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2 College Sophomore

Academics: Its very easy to get an A. I think standards should be raised. Especially with the honors college. Honors is bestowed to a few, yet most of the campus is in the honors college. They need to be more strict with the entrance standards overall. I laugh at the 3.4 GPA minimum.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: You have to be very very careful and please check the professor on ratemyprofessor. But according to my experience, you could be disappointed by some students' ability in the classes no matter how great the professor is

4 College Freshman

Academics: Lots of options but no criminology which is disappointing.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Professor's are pretty good, I failed a class though...

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I think the academic of this school is great but you have to put a lot of efforZ it is very easy to be joys a party college freshman.


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The most popular and nationally acclaimed departments at UMass are business, communications, computer science, engineering, and psychology. Students must complete general education requirements in addition to the requirements for their major, and most find this a positive experience because it allows both declared and undeclared students to explore fields they may not have previously considered. And don't worry about doing it all on your own—advisers are available to help make sure you meet all your requirements. Class sizes tend to be large for introduction courses, but they get smaller as they become more specific to a particular major. Lectures can be as large as 500 students, but many classes of this size break up into discussion sections, so students can still get more individual attention. Discussions are taught by TAs who are often graduate students, and most are very helpful in class and during office hours. UMass professors are very good at making themselves available to students on an individual basis. Whether through e-mail, office hours, or weekly tutoring sessions, they are readily accessible. Evaluations conducted by students at the end of each semester are taken quite seriously by the faculty and help keep the class formats up-to-date. A unique aspect of UMass is the Five-College Interchange. UMass students can take courses Hampshire, Holyoke, Smith, or Amherst at no additional charge. So, if UMass does not offer a particular class you are interested in, you will most likely be able to find it at one of the other area colleges. The Honors College is rather competitive as well and holds academics to a very high level. A very competitive atmosphere can be found amongst students not participating in the Honors College as well.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
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Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
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Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 44%
  • 20 to 49 students: 38%
  • 50 or more students: 18%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Humanities & Fine Arts
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Commonwealth Honors College
  • Isenberg School of Management
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health & Health Sciences
  • Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Communication Studies: 2%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 2%
  • Psychology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Integrative Experience
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social & Cultural Diversity
  • Social Science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
  • University Without Walls
Online Courses
UMass Amherst's University Without Walls program is available for adult learners looking to finish their bachelor's degree.
Best Places to Study
  • Campus Pond
  • Dorm classrooms and lounges
  • Dorm room
  • Integrated Sciences & Engineering Library
  • Integrated Sciences Building
  • Isenberg School of Management atrium and breakout rooms
  • W.E.B. Du Bois Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Complete an internship.
  • Find a balance between working hard and playing hard.
  • Get involved. It's a great way to meet people, build your résumé, and gain references.
  • Go to class—it sounds like common sense but is very important.
  • Go to sporting events. They are fun, free, and great for school pride.
  • Keep an assignment book, and write down and mark off all of your assignments.
  • Stay open-minded.
  • Take advantage of the Five College Program.
  • Take every extra credit opportunity you can—don't be lazy.
  • Try to develop a schedule for studying.
Did You Know?
Students can design their own major through the Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC) program.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 201 responses

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Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 104 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 104 responses

  • 14% This was my dream school.
  • 55% This was one of my top choices.
  • 31% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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