AMHERST, Mass. - Students arriving at the University of Massachusetts this September will find tuition for in-state undergraduates has decreased for the third year in a row. University officials also report that the incoming class of first-year students is larger than last year and that both grade-point averages and SAT scores are up.
The expected number of students in the Class of 2002 is 3,850, up from 3,700 last year. The number of applications was 17,690, down from 18,000 last year. The average SAT score for the incoming class is 1134, up from 1125 last fall, while the grade-point average for first-year students is 3.15, higher than last year’s 3.10. University officials say the improving SAT scores and grade-point averages of new students reflect Chancellor David K. Scott’s Strategic Action Plan to improve the University’s overall academic profile.
The University will also welcome 1,300 new graduate students, the same as last fall’s number. The total number of graduate students is expected to be 5,800, the same as last year. This year, 8,400 applications were received by the graduate school, up from last year’s total of 8,200.
The total number of undergraduates is expected to remain at 18,000 and the total number of undergraduates and graduate students is expected to be 24,000. QQ Undergraduate tuition for in-state students is $1,904, a decline of 5 percent from $2,004 last year. This is the third year in a row that trustees have voted to cut tuition for in-state undergraduates. In-state graduate tuition stays at last year’s level of $2,640. Tuition for out-of-state undergraduates and graduate students will be $9,018, up from $8,952 last year.
Mandatory fees have been frozen at last year’s level of $3,325 for in-state undergraduates. Charges for room and board have also been held at last year’s rates of $2,488, and $2,032, respectively. Fees for out-of-state undergraduates will be $3,432, up from $3,390 last year. In-state graduate fees are $2,856, the same as last year, while out-of-state graduate fees will be $3,204, up from $2,916.
Total costs for tuition, fees, room, and board for in-state undergraduates is $9,749, down 1 percent from $9,849 last year. Combined tuition, fees, room, and board for out-of-state undergraduates is $16,970, an increase of 0.6 percent from last year’s total of $16,862. For in-state graduate students, total tuition and fees will be $5,496, the same as last year, while for out-of-state graduate students the total for tuition and fees is $12,222, up 3 percent from $11,868 last year.