AMHERST, Mass. – A study by Business First places the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 44th place among 477 four-year, public colleges and universities in the U.S., based on 20 indicators of academic excellence, prestige, affordability, diversity and economic strength.
Business First is a Buffalo-based publication owned by American City Business Journals Inc. ACBJ, the nation’s largest publisher of local business news and information, is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.
Released Feb. 23, Business First’s study is based on the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. College rankings recently issued by three national publications—Forbes, Kiplinger’s and U.S. News and World Report—were also factored into the report.
The study’s 20-part formula pinpoints the public universities and colleges that offer the best educational experiences to their students. It gives the highest marks to schools with highly selective admissions processes, strong retention and graduation rates, reputations, generous resources, affordable tuitions and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies, and economically robust communities.
UMass Amherst ranked first among the 11 Massachusetts public universities included in the study.