Our location provides an ideal academic environment for our students. The UMass Amherst campus offers many technological facilities designed to support research and teaching efforts, as well as spaces for group meetings and solitary study. Our community is anchored by our accessible, internationally recognized faculty, whose research and teaching expertise attracts top students from around the world to our program.
UMass Amherst is one of the nation's top research universities. The campus spends more than $200 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. Members of our campus community work to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunity for students, faculty and the public.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is part of the renowned Five College Consortium, along with Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College. Each school has a library with distinctive collections, and students have open borrowing privileges. A free bus system links the Five Colleges to the surrounding towns.
Faculty & Research
Our students receive critical guidance from professors who are internationally recognized for their research and teaching expertise. As a top research institution, we offer an optimal environment for students to conduct rigorous, critical research by providing cutting-edge technology and access to leading experts in supporting fields.
Life in Amherst
The UMass Amherst campus is nestled among a thriving, multicultural community in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. The area is renowned for its outstanding quality of life, including fascinating arts and culture, adventurous outdoor recreation, farm-to-table eateries, and a unique entrepreneurial spirit. Amherst is within easy access to some of the country's most exciting cities, including Boston and New York.
Amherst may have small-town charm, but the residents—and the dining—are certainly worldly. The town beckons folks from around the globe. Over 43% of adults who live in Amherst hold graduate degrees, making for an intellectually rich experience. Another rich experience—dinner. The sidewalks of Amherst are lined with limitless options for grabbing sushi or lingering over a four-course French feast.
Amherst attracts a citizenry who demand nothing less than topnotch arts and entertainment. Catch outstanding performances at venues like the Calvin Theater, the UMass Fine Arts Center and Jacobs Pillow in the Berkshires. Scope out revered works at the Emily Dickenson Museum, the Michelson Gallery and Mass MoCA. Stay local for the weekend, or make a quick trip to see the sights of New York City or Boston.