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University of Massachusetts-Amherst – Tuition & Success Analysis

Amherst, MA

University of Massachusetts-Amherst – Snapshot


Four-Year Public University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 22,958

Average annual cost of attendance: $19,324

(National Median: $15,523)

Median student debt for loan recipients: $23,451

Campus Setting: Large Suburb

Religious Affiliation: None

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University of Massachusetts-Amherst Tuition based on Family Income


For a family income of $0 to $30,000 the average cost is $9,639

For a family income of $30,001 to $48,000 the average cost is $10,975

For a family income of $48,001 to $75,000  the average cost is $14,823

For a family income of $75,001 to $110,000  the average cost is $20,963

For a family income above $110,000 the average cost is $25,743


The “average cost” shown here is a NET cost and reflects the tuition cost after financial aid is taken into account, as reported by University of Massachusetts-Amherst. This average is based on the students who receive grant or scholarship aid. In-state tuition is used for public schools.

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University of Massachusetts-Amherst Graduate Success


Graduation rate: 77%

(National Median: 49%)

Students returning after first year: 91%

(National Median: 68%)

Median annual earnings (10 years after first attending): $51,400

(National Median: $33,028. The salary data measures salaries of students who received federal student aid. The Salary data does not break down earnings or graduation rates by major, or by state—an important consideration, since salaries can vary widely depending on geographical region. )

Percentage earning above a high school graduate (6 years after first enrolled): 75%

University of Massachusetts-Amherst Admissions

University of Massachusetts-Amherst Acceptance Rate: 60%


Half of the recent accepted students had test scores in the range of:

SAT Math: 580 to 680

SAT Critical Reading: 550 to 650

SAT Writing: N/A to N/A

ACT English: N/A to N/A

ACT Math: N/A to N/A

ACT Writing: N/A to N/A

Twenty-five percent of students accepted to University of Massachusetts-Amherst actually performed better than the range reported above.  Another twenty-five percent had scores below the reported range.

University of Massachusetts-Amherst Student Debt


Percentage of students awarded Pell Grants: 22%

Percentage of students receiving federal student loans: 57%

Typical student debt: $23,451

Typical monthly loan payment: $249

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Majors at University of Massachusetts-Amherst


These are the most popular areas of study offered at University of Massachusetts-Amherst:

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences – 5%
  • Architecture and Related Services – 1%
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies – 1%
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences – 10%
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services – 15%
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs – 5%
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services – 2%
  • Construction Trades – 1%
  • Engineering – 7%
  • English Language and Literature/Letters – 2%
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics – 2%
  • Health Professions and Related Programs – 8%
  • History – 2%
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services – 1%
  • Legal Professions and Studies – 2%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities – 1%
  • Mathematics and Statistics – 2%
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies – 6%
  • Natural Resources and Conservation – 2%
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies – 2%
  • Physical Sciences – 2%
  • Psychology – 7%
  • Social Sciences – 10%
  • Visual and Performing Arts – 3%

For more information about the various majors at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, visit their website.

University of Massachusetts-Amherst Diversity


Overall Composition at University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend University of Massachusetts-Amherst full time:  93%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend University of Massachusetts-Amherst part time:  7%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who are twenty-five years old, or older at University of Massachusetts-Amherst:  8%

Racial Diversity Composition

American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%

Asian: 10%

Black: 4%

Hispanic: 6%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%

Non-resident alien: 5%

Two or more races: 3%

Unknown: 7%

White: 66%

University of Massachusetts-Amherst Success Ratios

TUN ratios to help compare schools


Earnings to Debt Ratio: 2.2

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median federal debt of borrowers who graduated. TUN found an average of 2.5 based on data of 3,210 schools.

Earnings to Tuition Ratio: 2.7

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the average annual cost of attendance that financial aid recipients incurred.  TUN found an average of 3.0 based on data of 3,337 schools.

Monthly Liquidity Ratio: 17.2

The median monthly gross earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median monthly debt payment that borrowers who graduated experience with a 10-year repayment schedule. TUN found an average of 19.3 based on data of 3,210 schools.

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