UMASS-Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

181 Presidents Drive, Amherst, United States
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  • Total Documents
    9,876
  • Class Notes
    4,935
  • Textbook Notes
    865
  • Study Guides
    4,067
  • Currently Enrolled
    4,870
  • Previously Enrolled
    3,316

Overview of University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMASS-Amherst)

About this school

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a public, land-grant institution. Founded in 1863, it is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation. Within its nine schools and colleges, the university offers bachelor's degrees in more than 85 areas, as well as associate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Through its membership in the Five Colleges Consortium, students can enroll at no extra charge in courses at nearby Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges. Its 1,463-acre campus is located in Amherst, 90 miles west of Boston.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:23,388
    • Men:11,735 Men (50.2%)
    • Women:11,653 Women (49.8%)

Location

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Admission Information (UMASS-Amherst)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to University of Massachusetts Amherst is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
4
-
Science
3
-
Foreign Language
2
-
Social Studies
2
-
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
February 1
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Writing component recommended
ACT Writing Test Policy
SAT: No policy as of now ACT: No policy as of now

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
-
City, State, Zip
Amherst, MA 01003
Phone
(413) 545-0222
Fax
(413) 545-4312
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$80
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 15
Early Action Notification
Rolling, notification begins December 15

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
57% of 41,922 applicants were admitted
Women
60% of 21,564 applicants were admitted
Men
55% of 20,358 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
5,232 (22%) of 24,102 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,621 (20%) of 12,964 admitted students enrolled
Men
2,611 (23%) of 11,138 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.89
375 And Above
60%
3.50 - 3.74
25%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
640 average |590-690 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
22%
• Score 600 - 700
50%
• Score 500 - 600
27%
• Score 400 - 500
1%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
16%
• Score 600 - 700
55%
• Score 500 - 600
27%
• Score 400 - 500
2%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
28 average |26-31 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
Not reported
• Score 24 - 29
Not reported
• Score 18 - 23
Not reported
• Score 12 - 17
Not reported
• Score 6 - 11
Not reported
• Score 5 Or Below
Not reported

Tuition & Financial Aid (UMASS-Amherst)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $15,411|Out-of-state: $33,477 (51.25%)
  • Room & Board: - $12,258 (40.77%)
  • Other Expenses: - $1,000 (3.33%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $1,400 (4.66%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


University of Massachusetts Amherst accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning December 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002221
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
3,989 (85.4%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
2,577 (64.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,553 (99.1%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
347 (13.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
83%
Average Award
$17,495
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,386 (93.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $10,965
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,262 (88.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,127
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 234 (9.2%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
1,322 (28.3%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,848

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
16,906 (79.2%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
11,965 (70.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
11,872 (99.2%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,634 (13.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
86%
Average Award
$17,687
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 10,493 (88.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $10,708
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 10,796 (90.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,118
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 869 (7.3%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
4,929 (23.1%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,707

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
68%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$31,860
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
9.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
4.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Agriculture, Architecture, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Health Fields, Humanities, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Dance, Journalism/Publications, Music, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Cheerleading/Drum Major, Leadership
Special Characteristics
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Handicapped Students, Veterans

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,454

Academics & Instruction (UMASS-Amherst)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


1,351

Part-Time Faculty


144

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


85%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 12% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 36% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 21% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 9% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 4% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 9% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 8% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 7% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 26% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 47% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 12% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 3% of discussion sections/labs
  • 50-59 students: - 4% of discussion sections/labs
  • Over 100 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
4,640,880
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
507
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


University of Massachusetts Amherst provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


90.6%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


67.3%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


75.7%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


77.0%

Programs & Majors (UMASS-Amherst)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (80)


  • Accounting
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Building Construction Technology
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Design/Architecture
  • Environmental Science
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Food Science
  • French Language and Literature
  • General Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Studies
  • History, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Journalism
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Legal Studies, General
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Linguistics
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Plant Sciences, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Portuguese Language and Literature
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Health, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Russian Studies
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Women's Studies

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Social sciences, Biological/life sciences

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Audiology

Master's Programs of Study (138)


  • Accounting
  • Adult Nursing
  • African-American Studies
  • Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
  • American Studies
  • Animal Behavior
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biostatistics
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Chinese
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Community Health
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation/Peace Studies
  • Counselor Education
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Educational Policy
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Finance and Banking
  • Fish, Game, and Wildlife Management
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • Forestry
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geosciences
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • German
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Health Education
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Higher Education
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages
  • Historic Preservation
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Industrial and Labor Relations
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Linguistics
  • Management Strategy and Policy
  • Marine Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Microbiology
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Nutrition
  • Operations Research
  • Organizational Management
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Plant Biology
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Plant Sciences
  • Political Science
  • Polymer Science and Engineering
  • Portuguese
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health--General
  • Public Policy
  • Reading Education
  • Rhetoric
  • Scandinavian Languages
  • School Psychology
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Sports Management
  • Statistics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Sustainable Development
  • Theater
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Water Resources
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Writing

Campus Life (UMASS-Amherst)

Location & Geography

Population


34,874

Nearest Metropolitan Area


Springfield, MA and Hartford, CT

Campus Size


1,463 acres

Weather


Temperature
21.6 average low in January, 76.3 average high in September
Rain
127 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Bus Station
Amherst
Nearest Train Station
Amherst

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


61% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


39%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Minuteman
School Colors
Maroon and white

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, cheerleading, football, sand volleyball, table tennis

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


University of Massachusetts Amherst offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, minutemen marching band, ski club, outing club, university programming council, student government association

Sororities


9% of women participate

Fraternities


9% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


21,577

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
23,388
Women
11,653
Men
11,735

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 10.7% Asian
  • 4.7% Black/African-American
  • 6.8% Hispanic/Latino
  • 3.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 68.5% White
  • 6.2% Unknown

International Students


5.9% from 78 countries

Average Age


21

Number of Graduate Students


6,952

Student Resources (UMASS-Amherst)

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