The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the original and largest campus of the University, and the most comprehensive in terms of the breadth and depth of its academic programs. The flagship of the system, UMass Amherst is home to Commonwealth Honors College, which has taken its place alongside the finest public honors colleges in the nation and has opened its own residential and classroom complex located in the heart of the Amherst campus. Even as the campus incorporates modern teaching methods involving new communication and information technology, it remains an immersive, residential campus serving predominantly full-time students who learn from peers as well as their professors. UMass Amherst delivers outstanding value to students and families from across Massachusetts, the nation and the globe. The campus currently serves almost 23,000 undergraduates and more than 6,500 graduate students across a comprehensive array of academic programs.
True to its land-grant roots, the campus is engaged in research and creative work in all fields. It is the only campus in the system designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in its “Research Universities with Very High Activity” classification, based on research expenditures supported by federal agencies and private sources in a wide variety of basic as well as applied research and development projects. Total R&D annual expenditures exceed $213 million, with major areas of emphasis in climate science, food science, alternative energy, nanomanufacturing, polymer science, computer science and linguistics.
Together, students and faculty are deeply engaged in collaboration with communities — both regional and international — to improve their social and economic conditions.