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University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst Center, Massachusetts, United States
UMass Amherst is one of the major public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts, the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

Bachelor's programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (8)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (4)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Education & Training (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (2)
Journalism & Media (1)
Law (1)

About

History

The Massachusetts Agricultural College (MAC) was founded in 1863 under the national Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act. Set on 310 rural acres, it offered its first classes in 1867. It then had four faculty members, four wooden buildings, 56 students, and a curriculum combining modern farming, science, technical courses, and a smattering of the liberal arts.

Education

109 bachelor's degree programs, five associate's, 78 master’s and 48 doctoral programs in nine schools and colleges.

Research

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth’s flagship public research university, is one of the nation's top universities for research as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding. The campus spends more than $200 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. We work in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunity for students, faculty and the public.

Career

The mission of the Career Development Hub, and of career centers university-wide, is to educate students in all phases of their career development and to empower them in making gratifying career decisions to develop and transition successfully in a diverse and global society.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2020
151
2019
151
2018
151
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2021
270 35
2020
305 -46
2019
259
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2021
-
2020
136 -17
2019
119
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

The Student Affairs and Campus Life is a campus community that actively embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion grounded in core values of compassion, care, and concern for others. We center around eight key functions that together create a supportive living and learning environment of responsive care and support for retention, graduation, and success beyond college.

Housing services

The university has 52 residence halls including traditional residence halls, suites and apartments throughout campus.

Whether you prefer a residential area nestled amid rolling hills or a neighborhood located at the heart of the campus, a high-rise tower or a red brick residence hall, a suite or a traditional room, UMass Amherst offers a housing option to meet your needs and expectations.

Each residential area houses classrooms, recreational and social centers, kitchenettes, and cultural centers - in addition to the bedrooms, study areas, laundries, television rooms, and dining facilities you might expect. Each residential area also has its own student governing body and is, in effect, a community unto itself.

Library services

As a key partner in teaching, learning, and research at UMass Amherst and beyond, the Libraries foster a diverse, inclusive, and user-centered environment in which to engage with ideas and acquire the skills necessary for independent learning and critical thinking.

ICT services

Information technologies at the flagship research campus of the Commonwealth support our core mission of teaching, learning, research, and engagement by using technology to reach new heights of excellence.

Medical services

UHS provides comprehensive health and wellness services for the UMass Amherst campus community, with a special focus on the needs and concerns of college students.

  • Allergy Shots
  • COVID-19 Testing
  • Eye Care and Optical Services
  • General Medical Care
  • Immunizations
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition Services
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology

and many more...

Student Life

Campus life

UMass Amherst, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

Sports facilities

Campus Recreation welcomes you as we strive to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all participants. As members of the campus community and patrons of recreation facilities, including the Recreation Center, Boyden gymnasium, handball/squash courts and pool, Curry Hicks pool, Turf Fields and Mullins tennis courts, we need your assistance in maintaining a safe and healthy environment. We strongly encourage our patrons to read, understand and abide by the policies and procedures. Campus Recreation reserves the right to immediately implement policies and/or procedures to protect our patrons.

Accreditation

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Research is widely encouraged with a wide diversity of labs studying different fields within Microbiology. Lots of friendly faculty willing to work with you and help you learn procedures or protocols not actively used in your home lab. Class structure and availability could use some work.

University of Massachusetts was the right choice for me
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I really liked how invested both in teaching and n the students many of my professors were, this made my experience at UMASS much more enjoyable and meaningful.

Overall Positive
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Overall I would rate it positive. I've learned a lot while balancing work, academics, and a social life. Specifically within my department, I would suggest improvements to the project parts of several classes. Many of my courses right now have final projects that are so similar to each other, and it is repetitive.

Amherst Center, Massachusetts, United States

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