University of Massachusetts Amherst

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world rank  72

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University Overview

Founded in 1863, University of Massachusetts Amherst is a non-profit public state higher-education institution located in the suburban setting of the large town of Amherst (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Massachusetts. Officially accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) is a very large (uniRank enrollment range: 35,000-39,999 students) coeducational US 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), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 157 years old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 60-70% making this US higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. UMass Amherst also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

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University Identity

Name
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
01003-9291 Massachusetts
United States
Tel +1 (413) 545 0111
Fax +1 (413) 545 2328

Study Areas and Degree Levels


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Yearly Tuition Range

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

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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
New Admission Requirements - Secondary school GPA is required
- Secondary school rank is recommended
- Secondary school record is required
- Completion of college-preparatory program is required
- Recommendations are required
- Formal demonstration of competencies is recommended
- Admission test scores are required
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required
- Other Tests (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) are neither required nor recommended
Admission Rate 60-70%
Admission Office 37 Mather Drive
Amherst 01003-9291
(413) 545 0222

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Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 35,000-39,999
Academic Staff 1,500-1,999
Control Type Public State
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Suburban
Land Grant Institution Yes
Religious Affiliation None

Carnegie Classification New

Basic Classification Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
2000 Classification Doctoral/Research Universities--Extensive
Size & Setting Four-year, large, highly residential institution
Enrollment Profile High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, more selective, higher transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Balanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Professions plus arts & sciences, no graduate coexistence

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to University of Massachusetts Amherst's Library
University of Massachusetts-Amherst's library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2018 the library has reported 1,839,787 physical volumes, 49,846 physical media, 420,000 digital/electronic medium and 558 licensed digital/electronic databases. University of Massachusetts-Amherst's library has 2 branches.
Housing Yes
University of Massachusetts Amherst provides on-campus housing. The total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 14,491 students in the 2018 academic year.
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Services Yes
Institutional Hospital Not reported

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Accreditations

Institutional Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education


Year of first Accreditation

1932


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of 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)


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Memberships and Affiliations

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

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