About University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Founded in 1863, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. is a Public college. Located in Massachusetts, which is a city setting in Massachusetts, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 23,373 full time undergraduate students, and 6,664 full time graduate students.

The University of Massachusetts-Amherst Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 18:1. There are 1327 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of Massachusetts-Amherst include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate59%
Application Deadline
Application Fee75
SAT Range1130-1330
ACT Range25-30

Admissions at Umass are considered Selective, with ,186% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 11 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

95% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 66% were in the top quarter, and 27% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

2%
“We”re apathetic”
15%
“We know about current events and vote”
54%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
29%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
4%
“We save it for the classroom”
20%
“Sometimes, but not often”
56%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
20%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
6%
“I only go out in groups”
43%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
50%
“I feel extremely safe”
19%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
40%
“We bought the gear”
40%
“We live for the big game”
3%
“It”s not really our thing”
18%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
62%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
18%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
13%
“Available in class”
60%
“They keep regular office hours”
24%
“They”re always available”
4%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
46%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
49%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
1%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
1%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
6%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
40%
“We only party on weekends”
53%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
3%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
30%
“There might be people who do”
55%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
12%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
2%
“We”re apathetic”
15%
“We know about current events and vote”
54%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
29%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
4%
“We save it for the classroom”
20%
“Sometimes, but not often”
56%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
20%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
6%
“I only go out in groups”
43%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
50%
“I feel extremely safe”
19%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
40%
“We bought the gear”
40%
“We live for the big game”
3%
“It”s not really our thing”
18%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
62%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
18%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
13%
“Available in class”
60%
“They keep regular office hours”
24%
“They”re always available”
4%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
46%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
49%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
1%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
1%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
6%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
40%
“We only party on weekends”
53%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
3%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
30%
“There might be people who do”
55%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
12%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

University of Massachusetts-Amherst REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    369 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    270 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    385 Students rated campus food 4.2 stars. 52 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    387 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    388 Students rated class size 3.6 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    388 Students rated school activities 4.3 stars. 48 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    390 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 52 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    389 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of Massachusetts-Amherst?

114 Students rated University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Michael - 05/01/2022

It’s a decent school, but for anti-social introverts like myself, it can be hard socially. Academically, this school is amazing, which is the reason I’m here. They did screw up the housing process and there are closeted racists on campus, so the higher ups need to fix their culture and overall process.

Jane - 10/18/2021

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Olivia - 05/10/2021

I think that despite it being a large school, it feels fairly small and close-knit, and I like the location of the university being in Amherst, It's in the heart of the valley and there is a lot of shops and outdoor activities. The student body feels extremely diverse and while there is still a majority of white students, I have encountered many non-white students and feel the culture is very inclusive and welcoming.

anna - 04/08/2021

has been a wonderful school, access to a great education, and very accessible professors. being included in part of their research and a lab assistant. It's what you make of this school. The southwest part of the campus is different than the northeast. food is delicious and always lives up to its #1 rating. Lots to do around campus and the 5 college consortium (accessible by the school bus loops )is very helpful if you want to take a class or 2 on those campuses.

University of Massachusetts-Amherst FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of Massachusetts-Amherst?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of Massachusetts-Amherst is 59%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    If I could go back in time there would be a lot that I would tell myself as a high school senior. First and foremost, this is your time to explore and figure out exactly what you want to do for your career. You don't need to have it all firgured out right now. Go away, as far away as you want. Apply to the schools that you don't think you have a chance to get into. Go and visit as many schools as interest you. Once you decide what school you want to be at, take it seriously. School is your job. Do the best in every class. If you get overwhelmed with life as a young adult, talk to your counselors. Take a semseter off if you have to and figure out what is best for you. Don't just drop off the face of the earth, you are only going to hurt yourself. Take every opportunity that the school offfers you. Study abroad. Go on the school sponsored trips. You will regret not having done so. Most importantly, remember it is not selfish to take of and make accomplishments for yourself.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Usually, during the first few days of class everyone kind of keep to themselves but as the semester goes classmates more and more social with each other and works with each other if need so.

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  4. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    I know colleges are all about bringing different types of people together, but I feel like UMass is one of a handful of school that brings a truly diverse group of students and faculty all into one place. I find this unique in that having such diversity as a school like UMass, it is like a secondary education in itself, and it's one of the main things I love taking advantage of at school.

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  5. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    At UMass you'll meet lifelong best friends, but you have to make the effort. It's a huge school, and very easy to hole yourself up in your dorm if you're not a social butterfly. If you're someone like I just mentioned, I'd highly recommend joining a RAP or TAP housing dorm your first year, as you'll ancoming freshman: Go to early summer new student orientations (you'll pick classes before other freshman) and see if you're eligible to transfer any high school AP credits or prior college/community college credits. it helps later with registration dates

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  6. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about my school is the hockey games. There is so much school spirit involved, and coming from an unspirited high school, the hockey games are the perfect remedy. It's a competitive league, so students get really into the games.

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  7. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known just how prevalent the partying is.

    Read all  75 answers
  8. What kind of person should attend this school?

    This school is ideal for just about anyone, but especially so for those seeking degrees in the sciences or business. Those programs are world-class and extremely well-funded. For those not interested in those subjects, this school is still outstanding and caters to everyone where they are able. The school is best for those who want a loose environment in a big school.

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  9. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Umass Amherst is a fun school to attend although it is very big so it does take some time to be able to find your true friends and the people that you really connect with.

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  10. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    My favorite aspects of UMass are the large school atmosphere and the location. Personally, I enjoy the experience of seeing an unfamiliar face every time I walk around. Also, I think Amherst is a great place. The presence of four other schools in the area means that there is a high population of college-aged kids. Northampton (nearby) is another great town and has some great clubs/venues that get many good music acts,

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  11. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    To an extent. If you're looking for a party it's very easy to find one. However, if you're worried about the party atmosphere, there are many ways to avoid it.

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  12. What are the academics like at your school?

    As a chemical engineering student, I have been very impressed with the academics here. There are top-notch faculty and lots of resources to help you (research opportunities, professors that care, etc.) My experience in other classes has at times been less than stellar, but I don't have enough experience to really speak of another department specifically. The honors college provides the chance for smaller more difficult and engaging classes.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    How great my major is and how much I love it, also just the overal feel of the campus, it feels like home to me.

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  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    People think that it's just a party school.

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  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Personally I was in a Fraternity, but in no way is Greek life the majority of the school. I would say that there are so many different types of activities and groups that none are "popular", but there is a niche for every person here.

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  16. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Sometimes the administration does not do everything they can to help a student in need. Also, there have been times where I had to communicate with some UMass office staff and theyb had been less than pleasant, on a consistant basis. It is understandable, financial aid workers do not deal with the nicest people all day, which might put them in an off mood, but if I am trying to be friendly and cordial, at least humor me with a smile.

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  17. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    University of Massachusetts-Amherst is not for a person who wants a small campus. There are over 20 thousand students at this campus, so classroom size is also large. If a person desires city life, Amherst is not for them . Although the campus is large, the area favors a country life, surrounded by cow and horse farms.

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  18. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Partying and drinking.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    All stereotypes are based on some sort of truth. In general however, you will find your group of friends at UMass. It really is up to you. It is a large university.

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  20. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    Home opener game of 2008. You'll see how the players come out, between period tradition (not shown: Sweet Caroline), goal scoring chant and post game enthusiasm.

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  21. Tell us about the food and dining options.

    The food is fantastic. Definition of Freshman 15 because it's so good, you just want to keep eating it! There are 4 major dining halls, and about 10 smaller places to get food scattered around campus! The chinese food is great, btw...

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Student Body

Students

49%

female

51%

male

23,373

Total Undergrad Enrollment

6,664

Total Grad Students

18%

Out-Of-State

73%

In-State

9%

International

Organizations

361

Student Organizations

21

Fraternities

15

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

46%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
10%
% Black or African-American
4%
% Hispanic/Latino
6%
% White or Caucasian
65%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

91% of students attending University of Massachusetts-Amherst receive some sort of financial aid. 19% were awarded federal grants. While 54% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$32,204

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,000

Books and Supplies

$11,897

Room and Board

45,101

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$9,639
$30 - $48K
$10,975
$48 - $75K
$14,823
$75 - $110K
$20,963
$110K & UP
$25,743

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