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University of Massachusetts Amherst Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about University of Massachusetts Amherst. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of Massachusetts Amherst Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

University of Massachusetts Amherst was awarded 205 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health and physical education.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked UMass Amherst as #118 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 68 colleges in Massachusetts, UMass Amherst is ranked at #18.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UMass Amherst?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to University of Massachusetts Amherst you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 58%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 85% of students accepted to UMass Amherst submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 590 and 670. Math scores were between 590 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst  ( 590 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst  ( 590 to 690 )
UMass Amherst received ACT scores from 27% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst  ( 26 to 31 )

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University of Massachusetts Amherst Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At University of Massachusetts Amherst, this ratio is 18 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Massachusetts Amherst is 79%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  79 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Massachusetts Amherst has a freshmen retention rate of 91%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at UMass Amherst for first-time, full-time students is 66%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  66 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at UMass Amherst

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 24,209 undergraduates at UMass Amherst with 22,491 being full-time and 1,718 being part-time.

UMass Amherst Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 91.94 out of 100, UMass Amherst is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  91.94 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Massachusetts Amherst Cost?

The overall average net price of UMass Amherst is $21,396. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UMass Amherst

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,520 $13,829 $17,473 $23,176 $27,686

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UMass Amherst, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At UMass Amherst, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $8,147 a year. That adds up to $32,588 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UMass Amherst is 3.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UMass Amherst Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from UMass Amherst make about $51,400 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future UMass Amherst graduates since it is 29% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of University of Massachusetts Amherst

Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts Amherst is a public institution. The suburban atmosphere of Amherst makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Location of University of Massachusetts Amherst

Contact details for UMass Amherst are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA 01003
Phone: 413-545-0111

University of Massachusetts Amherst Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 89 majors graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Of these students, 6,921 received undergraduate degrees and 2,090 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Psychology 521 $33,200
Economics 438 $49,700
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 333 $40,300
General Biology 308 $34,000
Communication & Media Studies 305 $39,200
Public Health 278 $37,600
Computer Science 270 $75,400
Finance & Financial Management 254 $55,000
Business Administration & Management 250 $53,600
Mathematics 234 $46,500

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Massachusetts Amherst along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UMass Amherst

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 6,503 students took at least one online class at University of Massachusetts Amherst. This is a decrease from the 6,689 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 6,503 3,607
2016-2017 6,689 3,615
2015-2016 7,417 3,547
2014-2015 7,058 3,263
2013-2014 6,173 3,028

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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