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US News Best Colleges and Universities 2020

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.

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.

The Old Chapel

Stellar students. Our students are bright, bold, unconventional thinkers. About 42,000+ students applied for 5000 seats in the Class of 2023. Academic quality remains excellent with combined average SATs at 1292/1600 and average GPAs at 3.90.

Great value. For the tenth consecutive year, UMass Amherst is among the 100 “Best College Values” in public colleges compiled by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. Money magazine ranks us among the nation’s best colleges for your money.

The New Physical Sciences Building
Bioswales around new constructions indicate the campus’s commitment to sustainable design.

The Building Boom continues: We’re building the next generation of living and learning facilities at UMass Amherst, including a renovated Student Union, a 70,000 square foot addition to the Isenberg School of Management, the new Physical Sciences Building, the new Worcester Commons, and the John W. Olver Design Building, a showcase of cutting-edge, sustainable construction.

Research powerhouse. Our research expenditures in fiscal 2018 totaled $211.1 million. Among Massachusetts colleges and universities, UMass Amherst ranks fourth in research grants from the National Science Foundation, behind only MIT, Harvard, and Boston University.

Devoted to diversity. UMass Amherst has a rich history in support of social justice and in efforts to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campus. Our LGBTQ center and our women’s center, for example, were among the first established in the nation. And we offer more than 100 academic courses on diversity-related topics.

David Korins on Broadway Set
David Korins ‘99, set designer for Hamilton, with his handiwork on Broadway.

Path to exciting careers. Our graduates work in such dynamic places as Broadway, NASA, Google, Fenway Park, IBM, the Brooklyn Museum, CNN, General Electric, and Alaska’s Denali National Park, to name a few. They are leaders on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill, on the stage and on the field, in the board room and in the laboratory.

Broad academic spectrum. UMass Amherst offers 114 undergraduate degree programs as well as 77 master’s and 48 doctoral programs.

Entrepreneurial spirit. UMass scholars are partnering with industry to bring the fruits of their research to the marketplace through the Institute of Applied Life Sciences, the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, the UMass Innovation Institute, and the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps.

Economic engine. In 2019, UMass Amherst’s operations contributed $2.​5 billion to the Massachusetts economy, seven times the state’s investment of $360 million.

International intellectual leader. We rank among the top 200 programs worldwide in 29 academic disciplines, according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Nationally recognized academics. More than 30,500 students are enrolled, including more than 23,500 undergraduates from 71 countries and 49 states.

Fantastic college town. Hiking, biking, museums, music, theater, history, food, and farms—all in Amherst. Plus, we’re part of a local consortium of five nationally known colleges, which includes Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges.

Award-winning scholars. We are one of the nation’s top-producing research universities for Fulbright scholars. Our seven faculty Fulbright scholars and thirteen student recipients, along with our Goldwater, Boren, Beinecke, Churchill, and Marshall scholars, exemplify our excellence.

Community-engaged students. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named UMass Amherst a “Community-Engaged University,” recognizing initiatives that integrate research and teaching with the community. The Peace Corps lists UMass Amherst as a top volunteer-producing school.

Military friendly. UMass Amherst is a recognized leader in recruiting and supporting veterans in their postservice education. The campus currently serves more than 500 veterans.

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Extraordinary food. The Princeton Review has ranked UMass Amherst number one in their “Best Campus Food” list for five straight years.

LGBT friendly. For eight consecutive years, Campus Pride has listed UMass Amherst among the top 30 campuses in the country for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.

Outstanding online programs. UMass Amherst is a leader in online education. The Isenberg School of Management’s online MBA is ranked first in the U.S. and third in the world by the Financial Times. Our online bachelor’s degree programs are ranked 20th nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

Loyal alumni. The university recently completed the most successful private fundraising effort in the history of public higher education in the commonwealth. Thanks to more than 103,000 alumni and friends, the campaign handily exceeded its $300 million goal, raising a total of $379 million.

Top residential honors college. Our Commonwealth Honors College recruits the best and the brightest, with average SATs at 1411/1600 and average GPAs at 4.29. In 2013, we opened a six-building honors complex for living and learning.

Serious about 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.

Data science pioneer. We are established leaders in big data with a thriving new Center for Data Science. Working with industry and government, we are applying our internationally recognized expertise to data science and making multimillion dollar investments in this booming field.

Brilliant professors. Twelve UMass Amherst scholars are among the world’s most highly cited researchers, according to a 2018 survey by Clarivate Analytics, owner of Web of Science. This year’s list includes five more than the seven named in 2017.

Tomorrow’s manufacturing. We are on the forefront of advanced manufacturing. We are a lead institution for a $75 million federal initiative in flexible hybrid electronics, and we are a part of a $317 million public-private research partnership in high-tech manufacturing of fibers and textiles.

UMass Men's Hockey Team
The Minutemen hockey team celebrates a win on their road to the national championship.

Top-tier athletics. UMass has 21 NCAA Division I sports teams. Ice hockey dominated the headlines in 2019: the team advanced to the national championship game; coach Greg Carvel was named national coach of the year; Cale Makar earned the Hobey Baker award as the best player in the NCAA, the first ever winner from UMass; and three teammates were selected in the 2019 NHL draft. Student athletes also showed academic prowess, with 307 named to the 2018-19 A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.