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University of Massachusetts Amherst: Narrative Description


Amherst, MA 01003
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of Massachusetts. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1863. Setting: 1,463-acre small town campus with easy access to Hartford. Endowment: $81.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $113.5 million. Total enrollment: 24,646. Faculty: 1,316 (1,100 full-time, 216 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 17,930 applied, 81% were admitted. 15% from top 10% of their high school class, 45% from top quarter, 84% from top half. Full-time: 17,563 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 1,403 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 56 states and territories, 97 other countries, 15% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 4% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 7% 25 or older, 61% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the National Student Exchange, Five Colleges, Inc., other units of the University of Massachusetts System. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early action, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $1714 full-time, $71.50 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9937 full-time, $414 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $7294 full-time, $1564 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, reciprocity agreements, and student level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $6189. College room only: $3428. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 200 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 6% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Minutemen Marching Band, Theater Guild, Ski Club, Outing Club, student newspaper. Major annual events: First Week, Family Weekend. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, controlled dormitory access, residence halls locked nights and weekends. College housing designed to accommodate 10,864 students; 11,020 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. W. E. B. Du Bois Library plus 1 other with 3.2 million books, 2.5 million microform titles, 37,716 serials, 22,781 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $12.1 million. 450 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Amherst College.

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