UMass Amherst Ranked 25th Nationally for Operating Efficiency

AMHERST, Mass. – U.S. News & World report has recognized the University of Massachusetts Amherst as the 25th most efficient among its top-rated national universities.

The new ranking looks at public and private colleges that scored the highest in overall undergraduate academic quality in the U.S. News 2015 Best Colleges rankings, but that spent relatively less to achieve that quality. Only schools that ranked in the top half of their ranking category were considered.

UMass Amherst and its schools, colleges and programs are consistently recognized for academic excellence and financial value. UMass Amherst is currently 30th nationally among public universities in the U.S. News 2015 Best Colleges Guide. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine rates UMass Amherst among the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2015.

U.S. News said schools on the efficiency list are doing a good job managing their finances relative to schools that may have far greater financial resources because of more state funding, higher tuition or larger endowments.

For the analysis, financial resources were measured by taking into account how much a school spends per student on instruction, research, student services and related expenditures. The premise is that the less a school spent relative to its position on the quality ranking, the more efficient it is.

For its rankings, U.S. News defines national universities, the UMass Amherst category, as those that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and doctoral programs and are committed to producing groundbreaking research.