As the flagship campus of America’s education state, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the leader of the public higher education system of the Commonwealth, 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. We rank among the nation’s Top 30 public universities, moving up 10 spots during the past year in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual college guide
Our students are bright, bold, unconventional thinkers. Applications doubled during the past decade, and more than 37,000 students applied for 4,650 seats in the Class of 2018. Academic quality stands at an all-time high with combined SATs at 1218 and high school GPAs at 3.78 . Our Commonwealth Honors College recruits the best and the brightest, with SATs at 1357 and GPAs at 4.21. In 2013 we opened one of the nation’s premier residential honors colleges, a $188 million, six-building complex for living and learning. The range and quality of UMass Amherst’s academic offerings are nationally recognized. More than 28,000 students are enrolled, including nearly 21,000 undergraduates from 68 countries and 49 states. The academic and leadership excellence of 14 UMass Amherst students have been recognized by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The 14 current Fulbright scholarships are a campus record. Our students benefit from state-of-the-art facilities. Over the past decade, we have transformed the Commonwealth’s flagship campus through $1.4 billion in new construction and renovations; another $1.4 billion in improvements is in the works.
In the U.S. News & World Report’s annual college guide we rank among the nation’s Top 30 public universities. We are ranked among the top 10 research universities nationwide for our commitment to leadership in sustainability by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.