University of Massachusetts Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst, the flagship campus of a five-campus public university system, was founded in 1863. As a land-grant university, UMass Amherst's mission is to provide teaching, research and public service to the nation as a whole and to the citizens of Massachusetts in particular. This mission, as interpreted to address the challenges of the twenty-first century, remains as true today as it was when the institution opened its doors. The University is one of the founding members of the Five College cooperative program, offering reciprocal student access among the University, and Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges.

UMass Amherst is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and has approximately 1,300 full-time instructional faculty. It offers 112 bachelor's degree programs, 76 master's and 48 doctoral programs in nine schools and colleges. In 2016, there were more than 30,000 enrolled students (23,400 undergraduate and 6,600 graduate students). UMass Amherst today is the only public institution in Massachusetts with a Carnegie Foundation designation for "very high research activity" and that foundation has also awarded the campus its Community Engagement classification. UMass Amherst's aspiration to achieve excellence in teaching, research and public service is consistent with its history, and this history informs every planning exercise the campus undertakes.

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