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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?

7,349 Undergraduate Awards
$39,349 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 doctor's degree is the highest award offered at UMass Amherst.
  • 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.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst Rankings

We have ranked UMass Amherst as #239 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UMass Amherst has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#49 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#113 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#140 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#148 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UMass Amherst.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Hospitality Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Finance & Financial Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#66 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#80 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UMass Amherst has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education College Factual
#21 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#30 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#49 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#60 Best Colleges for Health Professions College Factual
#61 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

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 )
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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?

$39,349 Net Price
57% Take Out Loans
3.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UMass Amherst is $39,349. 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

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

22,491 Full-Time Undergraduates
49% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 24,209 undergraduate students at UMass Amherst, with 22,491 being full-time and 1,718 being part-time.

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

There are also 7,141 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 22,491 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 2,459
Black or African American 1,058
Hispanic or Latino 1,700
White 13,742
International Students 1,714
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,818

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 1 0 250 1 412 16 680
General Psychology 0 0 521 0 8 5 534
Computer Science 0 0 270 0 206 21 497
Economics 8 0 438 0 14 13 473
Public Health 12 0 278 30 113 1 434
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 333 0 0 0 333
Communication & Media Studies 18 0 305 0 0 6 329
Accounting 0 0 192 0 135 0 327
General Biology 0 0 308 0 0 0 308
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 254 0 0 0 254
Mathematics 0 0 234 0 10 7 251
Nursing 0 0 183 6 17 44 250
General Education 0 0 15 0 165 36 216
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 190 0 16 9 215
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 180 0 5 9 194
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 170 0 17 6 193
Political Science & Government 0 0 180 0 6 6 192
Health & Physical Education 0 0 149 0 21 0 170
Hospitality Management 8 0 161 0 0 0 169
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 162 0 2 0 164
General English Literature 0 0 134 0 5 8 147
Marketing 0 0 145 0 0 0 145
Sociology 0 0 123 0 8 11 142
Civil Engineering 0 0 86 0 30 14 130
Electrical Engineering 0 0 36 0 80 12 128
Liberal Arts General Studies 1 0 118 0 0 0 119
Journalism 5 0 104 0 0 0 109
History 0 0 90 4 4 7 105
Chemical Engineering 0 0 95 0 2 7 104
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 101 0 0 0 101
Communication Sciences 0 0 68 0 24 7 99
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 85 0 7 0 92
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 63 0 20 6 89
Nutrition Science 0 0 76 0 7 2 85
Social Work 84 0 0 0 0 0 84
Music 0 0 43 1 20 4 68
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 50 0 15 0 65
Romance Languages 0 0 50 0 7 2 59
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 57 0 0 0 57
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0 53 0 53
Computer Engineering 0 0 52 0 0 0 52
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 10 41 0 0 0 51
Chemistry 0 0 23 0 6 22 51
Physics 0 0 38 0 3 10 51
Criminal Justice & Corrections 51 0 0 0 0 0 51
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 4 0 35 0 3 6 48
Anthropology 0 0 38 0 2 7 47
Food Science Technology 0 0 23 0 12 11 46
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 0 0 0 0 19 23 42
Drama & Theater Arts 5 0 32 0 4 0 41
Agricultural Production 11 2 27 0 0 0 40
Industrial Engineering 0 0 25 0 13 2 40
Ethnic Studies 10 0 19 3 4 4 40
Public Policy 9 0 0 0 27 0 36
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 33 0 0 2 0 0 35
Plant Sciences 0 0 27 0 5 2 34
Horticulture 0 24 8 0 0 0 32
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 21 0 9 2 32
International Relations & National Security 30 0 0 0 0 0 30
Writing Studies 6 0 0 0 22 0 28
Landscape Architecture 0 0 15 0 12 0 27
Environmental Design 0 0 24 0 2 0 26
East Asian Languages 3 0 14 0 9 0 26
Geography & Cartography 13 0 8 0 4 0 25
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 0 19 0 1 3 23
Animal Science 0 0 21 0 1 0 22
Philosophy 0 0 16 0 2 4 22
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 12 8 20
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 20 0 20
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 12 0 6 0 18
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 3 15 0 18
Biotechnology 17 0 0 0 0 0 17
Educational Administration 0 0 0 17 0 0 17
Interdisciplinary Studies 17 0 0 0 0 0 17
Management Information Systems 15 0 0 1 0 0 16
Other Social Sciences 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Natural Sciences 15 0 0 0 0 0 15
Marine Science 13 0 0 0 0 1 14
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
General Social Sciences 13 0 0 0 0 0 13
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 0 8 3 11
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 0 11 0 11
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 0 10 0 10
Germanic Languages 0 0 4 0 4 2 10
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 0 10 0 10
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 2 7 9
Area Studies 5 0 1 3 0 0 9
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 7 2 9
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 0 1 8 0 0 9
Materials Sciences 8 0 0 0 0 0 8
Dance 0 0 8 0 0 0 8
Animal Services 0 7 0 0 0 0 7
Arts & Media Management 7 0 0 0 0 0 7
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0 0 0 6 6
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 5 1 0 6
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 0 3 1 4
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 4 4
Demography & Population Studies 4 0 0 0 0 0 4
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Information Technology 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Multilingual Education 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Medieval Studies 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Religious Studies 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
International Agriculture 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Genetics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
International Business 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Real Estate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alternative Medicine & Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 428 43 6,878 88 1,701 389 9,527

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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