UMass Amherst is on a 1,463-acre campus in the small town setting of Amherst, Massachusetts, not far from Springfield, MA and Hartford, CT.
UMass Amherst has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to join – including band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.
Interested in Greek life? UMass Amherst has fraternities and sororities.
UMass Amherst has the Minutemen Marching Band. In fact, more students participate in the Minutemen Marching Band than any other on-campus activity.
Other popular student organizations at UMass Amherst include Ski and Board Club, Outing Club, University Programming Council and Student Government Association.
UMass Amherst students' favorite campus events are First Week, Homecoming Weekend and Spring Concert.
This table offers information on housing at UMass Amherst.
|On-Campus Housing||Yes||Required for freshman|
|Guaranteed Housing||Yes||Guaranteed for freshman|
|Co-ed Housing Available||Yes|
|Housing for Students with Disabilities||Yes|
|Percentage of Students Living On-Campus||––||60%|
|Spots Available in On-Campus Housing||––||13,582|
|Number of Students Living On-Campus||––||13,388|
|Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus||––||40%|
UMass Amherst offers housing. Students are required to live on campus through freshman year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.
The majority of UMass Amherst students live on campus. In 2022, 60% of undergrads at UMass Amherst lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 40% of students lived off-campus or commuted to UMass Amherst. There are 13,582 spots available in on-campus housing for all 24,320 undergraduates. In the 2021-2022 school year, 13,388 students chose to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 100% students stay on-campus. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.
UMass Amherst offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.
At UMass Amherst there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.
Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.
Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.
Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.
Let's take a look at the athletic options available at UMass Amherst:
|Sport||Men's Intramural||Women's Intramural||Men's Division||Women's Division||Men's Scholarships||Women's Scholarships|
|Indoor Track||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1|
|Basketball||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Lacrosse||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Soccer||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Swimming And Diving||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Track And Field||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Cross Country Running||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Crew||Intercollegiate Club Teams||NCAA Division 1||√|
|Equestrian Sports||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Fencing||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Golf||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Gymnastics||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Racquetball||√||√||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Rugby||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Sailing||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Skiing (Downhill)||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Ultimate Frisbee||√||√||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Volleyball||√||√||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Water Polo||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.
University of Massachusetts Amherst is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The UMass Amherst campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.
UMass Amherst offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.
Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit UMass Amherst, take Interstate 91 to Amherst, MA. If you need to fly, book your flight to Bradley International airport.
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