UMass Amherst is on a 1,463-acre campus in a small town setting in Amherst, Massachusetts, not far from Springfield and Hartford and CT. UMass Amherst has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.
UMass Amherst also has fraternities and sororities.
UMass Amherst has a thriving Minutemen Marching Band. In fact, more students participate in 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.
The UMass Amherst community comes together each year for First Week, Homecoming Weekend and Spring Concert.
UMass Amherst offers on-campus 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 2021, 62% of undergrads at UMass Amherst lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 38% of students lived off-campus or commuted to UMass Amherst. There are 13,636 spots available in on-campus housing for all 24,233 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 1,161 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|
|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|
|Rugby||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Sailing||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Skiing (Downhill)||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Water Polo||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Lacrosse||Club Teams||Club Teams||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Soccer||Club Teams||Club Teams||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Swimming And Diving||Club Teams||Club Teams||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Tennis||Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams||NCAA Division 1||√|
|Basketball||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Racquetball||√||√||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Ultimate Frisbee||√||√||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Volleyball||√||√||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. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.
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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