About UMass

The University of Massachusetts Amherst, the flagship campus of the UMass system, is one of the nation's top public research universities with 25,000 students studying in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2013, UMass Amherst offers 114 undergraduate degree programs (including six associate degrees) as well as 73 master's and 51 doctoral programs.

The annual impact of UMass Amherst on economic activity in Massachusetts is more than $1.4 billion. The Amherst campus has more than 238,000 living alumni, and more than 120,000 of them live in the Commonwealth.

Sponsored research awards totaled $140.7 million in fiscal 2011, providing a major stimulus for the Massachusetts economy.

Economic impact: In fiscal 2010, the impact of UMass Amherst on economic activity in Massachusetts was approximately $1.43 billion. The spending of the UMass Amherst campus, its employees and students helped to support an additional 5,174 jobs in the Commonwwealth.


Total: 238,048
United States: 224,053
Massachusetts: 120,508 (54% of U.S. alumni)
(January 2013)

Distinctive alumni


UMass Amherst competes in 21 intercollegiate sports (10 for men and 11 for women). All teams participate in NCAA Division I. Most Minutemen and Minutewomen teams play in the Atlantic 10, with football competing in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). In addition to varsity athletics, students participate in 18 intramural and 53 club sports.


  • William D. Mullins Center. Seating capacities: basketball, 9,493; hockey, 8,389. Mullins also seats 10,500 for center stage shows and 9,000 for a typical concert.
  • Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium, seating capacity 17,000. The stadium is currently under renovation. When that is completed by fall 2014, McGuirk will again host some football games and Undergraduate Commencement.
  • Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., a world-class, 68,000-seat facility, is the home field for UMass Minutemen football games.
  • 120 acres of playing fields, including softball, soccer and outdoor track facilities.


Located on 1,463 acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, the UMass Amherst campus includes 317 major buildings and provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. The Town of Amherst is located 90 miles west of Boston, 60 miles north of Hartford, Conn., and 175 miles north of New York City. Amherst's population of 34,874 includes thousands of students attending UMass, Amherst College and Hampshire College.


Kumble R. Subbaswamy, who assumed office July 1, 2012. For other administrators, view the organizational chart.


Class sections: 2,269 *
Class subsections (lab, recitation, discussion): 1,222
(Fall 2011)

* An organized course offered for credit, identified by discipline and number, meeting at a stated time in a classroom or similar setting, and not a subsection.


Lectures: 42
Labs and discussions: 25
All classes - lectures, labs, discussions: 36
(Fall 2011: Average sizes)


Classified: 2,086
Faculty: 1,609 (also see FACULTY below)
Professional: 1,643 Executive,
Administrative and Managerial: 120
Graduate Students: 2,434
Total Full-Time Employees: 4,876
Total Part-Time Employees: 3,016 Total All Employees: 7,892
Total Full-Time Equivalents: 6,207.3
(Fall 2012)


Undergraduate admission decisions are based, in order of importance, on high school grades, test scores (including the SAT or ACT), recommendations, an essay and activities. A campus visit is recommended.

Students from 47 states and 53 countries attend UMass Amherst. The largest out-of-state representation comes from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, New Hampshire, California and Pennslvania. The foreign countries most often represented (excluding exchange students) are China, Korea, Canada, Japan, Taiwan and Australia.

Enrollment Undergraduate: 20,604
Graduate: 4,267
Continuing and Professional Education: 3,365
Total: 28,236 (Fall 2012)

Enrollment Analysis (excluding Continuing & Professional Education)
Undergraduate: 20,604.
Graduate: 4,267. Sum: 24,871
Undergraduate In-State: 78%, 16,090
Undergraduate Out-of-State: 22%
Graduate In-State: 33%
Graduate Out-of-State: 67%
International Undergraduate: 2%
International Graduate: 32% (Fall 2012)

ALANA* Undergraduates (U.S. citizens, including Continuing & Professional Education): 21%

ALANA Graduate Students (U.S. citizens, including Cotinuing and Professional Education): 20% (Fall 2012)

* African, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander and Native American students

Continuing & Professional Education
Undergraduate: 1,324.
Graduate: 2,041. Total: 3,365
(Fall 2012)

First-Year Undergraduates
Applications: 34,326
Acceptances: 21,470
Enrollments: 4,592 Acceptance Rate: 63%
Yield: 21%
ALANA: 21%
In-State: 72%;
Out-of-State: 28%
Female: 50%
Male: 50%
Combined SAT: 1197
High School Rank: 21
High School GPA: 3.66
(Fall 2012)

Retention Rate (Full Time, First Year)
Number Entering: 4,677
Percentage Returning after 1 year: 88%
(For cohort entering in Fall 2011)

Graduation Rate
Number Entering Fall 2006 (First Year, Full Time): 4,166
Percentage Graduating: 4 years: 54%; 5 years: 68%; 6 years: 70%

To graduate, a student must have a minimum of 120 credits (128-136 for Engineering majors). Full-time students should make normal progress toward graduation by carrying, at minimum, 12 credits or more per semester. To earn 120 credits in eight semesters (four years), students must average 15 credits per semester. A student graduating in 12 semesters (six years), would average 10 credits per semester.



Total: 1,468 Full-Time: 1,230
Part-time: 238 Part-time FTE: 85.7
Full-Time Equivalent: 1,315.1
(Fall 2012)


Tenure System: 1,007
Non-Tenure System: 461
Total: 1,468 Percentage in Tenure System: 69%
(Fall 2012)


18 to 1
(Fall 2011)


Operating Budget
Education and General: $780.1 million
Auxiliary Enterprises: $148.5 million
Total: $928.6 million
(FY 2013)

Total Research Awards: $140.7 million (FY 2011)
Endowment: $256 million (October 31, 2012)


Total Undergraduate Student Aid: $268.9 million
Average Need-Based Aid Package: $11,143
Avg. Need-Based: Grant, $8,993; Loan, $4,630; Work, $1,750
Need-based aid applicants: 17,560
Need-based aid recipients: 12,754
Applicants receiving need-based aid: 67%
Total undergraduates receiving need-based Aid: 56%
(FY 2012)

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Fraternities: 25 chapters, 6 chapter houses
Sororities: 157chapters, 5 chapter houses
Total: 42 chapters, 11 chapter houses
Student participation: 1800
(Spring 2016)


The International Programs Office offers more than 200 international study-abroad and internship opportunities in over 40 countries to more than 1,200 students each year. In addition to faculty-designed, short-term study tours, the university offers year-long study abroad programs in Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe. There are more than 1,800 international students from approximately 100 countries studying on campus. International students make up more than 30 percent of the graduate student population. Programming includes a new Buddy Program that pairs international and domestic students, as well as the International Scholars Program now in its 11th year. UMass Amherst annually sponsors more than 350 visiting researchers, scholars and their families from approximately 50 countries. Scholars arrive throughout the year and stay in the United States from three weeks to three years.
(January 2012)


Books, serial backfiles, other paper materials: 3,857,730
Current serial subscriptions: 81,772
Microforms: 2,592,211
Audiovisual materials: 30,302
E-books: 420,949
Total library operating expenses: $16,721,943
(Fiscal 2011)


UMass Amherst has 43 residence halls, including traditional residence halls, suite-style, and apartment accommodations that house approximately 12,500 students. Most first-year students are required to live on campus, with exceptions for veterans or those living with family within a 40-mile radius. Students are not required to live on campus after the freshman year, although a majority choose to do so. Approximately 61 percent of undergraduates live on campus. The campus also provides limited graduate student housing, serving approximately 240 families in the North Village Apartments. The new 1500-bed Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community will open in fall 2013.
(Spring 2013)


Tuition: $1,714. Required Fees: $11,516. Total: $13,230
Room: $5,563. Board: $4,374. Total: $9,937
Total All Charges: $23,167


Tuition: $9,937. Required Fees: $16,708. Total: $26,645
Room: $5,563. Board: $4,374.
Total: $9,937 Total All Charges: $36,582


Tuition: $2,640.
Required Fees: $10,338.
Total: $12,978


Tuition: $9,937.
Required Fees: $16,200.
Total: $26,137 (2012-13)


Enrollment fee: $400 (non-refundable)


UMass Amherst has one of the most comprehensive student activities programs in the country, including award-winning student-run businesses and many cultural and religious activities. The campus has more than 300 Registered Student Organizations.


Percentage of students with cars on campus: 20%


The Information Clearinghouse provides a wealth of detailed information dating back many years. Within this site, three of the most valuable documents are the Common Data Set (CDS) and Common Data Set Appendix and UMass at a Glance.

The CDS is a data collection tool produced collaboratively by college guide publishers and higher education professionals. The CDS survey was developed to improve the quality of information provided to potential students by making comparable information based on common data definitions available. The Appendix provides additional information to respond to frequently asked questions about the campus.