UMass Amherst Points of Pride

  • The flagship campus welcomed its most academically accomplished entering class in September 2015. Among incoming first-year students, the average high school GPA climbed to 3.83 and average SAT scores rose to 1226.

  • UMass Amherst consistently ranks as a “Top Producer of Fulbright Students,” with 12 students recognized with scholarship grants from the 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

  • Commonwealth Honors College recruits the best and the brightest and is considered one of the nation’s premier residential honors colleges.

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked UMass Amherst 27th among the nation’s public universities in 2016. For a sixth consecutive year, UMass Amherst is among the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” compiled by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

  • With a $150 million investment from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and UMass Amherst, the campus launched the Institute of Applied Life Sciences, which works closely with industry partners to convert life science research into products that improve human health.

  • Among all Massachusetts universities – public and private – UMass Amherst is the third largest recipient of research funding from the National Science Foundation, behind only MIT and Harvard.

  • The Isenberg School of Management is ranked as the 16th best part-time MBA and 12th best online MBA by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Business Programs in 2016. The online MBA program was ranked ninth worldwide and fifth nationally according to the Financial Times.

  • UMass Amherst is among the best places in the country for veterans to pursue a college education and receive important support services, according to three national media outlets that focus on the military. For the fifth consecutive year, Military Advanced Education named UMass Amherst a “Top Military-Friendly University” in 2016—a designation bestowed by at least three separate veterans groups repeatedly since 2011. UMass Amherst also has been repeatedly lauded by GI Jobs Magazine and Military Times EDGE.

  • UMass Amherst is consistently praised for its commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility.  The Princeton Review names the campus as one of the nation’s top 50 environmentally responsible colleges in its 2015 Guide to 353 Green Colleges. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education gave the campus a gold rating in its 2015 Sustainability Tracking Assessment Rating.

  • UMass Amherst was again recognized in 2015 as one of the best campuses in the country for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students by Campus Pride, a support and advocacy organization for LGBT college students. UMass Amherst is one of 8 colleges and universities that earned a five-star rating in the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index.