Quick Facts

UMass is renowned for the quality of its academic programs, the scope and impact of its research, and the strength of its public service mission. The university has received numerous accolades and achieved a number of important milestones that validate its commitment to excellence.

Points of Pride

  • All four UMass undergraduate campuses were rated in the top category of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges rankings for the third consecutive year, making UMass one of the few university systems in the nation to have each campus so acclaimed.

  • For the fourth straight year, UMass was named to Reuters’ list of the World’s Most Innovative Universities, ranking 71st globally and 38th among U.S. institutions.

  • UMass is one of the fastest-growing institutions in the nation, with student enrollment rising more than 20 percent during the past decade, from 61,034 in Fall 2007 to 74,572 in Fall 2017.

Headcount Enrollment (Fall 2017)

  Undergraduate Graduate TOTAL
Amherst 23,388 6,952 30,340
Boston 12,660 3,755 16,415
Dartmouth 6,763 1,643 8,406
Lowell 14,013 4,303 18,316
Medical School N/A 1,095 1,095
TOTAL 56,824 17,748 74,572
  • 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.
  • Online programs at UMass are among the best in the nation and are the top programs in New England. Bachelor's programs at UMass Amherst, UMass Boston and UMass Lowell were ranked as the top three programs in New England, respectively, and were among the top 50 nationally in U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Programs rankings.

  • UMass has more than 500,000 alumni around the world, including 300,000 who are living, working and leading companies and organizations throughout Massachusetts, making it the largest alumni network in New England.

  • UMass is the third-largest research university in Massachusetts and the fourth-largest research university in New England, behind only Harvard, MIT and Yale.

  • 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.

UMass Amherst

• UMass Amherst is one of the best public universities in the nation, climbing to No. 24 in the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report.
• For the ninth consecutive year, UMass Amherst was named one of the "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine.

UMass Boston

• The Princeton Review named UMass Boston to its "Best in the Northeast" list for the fourth consecutive year, highlighting institutions considered “academically outstanding and well worth consideration” in a college search.
• For the third year in a row, UMass Boston was ranked in the top tier of national universities by U.S. News & World Report.

UMass Dartmouth

• For the second consecutive year, UMass Dartmouth was ranked as a National University by U.S. News & World Report.
• UMass Dartmouth ranked in the top 3 percent on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and was one of only 20 finalists for community service.

UMass Lowell

• UMass Lowell is one of the top 10 fast-growing public doctoral institutions in the nation, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, and was ranked 179th among all universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
• UMass Lowell is ranked 35th in the nation for return on investment, and the mid-career salaries of its graduates are among the highest in New England at $105,000.

UMass Medical School

• UMass Medical School was ranked No. 1 in New England and No. 15 nationally for primary care education and No. 45 nationally for research by U.S. News & World Report.
• Ninety-seven percent of UMass Medical School graduates were accepted to at least one of their choices of residency, a match rate that is consistently higher than rates at peer institutions.

UMass Law School

• UMass Law has the third-highest bar pass rate among law schools in Massachusetts, with a 82.6 percent pass rate for first-time test takers.
• The American Bar Association ranked UMass Law No. 1 in New England and No. 11 in the nation for the percent of graduates in full-time government or public interest-related jobs.