UMass Amherst

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Amherst, MA

UMass Amherst isn’t just for Bay Staters. This public research university attracts nearly 25,000 undergraduates from 49 states and 45 countries, with sizable populations from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Between the reputable honors college and access to four top liberal arts colleges in the area, UMass offers strong students a wide array of challenging academic outlets. The Commonwealth Honors College enrolls approximately 600 new students each year, creating a community of scholars that benefits from close faculty interaction. The $188 million honors complex that combines classrooms, faculty residences, and student housing, opened in 2013. Just minutes from campus lie Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges. Free and convenient shuttle buses make it easy for students to cross-register and take advantage of thousands of course offerings within the Five College Consortium. So what do UMass students study? A little bit of everything. There are over 100 majors available across ten schools and colleges. The College of Natural Science is one of the largest degree granters on campus, and features programs in animal science, environmental conservation, and computer science.

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Written by Emily Toffelmire
Emily Toffelmire is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Emily worked as an admissions officer at University of Southern California as well as a college counselor at high schools in the US and Thailand. Visit our website to learn more about Emily Toffelmire.