University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$15,030

3.02% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$21,281

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

3.02%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

57.6%

42,043 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

30,340

79.6% 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 (462 degrees awarded), General Economics (298 degrees), and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (289 degrees).

In 2017, 8,788 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 51.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 48.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (5,708 degrees), 7.01 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (814 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is $15,030, which is $-11,470 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is $15,030, which is $-11,470 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $21,281.

In 2017, 71% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 57% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$15,030

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at University of Massachusetts-Amherst was $15,030. The cost of tuition at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is $-11,470 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$21,281

2017 Value

5.91%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 University of Massachusetts-Amherst had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $21,281. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of University of Massachusetts-Amherst grew by 5.91%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,897

Room and Board

$1,000

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Massachusetts-Amherst was of $11,897 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 3.43% between 2016 and 2017. 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 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, when 71% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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3.02%

2016 Default Rate

173

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at University of Massachusetts-Amherst was 3.02%, which represents 173 out of the 5737 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 42,043 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 2.99% annual growth. Out of those 42,043 applicants, 24,208 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 57.6% acceptance rate.

There were 30,340 students enrolled at University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2017, and 85% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Massachusetts-Amherst has an overall enrollment yield of 19.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

57.6%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

24,208

Accepted Out of 42,043

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Massachusetts-Amherst was 57.6% (24,208 admissions from 42,043 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 59.7%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 2.99%, while admissions declined by -0.64%.

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SAT Scores

85%

Submission Percentage

4,002

Scores Submitted

85% of enrolled first-time students at University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Massachusetts-Amherst has a total enrollment of 30,340 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is 24,142 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,198. This means that 79.6% 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 60.8% White, 9.09% Asian, 5.97% Hispanic or Latino, 4.35% Black or African American, 2.59% Two or More Races, 0.109% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0593% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Massachusetts-Amherst in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (32.8%), followed by White Female (31.6%) and Asian Male (5.52%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (25.3%), followed by White Male (17.9%) and Asian Female (2.85%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

79.6%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, both undergraduate and graduate, is 30,340 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is 24,142 and the part-time enrollment is 6,198. This means that 79.6% of students enrolled at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

91%

2017 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

    18,433

  2. Asian

    2,757

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,811

The enrolled student population at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is 60.8% White, 9.09% Asian, 5.97% Hispanic or Latino, 4.35% Black or African American, 2.59% Two or More Races, 0.109% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0593% 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 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 1,897 students (6.25%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 282 more women than men received degrees from University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The majority of degree recipients at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are white (5,708 degrees awarded). There were 7.01 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (814 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is General Psychology (462 degrees awarded), followed by General Economics (298 degrees) and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (289 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 Architecture and Related Services (171 degrees awarded), Agriculture (258 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (155 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (311,585 people), Other managers (259,268 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (188,300 people), Postsecondary teachers (128,857 people), and Chief executives & legislators (108,170 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are Architecture and Related Services (171 degrees awarded), Agriculture (258 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (155 degrees), Language & Linguistics (182 degrees), and Social Sciences (971 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 Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Dentists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are Architecture and Related Services (171 degrees awarded), Agriculture (258 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (155 degrees), Language & Linguistics (182 degrees), and Social Sciences (971 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 Elementary & secondary schools (357,084 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (289,266 people), Legal services (253,911 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (190,261 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (170,586 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are Architecture and Related Services (171 degrees awarded), Agriculture (258 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (155 degrees), Language & Linguistics (182 degrees), and Social Sciences (971 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. 462 degrees awarded

  2. 298 degrees awarded

  3. 289 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Massachusetts-Amherst was General Psychology with 462 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 4,253

  2. 4,535

In 2017, 4,253 degrees were awarded to men at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, which is 0.938 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,535).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 338 degrees were awarded to men at University of Massachusetts-Amherst in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.87 times more than the 181 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 363 degrees were awarded to women at University of Massachusetts-Amherst in General Psychology, which is 3.05 times more than the 119 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

66%

100% Completion Time

78%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 66% 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, 78% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 79% within 200%.

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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

    5,708 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    814 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    678 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is white (5,708 degrees awarded). There were 7.01 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (814 degrees).

9.26% of degree recipients (814 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    2,930 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    2,778 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Female

    360 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is white female (2,930 degrees awarded). There were 1.05 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (2,778 degrees).

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Operations

University of Massachusetts-Amherst has an endowment valued at nearly $324M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $30.6M (9.46%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, University of Massachusetts-Amherst had a total expenditure of $1.18B. Of that $1.18B, they spent $508M on salaries and $1.18B on benefits.

University of Massachusetts-Amherst employs 450 Professors, 326 Associate professors, and 310 Assistant professors. Most academics at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are Male Professors (327), Male Associate professors(168), and Female Assistant professors (166).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are: Service, with 834 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 711 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 512 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$324M

2017 Endowment

12.7%

growth from 2016

University of Massachusetts-Amherst has an endowment valued at about $324M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Massachusetts-Amherst grew 12.7% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $37.1M 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. $91M - Federal

  2. $20.9M - State

  3. $242k - Local

As of 2017, University of Massachusetts-Amherst received $91M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $20.9M from state grants and contracts, and $242k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$508M

Salary Expenditure

$1.18B

Benefits Expenditure

In 2017, University of Massachusetts-Amherst had a total expenditure of $1.18B. Of that $1.18B, they spent $508M on salaries and $1.18B on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at University of Massachusetts-Amherst as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$508M

2017 Salaries

2.85%

growth from 2016

In 2017, University of Massachusetts-Amherst paid a median of $508M in salaries, which represents 43% of their overall expenditure ($1.18B) and a 2.85% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.03% decline from 2015 and a 4.94% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$154M

Instructional Salaries

1,374

Number of Employees

In 2017, University of Massachusetts-Amherst paid a total of $154M to 1,374 employees working as instructors, which represents 30.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $146M (22.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

450 Employees

Service

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

834 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Amherst were Professor with 450 employees; Associate professor with 326 employees; and Associate professor with 310 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Amherst were Service with 834 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 711 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 512 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 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Amherst was Male Professor with 327 employees, Male Associate professor with 168 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 166 employees.

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

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