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IPEDS ID: 166629
OPE ID: 00222100
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University of Massachusetts-Amherst
374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
General information:  (413) 545-0111
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  28,635 (22,252 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  17 to 1
Net Price
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
Athletic Graduation
Mission Statement
  The University's mission is to provide an affordable and accessible education of high quality and to conduct programs of research and public service that advance knowledge and improve the lives of the people of the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world.
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (very high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty1,527387
Research and public service23071
Total graduate assistants-2,365
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$9,512$9,937$10,439$10,9575.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$9,512$9,937$10,439$10,9575.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$24,709$25,752$26,282$26,8002.0%
Off Campus$24,709$25,752$26,282$26,8002.0%
Off Campus with Family$17,197$17,815$17,843$17,8430.0%
On Campus$37,497$39,167$40,998$42,3553.3%
Off Campus$37,497$39,167$40,998$42,3553.3%
Off Campus with Family$29,985$31,230$32,559$33,3982.6%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
In-state tuition$2,640
In-state fees$11,411
Out-of-state tuition$9,937
Out-of-state fees$11,411
  • Required fees include $185 fee for entering students. Figures do not include an additional mandatory $320 fee for Engineering students (effective Fall 1985), or a $600 fee for Commonwealth Honors College students (effective Fall 2010).
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid14,21290%————
Grant or scholarship aid3,65078%$29,787,705$8,161
Federal grants1,09123%$5,004,632$4,587
Pell grants1,09123%$4,631,930$4,246
Other federal grants88919%$372,702$419
State/local government grant or scholarships2,52754%$5,275,881$2,088
Institutional grants or scholarships2,79760%$19,507,192$6,974
Student loan aid2,84961%$20,763,074$7,288
Federal student loans2,81760%$15,838,689$5,623
Other student loans3568%$4,924,385$13,833
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid115,20869%$127,824,488$8,405
Pell grants5,59125%$22,318,111$3,992
Federal student loans13,37160%$91,603,997$6,851
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$18,059$19,120$18,840
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$11,172$12,116$11,064
$30,001 – $48,000$11,633$12,901$12,008
$48,001 – $75,000$16,003$16,046$15,611
$75,001 – $110,000$21,043$21,393$21,127
$110,001 and more$22,867$23,821$24,338
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment28,635
Undergraduate enrollment22,252
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,458
Graduate enrollment6,383
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 93%
Part-time: 7%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 51%
Female: 49%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 8%
Black or African American: 4%
Hispanic/Latino: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 68%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 10%
Non-resident alien: 3%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 92%
25 and over: 8%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 72%
Out-of-state: 23%
Foreign countries: 4%
Unknown: 1%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 35%
Part-time: 65%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 5%
Enrolled in some distance education: 13%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 82%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 30%
Enrolled in some distance education: 2%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 67%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $75
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants37,29617,96819,328
Percent admitted61%60%63%
Percent admitted who enrolled20%22%19%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading550640
SAT Math570670
ACT Composite2430
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 90%
Part-time students: 33%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
  • Interpret data with caution due to small cohort. The number of part time students in an entering cohort is very small, generally fewer than 10. Retention rates for these students fluctuate markedly from year to year and cannot be generalized to any larger population.
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 73 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 75%
Transfer-out rate: 18%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 54%
6-year: 70%
8-year: 72%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 63%
6-year: 76%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 74%
Female: 77%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 56%
Asian: 79%
Black or African American: 69%
Hispanic/Latino: 74%
White: 77%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 74%
Non-resident alien: 65%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agricultural Economics-9373--
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture-13--7d-
Animal Sciences, General-3923--
Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services, Other9-----
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General4-----
Crop Production9-----
Equestrian/Equine Studies13-----
Food Science-21145--
Horticultural Science-1----
Landscaping and Groundskeeping13-----
Plant Sciences, General-3857--
Turf and Turfgrass Management111----
Category total5920628187d-
Architecture and Related Services
Architecture and Related Services, Other--2---
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning--143--
Environmental Design/Architecture-26----
Landscape Architecture-1013---
Category total-77473--
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African Studies-----2
African-American/Black Studies-4620-
German Studies-1150--
Latin American Studies----186
Near and Middle Eastern Studies-4----
Russian Studies-1----
Women's Studies-6---17
Category total-261121825
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology-1151---
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-214----
Botany/Plant Biology--12--
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology--48--
Evolutionary Biology--36--
Exercise Physiology-22473--
Microbiology, General-44114--
Category total-59730278-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-105d408d9--
Finance, General-150d----
Hospitality Administration/Management, General-193d4---
Labor and Industrial Relations--21---
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management-52----
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-154d----
Meeting and Event Planning----1d-
Transportation/Mobility Management----00
Category total-868d460d91d0
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General-23319--
Category total-308193d-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science-1024219--
Category total-1024219--
Construction Trades
Building Construction Technology-63----
Category total-63----
Art Teacher Education--3---
Education, General-14197d37d-0d
Multicultural Education-----2
Music Teacher Education--3---
Category total-14203d37d-2d
Biological/Biosystems Engineering-----5
Chemical Engineering-6918--
Civil Engineering, General-73264--
Computer Engineering, General-34----
Electrical and Electronics Engineering-517013--
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering--10---
Industrial Engineering-2552--
Mechanical Engineering-134215--
Polymer/Plastics Engineering--2115--
Category total-38615447-5
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing--16---
English Language and Literature, General-1641010--
Category total-1642610--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature-105---
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-147---
Comparative Literature-1855--
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General----2-
French Language and Literature-114---
Italian Language and Literature-50---
Japanese Language and Literature-141---
Portuguese Language and Literature-3----
Spanish Language and Literature-2274--
Category total-12834102-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General-90181--
Nursing Practice---17d--
Nursing Science---0--
Pre-Veterinary Studies-31----
Public Health, General-178116d2--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-152d11d---
Category total-451d145d22d--
History, General-977352
Public/Applied History-----3
Category total-977355
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies----53d-
Category total----53d-
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Studies, General-97----
Category total-97----
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies-2----
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other-78----
Category total-80----
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General--2---
Mathematics, General-901212--
Category total-901412--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences-5----
Marine Sciences--208-
Mathematics and Computer Science-1----
Medieval and Renaissance Studies----0-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General----8-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-273d----
Nutrition Sciences-648---
Sustainability Studies--13---
Category total-343d23016-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science-63----
Forestry, General-40---
Natural Resources/Conservation, General-99172--
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management-213--
Category total-168185--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management-11922---
Category total-11922---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies-3----
Religion/Religious Studies----0-
Category total-35130-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-26722--
Geology/Earth Science, General-1793--
Materials Science----44
Physics, General-2367--
Category total-75273444
Psychology, General-4981210--
School Psychology---2--
Category total-4981212--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Policy Analysis, General--31-12-
Category total--31-12-
Social Sciences
Applied Economics----1-
Economics, General-167610--
International Relations and Affairs----17-
Political Science and Government, General-1535533-
Social Sciences, General----18-
Social Sciences, Other-18----
Category total-541232369-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation-126---
Dance, General-10----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-272-401
Fine/Studio Arts, General-514---
Interior Design--3---
Music Performance, General-3351--
Music, General-38----
Category total-141501401
Grand total595,6741,40930623842
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
  • Omega Delta Sigma is a co-ed fraternity for Student Veterans, National Guard/Reserves, and Active Duty.
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 232
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 531
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 33
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 4
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $3,413
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $5,561
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $1,136
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $1,809
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-A MenWomen
All Track Combined92127
Field Hockey23
Ice Hockey28
Swimming and Diving3032
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education(!)7/1/1932 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Didactic Program in Dietetics11/1/1978 -  Accredited
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship4/1/1990 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs12/18/1957 -  Accredited
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs4/1/1979 -  Accredited
School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs4/8/1992 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs8/24/1973 -  Accredited
Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs11/1/1979 - 12/31/2006Resigned
Clinical doctoral program in Audiology11/1/2005 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels9/22/2000 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels9/22/2000 -  Accredited
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health (PHG) - Graduate level school of public health9/30/1970 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1968 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1962 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession532
Drug law violations312822
Liquor law violations375289176
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession200
Drug law violations9106
Liquor law violations506
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible131522
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault576
Motor vehicle theft112
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible91116
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault032
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate4.0%5.6%5.1%
Number in default227287248
Number in repayment5,5785,0524,844
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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