University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$15,791
2.5% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$22,927
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
2.85%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
63.8%
42,157 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
31,350
80% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
80.2%
3,667 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 (521 degrees awarded), Other Multidisciplinary Studies (333 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (308 degrees).

In 2019, 9,527 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 52.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 47.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (5,879 degrees), 6.88 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (854 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is $15,791, which is $-12,709 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is $15,791, which is $-12,709 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $22,927.

In 2019, 73% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 54% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$15,791
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at University of Massachusetts-Amherst was $15,791. The cost of tuition at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is $-12,709 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$22,927
2019 Value
5.46%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 University of Massachusetts-Amherst had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $22,927. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of University of Massachusetts-Amherst grew by 5.46%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,626
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Massachusetts-Amherst was of $12,626 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of room and board increased by 3% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

73%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
54%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

73% of undergraduate students at University of Massachusetts-Amherst received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2018, when 73% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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2.85%
2017 Default Rate
166
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at University of Massachusetts-Amherst was 2.85%, which represents 166 out of the 5834 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 42,157 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 1.12% annual growth. Out of those 42,157 applicants, 26,895 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 63.8% acceptance rate.

There were 31,350 students enrolled at University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2019, and 89% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Massachusetts-Amherst has an overall enrollment yield of 21.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

63.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
26,895
Accepted Out of 42,157

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Massachusetts-Amherst was 63.8% (26,895 admissions from 42,157 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 59.9%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 1.12%, while admissions grew by 7.66%.

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SAT Scores

89%
Submission Percentage
5,141
Scores Submitted

89% of enrolled first-time students at University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Massachusetts-Amherst has a total enrollment of 31,350 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is 25,094 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,256. This means that 80% 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 57.9% White, 9.68% Asian, 7.12% Hispanic or Latino, 4.67% Black or African American, 2.94% Two or More Races, 0.118% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0606% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Massachusetts-Amherst in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (31%), followed by White Female (30.1%) and Asian Male (5.68%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (23%), followed by White Male (18.7%) and Asian Female (3.27%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

80%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, both undergraduate and graduate, is 31,350 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is 25,094 and the part-time enrollment is 6,256. This means that 80% of students enrolled at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

91%
2019 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
    18,154
  2. Asian
    3,035
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    2,233

The enrolled student population at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is 57.9% White, 9.68% Asian, 7.12% Hispanic or Latino, 4.67% Black or African American, 2.94% Two or More Races, 0.118% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0606% 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 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% 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, 1,898 students (6.05%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 489 more women than men received degrees from University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is white (5,879 degrees awarded). There were 6.88 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (854 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is General Psychology (521 degrees awarded), followed by Other Multidisciplinary Studies (333 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (308 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 (155 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (193 degrees), and Math & Statistics (261 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 (394,894 people), Other managers (181,775 people), Postsecondary teachers (158,976 people), Secondary school teachers (116,766 people), and Other Physical Scientists (113,722 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are Architecture and Related Services (155 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (193 degrees), Math & Statistics (261 degrees), Biology (822 degrees), and Agriculture (181 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, and Architectural & engineering managers

The most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are Architecture and Related Services (155 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (193 degrees), Math & Statistics (261 degrees), Biology (822 degrees), and Agriculture (181 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (443,439 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (365,826 people), Elementary & secondary schools (270,450 people), Offices of physicians (203,774 people), and Architectural, engineering & related services (194,708 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are Architecture and Related Services (155 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (193 degrees), Math & Statistics (261 degrees), Biology (822 degrees), and Agriculture (181 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. 521 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 333 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 308 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Massachusetts-Amherst was General Psychology with 521 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

4,519
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
5,008
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 4,519 degrees were awarded to men at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, which is 0.902 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (5,008).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 407 degrees were awarded to men at University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Computer Science, which is 4.52 times more than the 90 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 385 degrees were awarded to women at University of Massachusetts-Amherst in General Psychology, which is 2.58 times more than the 149 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

67%
100% Completion Time
77%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 67% 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, 77% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 78% 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 (69.1%).

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, 9.87% of graduates (362 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    5,879 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    854 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    638 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is white (5,879 degrees awarded). There were 6.88 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (854 degrees).

6.7% of degree recipients (638 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    3,099 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    2,780 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Male
    432 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is white female (3,099 degrees awarded). There were 1.11 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (2,780 degrees).

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Operations

University of Massachusetts-Amherst has an endowment valued at nearly $363M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $38.2M (10.5%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, University of Massachusetts-Amherst had a total salary expenditure of $1.31B. University of Massachusetts-Amherst employs 451 Professors, 352 Associate professors, and 349 Lecturers. Most academics at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are Male Professors (320), Female Lecturers(196), and Male Associate professors (176).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Amherst are: Service, with 1260 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 731 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 522 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$363M
2019 Endowment
7.7%
growth from 2018

University of Massachusetts-Amherst has an endowment valued at about $363M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Massachusetts-Amherst grew 7.7% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $51.6M 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. $97.2M - Federal
  2. $22.6M - State
  3. $150k - Local

As of 2019, University of Massachusetts-Amherst received $97.2M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $22.6M from state grants and contracts, and $150k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$549M
2019 Salaries
4.79%
growth from 2018

In 2019, University of Massachusetts-Amherst paid a median of $549M in salaries, which represents 42% of their overall expenditure ($1.31B) and a 4.79% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.29% growth from 2017 and a 2.85% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$170M
Instructional Salaries
1,461
Number of Employees

In 2019, University of Massachusetts-Amherst paid a total of $170M to 1,461 employees working as instructors, which represents 30.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
451 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
1260 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Amherst were Professor with 451 employees; Associate professor with 352 employees; and Associate professor with 349 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Amherst were Service with 1,260 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 731 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 522 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Lecturer
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Massachusetts-Amherst was Male Professor with 320 employees, Female Lecturer with 196 employees, and Male Associate professor with 176 employees.

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

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