The University of Massachusetts Amherst (otherwise known as UMass or UMass Amherst) is a public research and land-grant university in Amherst, Massachusetts and the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system. With more than 1,370 faculty members and more than 26,000 students, UMass Amherst is the largest public university in New England.
The university offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees in over 90 undergraduate and 65 graduate areas of study, through 9 schools and colleges. The main campus is situated north of downtown Amherst, Massachusetts. In a 2009 article for MSN.com Amherst was ranked 1st in Best College Towns in the United States.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is categorized as a Research University with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2009, UMass Amherst had research expenditures of $130 million.
UMass Amherst is notable for a number of characteristics. Its faculty members are top performers in terms of the numbers of awards and recognitions they receive, and their supported research activities total more than $140 million per year. The campus facilities have undergone extensive renovations in recent years. New and newly renovated facilities include student apartment complexes, Berkshire Dining Commons, library Learning Commons, School of Management, Integrated Science Building, Nursing Building, Studio Arts Building, Heating Plant, track facility, and Recreation Center. In 2010 UMass Amherst broke ground on a new laboratory science building and a new home for the Minuteman Marching Band. Its current student body is the most high-achieving in UMass Amherst history (in terms of admissions test scores and grades) and the university was named a top producer of Fulbright Award winners in the 2008–2009 academic year.
Tuition and Fee Change
Tuition and fees are subject to change and may be changed without prior notice.
A nonrefundable application fee of $40 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents or $65 for international applicants must be submitted with each application.
Graduate students pay tuition at the following (Fall 2009 rates: residents of Massachusetts — $110 per credit hour up to $1,320 per semester; “regional students” — $192.50 per credit hour up to $2,310 per semester; nonresidents — $414 per credit hour up to $4,969 per semester.
In order to enroll as a Massachusetts resident for tuition and fee purposes, a student must have on file a Residency Statement. Students originally classified as nonresident who believe they have met the residency requirements may appeal their classification before the beginning of the semester. Forms are available from the Graduate School.
The Summer Session tuition charges and fees are stated in the Summer Session course listing.
Estimated Annual Tuition and Fee Expenses for 2009-10 (12 credits)
Tuition $ 2,640
Required Fees 8,286
Total $ 10,926
Tuition $ 9,937
Required Fees 11,491
Total $ 21,428
Tuition and fees are calculated on an annual basis for a graduate student carrying 12 credits per semester. Tuition and fees are prorated for fewer than 12 credits. Graduate Assistants with a Graduate Employee Organization (GEO) tuition waiver pay annually about $1,350 in mandatory fees.
With 88 major subject areas leading to bachelor’s degrees, 73 master’s and 51 doctoral programs, UMass Amherst offers a vast array of educational opportunities for full and part-time students, both on and off-campus. Interdisciplinary majors, online learning, the Five College Interchange and internships and international study add to the opportunities.