University Of Massachusetts Amherst

University Of Massachusetts Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst, also known as UMass Amherst, is a public, coeducational, land-grant, research university. It is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States. It was established in the year 1863. The school currently grants admission to over 15,000 students annually. It is well known for its courses in the fields of science, media, landscaping and horticulture, and liberal arts.

University of Massachusetts Amherst's sports teams are called the Minutemen (Men's teams) and the Minutewomen (Women's teams). 'Sam the Minuteman 'is the official mascot of the university. Various sports programs are offered to the students in football, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and baseball. There are also two major gymnasiums and squash courts on the campus.

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Contacting University of Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst , MA 01003
General Phone: (413) 545-0111

University of Massachusetts Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,321Near/Middle east studies, Russian studies, African-American studies, women's studies, linguistics, comparative literature, Chinese language, Japanese language, German language, ...
Business and Management859business management, accounting, finance, labor relations, marketing, apparel marketing
Science497biology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, botany, call and molecular biology, microbiology, entomology, exercise physiology, evolutionary biology, biological and physical sciences, ...
Therapy and Counseling482psychology, school psychology, communication disorders
Media386communication studies, journalism
Education and Teaching333education, music teaching
Engineering302chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, industrial engineering, engineering management
Hospitality243hospitality management
Computer Science and Engineering224computer science, computer engineering
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy196nutrition sciences, sports and fitness management
Nursing and Emergency Medicine194registered nursing, various nursing
Medicine120neuroscience, pre-veterinary, public health
Conservation and Resource Management111environmental science, natural resources management, forestry, wood science, wildlife management
Architecture and Planning105architecture, urban planning, environmental design, interior architecture, landscape architecture
Landscaping and Horticulture103applied horticulture, landscaping, turf management, horticultural business, plant sciences
Law97legal studies
Agricultural Science and Management91agricultural economics, crop production, food science
Fine Arts79fine arts, art history and criticism
Animal Science and Care71equestrian studies, animal science
Mathematics68mathematics, applied mathematics
Music60music, music performance
Family and Social Work41family resource management, human nutrition, public policy analysis
Drama and Performing Arts39dance, drama
Religion and Philosophy24philosophy, Jewish studies
Medical Support and Technology3audiology
Design1interior design

Number of programs and degrees for University of Massachusetts in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree4,43180
Master's degree1,21566
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship29144
Associate's degree736
Post-master's certificate401

University of Massachusetts Student Body

In 2007-2008, University of Massachusetts had a total enrollment of 25,873 students (24,677 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 77%
Graduate 23%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 66%
Black 4%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 6%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 31%
20-21 30%
22-24 14%
25-29 9%
30-34 5%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York6%
New Jersey5%
New Hampshire1%
(International Students)1%
Rhode Island1%

University of Massachusetts Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 84 %
Part-Time 67 %

University of Massachusetts Room and Board (2007)

University of Massachusetts offers campus housing for 11,982 of its 24,677 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Amherst, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

University of Massachusetts Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal510620
SAT Math540640
ACT Composite2227

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT97%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT3%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

University of Massachusetts Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 10,232
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 21,729
Room and board $ 8,114
Room charge $ 4,524
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,180
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 1,400

Financial Aid:
University of Massachusetts participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 222100)

University of Massachusetts Faculty

University of Massachusetts has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track151124
Non-tenured and not on tenure track125117

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year18$128,3446$122,746
Associate professorcalendar year3$112,5942*
Lecturercalendar year18$74,35811$67,992
All faculty totalcalendar year39$102,21619$89,055

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year314$120,322107$110,631
Associate professoracademic year170$93,066105$84,371
Assistant professoracademic year137$71,138132$65,196
Instructoracademic year0*2*
Lectureracademic year76$58,50079$56,803
All faculty totalacademic year697$97,266425$79,785

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

University of Massachusetts Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Atlantic 10 Conference
Basketball Atlantic 10 Conference
Baseball Atlantic 10 Conference
Track Atlantic 10 Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports75112187

University of Massachusetts Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Economics
Crop Production
Food Science

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General
Equestrian/Equine Studies

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Environmental Design/Architecture
Interior Architecture
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Business And Management
Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Labor and Industrial Relations
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Forestry, General
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology

Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Music Teacher Education

Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering/Industrial Management
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Family Resource Management Studies, General
Human Nutrition
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services, Other
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Plant Sciences, General
Turf and Turfgrass Management

Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Portuguese Language and Literature
Russian Studies
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences

Pre-Veterinary Studies
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Nutrition Sciences
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Jewish/Judaic Studies

Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Evolutionary Biology
Exercise Physiology
Geology/Earth Science, General
Microbiology, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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