Overview

University of Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts is the Commonwealth’s only public research university system. It consists of five campuses in Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and UMass Medical School in Worcester. The University also has a satellite in Springfield and a School of Law in Dartmouth. UMass is currently ranked as the No. 1 public university in New England according to Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.

The University of Massachusetts has been providing high-quality educational opportunities for more than 150 years. It was established in 1863 as the Massachusetts Agricultural College, located in Amherst. It became known as the Massachusetts State College in 1932 and in 1947 became the University of Massachusetts. The Medical School and Boston campuses were established in 1962 and 1964, respectively. The Lowell campus, previously the University of Lowell, and the Dartmouth campus, formerly Southeastern Massachusetts University, were consolidated into the University under Chapter 142 of the Acts of 1991.

Mission

The University’s mission is to provide an affordable and accessible education of high quality and to conduct programs of research and public service that advance knowledge and improve the lives of the people of the Commonwealth, the nation and the world.