The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Students at an anti-racism protest in front of New Africa House at UMass Amherst.

UMass Amherst honors and acknowledges Black history and heritage, on campus and beyond.

By the Numbers


U.S. News & World Report ranking among national public universities


Academic disciplines ranked among the Top 200 programs worldwide

Top 50

Best Value Colleges (Public), The Princeton Review


Best Campus Food, The Princeton Review

Top 20

Coolest Schools, Sierra Club sustainability rankings


Faculty members

This is UMass

At UMass Amherst, we welcome you to join our diverse, inclusive community of dreamers, innovators, creators, and doers. Find out how you can explore your interests and build skills to make your mark on the world with a UMass education.

This is your moment.
This is your opportunity.
This is UMass.


Take Charge. Stay Curious.

Take a step into your future and discover UMass Amherst.

Provost Professor Charmaine Nelson at UMass Amherst.

A trailblazing art historian specializing in Black diasporic art and visual culture, Charmaine A. Nelson strives to increase scholarship and awareness of the histories of slavery in Canada and the American North.

On February 22, she will present the keynote lecture at the 2023 Commonwealth Honors College Black Heritage Celebration.


Explore Our Programs

With 110 undergraduate majors and 127 graduate programs offered on campus and online, there are hundreds of opportunities to pursue your passion at UMass Amherst. Study on campus or take advantage of a wide array of flexible and innovative learning options.

Aerial view of the Old Chapel on the UMass Amherst campus.

UMass Amherst cares about your health, the health of our community, and the health of our planet. Our holistic vision of health integrates physical, mental, spiritual, and social wellbeing.

As a Health Promoting University, we're committed to creating, cultivating, and sustaining healthy people, places, and planet. Our approach centers on principles of human rights, social and environmental justice, solidarity, equity, and peace.

News and Events

Equity and Inclusion

Attend events that celebrate Black history and culture run by student organizations, cultural centers, colleges and more.


An international team of 48 researchers led by UMass Amherst revealed an incredibly detailed genetic map of green and leatherback turtles packed with surprises that might hold the key to their survival

University News

The professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies and prominent author, activist and scholar of Black history, who helped pioneer one of the nation’s first Afro-American studies departments, has died at age 81.


Results of the survey indicate that almost 80% of municipalities achieved savings by developing a CCE program, while 60% of standard CCE packages score better than the Massachusetts renewable energy requirement.

February 10

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Goodell Hall

February 9

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Olver Design Building

February 10

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Frederick C. Tillis Performance Hall