Welcome to the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
UMass Amherst is ranked 27th among more than 600 public universities in the nation. Since the fall of 2005, undergraduate applications have increased 84 percent. Concurrently, the academic profile of those applicants climbed, resulting in the highest achieving student body in the history of the campus.
New campus facilities opening over the past few years—including the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community, the Integrative Learning Center, the Integrated Sciences Building, and the Life Science Laboratories— give our faculty and students access to a cutting edge research and learning environment. Another wave of campus construction currently underway promises to further enrich those opportunities.
In addition to educating the next generation of Commonwealth citizens, we are also a research powerhouse that touches—and often transforms—communities in the state and around the world. Our research expenditures totaled $200 million in Fiscal Year 2015. We are one of only five “Research 1” universities in Massachusetts, the highest designation attainable—and the only public institution on the list. And among all Massachusetts universities—public and private—UMass Amherst is the third largest recipient of research funding from the National Science Foundation.
Recently, the campus successfully concluded UMass Rising, a comprehensive campaign for the university. Surpassing its goal of $300 million for a total of $379 million, UMass Rising is the largest private fundraising effort in the history of public higher education in the Commonwealth.
While we have accomplished much, we look forward to achieving more, and our comprehensive, campus-wide strategic planning process positions us for continued success.
I am proud to lead the flagship campus of the Commonwealth during one of the most exciting times in our history.
Welcome and GO UMASS!
Kumble R. Subbaswamy