UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.
Founded in 1863, it is the largest public research university in New England, distinguished by the excellence and breadth of its academic programs, research and community engagement. The 1,450 acre campus is situated in the heart of the region's Knowledge Corridor and provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.
Students - 22,748 undergraduate students, 6,521 graduate students
Faculty - more than 1,300 full time faculty
Academics - 111 bachelor's degree programs, 6 associate's, 75 master's and 47 doctoral degree programs in ten schools and colleges.
Research - Supported research activities total more than $200 million within the school's nearly 80 specialized research centers and institutions. Extensive work is done within the fields of life sciences, nanotechnology, climate and sustainability, polymers and materials, computer and information sciences, and engineering.
Arts - The Fine Arts Center brings nationally-known theater, music, and dance to campus year-round. Four galleries and the University Museum of Contemporary Art provide a variety of spaces for visual arts. Student art and performance opportunities abound.
Athletics - 21 teams compete at the NCAA Division I level.
Library - The library system is the largest at a state supported institution in New England with more than 8 million items, roughly half of which are digital.
Economic Impact - UMass Amherst provides $1.9 billion in direct and indirect contributions to the Massachusetts economy.
More than 250,000 graduates across the globe attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, including:
- Julius Erving and Marcus Camby, professional basketball players
- Catherine "Cady" Coleman, NASA astronaut
- Kenneth Feinberg, attorney and Special Master of September 11th and other victim compensation funds
- Russell Hulse, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics
- Madeleine Kunin, former ambassador to Switzerland and first woman governor of Vermont
- Kang Kyung-wha, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs
- John Legere, President & CEO of T-Mobile US
- Stanley Rosenberg, President of the Massachusetts Senate
- Jack Smith, former CEO and Chairman of the Board, General Motors
- Jeff Taylor, founder of Monster.com
- Natasha Trethewey, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry
- Joanne Weir, chef and TV personality
- Jack Welch, former Chairman and CEO of GE