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We Are Fueling Innovation

UMass Amherst is dedicated to providing a world-class, accessible education and advancing progress for the people of Massachusetts and beyond.

The Commonwealth’s flagship campus is top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report at #32. It’s easy to see why: a record of excellence in preparing students to take on tomorrow's challenges—and opportunities—and producing bold, impactful research for the betterment of society.

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Attracting High-Achieving Students

As the reputation of the flagship campus continues to grow, first-year undergraduate applications have increased by over 40% over the past 10 years. UMass Amherst received over 50,000 first-year applications for fall 2023, the most in the university's history. The number of early action applications has more than doubled over the past decade.

The average entering first-year student GPA is 4.08.

An Increasingly Diverse Student Body


ALANA (African American, Latino/a, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native American), Domestic Students


First Generation


Pell Grant Recipients
(Based on Fall 2021 entering class)

Putting Students on a Trajectory for Success


Students Returning for
a Second Year


Students Graduating within
6 Years


Employed, in Military Service,
Continuing Their Education,
or Volunteering
(6 Months Post-Graduation)

Student in microfluidics lab.

Supplying Talent

UMass Amherst provides quality talent for 1,400+ companies and organizations, including Accenture, Amazon, Apple, Baystate Health, Biogen, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dell Technologies, Google, HubSpot, intel, Marriott International, MassMutual, Merck, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

Top-Ranked Faculty


ALANA (African American, Latino/a, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native American)




New Tenure-System Faculty Hired in the Past 5 Years

Researcher in lab

Revolutionary Research


Research Expenditures (FY22)


Public Research University in New England
Non-Medical School R&D Expenditures


Public University in New England in NSF Awards


Increase in Annual HHS funding 
(2013 to 2023)


Industry Research Partnerships


Of the world’s Most Highly Cited Researchers
(Clarivate Analytics, 2022).

As one of the only eight “R1: Doctoral Universities,” and the only public, with the “Very High Research Activity” in Massachusetts, UMass Amherst is committed to translating cutting-edge research into real-world impact.

UMass Amherst’s research is a major contributor to the innovation economy through leadership in advanced materials and manufacturing, applied life and health sciences, data and computational science, the arts and creative economy, climate science and sustainability, and equity and inclusion.

Solar panels

A national leader in climate policy, Massachusetts is working to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. UMass Amherst, whose campus comprises a significant portion of state facilities, is boldly leading this charge by committing to fully transition to renewable energy sources—including wind, solar, and geothermal—by 2032. UMass Amherst's Carbon Zero initiative will serve as a model for other large research universities and institutions across the state and nation.

Driving Massachusetts Forward


of the Undergraduate Student
Body is from Massachusetts


of Alumni Remain in Massachusetts,
Fueling the State's Innovation Economy

7 to 1

Return on State Investment

Educating More Students

UMass Amherst alone enrolls more first-year students from Massachusetts than do the Commonwealth's eight top private universities (as ranked by U.S. News & World Report) combined.

Producing STEM Graduates

UMass Amherst awards more undergraduate STEM degrees than any other college or university in the Commonwealth, public or private.

A student works on a laptop outdoors.

UMass Flex is a new model to expand educational access and meet the needs of today's students. Classes offered in person, live online, and asynchronously online give students more control over their educational experience. Students can take classes while participating in internships, service learning, and international experiences, or just be where life needs them to be while still being a UMass student.



UMass Amherst Partnering with Indigenous Communities to Launch $30M NSF Center for Braiding Indigenous Knowledges and Science

The five-year, $30 million international Science and Technology Center based at UMass Amherst will focus on addressing the impacts of climate change, the threats to cultural places, and the shift in our food systems.

UMass Amherst Welcomes 5,275 First-Year Students to Campus

The Class of 2027 is among one of the most diverse and accomplished in the history of the flagship campus.

Diverse Team Including UMass Amherst Biostatistician Receives $13.7 Million Grant to Address Antibiotic Resistance in Nursing Homes

Novel project examines six superbugs, which pose serious and urgent national health threats.

UMass Amherst's Isenberg School of Management Receives Record $20 Million Gift from Douglas and Diana Berthiaume

Largest cash donation in Isenberg history will attract and retain top faculty members, support impactful research, and enhance the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship.

UMass Amherst Online Programs Place Among Top of U.S. News and World Report Rankings for 2023

The online undergraduate program in business offered by UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management ranked third best in the country, while all UMass online bachelor’s degree programs placed 16th nationally, up from 19th in 2022.

College of Engineering Launches Paros Center Under the Leadership of Michael Zink and Brenda Philips

The newly launched Paros Center for Atmospheric Research (PCAR) will focus on translating research into improved hazardous weather predictions, alert systems and policies that will save lives.

Governor Baker Joins UMass Officials to Break Ground for New $125 Million Building for Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences

State commitment of $75 million plays key role in funding world-class facility.

UMass Amherst Emerges as Offshore Wind Workforce Training Leader With Newest Grant Award

UMass Clean Energy Extension to expand Offshore Wind course offerings, diversity scholarships and industry partnerships to meet increased demand for the Offshore Wind Certificate Program.

UMass Amherst Establishes Partnership With Ukraine's Kyiv School of Economics

Through the agreement, UMass will assist students and scholars affected by Russia's war with Ukraine.

CDC Designates New England Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases at UMass Amherst

Regional collaboration, funded with a five-year, $10 million award, is designed to reduce diseases spread by ticks and mosquitoes.

W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies Predoctoral Candidate Awarded Prestigious Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

Maya Cunningham will receive an annual stipend for three years, an invitation to attend the Conference of Ford Fellows and access to key networking resources.

Computer Science Receives Major Boosts, Fueling the Massachusetts Tech Economy

An $18 million gift will endow the newly named Robert and Donna Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences. A state investment of $75 million—along with $30 million from the Amherst campus—will enhance and expand the college’s facilities, enabling accelerated enrollment growth.

College of Engineering Receives Major Gift to Advance Atmospheric Research

The $10M gift from Jerome '60 and Linda Paros will enable the college to accelerate its cutting-edge work in atmospheric research and hazard mitigation through a new center of excellence.

Largest Gift in UMass Amherst History to the College of Nursing

The Elaine Nicpon Marieb Charitable Foundation gave a $21.5 million gift, after previously giving over $2 million to the school. UMass Amherst’s nursing college has been renamed The Elaine Marieb College of Nursing.