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Colleges / University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, MA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate66%
Acceptance Rate66%

About UMass Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst Overview

University of Massachusetts Amherst is a public, state school in a small town setting in Amherst, Massachusetts. UMass Amherst was founded in 1863 and the school enrolls around 32,134 students per year, which includes 24,320 undergrad students. UMass Amherst offers on-campus housing for up to 13,582 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 100% of students spend their weekends on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is January 15.

There are many ways for students to get involved at UMass Amherst!

Interested in music or performing? At UMass Amherst you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? UMass Amherst students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? UMass Amherst has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? UMass Amherst has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at UMass Amherst on the Student Life page.

2022 UMass Amherst Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 66%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 4.0
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 26%
In-State Tuition $16,952
Out-of-State $38,172
Percent of Need Met 82.1%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $18,853

Is UMass Amherst a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a better view of what UMass Amherst offers and if the college could be a good choice for you.

UMass Amherst Acceptance Rate 2022

UMass Amherst admitted 66% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 42,540 students applied to UMass Amherst and 27,877 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UMass Amherst

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 90% of students who start at UMass Amherst come back the next year. 84% of UMass Amherst undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook UMass Amherst Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from UMass Amherst by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. 41% of graduates from UMass Amherst recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Recent UMass Amherst grads have an average starting salary of $58,000 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

UMass Amherst's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of University of Massachusetts Amherst's endowment was $494 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $14,922 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at UMass Amherst

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

UMass Amherst meets 82.1% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend UMass Amherst full-time are awarded $18,853 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $31,623 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at UMass Amherst.

Based on this information, does UMass Amherst seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is UMass Amherst a good school for you?

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Where is UMass Amherst?

UMass Amherst is located in the small town setting of Amherst, Massachusetts, less than an hour from Springfield, MA and Hartford, CT.

If you would like to see UMass Amherst for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 91 to Amherst, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Bradley International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UMass Amherst and Amherst are like without leaving home.

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College Info

120 Tillson Farm Road Amherst, MA 01003

Campus Setting: Small Town

UMass Amherst Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UMass Amherst is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UMass Amherst is Apr 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

UMass Amherst ACT Scores


ACT Range

28 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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UMass Amherst SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1270 - 1450


Math SAT Range

630 - 750


Reading SAT Range

620 - 710

UMass Amherst Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UMass Amherst is like? There are approximately 32,045 students enrolled at UMass Amherst, including 24,231 undergraduate students and 7,814 graduate students. 93% percent of students attend school full-time, 82% percent are from MA and 18% percent of students are from other states.


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