The University of Massachusetts Amherst, the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system, is a public research and land-grant university established in 1863 as the Massachusetts Agricultural College.
UMass Amherst is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Many of the programs at UMass Amherst hold specialized accreditation.
The governing body of UMass Amherst is a 22-member Board of Trustees that represents various interests of the public at large on a non-partisan basis. The Board of Trustees functions as a legislative body dealing mainly with general policies governing the University.
UMass Amherst is a Research University (Very High Research Activity), as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university is comprised of 11 schools and colleges which offer 239 bachelor’s, associate's, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in the arts and sciences; education; engineering; humanities and fine arts; information and computer sciences; natural sciences; nursing; social and behavioral sciences; business management; public health and health sciences; and agriculture.
The UMass Amherst campus’ is comprised of 180 academic and residential buildings on 1,463 acres. The W.E.B. DuBois library is the largest at a state-supported institution in New England, containing nearly 7 million volumes and 544 electronic databases and collections, with access to 2.5 million volumes through the Five College Consortium.
UMass Amherst offers a wide variety of computing support and services on campus through the Office of Information Technology. The technical staff is certified to repair and consult on most software and hardware products, including popular computer brands and operating systems. The Office additionally offers support for core campus services, classroom technologies, multimedia equipment loans, and training for academic computing, dissertation and thesis formatting, and a variety of software packages.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst, as a public land-grant institution, has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, while demonstrating our commitment to inclusion of historically underrepresented groups. We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence and that our students, faculty, and staff should reflect the diverse world in which we live. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is committed to policies that promote inclusiveness, social justice, and respect for all, regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, political belief or affiliation, marital status, veteran status, immigration status, gender identity and expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic or status protected by state or federal laws.
UMass Amherst is the largest public university in New England and is ranked among the top 30 public universities in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Annual Report. Fall 2015 main campus enrollment was 29,269—22,748 undergraduate and 6,521 graduate students. The incoming Fall 2015 freshman class had an average SAT Math + Critical Reading of 1218, with an average high school GPA of 3.78. UMass Amherst additionally has approximately 1,300 full-time instructional faculty.
The Chronicle of Higher Educationhas recognized UMass Amherst as one of thenation’s top-producing research universities for student Fulbright scholarshipsduring 2014–15. The current 14 Fulbright scholarships are a campus record. The College of Education: Established in 1907 as the Department of Massachusetts Agricultural Education, the College of Education at UMass Amherst is an NCATE-approved comprehensive professional school providing specialized preparation in diverse areas of education. As a research-oriented, land-grant institution, the College of Education recognizes its responsibility to offer two types of graduate academic programs: programs that prepare educational scholars to further educational theory, policy, and research; and programs that prepare educational practitioners for roles in public education.
The College of Education is currently ranked among the top 50 graduate schools of education in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Annual Report, and employs 69 full-time faculty and 60 tenure-track faculty. The College is additionally home to 702 graduate students seeking their certificate, master’s, or doctorate degrees. As of 2014 the College of Education had 11 undergraduate majors and 267 undergraduate minors completed.
The College of Education is a highly productive and engaged academic unit that provides leadership for and contributes to the University’s research and outreach mission as a flagship, land-grant institution. The College has expanded to include five interdisciplinary research centers: the Center for Educational Assessment, Center for Education Policy, Center for International Education, Center for School Counseling Outcome Research, and Center for Youth Engagement. Over the past three years, the College has been awarded over 60 externally sponsored grants and contracts worth nearly $30 million