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University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts
Arnold House, part of Northeast Residential Area, the oldest residential area at UMass Amherst. credit: Ktr101
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Overview
Public
21,460 Undergraduates
60% Admissions Rate
Suburb: Large
Public
Region: Northeast
Size: Big
Doctoral
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive
Amherst, Massachusetts
1003
(413) 545-0111
www.umass.edu

The University of Massachusetts Amherst, which is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, is a public research and land-grant university, and one of the top 80 schools in the U.S. In 1862, Former President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act, which established Massachusetts Agricultural College. The school became the University of Massachusetts in 1947. Today, its campus size is over 1,400 acres. The UMass Amherst motto is “Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem” or “By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty.” Notable alumni include Pixies frontman Black Francis and guitarist Joey Santiago (who met at the university and wrote a song called “U-Mass”), singer Natalie Cole, biologist Jeff Corwin, former CEO of General Electric Jack Welch, actor Bill Pullman, poet Natasha Trethewey and game show host Ken Ober. The school’s colors are maroon, black and white, and its mascot is Sam the Minuteman. Its sports affiliations are NCAA Division I FBS – Atlantic 10, Hockey East and FBS Independent. Varsity sports offered at UMass include men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, football, hockey and lacrosse, and women’s basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse and rowing. The teams are called the Minutemen and Minutewomen, respectively.

Location

Amherst is a town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States, in the Connecticut River valley. As of the 2010 census, the population was 37,819, making it the highest populated municipality in Hampshire County . The town is home to Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, three of the Five Colleges. More from Wikipedia...

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coffee score

79

restaurants score

Students
52%

Men

48%

Women

21

Average Age of Entering Students

1241

New Transfer Students

Admissions
60%

Acceptance Rate

19%

Enrollment Yield

1130-1330

SAT Range

40,822

Applicants in 2016

Costs
$20,093

Typical Cost

$33,477

Out-Of-State (published)

$15,411

In-State (published)

91%

Recieve Financial Aid

94%

Have Loans

$21,484

Median Debt

Academics
18.0 to 1

Student to Faculty Ratio

Doctoral

Highest Degree Offered

268

Doctorates Awareded

Psychology

Top Major

17

Faculty Awards

7

National Academy Members

153

Post Docs Employed

Campus Life

Dorm Food:

Notable, known as having some of the best dorm food in America

Clubs & Extracurriculars:

Important, many on campus

Greek Life:

Important, many to choose from

Party Scene:

Notable, known as a party school
Athletics
Basketball Conference:

Atlantic 10 Conference

Track & Field Conference:

Atlantic 10 Conference

Basketball Division:

1

Track Division:

1

Social
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