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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

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (4)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Education & Training (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (2)
Journalism & Media (1)
Law (1)



UMass Amherst is the flagship public higher education campus in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, making a profound, transformative impact to the common good. Founded in 1863, we are the largest public research university in New England, distinguished by the excellence and breadth of our academic, research, and community outreach programs.


Schools and Colleges

  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • College of Information and Computer Sciences
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Commonwealth Honors College
  • Isenberg School of Management
  • School of Public Health and Health Sciences
  • Stockbridge School of Agriculture
  • Graduate School


The University of Massachusetts Amherst–the Commonwealth’s flagship public research university–is one of the nation's top research universities as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding. Research and Engagement oversees the campus's research enterprise, working in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations.


Our CareerBlast event, the largest career fair in Western Massachusetts, had a record-breaking 1700 students and 130 employers in attendance.

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

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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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.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.


Student services

The mission of the Student Services Office is to provide friendly and reliable resource and service centers for residents, prospective students, parents and University staff. Student Services Student Staff members play a vital role in our department through their service to our UMass Amherst resident communities.

Library services

The Library welcomes gifts in all forms, including donations to the annual fund and endowments, planned gifts, sponsorships, and gifts of materials. We accept gifts by check (made out to "University of Massachusetts Amherst") and credit card, and we are also happy to help you set up recurrent giving through your debit card, make a planned gift, or give a gift of securities/stock.

Medical services

The Center for Health Promotion (CHP) offers programs and events about health and well-being. We promote responsible decision-making regarding alcohol and other drug use, on campus and in the community. We are home to the BASICS program, MyStudentBody and support services for students in recovery. Peer Health Education and the Not Ready for Bedtime Players are part of CHP.

Student Life

Campus life

Campus Recreation, an integral part of the educational mission of the University of Massachusetts and Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life, provides comprehensive recreation and student development opportunities, as well as exceptional programs, services and facilities.

Sports facilities

  • During the academic semesters, Campus Recreation offers over eighty hours per week of recreation swim time to the campus community. Located next to the North Residential Area, Totman pool is available for lap, open and family swim. Boyden Pool, located next to the Commonwealth Honors College Complex, is available for lap and open swim.
  • Get Moving UMass is a campus-wide initiative to educate the UMass community about the benefits of regular physical activity. The guiding principles of GMU are designed to improve one's health and well-being and encourage an active, balanced lifestyle.

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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