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We Are Fueling Innovation

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

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Best Colleges U.S.News and World Report National Universities Public 2022-2023

The Commonwealth’s flagship campus has soared in the U.S. News & World Report rankings to #26. 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 30% over the past 10 years. UMass Amherst received over 45,000 first-year applications for fall 2022, the most in the university's history. The number of early action applications increased to 24,000—more than double over the past decade.

The average entering first-year student GPA is 4.02.

An Increasingly Diverse Student Body

38%

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

22%

First Generation
 

21%

Pell Grant Recipients
(Based on Fall 2021 entering class)

Putting Students on a Trajectory for Success

90%

Students Returning for
a Second Year

83%

Students Graduating within
6 Years

87%

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

Student in microfluidics lab.

Supplying Talent to Massachusetts

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

26%

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

46%

Female

270+

New Tenure-System Faculty Hired in the Past 5 Years

Researcher in lab

Revolutionary Research

$219M

Research Expenditures (FY20)

#1

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

#1

Public University in New England in NSF Awards

190%

Increase in Annual HHS funding 
(2012 to 2021)

~200

Industry Research Partnerships

12

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 “Highest 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 Massachusetts 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

74%

of the Undergraduate Student
Body is from Massachusetts

~60%

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 Commonweath'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.

Highlights

UMass Amherst Holds Okanagan Charter Signing Ceremony

By joining the Okanagan Charter, an international network of colleges and universities, UMass Amherst is committing to embed health into all aspects of campus culture and to lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally.


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 Welcomes Approximately 5,500 First-Year Students to Campus

The Class of 2026 represents one of the most diverse and accomplished in university's history.


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.


Longtime UMass Amherst Trustee Robert L. Epstein '67 Establishes Endowed Professorship in Honor of Outgoing Chancellor Subbaswamy

The $1.5 million commitment will help attract or retain an outstanding faculty member, who will strengthen the academic excellence of the Isenberg School of Management and advance industry knowledge through research, scholarship and inspired teaching.


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.