Profile: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Fast Facts

Location:Amherst
Setting:Rural
Population:37,819
Enrollment:27,734
On Campus:61%
Language:English
Calendar:Semester
Approximate:
  • Fall 09/05-12/20
  • Spring 01/22-05/10

Tuition & Payments

PLAN A: UNEVEN
You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
UNEVEN - Host campus accepts a few more students than it sends out.

PLAN B: EVEN
You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
EVEN - Host campus accepts no more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:
$7,706

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:
$6,409

More Info

Receive From Canada
N/A

Campus Diversity
75%White
4%Black
7%Hispanic/Latino
11%Asian
0%Native/First Nation
0%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
3%Two or more races
0%Other


Campus Profile

UMass is one of the leading centers of public higher education in the Northeast. We are part of the Five College Consortium which allows students to take classes and access libraries and activities at four prestigious liberal arts colleges in the Pioneer Valley: Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith.

UMass has esteemed faculty teaching in top-ranked departments. A recent building boom has created many state of the art academic facilities.

Over 50% of undergraduates live on campus. Our award winning dining services focuses on local and healthy food options. We have a new rec center and a great free public transportation system to get you all around the area.

UMass has every club and organization students might be interested in and our rural location offers a wealth of outdoor activities and the nearby town of Northampton has all of the amenities of a large city but with the same accessibility as Amherst.

Campus Location - UMass is a 1100 acre campus located in the rural college town of Amherst one hour north of Hartford CT, two hours west of Boston and three hours from New York City.

Helpful Information - On Campus Housing is guaranteed although preferences for specific areas can not always be met. Meal Plan is required if living on campus. Parking is available but will not be near where the student is living on campus. Off campus housing is plentiful but often requires a year lease and is rarely furnished. It is important for all students researching exchanges to check on the curriculum for their major at the host school - don't assume they are the same as at their home campus.

Programs
Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Agriculture: Animal Sciences, Plant Science, Soil Science

Anthropology: Anthropology

Architecture: Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Design

Area Studies: Afro-American Studies, Judaic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Russian Studies, Scandinavian Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art History, Studio Art

Athletics: Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Business: Accounting, Finance and Operation Management, Management, Marketing

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Journalism

Criminal Justice: Legal Studies

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Geology, Geosciences

Economics: Economics, Resource Economics

Engineering: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

English: Comparative Literature, English, Linguistics

Environmental Studies: Environmental Design, Environmental Sciences, Fisheries Science, Natural Resources, Sustainability Studies, Wildlife Conservation

Food Science: Food Science, Nutrition

Foreign Language: Arabic (some courses), Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Forestry: Forestry

General Studies: Classical Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Public Health

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Tourism Management

Information Studies: Computer Science

Mathematics: Mathematics

Military Sciences: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC

Performing Arts: Dance, Music, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Gender Studies, Sociology

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders

Technology: Construction Technology

Closed Programs
Nursing and Kinesiology are closed. Education is closed but access to lower level courses is available. UMass does not offer physical education courses or many one-credit classes. English Writing 112 is closed to exchange students. In most departments, the course that fulfills the "UMass Junior Year Writing Requirement" will be closed to exchange students. Courses that satisfy the Integrative Experience requirement (see course description) are closed to exchange students. Departments may restrict specific courses without notice.

Limitations
Courses in Communication, Computer Science, English, Journalism, Psychology and ALL majors in the School of Management, including Hospitality and Tourism Mgmt and Sport Mgmt and all majors in the College of Engineering are usually limited to majors. ISOM and Engineering majors must also have completed equivalent UMass pre-reqs. Architecture (NAAB accredited schools only), Studio Art, Dance, and Music classes are only available to BFA/Art, Dance, and Music declared majors and may require portfolio submission for access to studio courses. Studio work space is also extremely limited. Music Lessons are not always available, even to declared majors.

Special Options
Honors Access: Yes

Conditions
Registration Priority GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences Mid-Year Exchange Non-Native English Speakers Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students Summer Exchange International Students (Visa Students)
Tuition/Fees
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 8/1/2017.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance: $800 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee: $330 Year Plan A & B Optional
Orientation Fee: $110 Year Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes: URGENT: International Students MUST pay the UMass supplemental student health insurance. For others, the Student Health Insurance is waivable with proof of approved insurance. Home school health insurance (i.e. insurance supplied by your home school) is not always approved. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CANNOT WAIVE THE HEALTH INSURANCE.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

Use FAFSA CODE: 002221

Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Room/Meals
On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing Notes About Housing
Full year housing contract can be retracted if student is only attending one semester if appropriate deadlines are met. If deadlines are not met, housing cancellation fees can be significant. Students living off campus should make sure they are on a Bus Line.

Meal Plans Per Semester

Notes About Meal Plans
We have a nationally recognized, award winning food service here at UMass. Excellent vegetarian, vegan, gluten free options.



All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.