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U.S. News and World Report

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the nation’s top public universities. We rank number 29 in a field of more than 600 public, four-year colleges and universities in the United States, moving up 11 spots in the past two years in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual college guide.

UMass Amherst is the flagship public higher education campus in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, making a profound, transformative impact to the common good. Founded in 1863, we are the largest public research university in New England, distinguished by the excellence and breadth of our academic, research, and community outreach programs.


Nationally recognized academics. More than 28,000 students are enrolled, including more than 22,000 undergraduates from 71 countries and 50 states.

Stellar students. Our students are bright, bold, unconventional thinkers. More than 40,000 students applied for 4,685 seats in the Class of 2019. Academic quality stands at an all-time high with combined average SATs at 1226/1600 and average GPAs at 3.83.

Research powerhouse. Our research expenditures in fiscal 2015 totaled $200 million. Among Massachusetts colleges and universities, UMass Amherst ranks third in research grants from the National Science Foundation, behind only MIT and Harvard.

Great value. For a fifth consecutive year, UMass Amherst is among the 100 “Best College Values” in public colleges compiled by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. Money magazine ranks us among the nation’s best colleges based on the most bang for the tuition buck.

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Extraordinary food. UMass Amherst ranks second nationally for “Best Campus Food” in the 2016 edition of The Princeton Review’s The Best 380 Colleges.

Life sciences leader. The new Institute for Applied Life Sciences, launched with a $95-million investment from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, combines expertise from more than 120 faculty members.

Top residential honors college. Our Commonwealth Honors College recruits the best and the brightest, with average SATs at 1357/1600 and average GPAs at 4.21. In 2013 we opened a six-building honors complex for living and learning.

Artistic hotbed.Our Fine Arts Center brings nationally known theater, music, and dance to campus year-round. Six campus galleries exhibit visual arts. Student art and performance opportunities abound.

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Devoted to diversity. UMass Amherst has a rich history in support of social justice and in efforts to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campus. Our LGBTQ center and our women’s center, for example, were among the first established in the nation. And we offer more than 100 academic courses on diversity-related topics.

Economic engine. UMass Amherst’s operations contributed $1.9 billion in economic activity to the Massachusetts economy and supported 8,957 external jobs in fiscal 2015.

Data science pioneer. We are established leaders in big data with a thriving new Center for Data Science. Working with industry and government, we are applying our internationally recognized expertise to data science and making multimillion dollar investments in this booming field.

Broad academic spectrum. UMass Amherst offers 117 undergraduate degree programs as well as 76 master’s and 47 doctoral programs.


Building boom.We’re building the next generation of facilities for living and learning at UMass Amherst, including new classrooms, labs, residence halls, dining commons, and recreation venues. Altogether we’ve built 2.4 million gross square feet of new facilities in the last 10 years.

Tomorrow’s manufacturing. We are on the forefront of advanced manufacturing. We are a lead institution for a $75-million federal initiative in flexible hybrid electronics, and we are a part of a $317-million public-private research partnership in high-tech manufacturing of fibers and textiles.

Award-winning scholars. We are one of the nation’s top-producing research universities for student Fulbright and Goldwater scholarships. Our 14 Fulbright and four Goldwater scholars exemplify our excellence.

LGBT friendly. Campus Pride rates UMass Amherst as one of the best campuses in the country for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.


Serious about sustainability.The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education ranks us among the top research universities nationwide for our commitment to leadership in sustainability.

International intellectual leader. We rank among the top 200 programs worldwide in 18 academic disciplines, according to the 2014 QS World University Subject Ratings.

Community-engaged students. UMass Amherst engages the community with 359 programs, partnering with 499 organizations in 21 states, and involving 86 different campus units.

Bright future. UMass Rising, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the university’s history, has exceeded its $300-million goal by nearly $50 million.

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Path to exciting careers.Our graduates work in such dynamic places as NASA, Google, Fenway Park, IBM, the Brooklyn Museum, CNN, General Electric, Alaska’s Denali National Park, Boston’s Beacon Hill, and Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill, to name a few.

Military friendly.UMass Amherst is a recognized leader in recruiting and supporting veterans in their postservice education.The campus currently serves more than 400 veterans.

World leader in climate science.The federal government selected UMass Amherst to lead a consortium of seven universities and host a major new initiative, the Northeast Climate Science Center, funded with a $7.5-million grant.

Alumni connections. We have a powerful network of more than 235,000 alumni worldwide who are leaders in their communities and in the sciences, professions, and the arts.

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Top-tier athletics.UMass has 21 NCAA Division I sports teams. Four of them won Atlantic 10 Championships in 2015-16, with women’s lacrosse advancing to the Elite Eight round of the 2016 NCAA Championship. Wide receiver Tajae Sharpe was a 2015 All-American and a fifth-round NFL Draft pick by the Tennessee Titans.

Brilliant professors.Seven UMass Amherst faculty members are among “the world’s leading scientific minds,” according to a 2015 survey by Thomson Reuters.

Leading libraries. We have the largest public academic research library in Massachusetts. Our campus libraries boast the latest information technology and are hubs of scholarly activity.

Global opportunities.1,200 UMass Amherst students study abroad in 70 countries each year. We integrate academically rigorous, personally rewarding, and socially responsible international opportunities into our program of study.

Town of Amherst

Fantastic college town.Hiking, biking, museums, music, theater, history, food, and farms—it’s all in Amherst. Plus, we’re part of a local consortium of five nationally known colleges, which includes Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges.