UMass Amherst Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a selective public university with an acceptance rate of 58%. The university is a member of the Common Application, and the school has a holistic admissions process that looks at more than grades and standardized test scores. Your application essay and extracurricular involvement can both play a meaningful role in the final admissions decision.

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Admissions Data (2015):

UMass Amherst Description:

UMass Amherst is the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system. As the only public university in the Five College Consortium, UMass offers the benefit of state tuition with easy access to classes at AmherstMt. HolyokeHampshire and Smith. The large UMass campus is easy to recognize because of the W.E.B. DuBois Library, the tallest college library in the world. UMass frequently ranks among the top 50 public universities in the U.S., and it has a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

Students can join a number of om-campus activities, ranging from academic groups to performing arts ensembles. In athletics, the UMass Minutemen compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference. Popular sports include swimming, track and field, basketball, and rowing. 

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 29,269 (22,748 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51% Male / 49% Female
  • 93% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $14,971 (in-state); $32,204 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,897
  • Other Expenses: $1,400
  • Total Cost: $29,268 (in-state); $46,501 (out-of-state)

UMass Amherst Financial Aid (2014 - 15):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 91%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 81%
    • Loans: 60%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,456
    • Loans: $7,801

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Economics, English, Finance, Hospitality Administration, Marketing, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Public Health

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 91%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 16%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 66%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 78%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Ice Hockey, Swimming, Baseball, Basketball, Track and Field, Lacrosse
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Field, Hockey, Track and Field, Rowing, Softball, Tennis, Soccer

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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