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University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA

Learn what degree programs the University of Massachusetts in Amherst offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About the University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Founded in 1863, the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, known as UMass Amherst, is a public university located 90 minutes from Boston. In 2012, UMass Amherst was ranked 94th in a listing of best national universities put out by U.S. News & World Report.


UMass Amherst offers 240 degree programs at eight schools and colleges: the School of Nursing, the School of Public Health and Public Sciences, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, Isenberg School of Management, the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the College of Engineering and the School of Education. Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs are available along with various levels of certificate programs. Some of the school's most popular degree programs include business, education, architecture, journalism and engineering. The average class size is 37 students; 63% of the classes have fewer than 30 students.

UMass Amherst also offers online programs at a variety of educational levels. The school offers study-abroad programs, co-ops, internships and community service learning. UMass Amherst is home to a fine arts center and six art galleries, and the university attracts nationally known music, theatre and dance acts each year. Its libraries contain almost 7 million items. The university's athletic teams compete at the highest level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Five College Interchange Program allows UMass students to also take classes at Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College and Hampshire College.


Prospective students may submit the Common Application along with the UMass Amherst Supplement through the U.S. Mail or the UMass Amherst website. Transcripts, an essay, standardized tests scores (SAT I, ACT or both) and at least one academic letter of recommendation are required. Students wishing to pursue degrees in art, dance, music and architecture will also need to set up an audition or portfolio review.

There were over 32,000 undergraduate applicants in Fall 2011. Of those applicants, 66 percent were admitted and 22 percent of those students enrolled. The freshman application deadline is January 15. The early action deadline for freshmen is November 1.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 academic year, the estimated cost of tuition, room and board for first-time undergraduate students was $23,167 for in-state students living on campus and $36,582 for out-of-state students living on campus. UMass Amherst has a payment plan available for students. The school also offers several merit-based scholarships and tuition wavers.

School Type Public, 4-year and above**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate, associate's, certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester***
School Setting Suburban***
Student Body 21,812 undergraduates, 6,272 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing 45 residence halls and six apartment buildings *
Schools and Programs Eight schools; 240 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011: Bachelor's: Business Management and Marketing (840) Master's: Business Management and Marketing (527) Doctorate: Education (36)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 52% in four years, 67% in six years**
Admission Rate 66% in 2011**
Entering Class Size In 2010: 4,500*
First-Year Retention Rates 89% for full-time and 50% for part-time**
Undergraduate Application Due Date January 15*
Decision Notification Date Early March*
Tuition (2012-2013) $23,167 for in-state students; $36,582 for out-of-state students (includes room and board)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011: grants or scholarship aid (74%), student loan aid (67%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 88% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of Massachusetts Amherst, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Undergraduate Admissions Office, Mather Building, 37 Mather Drive, Amherst, MA 01003
  • Phone: (413) 545-0222
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