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UMass Amherst Admissions

If you want to apply to UMass Amherst, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the fee for the application costs $80.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

UMass Amherst Admissions Stats at a Glance

UMass Amherst 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 34%
Mean SAT Score 1290
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 88%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 18%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to UMass Amherst?

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

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 5, which is coming up fast!

UMass Amherst accepts about 71% of early action applicants and 65% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, UMass Amherst admitted 14,832 of the 2,98 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into University of Massachusetts Amherst

Getting into UMass Amherst is moderately difficult. UMass Amherst evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, UMass Amherst accepted 65% of all applicants, around 26,335 of the 40,315 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like UMass Amherst, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

In 2021, UMass Amherst waitlisted 4,381 students. Of those, 2,326 eventually got off the waitlist.

What Does UMass Amherst Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at UMass Amherst

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Application Essay Important
First Generation Important
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

UMass Amherst Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to UMass Amherst must submit the following items. Double check with UMass Amherst's admissions department to confirm all application materials and 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

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UMass Amherst?

Students admitted to UMass Amherst have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

Out of all students that were admitted, 33% submitted a class rank. At UMass Amherst 34% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 75% were in the top 25% and 97% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Massachusetts Amherst, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 33%
3.75 and 3.99 19.8%
3.50 and 3.74 21%
3.25 and 3.49 5.7%
3.00 and 3.24 2.5%
2.50 and 2.9 0.6%
2.00 and 2.49 0.1%

UMass Amherst does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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

In 2021, 88% of UMass Amherst's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 18% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for UMass Amherst?

To be competitive with other UMass Amherst applicants, you should strive to earn between 1210 and 1370 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UMass Amherst 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1370 and 25% of scored lower than 1210, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a UMass Amherst student is 1290.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UMass Amherst students scored 710 or higher and 75% of students scored 600 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UMass Amherst students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 600 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for UMass Amherst?

To be most competitive at UMass Amherst, you should strive to earn between 27 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UMass Amherst's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UMass Amherst students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

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Transferring to University of Massachusetts Amherst

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to UMass Amherst.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in UMass Amherst during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

UMass Amherst Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UMass Amherst?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to UMass Amherst.

Does UMass Amherst accept transfer credits?

UMass Amherst accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. UMass Amherst accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does UMass Amherst accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

UMass Amherst accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UMass Amherst?

No, UMass Amherst is test optional, so you can make the call whether to send your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is UMass Amherst's acceptance rate?

UMass Amherst's acceptance rate is 65%.

What is the early action acceptance rate at UMass Amherst?

The early action acceptance rate at UMass Amherst was 71% in 2021.

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UMass Amherst Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into UMass Amherst? UMass Amherst is a somewhat selective institution. The UMass Amherst acceptance rate is 65%. This means that the institution accepts 65 out of every 100 applicants.



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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

27 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above


27 to 32


27 and Less


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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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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UMass Amherst, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.93. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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