University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Amherst, MA4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About University of Massachusetts-Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst, UMass) is a public research and land-grant university in Amherst, Massachusetts. It is the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system. UMass Amherst has an annual enrollment of more than 30,000 students, along with approximately 1,300 faculty members. The university offers academic degrees in 109 undergraduate, 77 master's and 48 doctoral programs. Programs are coordinated in nine schools and colleges. It is also a member of the Five College Consortium. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity". According to the National Science Foundation, UMass spent $211 million on research and development in 2018, ranking it 111th in the nation.UMass Amherst alumni and affiliates include 4 Nobel Prize laureates, 1 National Humanities Medal winner, numerous Fulbright, Goldwater, Churchill, Truman and Gates Scholars as well as several Pulitzer Prize recipients and Grammy, Emmy, and Academy Award winners. Massachusetts athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I and are collectively known as the Minutemen and Minutewomen. The university is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, while playing ice hockey in Hockey East and football as an FBS Independent.


  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and associate degrees
  • 23,010 students
  • 0.26 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Animal Sciences
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Animal Sciences, Food Science, Fine Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Botany, Microbiology, and Neuroscience.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

24,208 students out of 42,043 applicants were accepted into University of Massachusetts-Amherst. They had an average SAT score of 1288. 85% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 27% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at University of Massachusetts-Amherst was $33,477, while for in-state students it was $15,411. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $39,889.

The average financial aid at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is $8,246. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $25,231 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

71% of undergraduate students at University of Massachusetts-Amherst received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Massachusetts-Amherst was of $12,258 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000.

Diversity at University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017