Amherst, MA
Tuition (in-state)
$26,830 ($13,415)
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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I am of Etnic background and I have no issues here at Umass

4 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity is kind of hidden until you get to know people. While most people are from MA, they come from diverse backgrounds. I grew up in Europe, my best friend is from Lebanon but lives in MA currently, so there is a lot of diversity once you get to know people.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Although the majority of students on campus remain white, there is still a lot of diversity in race, ethnicity, heritage, religion, and culture. There are also cultural events and classes. Clubs and societies are available for almost everyone!

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4 College Junior

Diversity: our school is extremely accepting. alot of clubs to support

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I have people on my floor who are from different towns, states, and countries. Who practice different religions and are of varying sexual orientations. We all get along well and do not treat each other differently because our backgrounds.


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  • 39th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Leah Kahan
New York City
Grad Year
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UMass is fairly diverse, and there are many cultural groups to get involved with on campus. The quality of education at any school increases with the level of diversity, and UMass definitely benefits from this reality. Professors here frequently take advantage of this situation to explore the relevancy of others cultures in everyone's lives. Although predominantly a white population, 28 different countries were represented by the students at graduation. Women slightly outnumber men at UMass, so no one should have an excuse. The diversity this campus offers in the middle of such a non-diverse region is an important theme here at UMass.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 38%
20-21: 39%
22-24: 13%
25+: 9%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 11%
Native American: 0%
White: 69%
Unknown: 4%
Gay Pride
The homosexual community at UMass is quite prevalent. Once a year, a gay pride rally is held at the Student Union, and Mary Lyon Hall, in the Northeast Residential Area, has a floor where gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students can choose to live as a group. Also, the Stonewall Center, a GLBT educational resource center, is very active in supporting the homosexual community and provides resources and runs social events.
Political Activity
The town of Amherst, including the students from the University of Massachusetts, is a very politically active place. Most people here have liberal views and will not hesitate to discuss or argue any important issue. Many political candidates campaign throughout the year at the various UMass auditoriums. The UMass chapter of MassPIRG (Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group) makes great efforts to get students involved in political activity.
Economic Status
Just about every economic class is represented at UMass. At any given moment you could see an El Camino and a Lincoln Navigator stopped at the same red light. The students at nearby Amherst College are very affluent, while UMass students, on average, illustrate a more accurate depiction of middle-class America.
Most Common Religions
The most common religions on campus are Christianity and Judaism. There are many registered student organizations on campus that reflect these and other religions. The Newman Catholic Center and Hillel House offer many resources and events for students.
Minority Clubs on Campus
CMASS, the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (formerly the Office of Programs and Services for ALANA Students), is an educational support agency that serves the needs of UMass's minority population. It's a conglomeration of more than 20 minority clubs that are very active on campus—they regularly hold rallies, speeches, and other events to address and work toward solving problems facing minority students.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 121 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 23% Moderate
  • 35% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 121 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Conservative
  • 10% Moderate
  • 21% Not sure
  • 55% Liberal
  • 14% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 121 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 120 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 122 responses

  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 5% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 35% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 57% Very accepting.


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