For a fourth straight year, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is among the nation’s top 30 public universities, ranked 29th by the 2018 Best Colleges guide released Sept. 12 by U.S. News & World Report. The university was ranked as a Top 30 national public university for the first time in 2014. In the 2018 rankings, UMass Amherst shares the No. 29 spot with one other school. There are more than 700 public, four-year universities and colleges in the country.