University of Massachusetts–Amherst Admissions

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

Du Bois Library and pond on University of Massachusetts Campus in Amherst.
Du Bois library and pond on University of Massachusetts Campus in Amherst. Thomas Pollin/Getty Images

The University of Massachusetts–Amherst is a selective public university with an acceptance rate of 58 percent. 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.​ Calculate your chances of getting in with Cappex's free tool.

Admissions Data (2016)

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 Amherst, Mt. Holyoke, Hampshire, 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 on-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 (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 30,037 (23,373 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51 percent male / 49 percent female
  • 92 percent 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 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 84 percent
    • Loans: 55 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,572
    • Loans: $7,657

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 percent
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 18 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 67 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 76 percent

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

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Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

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