The University of Massachusetts Amherst


The Elaine Marieb College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst prepares students at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels to practice in a wide variety of healthcare settings and develops nursing leaders and researchers to educate future generations.


Our faculty members draw on their advanced clinical skills and innovative research in their teaching. Students are prepared for their careers by using state-of-the-art technology and techniques.

Whether you are looking to begin your career, change professions, or advance in the nursing field, the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing will provide you with the skills and education necessary for success.

About Elaine Marieb, RN, PhD

Elaine Marieb

The Elaine Marieb College of Nursing is named in honor of distinguished two-time UMass Amherst alumna Elaine Marieb, who earned a master of science degree from the College of Nursing with a specialization in gerontology in 1985, and a PhD in zoology from the College of Natural Sciences in 1969. A trailblazing educator with an abiding belief in the power of education to change lives, Marieb earned six different higher education degrees in all, and connected deeply with the students she taught at Springfield College and Holyoke Community College. She reached countless more students in classrooms around the world through her many best-selling textbooks and laboratory manuals, widely considered to be the gold standard for teaching anatomy and physiology.

In 2016, Marieb took the seventh spot on TIME magazine’s list of 100 Most-Read Female Authors in College Classes. As a teacher, she was known for her ability to integrate the student’s perspective into her lectures and for her passion to improve understanding of the relationship between the study of the human body and the clinical aspects of nursing.

A generous philanthropist throughout her life, Marieb has long supported UMass Amherst, including through a $2 million campuswide endowment for scholarships for students who experienced a lapse in their educational journey at the university. The Elaine Nicpon Marieb Charitable Foundation made a transformational gift of $21.5 million to the College of Nursing in 2021. This gift enables the college to bolster student support; expand the simulation labs and other resources to provide a top-tier nursing education; and establish a Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation and an endowed professorship to attract outstanding researchers and educators. 

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