Points of Pride

UMass is World Class

The University of Massachusetts is a five-campus public research university system renowned for the quality of its academic programs, the scope and excellence of its research, and its enduring adherence to its public service mission. UMass provides access to high-quality, affordable education that advances knowledge and improves the lives of the people of the Commonwealth, the nation and the world.

A State of Excellence

  • UMass was named No. 52 on the Reuters Top 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities, jumping five spots in the influential ranking. The rankings from Reuters distinguish institutions doing the most to “advance science, invent new technologies and help drive the global economy,” and recognize consistency of innovation.

  • For the second consecutive years, all four UMass undergraduate campuses are rated in the top category of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings – making UMass one of the few university systems in the nation to have each campus so acclaimed.

    • UMass Amherst was ranked 29th among public universities in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings.

    • UMass Lowell, which has been lauded in recent years for its rapid rise in the rankings, ranks 80th among public universities nationally and 156th overall.

    • UMass Boston rose sharply in the 2018 rankings, climbing to 202nd overall.

    • UMass Dartmouth, which emerged as a National University for the first time last year, ascended to 207th overall.

    • In U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools list, UMass Medical School ranks 14th in the nation for Primary Care education, making it the top medical school in New England in that category. UMass Medical School also ranks 50th in the Research category.

  • UMass was ranked by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings as the top public university in New England and 60th among all U.S. institutions.

  • UMass faculty include a Nobel Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winners, members of the National Academy of Sciences, an American Book Award winner and Fulbright, Guggenheim, MacArthur and Mellon fellows. Nine UMass faculty members have been named to the list of the World’s Most Scientific Minds of 2016.

  • UMass is one of the fastest growing institutions in the nation, with student enrollment rising almost 27 percent during the past decade, from 58,939 in Fall 2006 to 74,496 in Fall 2016.

  • With more than 300,000 graduates living and working in Massachusetts and 18,000 new graduates every year, UMass is the largest producer of highly-skilled workers in the Commonwealth.

  • In addition to being the state’s largest educator of Massachusetts residents, UMass is also the state’s second-largest employer with more than 23,000 employees.

  • At UMass, sponsored research and development has grown by nearly 50% since 2008, reaching a record high $632 million last year. UMass is now the third-largest research university in Massachusetts, behind only Harvard and MIT, and is the fourth-largest research university in New England.

  • Research at UMass is concentrated in areas of importance to the commonwealth’s economy, like the life sciences, data science, climate science, and advanced manufacturing, among many others.

  • The university was awarded 58 U.S. patents in 2016 and ranked among the top universities granted U.S. patents in calendar year 2016, placing 36th in the world, and third in New England.

  • UMass stimulates $6.2 billion in Massachusetts economic activity annually, according to a 2016 UMass Donahue Institute study, providing Massachusetts with a 12-to-1 return on investment on its annual state appropriation.

  • Directly and indirectly, the economic activity of the university supports more than 43,000 Massachusetts jobs every year.

  • UMass is one of two university systems nationwide to have all of its campuses recognized with the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification, which is considered the gold standard for measuring the service that universities provide to their local communities. 

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