18.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that UMass Amherst has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for UMass Amherst

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 42
Best Colleges for Veterans 51
Best Colleges for International Students 72
Best Colleges 118
Best Colleges for Diversity 284
Best Colleges for the Money 368

Where Is University of Massachusetts Amherst?

Location of 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
Website: www.umass.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/umassamherst
Twitter: http://twitter.com/umassamherst

How Do I Get Into UMass Amherst?

You can apply to UMass Amherst online at: www.commonapp.org/

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 required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UMass Amherst?

58% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
85% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at UMass Amherst is 58%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 55%, and the acceptance rate for women is 60%.

Average Test Scores

About 85% 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 590 and 670. Math scores were between 590 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst  ( 590 to 670 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst  ( 590 to 690 )
200
800
UMass Amherst received ACT scores from 27% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst  ( 26 to 31 )
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Can I Afford University of Massachusetts Amherst?

$21,396 Net Price
57% Take Out Loans
3.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UMass Amherst is $21,396. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UMass Amherst

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,520 $13,829 $17,473 $23,176 $27,686

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

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UMass Amherst, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $8,147 a year. That adds up to $32,588 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UMass Amherst is 3.0%. 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

21,577 Full-Time Undergraduates
49% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 23,388 undergraduate students at UMass Amherst, with 21,577 being full-time and 1,811 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UMass Amherst

There are also 6,952 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 21,577 full-time undergraduates at UMass Amherst, 51% are male and 49% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UMass Amherst

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UMass Amherst Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,258
Black or African American 917
Hispanic or Latino 1,343
White 13,882
International Students 1,406
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,771

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

3,607 Took All Classes Online
6,503 Took At Least One Class Online
4.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 9 bachelor’s degree and 8 master’s degree programs available online at UMass Amherst. In 2017-2018, 6,503 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.

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This school is the most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UMass Amherst

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Massachusetts Amherst was 4.5%. This is the #1,708 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UMass Amherst regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UMass Amherst majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 15%
Business Administration & Management 3%
Business, Management & Marketing 9%
Communication & Journalism 1%
Computer & Information Sciences 26%
Computer Engineering 2%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 29%
Education 4%
Educational Administration 47%
Engineering 7%
Engineering Technologies 64%
Engineering-Related Fields 64%
Finance & Financial Management 11%
General Education 3%
Health Professions 1%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 29%
Hospitality Management 8%
Human Resource Management 30%
Management Information Systems 94%
Marketing 2%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 3%
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 5%
Public Administration & Social Service 20%
Public Health 3%
Social Work 36%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UMass Amherst ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UMass Amherst.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Agricultural Production #6
Arts & Media Management #9
Journalism #13
Engineering-Related Fields #38
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #38
Hospitality Management #42
Finance & Financial Management #53
Public Health #76
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #79
Visual & Performing Arts #80
General Education #89
Marketing #96
Communication & Journalism #117
Engineering Technologies #117
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #163
Accounting #205
Criminal Justice & Corrections #313
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #353
Nursing #373
Education #492

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%.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Majors

In 2017-2018, University of Massachusetts Amherst awarded 13,842 undergraduate degrees and 4,180 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 192 135 0
Agricultural Production 2 27 0 0
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 10 41 0 0
Animal Science 0 21 1 0
Animal Services 7 0 0 0
Anthropology 0 38 2 7
Applied Mathematics 0 0 10 0
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 85 7 0
Area Studies 0 1 0 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 19 1 3
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 162 2 0
Biological & Physical Science 0 13 0 0
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 3 1
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0 6
Business Administration & Management 0 250 412 16
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 2 7
Chemical Engineering 0 95 2 7
Chemistry 0 23 6 22
Civil Engineering 0 86 30 14
Classical Languages & Literature 0 12 6 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 4
Communication & Media Studies 0 305 0 6
Communication Sciences 0 68 24 7
Computer Engineering 0 52 0 0
Computer Science 0 270 206 21
Dance 0 8 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 32 4 0
East Asian Languages 0 14 9 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 12 8
Economics 0 438 14 13
Electrical Engineering 0 36 80 12
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 11 0
Environmental Design 0 24 2 0
Environmental Engineering 0 0 3 0
Ethnic Studies 0 19 4 4
Finance & Financial Management 0 254 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 50 15 0
Food Science Technology 0 23 12 11
General Biology 0 308 0 0
General Education 0 15 165 36
General English Literature 0 134 5 8
General Psychology 0 521 8 5
Geography & Cartography 0 8 4 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 21 9 2
Germanic Languages 0 4 4 2
Health & Physical Education 0 149 21 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 57 0 0
History 0 90 4 7
Horticulture 24 8 0 0
Hospitality Management 0 161 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 20 0
Industrial Engineering 0 25 13 2
Journalism 0 104 0 0
Landscape Architecture 0 15 12 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 118 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 35 3 6
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 53 0
Marine Science 0 0 0 1
Marketing 0 145 0 0
Mathematics 0 234 10 7
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 1 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 190 16 9
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 7 2
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 63 20 6
Music 0 43 20 4
Natural Resources Conservation 0 170 17 6
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 8 3
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 101 0 0
Nursing 0 183 17 44
Nutrition Science 0 76 7 2
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 333 0 0
Other Social Sciences 0 16 0 0
Philosophy 0 16 2 4
Physics 0 38 3 10
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 180 5 9
Plant Sciences 0 27 5 2
Political Science & Government 0 180 6 6
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 0 0 19 23
Public Health 0 278 113 1
Public Policy 0 0 27 0
Romance Languages 0 50 7 2
Sociology 0 123 8 11
Sustainability Science 0 0 15 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 1 0
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 10 0
Writing Studies 0 0 22 0
Total 86 13,756 3,402 778

References

*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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