Entering Undergraduate Class
First-Year Profile, Fall 2020
Students in First-Year Class
33% of the new class represents ALANA students (African-American, Latino, Asian, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Native American).
Grades and Test Scores
Middle 50% GPA* (4.0 scale)
Middle 50% SAT
(Evidence-Based Reading & Writing/Math)
Middle 50% ACT
The middle 50% is a range, specifically the range of test scores or GPA between the 25th percentile and the 75th percentile for the given group. It is the “half in the middle” that’s left if you remove the top 25% and the bottom 25%. For example, at UMass Amherst last year the middle 50% testing range on the SAT for enrolling first-year students was 1210-1370. This means that of the 5,000 enrolled first-year students, about 2,500 (the half in the middle) had a score that was in the range. From this you also know that about 1,250 of enrolled students scored higher than this range, and about 1,250 scored a 1200 or below.
*GPA is based on academic courses only and weighted for Honors and College level courses per the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Beginning with applicants for spring 2021, UMass is test optional.
Transfer Student Profile
Entering Transfer Students
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Associate Degree Programs
Average Class Size
Classes With Fewer Than 40 Students
Hold the Highest Degree in Their Field
Retention & Graduation
First-Year Retention Rate
Retention Rate for the Latest Cohort
6-year Graduation Rate for the Latest Cohort
5-year Graduation Rate for the Latest Cohort
4-year Graduation Rate for the Latest Cohort