UMass Amherst Stories

UMass Amherst Stories

Want to hang ten, hurl a disc, or clip in? No interest is too niche at UMass Amherst—whatever fun looks like to you, you can find it here. Learn more about the hundreds of clubs, sports, societies, and cultural organizations you can explore at UMass.

June 21, 2024
A UMass Amherst student ascends a rock climbing wall.

UMass Amherst is committed to the success of each student—a commitment you'll see as soon as you step onto campus. Learn more about how dedicated faculty and staff strive to create a campus environment that promotes belonging, health, safety, and well-being for all students.

June 5, 2024
Students eating

Over the years, UMass Amherst has been a hotbed of cosmic breakthroughs, providing opportunities for NASA-affiliated researchers and stargazing students to explore our galaxy (and beyond) through hands-on research in top-notch facilities.

March 20, 2024
A UMass student looks through a telescope at the Orchard Hill observatory.

A storied history of Black creativity at UMass Amherst generated festivals, performances, and academic programming; brought prominent Black artists, musicians, and educators to campus; and saw the appointment of the university’s first Black chancellor, whose priorities laid the groundwork for current arts programming on campus. 

January 17, 2024
Black History Month photo montage

Learn how UMass Amherst students tap into the extensive resources of our flagship research campus and four top-ranked, private liberal arts colleges nearby through the Five College Consortium.

November 14, 2023
Composite image including images of the Five College campuses: UMass Amherst, amherst College, Hampshire College, Mt. Holyoke College, Smith College.

Through programs and courses in social justice education, UMass Amherst trains the next generation of teachers and leaders to bring a vision of a more just world to education.

November 9, 2023
Close up of a student raising their hand in a classroom.

Through a specialized internship program in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, UMass Amherst students bring their revolutionary spirit to the nation's capital, working with alumni and exploring careers.

October 6, 2023
UMass Amherst students in front of the Capitol in Washington D.C.

A top-ranked "Best College for Veterans," UMass Amherst provides community, support, and resources for students pursuing a degree while actively serving or after concluding service in the military. At UMass, veteran Matt Brennan '23 fostered a passion for veterans' affairs and has gone on to a career in Washington, DC, where he advocates for important legislation that would improve the lives of all veterans.

October 5, 2023
Matthew Brennan testifies at a congressional hearing in Washington D.C.

With the wisdom of their own lived experiences, LGBTQ+ faculty discuss how they provide support and encourage belonging in academic spaces at UMass Amherst.

September 29, 2023

The Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC) allows UMass students to carve a unique path through their college education by designing an individualized major all their own.

August 8, 2023
Aerial shot of students walking on paths on the UMass Amherst campus.