University of Massachusetts–Amherst Admissions Statistics

Learn about UMass–Amherst and GPA, SAT, and ACT Score Data for Admission

University of Massachusetts–Amherst Campus
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The University of Massachusetts–Amherst is a selective public university with an acceptance rate of 60 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.​

Why You Might Choose UMass–Amherst

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 because of its strong liberal arts and sciences programs. 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.

UMass GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

UMass Amherst GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
University of Massachusetts Amherst GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. See the real-time graph and calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Discussion of UMass–Amherst's Admissions Standards

Roughly one in every three applicants to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst is rejected. Successful applicants tend to have grades and standardized test scores that are at least a little above average. In this scattergram, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of students who were accepted had high school averages of B+ or better, combined SAT scores of about 1100 or higher (RW+M), and ACT composite scores of 23 or higher. Clearly the higher your grades and standardized test scores, the better your chances are of receiving an acceptance letter. UMass–Amherst rejects very few students with A averages.

Note that there are a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Some students who had grades and test scores that were on target for UMass Amherst did not get in. Note also that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because UMass Amherst uses the Common Application and has holistic admissions. The admissions folks take into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, not just your GPA. Successful applicants also need to have a winning application essay, interesting extracurricular activities, and strong letters of recommendation. Some programs at UMass have portfolio or audition requirements as well.

Admissions Data (2016)

  • UMass–Amherst Acceptance Rate: 60 percent

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 550 / 650
  • SAT Math: 580 / 680​
  • ACT Composite: 25 / 30

More UMass–Amherst Information

Be sure to consider more than the admissions standards when selecting a college. Students looking for an intimate college setting may not like UMass Amherst's large size and 18-to-1 student-faculty ratio. Others, however, will appreciate the lively campus and Division I athletic programs. The university's relatively low tuition for in-state applicants combined with decent grant aid make it an affordable option for many students.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 30,037 (23,373 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51 percent male / 49 percent female
  • 92 percent full-time

Costs (2017–18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $15,411 (in-state); $33,477 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,258
  • Other Expenses: $1,400
  • Total Cost: $30,069 (in-state); $48,135 (out-of-state)

UMass Amherst Financial Aid (2015–16)

  • 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

Like UMass Amherst? Then Check Out These Other Universities

Applicants to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst tend to apply to other public universities in New England and the Middle Atlantic states. Popular choices include the University of Rhode Island, Binghamton University, Penn State, and the University of Vermont

Applicants also tend to look at some of the private universities within a few hours of Amherst. Popular choices include Syracuse University, Boston College, Northeastern University, and Brown University. These schools are generally more selective than UMass, so make sure your grades and standardized test scores are on target for admission. This is particularly true for Brown University, one of the most selective universities in the country.