University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$14,590

24.9% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$20,093

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

3.17%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

59.7%

40,822 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

30,037

79.1% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

76.5%

3,407 Graduates

About

University of Massachusetts-Amherst is a higher education institution located in Hampshire County, MA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University of Massachusetts-Amherst were General Psychology (476 degrees awarded), General Communication (283 degrees), and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (268 degrees).

In 2016, 8,265 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 52.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 47.7% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (5,443 degrees), 6.78 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (803 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is $14,590, which is $-11,266 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is $14,590, which is $-11,266 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,093.

In 2016, 71% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 57% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$14,590

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at University of Massachusetts-Amherst was $14,590. The cost of tuition at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is $-11,266 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$20,093

2016 Value

5.15%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 University of Massachusetts-Amherst had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,093. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of University of Massachusetts-Amherst grew by 5.15%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,503

Room and Board

$1,000

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Massachusetts-Amherst was of $11,503 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 4.98% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

71%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

57%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

71% of undergraduate students at University of Massachusetts-Amherst received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 2.9% with respect to 2015, when 69% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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3.17%

2015 Default Rate

188

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at University of Massachusetts-Amherst was 3.17%, which represents 188 out of the 5934 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

University of Massachusetts-Amherst received 40,822 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 1.72% annual growth. Out of those 40,822 applicants, 24,364 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 59.7% acceptance rate.

There were 30,037 students enrolled at University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2016, and 84% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Massachusetts-Amherst has an overall enrollment yield of 19.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

59.7%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

24,364

Accepted Out of 40,822

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Massachusetts-Amherst was 59.7% (24,364 admissions from 40,822 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 58.3%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 1.72%, while admissions grew by 4.11%.

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SAT Scores

84%

Submission Percentage

3,919

Scores Submitted

84% of enrolled first-time students at University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Massachusetts-Amherst has a total enrollment of 30,037 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is 23,746 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,291. This means that 79.1% of students enrolled at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, both undergraduate and graduate, is 62% White, 8.91% Asian, 5.56% Hispanic or Latino, 3.89% Black or African American, 2.45% Two or More Races, 0.113% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0499% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Massachusetts-Amherst in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (34.2%), followed by White Female (31.5%) and Asian Male (5.37%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (27%), followed by White Male (18.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (2.62%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

79.1%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, both undergraduate and graduate, is 30,037 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is 23,746 and the part-time enrollment is 6,291. This means that 79.1% of students enrolled at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

91%

2016 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at University of Massachusetts-Amherst was 91%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), University of Massachusetts-Amherst had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    18,619

  2. Asian

    2,675

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,670

The enrolled student population at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is 62% White, 8.91% Asian, 5.56% Hispanic or Latino, 3.89% Black or African American, 2.45% Two or More Races, 0.113% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0499% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2,218 students (7.38%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 379 more women than men received degrees from University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The majority of degree recipients at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are white (5,443 degrees awarded). There were 6.78 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (803 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is General Psychology (476 degrees awarded), followed by General Communication (283 degrees) and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (268 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Agriculture (258 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (122 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (149 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are Physicians & surgeons (395,657 people), Miscellaneous managers (216,385 people), Postsecondary teachers (158,411 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (134,093 people), and Architects, except naval (102,160 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are Agriculture (258 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (122 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (149 degrees), Language & Linguistics (193 degrees), and Biology (702 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are Real estate brokers & sales agents, Physicians & surgeons, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Credit counselors & loan officers, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are Agriculture (258 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (122 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (149 degrees), Language & Linguistics (193 degrees), and Biology (702 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are Hospitals (477,481 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (316,833 people), Elementary & secondary schools (245,275 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (174,064 people), and Offices of physicians (157,194 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are Agriculture (258 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (122 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (149 degrees), Language & Linguistics (193 degrees), and Biology (702 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Most Common

  1. 476 degrees awarded

  2. 283 degrees awarded

  3. 268 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Massachusetts-Amherst was General Psychology with 476 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 3,943

  2. 4,322

In 2016, 3,943 degrees were awarded to men at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, which is 0.912 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,322).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 357 degrees were awarded to men at University of Massachusetts-Amherst in General Business Administration & Management, which is 2.19 times more than the 163 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 353 degrees were awarded to women at University of Massachusetts-Amherst in General Psychology, which is 2.63 times more than the 134 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

63%

100% Completion Time

76%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 63% of students graduating from University of Massachusetts-Amherst completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 76% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 77% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Male

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 16.2% of graduates (551 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,443 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    803 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    635 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is white (5,443 degrees awarded). There were 6.78 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (803 degrees).

9.72% of degree recipients (803 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    2,823 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    2,620 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Female

    362 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is white female (2,823 degrees awarded). There were 1.08 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (2,620 degrees).

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Operations

University of Massachusetts-Amherst has an endowment valued at nearly $304M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $6.59M (2.17%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, University of Massachusetts-Amherst had a total expenditure of $1.06B. Of that $1.06B, they spent $504M on salaries and $1.06B on benefits.

University of Massachusetts-Amherst employs 454 Professors, 311 Associate professors, and 302 Assistant professors. Most academics at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are Male Professors (328), Male Associate professors(168), and Female Assistant professors (167).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are: Service, with 822 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 707 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 501 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$304M

2015 Endowment

1.01%

decline from 2014

University of Massachusetts-Amherst has an endowment valued at about $304M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Massachusetts-Amherst declined 1.01% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $33.1M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $87.2M - Federal

  2. $17M - State

  3. $207k - Local

As of 2015, University of Massachusetts-Amherst received $87.2M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $17M from state grants and contracts, and $207k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$504M

Salary Expenditure

$1.06B

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, University of Massachusetts-Amherst had a total expenditure of $1.06B. Of that $1.06B, they spent $504M on salaries and $1.06B on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

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Salary Expenditure

$504M

2015 Salaries

4.94%

growth from 2014

In 2015, University of Massachusetts-Amherst paid a median of $504M in salaries, which represents 47.5% of their overall expenditure ($1.06B) and a 4.94% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.79% growth from 2013 and a 5.26% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$143M

Instructional Salaries

1,321

Number of Employees

In 2015, University of Massachusetts-Amherst paid a total of $143M to 1,321 employees working as instructors, which represents 28.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

454 Employees

Service

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

822 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Amherst were Professor with 454 employees; Associate professor with 311 employees; and Associate professor with 302 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Amherst were Service with 822 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 707 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 501 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Amherst was Male Professor with 328 employees, Male Associate professor with 168 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 167 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

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