AMHERST, Mass. – For a fourth straight year, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is among the nation’s top 30 public universities, ranked 29th by the 2018 Best Colleges guide released today by U.S. News & World Report.
“The latest ranking by U.S. News reflects our ongoing commitment to academic excellence,” says UMass Amherst Kumble Subbaswamy. “Our outstanding faculty, staff, alumni and students, including our most academically accomplished first-year class ever, continue to garner national recognition for our campus as one of the best public universities in the country.”
First ranked as a Top 30 national public university in 2014, UMass Amherst shares the No. 29 spot with one other school in the 2018 rankings. There are more than 700 public, four-year universities and colleges in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
UMass Amherst is also ranked No. 75 in the Best National Universities category, which consists of 311 public and private institutions.
The guide also ranks UMass Amherst 45th for undergraduate business programs, and 61st for engineering programs. The campus also made the guide’s list of “A+ Schools for B students.”
The U.S. News rankings are based on a variety of weighted factors: graduation rate performance, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, graduation and retention rates, alumni giving, financial resources, student selectivity and high school counselor ratings. All of the schools in the National Universities category offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees while emphasizing faculty research.
This fall, UMass Amherst welcomed its most accomplished entering class to date. More than 41,800 students applied for admission, a 2 percent increase over the prior year. The average SAT score for the entering class is 1268 and their high school grade-point average is 3.89. On average, first-year students ranked in the top fifth of their high school class. The entering class numbers about 4,700 students. Overall undergraduate enrollment this fall is estimated at 21,864, up from last year’s 21,734. In-state enrollment is about 16,872 or 77 percent of the student body.