Why choose UMass?
- Famous alumni of the university include actors Richard Gere and Bill Pullman.
- Amherst frequently ranks among the Top 10 College Towns in America.
- UMass Amherst has a history of protest and activism and is home to over 200 registered student organisations.
Location: Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
City Population: 37,800
University Population: 27,300
Climate: The climate of Massachusetts is a humid continental climate with warm summers and cold, snowy winters.
Nearest Airport: Bradley International Airport
University website: www.umass.edu
"UMass Amherst has an amazing atmosphere. Amherst serves as a true college town. There are numerous coffee shops, a mall, a movie theatre, book stores, bars, great places to eat, pretty much anything you'd need day to day" - Jessica, Sophomore.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst combines the academic resources of a nationally ranked research university with the support and individualised attention usually reserved for a small college. Students come from every state and over 100 countries, making this New England campus a national and international centre for intellectual and cultural activity.
The extensive library system is the largest at any public institution in North East USA, and offers students a state-of-the-art learning environment through the Learning Commons, a place that fosters academic collaboration and social interaction.
Any student who enjoys athletic competition can participate in an extensive intramural sports program which supports 5,000 students. The new Recreation Center boasts 2 floors of weights and fitness areas, a 3 court gymnasium, jogging track and juice bar.
The picturesque town of Amherst offers scores of shops and restaurants. Appearing on the top ten lists for college towns, Amherst has a truly unusual combination of New England charm and international sophistication. Boston is less than two hours away, and New York City just three hours south. For outdoor enthusiasts, the mountains of Vermont are less than an hour away and offer skiing and hiking.