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UMass Amherst Admissions Information

University of Massachusetts- Amherst
Amherst, Massachusetts (map)


Located in scenic Western Massachusetts, UMass Amherst is located just 90 miles from Boston, providing students with a traditional college town experience and access to the many opportunities of a large city. Considered the top campus of the University of Massachusetts college system and one of the top public research universities in the country, the 1,450 acre campus offers students the chance to study academic fields from science and engineering to sports management, one of the oldest and best programs of its type in the country. With more than 20,000 undergraduates, UMass Amherst is a large university with a bounty of academic and social opportunities. Students participate in more than 300 student organizations, from the Alpine Ski Club to the Wildlife Society. UMass is home to a vast number of facilities including swimming pools, an ice rink, an observatory, botanical gardens, a sports arena and contemporary art museum.



Basic Info

Main Address: 37 Mather Drive
Amherst, MA 01003
United States of America
Phone Number: (413) 545-0111  
Website: http://www.umass.edu/  


Type of school: Public, Four-year  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban setting, Large town; Residential campus  
Athletics: NCAA Division 1, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 21,373  
Percent out-of-state: 26%  
Percent international: 1%  
Female to Male ratio: 51:49  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 19:1  
Most popular majors: Business/Marketing
Social Sciences
Health Professions
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Distance Learning
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester
Weekend College

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Women's Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Men's Housing
Apartments For Married Students
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Special Housing For International Students
First-time first-year students allowed to have car
Campus ministries
Concert band
Jazz band
Marching band
Music ensembles
Radio station
Student government
Symphony orchestra
Choral groups
Film society
International students
Literary magazine
Model U.N.
Musical theater
Pep band
Student newspaper
Television station

Fun Facts

  • UMass Amherst's library system is the largest at a state-supported institution in New England. It houses more than 6 million items.
  • More than 60% of UMass Amherst courses have fewer than 30 students.
  • Some notable UMass Amherst alumni include: Richard Gere '71 actor, Jeff Corwin '02, and Madeleine Kunin '56, former ambassador to Switzerland and first female governor of Vermont

Admissions Information

With an acceptance rate of 68%, UMass Amherst is considered a selective university. According to the admissions website, rigor of an applicant's secondary school record, standardized test scores and academic GPA are very important factors for admission. In addition, the admissions committee values students with diverse characteristics, work and volunteer experience and strong character and personal qualities as evidenced by recommendations and the personal statement.

UMass Amherst offers a non-restrictive Early Action application option for students who are strongly interested in Amherst and would like an admissions decisions by December of their senior year. Since the acceptance rate for Early Action is 75%,  students who chose this option have a slight edge in the admissions process.

Admissions address: University Admissions Center
37 Mather Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-9291
Phone number: (413) 545-0222  
Fax number: (413) 545-4312  
Admissions Website: http://www.umass.edu/admissions/  
Email: mail@admissions.umass.edu  
Contact Person: Kevin Kelly, Director of Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 31,030  
Percent of applicants admitted: 68%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 15  
Early decision/action deadline: November 1 (Early Action)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes (with school specific supplement)  
Admission requirements: Completed application form
High school transcript (official copy including first term senior year grades)
Standardized Test Scores
Letters of recommendation
Application fee
Verification of english language proficiency (for non-native speakers of english)

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT or ACT Reasoning Test (writing section recommended)  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 3917  
ACT code: 1924  
Learn more about other Large New England schools:
University of Connecticut   Northeastern   Amherst College  

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