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University of Massachusetts Amherst Data & Information Overview

424 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
66% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of Massachusetts Amherst Ranked?

#81 Best Colleges in Nation
#11 Best Colleges in MA
General Business Administration and Management Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

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University of Massachusetts Amherst was awarded 424 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general business administration and management.

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Overall Quality

UMass Amherst is ranked #81 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. This is an improvement over the previous year, when UMass Amherst held the #170 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 63 colleges in Massachusetts, UMass Amherst is ranked at #11.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UMass Amherst?

66% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
26% Submit SAT Scores

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 66%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 26% 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 620 and 710. Math scores were between 630 and 750.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst  ( 620 to 710 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst  ( 630 to 750 )
UMass Amherst received ACT scores from 5% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 28 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst  ( 28 to 33 )

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University of Massachusetts Amherst Faculty

18 to 1 Student to Faculty
81% Full Time Teachers

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 81%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  81 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Massachusetts Amherst

91% Freshmen Retention
74% On-Time Graduation Rate

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 74%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  74 out of 100

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University of Massachusetts Amherst Undergraduate Student Diversity

22,212 Full-Time Undergraduates
27.8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
50.2% Percent Women

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?

$22,038 Net Price
41% Take Out Loans
$30,200 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of UMass Amherst is $22,038. 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 +
$12,033 $13,203 $16,667 $23,064 $29,311

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 41% of students took out student loans averaging $7,550 a year. That adds up to $30,200 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UMass Amherst is 1.9%. 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?

$62,048 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
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 $62,048 in their early years. That's great news for UMass Amherst students since it is 46% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of University of Massachusetts Amherst

Massachusetts State
22,212 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
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

88 Majors With Completions
6,764 Undergraduate Degrees
1,878 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 88 majors graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Of these students, 6,764 received undergraduate degrees and 1,878 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 489 $33,355
Economics 404 $49,510
Communication & Media Studies 317 $38,660
General Biology 302 $31,324
Public Health 292 $35,279
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 286 $40,847
Business Administration & Management 280 $54,919
Computer Science 275 $79,216
Mathematics 242 $49,522
Finance & Financial Management 234 $57,890

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

20% Take At Least One Class Online
13% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 6,454 students took at least one online class at University of Massachusetts Amherst. This is a decrease from the 30,293 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 6,454 4,105
2019-2020 30,293 26,059
2018-2019 4,643 3,499
2017-2018 6,503 3,607
2016-2017 6,689 3,615

Learn more about online learning at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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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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