University of Massachusetts Amherst

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world rank  67

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University Overview

Founded in 1863, University of Massachusetts Amherst is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the medium-sized town of Amherst (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Massachusetts. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) is a very large (EduListing enrollment range: 30,000-34,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the EduListing degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 157 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 50-60% making this US higher education organization a averagely selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Acronym UMass Amherst
Founded 1863
Motto Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem
By the sword we seek peace; but peace only under liberty
Colours Maroon, white and black

University Location

Address 181 Presidents Drive
Amherst (population range: 10,000-49,999)
01003-9291 Massachusetts
United States
T +1 (413) 545 0111
F +1 (413) 545 2328

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
15,000-17,500 US$
(11,000-12,900 Euro)
12,500-15,000 US$
(9,200-11,000 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)

University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate 50-60%
Admission Office 37 Mather Drive
Amherst 01003-9291
+1 (413) 545 0222

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 30,000-34,999
Academic Staff 1,500-1,999
Control Type Public
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation None

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to University of Massachusetts Amherst's Library
Housing Yes
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes


Institutional Accreditation

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Year of first Accreditation


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business AACSB International
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology ABET
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education CCNE
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation CAEP
  • Council on Education for Public Health CEPH
  • American Chemical Society ACS
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board NAAB
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design NASAD
  • National Association of Schools of Music NASM
  • Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration ACPHA
  • American Psychological Association APA
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association ASLHA
  • American Society of Landscape Architects ASLA
  • Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board LAAB
  • Planning Accreditation Board PAB
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics ACEND
  • Society of American Foresters SAF

Memberships and Affiliations

  • UMass System
  • Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)
  • Five College Consortium
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

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