Diversity at UMass
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
You belong at UMass Amherst. Your voice, experiences, and background shape our community. We are a campus of diverse people and ideas, but together we are one UMass Amherst.
UMass Amherst Undergraduate Admissions is committed to the responsibility of providing access and opportunities for all, while actively upholding diversity as a priority, demonstrating our commitment to inclusion of historically underrepresented communities. We believe that a multicultural and diverse campus is essential to achieving academic excellence, allowing students of all identities and backgrounds to thrive at UMass Amherst.
Visit the Office of Equity and Inclusion to learn more about the university’s commitment to building an inclusive campus community by combatting racism and all forms of bigotry.
Points of Pride
Diversity is nothing new at UMass, we opened our doors to students of color and women in the late 1800s and have since committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community! UMass was also one of the first state flagship universities to have an African American member of the faculty.
African American student enrollment for public flagship universities
LGBTQ-Friendly campus for the 8th consecutive year
Recognized as a First-Gen Forward Institution
We take our commitment to building an inclusive community seriously. It matters to us because YOU matter and YOU Represent UMass Amherst. For this reason, we host a number of URep UMass events throughout the year to support our students and our local communities throughout the admission process and beyond.
To learn more about the different events and sessions we are hosting this year, visit our events page.
Admissions Diversity Fellow Program
The Admission Diversity Fellows are a team of undergraduate students who work for the UMass Amherst Undergraduate Admissions Office, and assist the team with the goal to increase the number of underrepresented students on our campus, and support them while they are here. The Diversity Fellows serve as mentors for prospective students applying to college, and newly admitted students deciding on a college home. They ensure that historically underrepresented students are on track for academic and social success. Diversity Fellows are essential in achieving our goal to make UMass Amherst a more diverse and inclusive campus, where students from all walks of life can feel like they belong.
If you would like to learn more about becoming an Admission Diversity Fellow and/or want to get touch with a current Admission Diversity Fellow, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Access Partners
Our community access partners are critical to our success in supporting students throughout their academic journey. Access partners not only bring an array of diverse experience and resources, our partnership allow us to support students beyond the admission process, ensuring that UMass Amherst students thrive and unlock their potential every step of the way.