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Located on a sprawling, rural campus just 90 miles outside of Boston, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst is the flagship institution of the UM system. The public research university services more than 24,000 undergraduates across one hundred majors, and classes incorporate "various group and independent work" and "new study methods," including "full discussion-based classes, lab walks, and interesting project formats." That flexibility extends to its status as a University Without Walls (UWW), a format that allows students to complete their degrees with both in-person and virtual instruction, and to its position in the Five College Consortium, which means that students can find "a lot of different paths and majors" by taking classes and attending social events at four other nearby colleges. The school is also well-funded, and awarded nearly $287 million last year toward "many experiential learning and research opportunities" and interdisciplinary collaboration with dozens of centers and institutes, including the Energy Transition Institute and the Computational Social Science Institute.

The administration excels at "letting the community know everything that's going on" and there are "endless opportunities and resources" to be found. Faculty are "very helpful and flexible" and "always more than willing to help if you make an effort to reach out." Overall, the "variety in academics, culture, opportunities, and activities" and the school's "sheer vastness alone" make for a satisfied group.

Student Body

"Everyone here is very independent yet unified," and students "create a family-like environment with encouraging mindsets" and are "smart and driven and focused on academics." Public activism and service are unifying threads among staff and students, and the Mass Impact Day of Service (in which everyone volunteers throughout the Pioneer Valley) is a favorite annual event. This "very kind, welcoming community" has a "decent level of diversity," is "very friendly and accepting," and "fun at parties." People here "are really social," and with this many undergraduates, "you will never meet the same person twice." Students "are coming from very different backgrounds" both within the state and across the country, and "for the most part everyone gets that we're in this together." As one student says, "I am very happy at UMass and the student body is a large reason."

Campus Life

All first-years (and more than half of all students) live on campus, and are described as a laidback, sociable bunch, the sort to "hang out at dining halls and eat and talk and then spend time in the dorm lounge talking or working or playing video games." Sports are also highly regarded option, given UMass's NCAA Division I status, and there are more than forty intramural leagues, tournaments, and events. Football is especially popular here, as is the UMass Minuteman marching band. Students universally rave about the "the best food in the country": "It makes getting up in the morning worth it," says one. The amazing food could also tie into why so many also enjoy hitting the rec center: "It's like a private gym, and the workout classes are phenomenal. Yoga, kickboxing, strength trading, spin, you name it." Much time is spent "attending events hosted by different clubs and on campus organizations" (the Ski and Board club is the largest and oldest one), and the broadness of the university "shines through especially in clubs because there is something for everyone."

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Undergraduate Admissions Office
37 Mather Drive
Amherst, MA 01003



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Campus Center & Student Union
The Learning Commons
The Recreation Center
The Mullins Center
The Fine Arts Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
0.5 miles - College Town of Amherst
Amherst, Smith, & Mount Holyoke Colleges
1 hour - Skiing and Hiking in Vermont
2 hours - Boston
3 hours - New York City
Information for prospective students on the Amherst area is available here: https://www.umass.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/visit/meet-amherst. A comprehensive listing of attractions in Western Mass is available from the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (https://explorewesternmass.com/) and from the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (https://www.massvacation.com/regions-towns/western-massachusetts/).

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Sat 11:30am, 1:00pm, 1:30pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Mon-Sat 10AM, 12:30PM; call 413-545-0306

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

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Advance Notice

Class Visits

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available



Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bradley International Airport near Hartford, CT, is 45 miles south of the University. Logan International Airport in Boston is 90 miles to the east. Peter Pan Bus Lines (peterpanbus.com; 800-343-9999) links the campus to Bradley and Logan airports as well as to points throughout the region. Amtrak trains (www.amtrak.com; 800-872-7245) serve Springfield; the station is 2 blocks from the Springfield bus station, where you can get a Peter Pan bus to campus. Amtrak also serves Northampton, with a station stop 10 miles from campus. Once on campus, the Pioneer Valley Transportation Authority (www.pvta.com) serves the Five College Area.

Driving Instructions to Campus
For driving instructions to campus, please visit the UMass Visitor's Center website: https://www.umass.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/visit

Local Accommodations
Hotel UMass (hotelumass.com; 413-549-6000) is on campus. The University Lodge (345 N. Pleasant St.; 413-256-8111) is within walking distance (a half-mile walk). There are several bed and breakfasts within a 1-2 mile radius of the campus, including the Inn on Boltwood (www.innonboltwood.com). Information on B&Bs in the Amherst area can be found at www.fivecollegebb.com. There are numerous other lodging options slightly farther from campus. Visit the Hampshire Hospitality Group's website (http://www.hampshirehospitality.com/) for information on the local Holiday Inn Express and Howard Johnson's, as well as several other nearby accommodations. The most comprehensive listing of information for visitors to the area -- including our numerous Bed and Breakfasts -- is found on the Chamber of Commerce's website: http://www.amherstarea.com/


Applicants: 45,451
Acceptance Rate: 64%
Average HS GPA: 4.02



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