University of Massachusetts--Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship campus of the Commonwealth, combining the academic resources of a nationally-ranked research university with the support and individualized attention usually reserved for a small college. Students come from 49 states and over 70 countries, making this New England campus a national and international center for intellectual and cultural activity. With over 100 associates and bachelor's degree programs, UMass Amherst offers its students a wide array of academic disciplines and nationally-known programs of study, including the Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC), which allows students to create their own major. The 1,400 outstanding full-time faculty are the best in their fields and they take teaching seriously. Students complement their classroom work with internships, co-ops, and research, working side-by-side with their faculty. Students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the studio, the lab, the concert hall, and the field. With this intersection of learning and doing, students find their intellectual voice and independence. The Commonwealth Honors College Residential Complex is a national model and welcomes students who seek additional academic challenge and meet the requirements for acceptance. The extensive library system is the largest at any public institution in the Northeast, and offers students a state-of-the-art learning environment through the Learning Commons, a place that fosters academic collaboration. The campus is undergoing a facilities renaissance, with new cutting edge academic buildings that emphasize team-based learning. UMass Amherst is also ranked one of the most sustainable "green" campuses in the country.Through the Five College Interchange, students enroll in classes at nearby Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges at no extra charge. A free bus system connects these five campuses, allowing students to participate in a wide array of social and cultural events. Through the Residential First-Year Experience (RFYE), first-year students live with other peers who share common interests and experiences. Other opportunities for personal development are found through the Center for Student Development, which brings together more than 400 clubs and organizations. Groups include community service organizations, student government, ethnic and cultural groups, religious and spiritual organizations, fraternity and sororities, student run businesses, media related groups, groups that grow from academic interests, and groups dedicated to athletics and recreation, socializing, arts, entertainment, and politics. UMass Amherst competes in NCAA Division I Intercollegiate Athletics. Students attend every home game free in regular season, and wear their Minutemen and Minutewomen maroon proudly. All students can work out at the immensely popular Recreation Center, and any student who enjoys athletic competition can participate in an extensive intramural sports program. UMass Dining Services is consistently ranked top in the country with students and families raving about the food. Just off campus, the picturesque town of Amherst offers scores of shops and restaurants from Mexican or Thai, to pizza, burgers and Indian. Appearing on the "Top Ten" lists for college towns, Amherst has a truly unusual combination of New England charm and international sophistication. Boston is less than two hours away, and New York City just three hours south. For outdoor enthusiasts, the mountains of Vermont are less than an hour away and offer skiing and hiking. Maybe you can't have it all, but the University of Massachusetts Amherst certainly comes close.

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school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Public, Coed 1863 N/A Semester $287.2 million + University Admissions Center, 37 Mather Drive, Amherst, MA 01003 (413) 545-0111
overall score total score state city online paying global
56 100.0 Massachusetts Amherst 47 52 19