UMass Amherst is a school at the forefront of change and innovation, preparing students to be future leaders in any industry they choose. Whether you have your sights set on the boardroom, the courtroom, or the classroom, you’ll get the leg up you need to kickstart a future that is uniquely yours.
Living the Dream
Outside of the classroom, you’ll have a variety of living options to suit your style, from traditional residence halls to apartments to gender-inclusive housing. Plus, our award-winning dining program will keep you going as you explore over 200 student organizations, intramural and club sports, and more.
UMass Amherst ranks #26 among public universities nationally in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges Guide, making us stand out as one of the fastest-rising publics schools in the U.S.
Here, you’ll have a vast spread of superior academic programs to choose from, housed under 10 diverse schools and colleges full of world-class faculty. Plus, because we’re a part of the Five College Interchange Program, you can easily enroll in classes at nearby Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges.
Devoted to Diversity
UMass Amherst is known for being an inclusive and respectful community—for example, our LGBTQ center and our women’s center were among the first established in the nation. And we offer more than 100 academic courses on diversity-related topics.
We’re also fierce advocates of social justice and work continuously to improve diversity and equity on our campus. Through supportive student organizations and university-based services such as the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success and the Center for Women and Community, we’re here as your advocate, allies, and friends.
Hiking, biking, museums, music, theater, history, food, and farms—all just outside your front door. Nestled in an area known as the Pioneer Valley, Amherst is one of the top college towns in the nation, filled with students from different universities, academic and professional opportunities, and plenty of charm.
Keep up with life at UMass, from our students' perspective.