UMass Amherst Welcomes Highest-Achieving Entering Class as University Marks 150th Year

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst will welcome the most academically accomplished entering class in its 150-year history when students return to the state’s public flagship campus on Labor Day weekend.

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said, “As the flagship campus of the Commonwealth’s public higher education system, UMass Amherst attracts outstanding students from across the state as well as the nation and the world. The class of 2017, with its impressive academic credentials, joins our student body of bright and unconventional thinkers and will undoubtedly enrich our campus community immeasurably.”

The academic profile of the entering class is again at an historic high, continuing the record-setting trend of recent years. Compared to last year, SAT scores increased by about 11 points to 1208, and high school grade-point average increased from 3.66 to 3.73. On average, the high school rank improved with students ranking in the top fifth of their high school class.

The size of the entering class, approximately 4,600 students, is slightly larger than last year. The number of out-of-state students remains about the same, constituting 27 percent of the entering class. Overall undergraduate enrollment is estimated at 20,640, up slightly from last year’s 20,604.

This year’s incoming class will reflect an increase in diversity. The ALANA (African, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander and Native American) population will increase by 2 percentage points from 21.4 percent to approximately 23.5 percent. Men represent 51 percent of the class and women 49 percent.

Commonwealth Honors College saw a slight increase in the size of the entering class, from 608 in 2012 to 630 in 2013. SAT scores rose to 1357 and high school GPA increased to 4.21. The number of international undergraduate students entering UMass Amherst will grow substantially, an increase of 79 students to 173.

This is the 10th year of consecutive growth and another record for first-year applications for admission. More than 36,000 students applied for admission, a 5 percent increase over the prior year, and an increase of 10 percent in out-of-state applications, including international students. Applications have more than doubled since fall 2004. Out-of-state students represent 47 percent of the applicant pool. Admission continues to be selective—only 63 percent of students who applied were admitted for the fall, similar to the fall 2012 rate but substantially lower than the 81 percent acceptance rate in fall 2004.