University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

UMass Amherst is one of the major public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts, the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 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.

Academic Programs

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Performing Arts
  • Research
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Technology
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


We search for students who will bring their unique strengths and diverse talents to the UMass Amherst campus. We conduct an individualized review of applications; with careful consideration of a student’s academic achievements, personal qualities, and motivation. UMass uses a holistic approach that reviews the entire application, so we have a full understanding of an application’s potential as a successful UMass student. Application as a first-year student is open to graduating high school students, high school graduates, or a GED/HiSET recipient who has attempted fewer than 12 college credits.


As one of the top public research universities in the nation, UMass Amherst seeks to enroll exceptional applicants of all backgrounds and welcomes transfer students to its campus. We accept approximately 2,000 transfer students each year. To be considered a transfer you must be a high school graduate or GED/HiSET recipient who has attempted more than 12 college credits and is applying to a four-year undergraduate degree program at UMass Amherst.

Additional Information

UMass Amherst offers 90+ undergraduate majors residing in ten schools and colleges. Or, you could design your own major through the Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC). UMass Amherst is also joined with Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College in a consortium that sponsors a variety of cooperative programs. Most notably, students are entitled to participate in a course exchange program that allows them to enroll in courses on the other campuses without additional cost.

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So let nothing stop you from pursuing the college experience you've always dreamed of. It's right here. And so are we. Join us!

"The way I look at it, is that the campus is large, which means that there's so many opportunities to create little, small communities for yourself within it. I really think that it's very hard to make a small campus feel larger. You can only make a large campus feel smaller."

Carmella, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
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Admissions office

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School location

243 Whitmore Admin Building, 181 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003, United States of America

Phone number

(413) 545-0222


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