A World-Class Public Research University
Kumble R. Subbaswamy became the 30th leader of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on July 1, 2012. In his tenure, he has overseen the opening of new cutting-edge academic and athletic facilities, made sustainability a campus priority, and increased access to the university’s rich academic and research resources.
Championing an open and transparent leadership style, Chancellor Subbaswamy looks to a diverse and experienced group of campus leaders to continue positioning UMass Amherst as a destination, partner, and community of choice.
UMass At A Glance
Over the past decade, the University of Massachusetts has continued its meteoric rise in both reputation and excellence. Since 2010, UMass Amherst has risen to #26 in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Guide, making it one of the most improved institutions among top-tier public universities in America. UMass Amherst, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, sits on nearly 1,450 acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.
Enrollment (Fall 2020)
- 24,233 undergraduate students
- 7,409 graduate students
- 31,642 total undergraduate and graduate students
- Over 1,400 full-time instructional faculty
Tuition and Fees (2020-21)
Massachusetts resident, full-time undergraduate
- Tuition/Fees: $16,439
- Housing/Meals: $13,329
Non-resident, full-time undergraduate
- Tuition/Fees: $36,427
- Housing/Meals: $13,329
Fees include mandatory fees only. Housing/Meals based on full year, standard double room, value meal plan. Learn more about tuition and fees.
Growing from Deep Roots
From our 1863 founding as a land-grant university known as the Massachusetts Agricultural College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has had an unwavering commitment to social change and the creation of a better world. We have been dedicated to educating the public, generating new knowledge, and applying discoveries to the betterment of society—a mission we still stand for today. For more than 150 years, we have been at the forefront of some of the biggest shifts in our society, from supporting women's rights and our connections with the early abolitionist movement to the social unrest that took place on our campus and across the country throughout the 20th century.
Today, we stand proudly among the top 200 programs worldwide in 29 academic disciplines and continue to garner global recognition for excellence in research, scholarship, and entrepreneurship. Activism and advocacy are alive and well on the UMass campus. We continue to celebrate our deep roots in social change through our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for all students. From our approach to academics to the student organizations that thrive on our campus, the UMass community of students, faculty, and staff continues to change the world at every turn.
Creative and Passionate Leadership
Meet the leaders of our campus: world-class educators, advocates, and innovators who relentlessly pursue their belief in a better UMass, and a better world. With their diverse perspectives and creative leadership, they fuel our revolutionary spirit to carry us into the future.
Explore our culture, hear from our leadership, and listen firsthand as researchers and scholars discuss the breakthroughs they've discovered in our labs and libraries in our extensive collection of videos from across the UMass community.