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UMass Amherst Class of 2020 gathers in the shape of Massachusetts.

The UMass Amherst Class of 2020 gathered after their convocation on September 5 to form the shape of the commonwealth and create a memorable class photo.

Photo by
John Solem

Field of Freshmen

4,643

Students

29%

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

27

UMass Amherst’s ranking among the nation's 700 public, four-year universities in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges guide.

870

Out-of-State Students

350

International Students

600

New Members of Commonwealth Honors College

3.82

Average High School GPA

1225 / 1600

Average SAT score

UMass Amherst one of the best national universities

Moving Up Fast

The word is out: The last few years have been one of the most exciting periods of growth and accomplishment in the history of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The campus continues its climb among the top ranks of the nation’s best public universities, moving up another two positions this year to number 27 in the 2017 Best Colleges guide released by U.S. News & World Report. UMass Amherst was ranked as a top 30 national public university for the first time in 2014 and moved up to number 29 last year. There are more than 700 public, four-year universities in the country.

A dining hall meal.

We’re Number Yum

Was it the Halloween lobsters? The ethnic food? The chocolate coconut almond bars? All of the above and much more delicious and nutritious dining brought the University of Massachusetts Amherst the number-one ranking from The Princeton Review for best campus food in the nation. UMass Amherst has been ranked among the top three schools nationally since 2013. Sam the Minuteman made a guest appearance on NBC’s Today Show to receive the honor and serve up pork sliders and napoleons.

Celebrating the 50th year of the UMass Oxford Summer Seminar at Oxford’s Trinity College.
Photo by
John Cairns

50 Years at High Table

Students, faculty, and University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy celebrated the 50th year of the UMass Oxford Summer Seminar at Oxford’s Trinity College in July. Students enjoy weekly formal dinners called High Table in this candle- and chandelier-lit hall built in 1618, which could double as the Hogwarts’ dining hall in the Harry Potter movies. The six-week summer seminar exposes students to an Oxford-style education and British culture.