The UMass Impact
At UMass Amherst, our diverse community is united in our commitment to the relentless pursuit of progress.
We are the revolutionaries of today. Not waiting for change, but creating it. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a revolutionary spirit runs through our veins. It inspires us. To think in new ways. To challenge convention. Not to simply be different, but to actually make a difference. We embrace the freedom to dream bigger. We are pioneers, builders, unconventional doers – committed to the relentless pursuit of progress. Join us, and make your impact.
Whatever your goal, UMass will help you reach it. Our campus is bursting with opportunities and resources to empower you to make an impact on the world.
As the Commonwealth's flagship public research university, UMass Amherst offers students unparalleled support, top facilities, and opportunities for meaningful research collaborations with leading faculty, multi-industry companies, and technology clusters in the Greater Boston area and beyond.
The Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship provides access to entrepreneurial inspiration, connections, and resources.
The office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning (CESL) promotes learning for lifelong, democratic engagement, partnering with communities on and off campus to work collectively for a more just society.
At the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), more than 200 faculty-led research groups translate research into innovative product candidates, technologies, and services to benefit human health and well-being.
On Campus and in the World
Our students, alumni, faculty and staff are making a difference every day, in every corner of the world.
Four elite athletes with ties to UMass Amherst -- Heather MacLean, Sarah Hawkshaw, Marlise van Tonder and Gabby Thomas -- represented their nations in Tokyo during the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad.
Loretta Yarlow, director of the University Museum of Contemporary Art, was recently honored to receive an invitation to participate in the next Venice Biennale, taking place for seven months, from April 23 through Nov. 27, 2022.
David Keiser, resource economics, and Marjorie Aelion, environmental health sciences and associate vice chancellor for research and engagement, are among the 47 experts selected to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board (SAB), EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan announced on Aug. 2.
The Baker-Polito administration and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center recently announced that a team led by Extension professor Dwayne Breger at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been selected for a two-year award of more than $228,000.
Yinghui (Mark) He, a 2020 graduate from the department of music and dance, earned second place honors in the 2021 National Student Auditions held last month by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
UMass Amherst’s Jim Kurose, is part of the research team recently awarded a $20 million National Science Foundation grant to build the internet of the future.
As Greater Boston prepares for a post-COVID-19 environment, the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst is opening co-working space for startup or small companies interested in co-locating with the state’s flagship public university.
Professor Donghyun Kim, College of Information and Computer Sciences, a specialist in dynamic, bipedal motion in robots, is helping to build a robot that can take robotic acrobatics to the next level.
Researchers in polymer science and engineering are used to working at the molecular level, but UMass Amherst professor Thomas P. Russell and his former UMass student and current postdoc Paul Kim are helping to take polymer research to the next level: outer space.
In the News
Alumna Rachael Rollins has been nominated by President Joe Biden to be the next U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts. She has been the Suffolk Country district attorney since 2018. If her nomination is approved by the U.S. Senate she will become the first Black woman to hold the post.
The UMass alum and former MLS player recounts his 84-day transcontinental journey, and the challenges and triumphs he encountered along the way.
The climate organizer from Sunrise Movement speaks with Rolling Stone for the latest installment of “The Next Wave,” a series on the new leaders who will shape America’s future.
The installation, called “FutureSHORELINE,” was designed by artist, landscape architect, and University of Massachusetts Amherst assistant professor Carolina Aragón.
Current UMass Amherst Student Hannah Finn is the Founder of One Wish Project
The Andover nonprofit organization known for helping children in homeless shelters celebrate their birthdays continues to grow and spread cheer.
Hoodies and zippers make life harder for people with disabilities. Social Surge’s adaptive, gender-neutral clothing looks to ‘flip the script.’
Co-founder and UMass Amherst professor Michael DiPasquale remembers Make-Its simple beginnings. “I did a whole semester on vacant spaces in Springfield. We started looking at how to take vacant spaces - including vacant storefronts, vacant retail spaces on the first floor - and how can we make them more vibrant.”
By the Numbers
UMass has won Top Campus Dining for five years running.
The UMass Alumni Network stretches across the globe.
Research at UMass
From STEM to humanities, UMass is proudly committed to helping the nation and the world discover new knowledge and confront escalating challenges.