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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
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  28,518 (22,134 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  18 to 1
Net Price
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 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty1,497329
Research and public service23778
Total graduate assistants-2,326
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 year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,0000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$8,814$9,512$9,937$10,4395.1%
Off Campus
Room and board-$9,512$9,937$10,4395.1%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$23,131$24,709$25,752$26,2822.1%
Off Campus$12,917$24,709$25,752$26,2822.1%
Off Campus with Family$12,917$17,197$17,815$17,8430.2%
On Campus$35,027$37,497$39,167$40,9984.7%
Off Campus$24,813$37,497$39,167$40,9984.7%
Off Campus with Family$24,813$29,985$31,230$32,5594.3%
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 Multiyear Tuition Calculator
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$2,640
In-state fees$11,002
Out-of-state tuition$9,937
Out-of-state fees$11,002
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
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 aid14,10888%————
Grant or scholarship aid3,49975%$25,553,162$7,303
Federal grants1,02822%$4,572,564$4,448
Pell grants1,02822%$4,231,960$4,117
Other federal grants76916%$340,604$443
State/local government grant or scholarships2,46253%$5,278,757$2,144
Institutional grants or scholarships2,58555%$15,701,841$6,074
Student loan aid2,85161%$23,222,988$8,146
Federal student loans2,81960%$15,928,341$5,650
Other student loans53611%$7,294,647$13,609
  • 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 aid114,47066%$119,190,547$8,237
Pell grants5,51025%$21,448,969$3,893
Federal student loans13,25160%$89,917,599$6,786
  • 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$16,145$18,059$19,120
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 Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$8,863$11,172$12,116
$30,001 – $48,000$9,611$11,633$12,901
$48,001 – $75,000$14,174$16,003$16,046
$75,001 – $110,000$19,226$21,043$21,393
$110,001 and more$21,541$22,867$23,821
  • 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 2013
Total enrollment28,518
Undergraduate enrollment22,134
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,468
Graduate enrollment6,384
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: 66%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 13%
Non-resident alien: 2%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 92%
25 and over: 8%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 73%
Out-of-state: 25%
Foreign countries: 2%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 36%
Part-time: 64%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 5%
Enrolled in some distance education: 10%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 85%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 28%
Enrolled in some distance education: 2%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 70%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $75
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants36,01217,36118,651
Percent admitted63%62%64%
Percent admitted who enrolled21%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 2013 (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 Reading540640
SAT Math570670
ACT Composite2429
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: 89%
Part-time students: 43%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
  • Interpret data with caution. Only 7 of 4,092 students in this cohort are part time. One-year retention rates for the part-time group are not representative of rates for all first time first year students(89%).
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, 72 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 73%
Transfer-out rate: 20%
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 2005]
4-year: 52%
6-year: 67%
8-year: 69%
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 59%
6-year: 73%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2005 or Fall 2007
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: 72%
Female: 74%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 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: 93%
Asian: 75%
Black or African American: 60%
Hispanic/Latino: 57%
White: 74%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 74%
Non-resident alien: 63%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
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-989---
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture-5--5-
Animal Sciences, General-5035--
Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services, Other10-----
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General8-----
Crop Production8-----
Equestrian/Equine Studies12-----
Food Science-2468--
Horticultural Science-1----
Landscaping and Groundskeeping18-----
Plant Sciences, General-5131--
Turf and Turfgrass Management17-----
Category total7322921145-
Architecture and Related Services
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning--120--
Environmental Design/Architecture-39----
Landscape Architecture-218---
Category total-86350--
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African Studies-----1
African-American/Black Studies-2542-
German Studies-351--
Latin American Studies----152
Near and Middle Eastern Studies-7----
Russian Studies-5----
Women's Studies-14---10
Category total-311051713
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology-721---
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-189----
Botany/Plant Biology--12--
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology--713--
Evolutionary Biology--70--
Exercise Physiology-19874--
Microbiology, General-4374--
Category total-50234288-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-120d376d12--
Finance, General-158d----
Hospitality Administration/Management, General-191d5---
Labor and Industrial Relations--20---
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management-34----
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-142d----
Transportation/Mobility Management----12
Category total-839d428d1212
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General-27146--
Category total-33946--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science-822923--
Category total-822923--
Construction Trades
Building Construction Technology-40----
Category total-40----
Art Teacher Education--4---
Education, General-9191d31-24d
Music Teacher Education--3---
Category total-9198d31-24d
Biological/Biosystems Engineering-----16
Chemical Engineering-80112--
Civil Engineering, General-99257--
Computer Engineering, General-22----
Electrical and Electronics Engineering-28589--
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering--12---
Industrial Engineering-1774--
Mechanical Engineering-110244--
Polymer/Plastics Engineering--1421--
Category total-35614157-16
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing--25---
English Language and Literature, General-169159--
Category total-169409--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature-149---
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-116---
Comparative Literature-1083--
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General----0-
French Language and Literature-93---
Italian Language and Literature-40---
Japanese Language and Literature-175---
Portuguese Language and Literature-2----
Spanish Language and Literature-30118--
Category total-12744150-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General-89304--
Nursing Practice---31d--
Nursing Science---0--
Pre-Veterinary Studies-31----
Public Health, General-123120d1--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-143d9d---
Category total-386d159d44d--
History, General-14313170
Public/Applied History-----6
Category total-14313176
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies----45-
Category total----45-
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Studies, General-91----
Category total-91----
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies-1----
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other-106----
Category total-107----
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General--6---
Mathematics, General-7794--
Category total-77154--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences-6----
Marine Sciences--2011-
Medieval and Renaissance Studies----6-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General----9-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-214d----
Nutrition Sciences-322---
Sustainability Studies--5---
Category total-252d9026-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science-69----
Forestry, General-32---
Natural Resources/Conservation, General-6080--
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management-1173--
Category total-143173--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management-11624---
Category total-11624---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies-3----
Religion/Religious Studies----1-
Category total-38011-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-29723--
Geology/Earth Science, General-2482--
Materials Science----06
Physics, General-17614--
Category total-76214106
Psychology, General-43297--
School Psychology---3--
Category total-432910--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Policy Analysis, General--21-11-
Category total--21-11-
Social Sciences
Applied Economics----0-
Economics, General-153710--
International Relations and Affairs----11-
Political Science and Government, General-1714541-
Social Sciences, General----13-
Social Sciences, Other-28----
Category total-552232965-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation-177---
Dance, General-14----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-350-531
Fine/Studio Arts, General-396---
Interior Design--6---
Music Performance, General-6241--
Music, General-30----
Category total-141431531
Grand total735,3631,33833423968
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-A MenWomen
All Track Combined101133
Field Hockey25
Ice Hockey30
Swimming and Diving2733
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
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession853
Drug law violations563128
Liquor law violations371375289
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession020
Drug law violations15910
Liquor law violations250
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible121315
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault1557
Motor vehicle theft511
  • For year 2011, Line i (Arson) was changed from 0 to 4 because of a misunderstanding concerning the Mass State Law definition of "arson" compared to the Clery reportable definition. Small items (pieces of paper, etc) with cash value under $25 had not been reported; they are now being counted once it has been determined that the burning was malicious.
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible9911
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault603
Motor vehicle theft000
  • For year 2011, Line i (Arson) was changed from 0 to 4 because of a misunderstanding concerning the Mass State Law definition of "arson" compared to the Clery reportable definition. Small items (pieces of paper, etc) with cash value under $25 had not been reported; they are now being counted once it has been determined that the burning was malicious.
  • (!) 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 Year201120102009
Default rate5.6%5.1%4.1%
Number in default287248189
Number in repayment5,0524,8444,602
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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