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University of Massachusetts Amherst Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is University of Massachusetts Amherst Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

University of Massachusetts Amherst was awarded 210 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health and physical education.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, UMass Amherst is ranked #118 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UMass Amherst held the #167 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

UMass Amherst also holds the #18 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

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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 at University of Massachusetts Amherst is about average at 18 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

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

The freshmen retention rate of 91% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of Massachusetts Amherst enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At UMass Amherst the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 66%. That is great when compared to 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 23,388 undergraduates at UMass Amherst with 21,577 being full-time and 1,811 being part-time.

UMass Amherst Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from UMass Amherst with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $51,400 in their early years. That's great news for UMass Amherst students 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

University of Massachusetts Amherst is a public institution situated in Amherst, Massachusetts. UMass Amherst is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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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 113 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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