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With over 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing 48 states and over 60 countries, UMass Amherst offers over 100 undergraduate majors and extensive opportunities for research and graduate work.

As the flagship campus of the Commonwealth, the University of Massachusetts Amherst combines the experience of a New England college town with the resources of a major research university. With a Carnegie classification of Very High Research Activity (RU/VH), UMass Amherst is currently ranked among the top 29 public research universities nationally.With over 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing 48 states and over 60 countries, the University has the highest academically accomplished student body in its history. Students choose from over 100 undergraduate majors, including the Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC) — a student-designed major. Our prestigious Commonwealth Honors College welcomes our highest achieving students. The Commonwealth Honors College Residential Complex opened in Fall 2013, boasting state-of-the-art learning facilities for the entire campus, new residence halls, and a 24-hour eatery. Students participate in over 300 organizations, 19 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. The Mullins Center and the Fine Arts Center host a wide range of performances. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses over 13,000 students on campus. To help with the transition into the academic, social, and personal demands of college, first-year students participate in the Residential First-Year Experience, including the optional Residential Academic Program, where they live in academically theme-based halls. Students may participate in co-op programs, internships, and study abroad in more than 70 countries. The Five College Interchange Program allows students to take classes at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges at no extra charge. Student success centers cover a wide variety of services including a writing center, math lab, peer tutoring, pre-major advising, counseling and assessment, and learning disabilities support services. The University is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. Both Early Action and Regular Decisions options are offered. Acceptance is selective, with more than 40,000 applications received for a Fall 2014 class of over 4,600. For more information, visit http://www.umass.edu/gateway/admissions.

Living in the UMass Amherst Community

UMass Amherst is a top ranked university located in one of the top college towns in the nation. The nearby colleges of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith add to the mix, ensuring a lively cultural and diverse environment for learning and living.

UMass Amherst is nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts — recently named “The Top College Town in North America.” The picturesque town of Amherst offers scores of shops and restaurants from Mexican or Thai, to pizza, burgers, and Indian. Amherst has a truly unusual combination of New England charm and international sophistication. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College Consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, and Amherst colleges a short, free bus ride away. Boston is less than two hours away, and New York City just three hours south. For outdoor enthusiasts, the area offers hiking and extensive biking trails, while the mountains of Vermont, less than an hour away, offer skiing and snowboarding. For more information, visit www.umass.edu.