University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Public university in Massachusetts, USA

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About University of Massachusetts Amherst

By James Barham, PhD

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:

  • Poets, Ted Hughes & James Tate
  • Philosopher, Robert Paul Wolff
  • Painter, Chuck Close
  • Folk singer, Buffy St. Marie
  • Singer and songwriter, Natalie Cole
  • Jazz musicians, Taj Mahal (Henry Fredericks) & Max Roach
  • Screenwriter, William Monahan
  • Actors, Bill Cosby, Bill Paxton, Bill Pullman & Richard Gere
  • Physicists, Russell Hulse (Nobel laureate), Joseph Taylor, Jr. (Nobel laureate)
  • Evolutionary theorist, Lynn Margulis
  • Entomologist and behavioral neuroscientist, Vincent Dethier
  • TV reporter, Jake Tapper
  • Former General Electric Chairman, Jack Welch
  • Former US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairperson, Sheila Bair

According to Wikipedia, The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a public research university in Amherst, Massachusetts and the sole public land-grant university in Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Founded in 1863 as an agricultural college, it is the flagship and the largest campus in the University of Massachusetts system, as well as the first established. It is also a member of the Five College Consortium, along with four other colleges in the Pioneer Valley: Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and Hampshire College.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Admissions, Retention, and Graduation Information

Annual Applications Acceptance Graduation Rate Median SAT Score Median ACT Score
40,315 65% 83% 1290 29

How Much Does University of Massachusetts Amherst Cost To Attend?

Tuition (in-state) Fees (in-state)
$15,791 $648

How Much Do University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduates Make?

If you graduate from University of Massachusetts Amherst, then you can expect to earn an average of $57,700 per year. You also have a 92% chance of being employed after 10 years.

University of Massachusetts Amherst's Demographics

Demographic data is for full-time, on-campus students.

Student Body Under-Grads Graduates
28,980 24,812 4,168

Where is University of Massachusetts Amherst?

University of Massachusetts Amherst is located at 374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive, Amherst MA 01003

How Safe is University of Massachusetts Amherst?

Amherst has a violent crime rate of less than .01% and a property crime rate of less than .01%.

What Is University of Massachusetts Amherst Known For?

University of Massachusetts Amherst is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

University of Massachusetts Amherst's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

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, Economics, and Communications. Here are some of University of Massachusetts Amherst's most famous alumni:

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
A Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, statistician, former trader and risk analyst.
Vernon L. Smith
Vernon L. Smith
An American economist.
Jack Welch
Jack Welch
An American executive: General Electric CEO.
Ted Hughes
Ted Hughes
An English poet and children's writer .
Lynn Margulis
Lynn Margulis
An American evolutionary biologist .
Richard D. Wolff
Richard D. Wolff
A Marxian economist.
Edmund Gettier
An American philosopher.
Paul Theroux
Paul Theroux
An American travel writer and novelist.
Richard S. Sutton
Richard S. Sutton
A Canadian computer scientist.
William Manchester
An American author, journalist and historian.
Michael E. Mann
Michael E. Mann
An American physicist and climatologist, (1965 - Present), Amherst, Massachusetts, USA.
Chuck Close
Chuck Close
An American artist .