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About UMass Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst is a public, state school in an small town setting in Amherst, Massachusetts. UMass Amherst was founded in 1863 and now enrolls around 31,642 students a year, including 24,233 undergrads.

UMass Amherst offers housing for up to 13,636 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 100% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

As of 2021, the total market value of UMass Amherst's endowment was $368.4 million For each full-time student, UMass Amherst spends about $20,510. There are 17 UMass Amherst undergrads for each full-time professor.

2021 UMass Amherst Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 65%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 71%
Average GPA 3.9
Mean ACT score 29
Mean SAT score 1290
In-State Tuition $15,791
Out-of-State $35,779

UMass Amherst Regular Decision Deadline 2022

UMass Amherst Early Admission

University of Massachusetts Amherst does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to UMass Amherst is on November 5, 2021, which is coming up soon!
UMass Amherst admits 71% of students that apply early action.

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UMass Amherst Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into UMass Amherst. The acceptance rate at UMass Amherst is 65%. In 2021, 26,335 out of 40,315 total applicants were accepted.

UMass Amherst Waitlist 2021

UMass Amherst reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into University of Massachusetts Amherst?

UMass Amherst is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to UMass Amherst, applicants must submit the following items.

UMass Amherst Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for UMass Amherst

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.9 /4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into UMass Amherst is 1290. The mean ACT score for UMass Amherst students is 29.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to UMass Amherst.

Does UMass Amherst Require the ACT or SAT?

UMass Amherst has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 88% submitted the SAT. 18% submitted the ACT.

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Does UMass Amherst Offer Dorms?

Yes! UMass Amherst provides on-campus housing for up to 13,636 students.

UMass Amherst students are active in the school's Minutemen Marching Band, Ski and Board Club and Outing Club. First Week, Homecoming Weekend, and and Spring Concert are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at UMass Amherst.

Financial Aid at UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst meets 82% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $18,818 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve 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.

Is UMass Amherst a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UMass Amherst

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UMass Amherst, around 89% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 4,639 students who started at UMass Amherst as first-time freshman, 3,536 graduate within four years.

Around 83% of students who started at UMass Amherst earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 81% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $58,000 a year. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $32,928 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does UMass Amherst sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit 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 and Hartford and CT.

If you want to see UMass Amherst for yourself, 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


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UMass Amherst ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UMass Amherst is 29. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into UMass Amherst. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UMass Amherst SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1210 - 1370


Math SAT Range

600 - 710


Reading SAT Range

600 - 680

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1370 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UMass Amherst students is 1290. Applicants with SAT scores of 1370 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UMass Amherst, while applicants with SAT scores between 1210 to 1370 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1210 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UMass Amherst.

UMass Amherst Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UMass Amherst is like? There are approximately 31,642 students enrolled at UMass Amherst, including 24,233 undergraduate students and 7,409 graduate students. 92% percent of students attend school full-time, 83% percent are from MA and 17% percent of students are from other states.


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