C O L L E G E   P R O F I L E   -   O V E R V I E W
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA
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.
Web Site
Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 23,373
   Women 11,429 (48.9%)
   Men 11,944 (51.1%)
Graduate Students 6,664
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 60% of 40,703 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.83
SAT Math 580-680 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 550-650 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 25-30 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance In-state: $29,997
Out-of-state: $47,230
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $15,156
Out-of-state: $32,389
  Room and Board $12,441
Average Percent of Need Met 86%
Average Freshman Award $16,388
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
C O L L E G E   P R O F I L E   -   O V E R V I E W   -   2
Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 1,295
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 13% of classes
10-19 students: 37% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 9% of classes
Over 100 students: 9% of classes
Amherst Population 34,874
Nearest Metropolitan Area Springfield, MA and Hartford, CT
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 99% of freshmen, 58% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Minuteman
Sororities 10% of women participate
Fraternities 9% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
10.4% Asian
4.1% Black/African-American
6.0% Hispanic/Latino
2.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
69.1% White
7.5% Unknown
International Students 4.9%
First-Year Students Returning 91.3%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 67.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 73%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported