University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is University of Massachusetts Amherst Ranked?

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2022 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 902 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is applied horticulture/horticultural business services, other.

Overall Quality

UMass Amherst is ranked #131 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 72 colleges in Massachusetts, UMass Amherst is ranked at #17.

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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 65%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 88% 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 600 and 680. Math scores were between 600 and 710.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst  ( 600 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst  ( 600 to 710 )
UMass Amherst received ACT scores from 18% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 27 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst  ( 27 to 32 )

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University of Massachusetts Amherst Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, University of Massachusetts Amherst is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

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 80%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  80 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 89%. 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  89 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 71%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  71 out of 100

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University of Massachusetts Amherst Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 24,233 undergraduates at UMass Amherst with 22,212 being full-time and 2,021 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Massachusetts Amherst Cost?

The overall average net price of UMass Amherst is $22,501. 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 +
$13,137 $14,474 $18,104 $24,051 $28,777

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 53% of students took out student loans averaging $8,157 a year. That adds up to $32,628 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UMass Amherst is 2.8%. 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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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 88 majors graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Of these students, 6,670 received undergraduate degrees and 2,048 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 475 $35,164
Computer Science 310 $80,038
Economics 310 $51,571
General Biology 296 $33,926
Communication & Media Studies 295 $41,974
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 280 $41,884
Public Health 274 $38,225
Business Administration & Management 266 $57,082
Mathematics 237 $54,616
Finance & Financial Management 225 $60,907

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 2019-2020, 30,293 students took at least one online class at University of Massachusetts Amherst. This is an increase from the 4,643 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 30,293 26,059
2018-2019 4,643 3,499
2017-2018 6,503 3,607
2016-2017 6,689 3,615
2015-2016 7,417 3,547

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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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