University of Massachusetts Amherst

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The University of Massachusetts Amherst (often referred to as UMass Amherst, UMass, or locally as Massachusetts) is a four-year publicly sponsored and operated research university and higher education institution located in the city of Amherst, Massachusetts. It is a member of the University of Massachusetts system and it’s flagship institution. With nearly 28,000 students and 1,200 full-time faculty, the University of Massachusetts is one of the largest higher education institutions in the entire New England region.

Through its eight academic schools and colleges, UMass offers undergraduate (bachelor) and graduate (master and doctoral) degrees in well over 100 fields of study and academic disciplines. Not only is the University of Massachusetts a great college, the city of Amherst is a great college town. The city of Amherst has been ranked No.1 in “Best College Towns” in the nation and among the top “Great College Towns” in the United States.

According to the Carnegie Foundation, UMass is a research university that performs a very high level of research. In 2011, the university dedicated over $180 million to research related activities. Along with four other colleges and universities, the University of Massachusett is a member of the Five College Consortium.

In addition to a comprehensive selection of campus-based programs, UMass also offers a selection of online degree programs through its online campus, UMassOnline. The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

General Information

Admission Office
University Admissions Center
37 Mather Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-9291
(413) 545-0222
Fax: (413) 545-4312

Contact: Kevin Kelly
Director of Admissions
Main Address
Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-0111

www.umass.edu

Size
Total undergrads: 20,539
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 4,270
Degree-seeking undergrads: 19,964
Graduate enrollment: 5,820

Setting
Suburban setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Associate
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $70

Online application fee: $70
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 64%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 86%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $10,106 $10,417 $11,917 $11,917 0.00%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,478 $8,114 $8,276 $8,610 +4.04%
Other $1,400 $1,400 $1,400 $1,400 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $19,984 $20,931 $22,593 $22,927 +1.48%
In-state Off Campus $11,106 $11,417 $12,917 $12,917 0.00%
In-state with Family $11,106 $11,417 $12,917 $12,917 0.00%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $2,640
In-state Student Fees $8,286
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $9,937
Out-of-state Fees $11,491

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 3,581 84%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,608 61% $18,904,071 $7,248
• Federal grants 761 18% $3,414,075 $4,486
• Pell grants 760 18% $2,641,790 $3,476
• Other federal grants 751 18% $772,285 $1,028
State/local government grant or scholarships 2,588 61% $7,343,140 $2,837
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,572 37% $8,146,856 $5,182
Student loan aid 2,642 62% $17,374,919 $6,576
• Federal student loans 2,611 61% $12,646,571 $4,844
Other student loans 398 9% $4,728,348 $11,880

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 4714 1185 269 72 166
Agriculture 183 15 9 72
Agricultural Economics 82 3 2
Animal Sciences 48 3 4
Applied Horticulture/horticultural Business Services, Other 15
Applied Horticulture/horticulture Operations 5
Crop Production 3
Equestrian/equine Studies 6
Food Science 14 2 2
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 20
Plant Sciences 39 7 1
Turf and Turfgrass Management 23
Architecture and Related Services 78 36 2
Architecture 28 13
City/urban, Community and Regional Planning 11 2
Environmental Design/architecture 26
Landscape Architecture 24 12
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 25 8 4 24
African-american/black Studies 3 2 2 4
German Studies 3 6 2
Latin American Studies 17
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 7
Russian Studies 1
Women’s Studies 11 3
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 377 27 29
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 54
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 172
Botany/plant Biology 2 3
Cell/cellular and Molecular Biology 6 10
Entomology 1 1
Evolutionary Biology 2 5
Exercise Physiology 120 8 4
Microbiology 31 6 1
Neuroscience 2 5
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 893 391 9
Accounting 159 58
Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations 1
Business Administration and Management 128 308 9
Finance 257
Hospitality Administration/management 201 8
Labor and Industrial Relations 17
Marketing/marketing Management 147
Communication and Journalism Programs 120 1
Journalism 120 1
Computing and Information Sciences 59 31 13
Computer Science 59 31 13
Construction Trades 31
Building Construction Technology 31
Education 2 201 31 32
Art Teacher Education 3
Education 2 196 31 32
Music Teacher Education 2
Engineering 279 106 38
Chemical Engineering 45 1 8
Civil Engineering 73 21 6
Computer Engineering 17
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 42 31 9
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering 5
Industrial Engineering 9 7 1
Mechanical Engineering 93 11 5
Polymer/plastics Engineering 30 9
Engineering Technology 1
Engineering/industrial Management 1
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 178 26 10
Creative Writing 13
English Language and Literature 178 13 10
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 150 38 11 6
Chinese Language and Literature 16 3
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 29 4
Comparative Literature 20 4 1
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6
French Language and Literature 11 7
Italian Language and Literature 4 1
Japanese Language and Literature 19 7
Linguistics 17 3 7
Portuguese Language and Literature 2
Spanish Language and Literature 32 9 3
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 282 124 25
Audiology/audiologist 5
Communication Sciences and Disorders 66 23
Nursing Practice 17
Nursing Science 2
Pre-veterinary Studies 24
Public Health 37 95 1
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 155 6
History 144 9 5 4
History 144 9 5 4
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 21
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 21
Human Services 18 15
Public Policy Analysis 18 15
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 101
General Studies 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 97
Mathematics and Statistics 65 22 5
Applied Mathematics 5
Mathematics 65 17 5
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 204 2 1 6
Biological and Physical Sciences 6
Marine Sciences 1 1
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 5
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 163
Nutrition Sciences 35 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 106 10 6
Environmental Science 33
Forestry 23 2 1
Natural Resources/conservation 21
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 29 8 5
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 106 26 3
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 106 26 3
Physical Sciences 83 19 32
Astronomy 14 2 3
Chemistry 32 5 15
Geology and Earth Science 16 6 6
Physics 21 6 8
Psychology 446 11 12
Psychology 446 11 7
School Psychology 5
Social Sciences 648 26 24 39
Anthropology 50 7 7
Economics 227 6 8
Geography 3 1
International Relations and Affairs 1
Political Science and Government 174 9 6 38
Social Sciences, Other 21
Sociology 173 3 3
Visual and Performing Arts 154 38 18
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 16 3
Dance 9
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 39 1 18
Fine/studio Arts 52 5
Interior Design 2
Music Performance 6 27
Music 32
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Economics B
Animal Sciences B
Arboriculture and community forest management A
Crop Production A
Equestrian/Equine Studies A
Food Science B
Horticultural Services A
Landscaping A
Plant Sciences B
Turf Management A

Architecture & Related Programs

Environmental Design B
Interior Architecture B
Landscape Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
Near/Middle Eastern Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Chem/Phys/Molecular Biology B
Exercise Physiology B
Microbiology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Apparel/Accessories Marketing B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B

Engineering

Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family Resource Management Studies B
Human Nutrition B

Foreign Language & Literature

Chinese B
Classics B
Comparative Literature B
French B
German B
Italian B
Japanese B
Linguistics B
Portuguese B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Communication Disorders B
Nursing (RN) B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Preveterinary Medicine B

History

History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Law & Legal Studies – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Individual concentration B

Mathematics

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Forestry – General B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B
Natural Resources Management/Policy B
Wildlife/Wilderness Management B
Wood Science/Paper Technology B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Astronomy B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology

Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Social thought and political economy B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of Massachusetts-Amherst Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(413) 545-0111
Website:www.umass.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:www.commonapp.org/
Address:374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA 01003
Setting:21
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:30,037
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):73%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:18 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:22,620 (75% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$14,971
Out-of-state Tuition:$32,204
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:91%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$8,572

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

University of Massachusetts-Amherst Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences16633
Architecture and Related Services351
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies8411
Biological and Biomedical Sciences14109
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services5641
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs2211
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services111
Construction Trades1
Education2131
Engineering1676
English Language and Literature/Letters121
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics11094
Health Professions and Related Programs3465
History3111
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Legal Professions and Studies1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities3
Mathematics and Statistics121
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies6431
Natural Resources and Conservation223
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies11
Philosophy and Religious Studies2211
Physical Sciences2444
Psychology112
Public Administration and Social Service Professions11
Social Sciences4764
Visual and Performing Arts6661
Grand total496828052

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services162
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs11
Education1
Health Professions and Related Programs212
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Visual and Performing Arts1
Grand total795

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Massachusetts-Amherst and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$14,971
Out-of-state$32,204
Books and supplies$1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$15,613
Out-of-state$31,733

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid4,27191%
Grant or scholarship aid3,91884%$8,572
Student loan aid2,59055%$7,657

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid16,06871%$8,849
Federal student loans12,99657%$6,770

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Massachusetts-Amherst students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants40,82219,70821,114
Percent admitted100%59%60%
Percent admitted who enrolled11%12%11%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Massachusetts-Amherst Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment30,037
Undergraduate enrollment23,373
Graduate enrollment6,664

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Massachusetts-Amherst Accreditation

This institution is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health (PHB) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level school of public health
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

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