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In the U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges Guide, the University of Massachusetts Amherst ranks #26 among public universities nationally.

Up 26 spots from its #52 ranking in 2010, the commonwealth’s flagship campus is one of the most improved institutions among top-tier public universities in America.

Top 200

One of the top 200 best values in colleges nationwide
Princeton Review, 2022

Top 30

Listed among the top 30 LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities
Campus Pride, 2021

Top 20

Top 20 student of color enrollment for public flagship universities

Campus Highlights

UMass Amherst is the flagship public university in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, making a profound, transformative impact to the common good. Founded in 1863, we are the largest public research university in New England, distinguished by the excellence and breadth of our academic, research, and community outreach programs.

Recent Accomplishments

UMass Amherst is recognized worldwide for its welcoming campus, top-ranked academic programs, and  accomplished students and professors. We've also got amazing food and an unmatched commitment to sustainability.

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Campus Pride has named UMass Amherst to their 2021 list of Best of the Best Colleges and Universities for LGBTQ Students in the United States. 

ALL IN Gold Award

UMass Amherst students had a 74.7% voting participation rate, compared to 54.4% in the 2016 presidential election.

Excelling Academically

UMass Amherst ranks No. 65 nationally and 159th worldwide according to the 2019-20 evaluation of higher education institutions by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR).

Isenberg School of Management

Undergraduate programs in the Isenberg School of Management and the College of Engineering at UMass Amherst advanced in the latest national rankings released Sept. 10 by U.S. News & World Report.

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Online bachelor’s degree programs at UMass Amherst rank 19th nationally, according to a survey released by U.S. News & World Report, which also listed the university 11th for online baccalaureate programs for veterans. 

UMass Amherst Food Science

The UMass Amherst food science department maintained its number-one ranking in the U.S. and jumped to seventh in the world, according to the 2020 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, part of the annual Academic Ranking of World Universities, published by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy.

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The 2020 Best Global Universities guide published by U.S. News and World Report ranks UMass Amherst No. 4 in the comprehensive subject area of Agricultural Sciences. The rankings consider the top 1,500 universities across 81 countries.

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U.S. News & World Report recently released their 2022 global subject rankings and two UMass programs earned top marks: food science placed at number two and agriculture at number five.

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The linguistics department at the UMass Amherst ranks second worldwide in the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject. This is the fourth year UMass Amherst has held the number two spot, behind only MIT.

Discovering Knowledge

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UMass Amherst was among the higher ed institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for having produced the most Gilman Scholarship recipients over the past 20 years in the Large Institution category.

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Ten researchers at UMass have been recognized for being among the world’s most highly cited researchers in 2019 by London-based Clarivate Analytics, owner of the “Web of Science.” 

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Solidifying its reputation as a world-class research and innovation leader, UMass ranks No. 37 on the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Patents in 2018 list released today by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).

Eating Well

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For the fifth year in a row, UMass Amherst leads the pack in the Best Campus Food category of The Princeton Review, which ranks the top 20 universities and colleges in 62 different categories for 2021.

Food at UMass Amherst

In its inaugural “Great Campus Food” list, The Princeton Review has named the University of Massachusetts Amherst to the exclusive group in its 2022 edition of The Best 387 Colleges.

The university is No. 24 on a newly released list of vegan-friendly institutions compiled by Rent CollegePads.com, a Milwaukee-based company that helps students find off-campus housing. The rankings were created by crunching data from a combination of previous national lists, the number of vegan restaurants in the surrounding area, as well as SEO data from student searches.

Leading in Sustainability

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and the Princeton Review rank us among the top research universities nationwide for our commitment to leadership in sustainability, including our goal to be Carbon Zero by 2032.  

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UMass Amherst last week unveiled UMass Carbon Zero — an ambitious vision to limit the dangers of climate change and power the commonwealth’s 1,500-acre flagship campus with 100% renewable energy by approximately 2032. 

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UMass, which ranked 18 out of 328, is among those that “have displayed a deep and thorough commitment to addressing climate change, protecting the natural world and encouraging environmental responsibility both through their campus operations and course curricula,” according to “Sierra Magazine.”

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A national program that measures accomplishments in sustainability in higher education has once again placed UMass Amherst as one of the most sustainable campuses in North America. The “gold” rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) program recognizes sustainability accomplishments in areas such as academics, research, engagement, operations and administration.

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For the fifth consecutive year, UMass Amherst has been named to the Princeton Review’s list of Top 50 Green Colleges.

Winning Titles

UMass Hockey Team

University of Massachusetts hockey controlled play from start to finish and rolled to a 5-0 shutout of St. Cloud State to capture the 2021 Division I Men's Hockey NCAA Championship last Saturday night at PPG Paints Arena, the first in program history. The Minutemen finished the season with a 20-5-4 record, the fewest losses for an NCAA Champion since Maine's 40-1-2 season in 1992-93.

Sam Breen and Sydney Taylor embrace following their NCAA First Round loss to Notre Dame

Making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998, UMass fell, 89-78, to No. 5 seed Notre Dame in the First Round, closing out the most successful season in the program’s 54-year history.

The UMass hockey team celebrates winning the Hockey East Championship on March 19, 2022

The Minutemen will open the 2022 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Championship by facing No. 2 seed Minnesota in the Regional Semifinal at Worcester's DCU Center Friday, March, 25 at 6 p.m.