University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Large
Campus locale Suburb
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 30,037
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 10%
Student to faculty ratio 18:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 14,041 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

University of Massachusetts-Amherst is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 40,822 applications and 24,364 students were granted admission. University of Massachusetts-Amherst is at the #58 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 28% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 84% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1130 to 1330
ACT25 to 30

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

University of Massachusetts-Amherst charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $31,823 and in-state students paid $14,590.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 91% of University of Massachusetts-Amherst's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 19% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,265 (which is 3.8% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2016-2017, was 2,549, which is 54% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,374 (which is 1.4% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, University of Massachusetts-Amherst has enrolled a total of 30,037 students (23,746 students full-time and 6,291 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 30,037 students, 1,533 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 51% men and 49% women and 23,373 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 6,664 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 3,547 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 62%

Non-resident alien: 10%

Asian: 9%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 7%

Hispanic: 6%

Black/African American: 4%

Two or more races: 2%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Education 14% 607 0
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 12% 514 483
Social Sciences 11% 471
Health Professions And Related Programs 6% 247 199
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 4% 186 53
Engineering 4% 175
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 3% 134
Psychology 3% 117
Construction Trades 3% 116
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 3% 115

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of University of Massachusetts-Amherst full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of University of Massachusetts-Amherst graduates 6 years after enrollment is $38,800. Last year, out of the total 6,664 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 6,264 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 6,194 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 5,637 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $38,800 $49,700
Employment Rate 94% 91%
Total Graduates 6,664 6,194

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

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Keene State College
39.3 mile away
University of Connecticut
42.3 mile away
Charter Oak State College
49.7 mile away