University of Massachusetts - Amherst

3,129 reviews
  1. Amherst, MA
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
University of Massachusetts - Amherst is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Mid-American Conference
Address
374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003
Website

University of Massachusetts - Amherst Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
61%
SAT Range
1120-1310
ACT Range
24-30
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$18,840/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,064/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,008/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,611/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,127/ year
  • $110k+
    $24,338/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.209 responses
42%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.212 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.210 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
20,684Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
23%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 108 responses
Report
  • There are many different people at UMass
    48%
  • Party lover but also very good students
    16%
  • Cool
    9%
  • Hard working
    9%
  • Party lover
    7%
  • Liberal
    4%
  • Surprising
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
64%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.249 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.303 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 113 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    27%
  • The place to be
    22%
  • Enormous
    20%
  • Be on top of your game because it's huge!
    8%
  • The best place on Earth.
    8%
  • Number one
    5%
  • Intriguing
    4%

After University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
75%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
75%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.134 responses

Reviews

3,129 reviews
  • Excellent
    509
  • Very Good
    1249
  • Average
    1134
  • Poor
    156
  • Terrible
    81
UMass is a great place if you want a big school (and are looking to save money if in-state). I came here to save money which I’m happy about, but am not pleased with the big-school aspect. Sense of community is lacking. Professors can be inaccessible; large lectures feel very impersonal.
Campus is fine when the weather is nice, but winter is rough. Walking 20 minutes to class when it is 10 degrees out isn’t ideal. There are a lot of ugly buildings on campus, but they're constantly doing construction so hopefully the campus will get prettier in the future. The overwhelming amount of construction is frustrating.
The different residential areas all have very different cultures so there is a place for almost any "type" of person (quiet/shy, partier, stoner, studious, etc) to feel comfortable living. Dorms could use some renovations but overall are not too terrible.
Location is great; Amherst is wonderful. The surrounding colleges are fun to mingle with!
  • Junior
  • 25 days ago
There are soooooo many activities that you can do at UMass! I am a Biochemistry major and I am so happy that I attend this university! The program is amazing! They _strongly_ encourage getting involved in research and they won't make you wait. By second semester of my freshman year, I was already involved. The biggest problem that I have had is financial support. I happen to know some administrators who give me the scoop on things, so I know for sure that they are doing the best they can to support us, but the lack of scholarship opportunities available for freshman or non-Honors College students is disheartening. It's an amazing school, though, and I've had a great experience so far.
  • College Sophomore
  • 5 months ago
I love UMASS Amherst! I've meant great friends there and had some amazing experiences my freshman year at college. Although I was unsure of the size of the school at first since it is so large, I now love attending a big school. It's a lot of walking, you get to meet so many people and the atmosphere is great. I enjoyed my classes, although some of the course work was difficult. However, I was able to get my work done and still have time to go out with friends and attend sports games and other activities as well. There is a lot of school spirit at UMASS and overall I think it is an awesome college and I would recommend anyone to go to.
  • College Sophomore
  • 6 months ago