University of Massachusetts - Amherst

3,113 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

3,113 reviews
  • Excellent
    501
  • Very Good
    1244
  • Average
    1133
  • Poor
    156
  • Terrible
    79
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
  • 4 months ago
I couldn't be happier with my choice to attend UMass Amherst. The classes are challenging and push you to work harder and become a better student. Attending a large school was intimidating at first but now that I've spent the year at UMass I can't imagine going to a smaller school. Like they said when I toured, "You can make a large school feel small but you can't make a small school feel large." Joining clubs like the Red Cross Club, the Communication Disorders Club, and Alpha Lambda Delta have helped me make connections to people easily which has made me feel more at home. There are so many opportunities at a larger school including clubs, job opportunities, class selection, wider selection of majors/minors, study abroad options, etc. College is the time to explore interests that you maybe never even new you had! I've been dancing since I was four and being at such a large school offered so many options for my dance career. I didn't want to major in dance but I wanted to join a small team with less of a commitment than the football/basketball dance team had. I auditioned for Stage Crew Dance Team in the fall and I couldn't be happier to be a part of my wonderful team. UMass has truly become my home and I can't wait to go back in a short amount of time!
  • College Sophomore
  • Aug 13 2015
If you are ambitious and smart, don't come here unless you have no other choice. The classes here would be incredibly easy for you if you have received a good education in high school (half of my classes aren't entry-level). It is also frustrating that most students around you (classmates, floormates) don't seem driven or to want to study hard at all. Those who are smart and ambitious hide.

Also, if you are a freshman, you will find the spots in those seemingly interesting classes have all been taken.

I'm grateful that underclassmen have the chance to transfer!
  • College Freshman
  • 12 months ago