The University of Massachusetts traces its roots to the Massachusetts Agricultural College, founded in 1863 (though the first classes were not held until four years later, in 1867).
The agricultural college grew quickly, particularly after the turn of the twentieth century. A broader curriculum was introduced to serve the increased enrollment, and in 1931 the name was changed to Massachusetts State College.
In 1947, the state college was reorganized into a statewide, public university system (UMass). Today, the UMass system comprises five campuses and one center. The five campuses are in Amherst (the flagship campus), in Boston, in Dartmouth, in Lowell, and in Worcester (UMass Medical School). The special center is in Springfield; administratively, it is a satellite campus of UMass-Amherst.
UMass-Amherst is also part of a five-college consortium whose students are permitted to take each other’s classes and check out books from each other’s libraries. The other four colleges are Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College.
UMass-Amherst has a student body approaching 31,000.
Prominent UMass-Amherst-associated individuals include the following:
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374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive,
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2 per 100k
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Who are University of Massachusetts Amherst's Most influential alumni?
University of Massachusetts Amherst's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Computer Science, Business, and Social Work. University of Massachusetts Amherst’s most academically influential people include Lynn Margulis, Samuel R. Delany, and Ted Hughes.
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