About The University of Massachusetts
The University of Massachusetts has been providing high quality educational opportunities for Massachusetts residents and for students and faculty from all over the world for more than 140 years.
For more than 140 years, the University of Massachusetts has provided high quality educational opportunities for Massachusetts residents and for students and faculty from all over the world.
With a diverse student body; award-winning faculty that includes Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, members of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, American Book Award winners, and Fulbright, Guggenheim, MacArthur, and Mellon fellows; more than $400 million in funded research; affordability combined with generous financial aid-it's no wonder UMass is rated among the best universities in the world by the Times of London.
History of University of Massachusetts
The University was established in 1863 as the Massachusetts Agricultural College, located in Amherst. It became known as the Massachusetts State College in 1932 and in 1947 became the University of Massachusetts. The Worcester and Boston campuses were established in 1962 and 1964, respectively. The Lowell and Dartmouth campuses (previously the University of Lowell and Southeastern Massachusetts University, respectively) were consolidated into the University under Chapter 142 of the acts of 1991.
The University of Massachusetts Campuses
Each year the University of Massachusetts educates more than 60,000 students and confers more than 11,000 degrees at its five campuses located in Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and Worcester.
The flagship, public land-grant campus is a leading research institution, enrolling more than 25,000 students from fifty states and nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1863, UMass Amherst has achieved a reputation for excellence, earning national and international recognition in fields such as computer science, business, nanotechnology, polymer science, linguistics, and engineering.
The campus offers ninety-three undergraduate programs (including six associate degrees) as well as seventy master's and fifty doctoral programs. Sponsored research activities total more than $100 million per year, providing a major stimulus for the state's economy.
Located on 1,463 acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, UMass Amherst provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting that is close to major urban centers. Through The Five College Interchange, many UMass Amherst students also attend classes and benefit from resources at nearby Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges.
The University of Massachusetts Boston is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning dedicated to academic excellence. As a nationally recognized model for urban institutions, UMass Boston serves the most diverse student population in New England as well as the people of Greater Boston and the Commonwealth.
With five colleges and two graduate schools, UMass Boston offers over 100 undergraduate programs of study and nearly sixty graduate programs, including thirteen at the doctoral level. The nearly thirty research institutes and centers bring faculty and students together from across the University to pursue research, teaching, and service on a broad range of topics that include public policy, gerontology, environmental issues, media and society, labor issues, women's leadership, and issues vital to Asian Americans, African Americans, and Latinos - to name a few.
The newly completed Campus Center provides both an academic and social focal point for many student services and activities, including more than seventy student clubs and activities, the student-run Harbor Art Gallery, and the Mass Media student newspaper. The Clark Athletic Center is the home of fourteen varsity teams and fine facilities for competition and recreation, including an ice rink, a basketball court, and a swimming pool. UMass Boston also sponsors public radio station WUMB-91.9 FM, the country's foremost station for folk and acoustic music.
Located on a 175-acre campus, UMass Boston shares a peninsula overlooking Boston Harbor with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum. The Library, designed by IM Pei and now a Boston Landmark, shares its impressive archival resources with the University through a series of educational programs. An equally impressive range of research opportunities is provided by the Massachusetts Archives and Commonwealth Museum.
Located on 710 acres on the South Coast of Massachusetts, UMass Dartmouth enrolls more than 8,700 students in more than 40 undergraduate and 25 graduate degree programs, including four at the doctoral level.
Programs are offered in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Charlton College of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the School for Marine Science and Technology (located on the waterfront in New Bedford). Other University sites include the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center in Fall River, the College of Visual and Performing Arts in New Bedford. The University also operates continuing and professional education centers in the central business districts of both New Bedford and Fall River.
The campus is among the fastest growing in New England with its overall student population increasing from 6,500 to 8,700 over the past decade, its on-campus student population increasing 33 percent in five years, and its research enterprise expanding from $4 million to $20 million over the last decade.
Established in 1895 with the opening of technical institutes in Fall River and New Bedford, the University has grown in size and impact through a series of mergers. In 1960 the two institutes merged in Dartmouth to form a comprehensive university that later merged with the Swain School of Design. In 1991, the campus joined the University of Massachusetts system.
Located in a region rich with heritage and culture, UMass Lowell is a leader in nanotechnology, nano- and biomanufacturing, bioinformatics, green chemistry, and advanced materials. Internationally recognized for excellence in science and engineering, its signature programs include community health and sustainability, plastics engineering, regional economic and social development, and sound recording technology.
The campus offers its 11,000 students fifteen doctoral, thirty master's, and seventy-six bachelor's degree programs and more than fifty graduate certificates in education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, management, science and social sciences. Many courses are offered online and in blended formats. More than thirty research centers and institutes maintain close ties with industry and community partners, enriching the student experience and contributing to the vitality of the Merrimack Valley.
UMass Medical School (UMass Worcester)
The Worcester campus, located in Central Massachusetts, is one of the fastest growing academic medical centers in the country and home to the Commonwealth's only public medical school. Together, the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and the Graduate School of Nursing offer four master's and thirteen doctoral degree programs. With its clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care, UMass Worcester delivers general and specialized medical care to the citizens of Massachusetts.
A national leader in primary care education, the campus is also recognized for its thriving biomedical research enterprise, where internationally known scientists are making advances in a broad range of areas, from HIV and infectious diseases to cancer and diabetes.