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University of Massachusetts Amherst


UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research and land-grant university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

Since the University of Massachusetts Amherst was founded as the Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1863, 25 individuals have been at the helm of the institution. 

Today this is the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system. With approximately 1,300 faculty members and more than 29,000 students, UMass Amherst is the largest public university in New England.

There is an incredible amount of opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to learn about sustainability and to practice sustainable living in a collaborative environment at UMass Amherst. The university recognizes its responsibility to be a leader in sustainable development and education for the community, state and nation.

U.S. News and World Report's 2017 edition of America's Best Colleges ranked UMass Amherst tied for the 74th on their list of "Best National Universities" and for the 27th among public universities in the U.S.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities placed the university the 62nd-71st nationally and the 151st-200th globally for 2016. 

In 2015-16, Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked UMass Amherst the 141st in the world. 

In 2016, QS World University Rankings ranked the university 251st in the world. 

University Ranking by Academic Performance for 2016-2017 ranks university as No. 70 in the country.

Among notable alumni of the university are 1 Nobel prize winner, 1 National Humanities Medal winner, numerous Fulbright, Goldwater, Churchill, Truman and Gates Scholars as well as several Pulitzer prize winners, Grammy, Emmy, and Academy Award winners.

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With over 100 major subject areas leading to bachelor's degrees, 76 master’s and 48 doctoral programs, UMass Amherst offers a vast array of educational opportunities for full and part-time students, both on and off-campus. Interdisciplinary majors, online learning, the Five College Interchange and internships and international study add to the opportunities.

The most popular majors at University of Massachusetts-Amherst include: business, management, marketing and related support services, biological and biomedical sciences, social sciences, health professions and related programs and psychology.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst
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UMass Amherst, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.