UMass Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into University of Massachusetts Amherst
|Admission Standards||Very High|
How hard is it to get into UMass and can I get accepted? The school has a 60% acceptance rate ranking it #27 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 24,981 out of 41,690 applicants were admitted making UMass a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 21 percent. University of Massachusetts Amherst typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
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UMass SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT87%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||600|
|SAT Math 25th||600|
|SAT Composite 25th||1200|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||680|
|SAT Math 75th||710|
|SAT Composite 75th||1390|
|Average SAT Score||1300|
SAT Scores you need to get in
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of Massachusetts Amherst?
University of Massachusetts Amherst typically requires applicants to be in the top 24 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1200 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1100. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1300 out of 1600. The school ranks #16 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 87 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1390 and Above||Good||>72%|
|1295 to 1390||Avg +||60%-72%|
|1200 to 1295||Avg -||47%-60%|
|1105 to 1200||Reach||34%-47%|
|Less than 1105||Low||<34%|
UMass ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT22%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||N/A|
|ACT Math 25th||N/A|
|ACT Composite 25th||26|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||N/A|
|ACT Math 75th||N/A|
|ACT Composite 75th||31|
|Average ACT Score||28|
ACT Scores needed to get accepted
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into UMass?
Admission data indicates that UMass regularly accepts students with ACT's of 26 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 18 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #17 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 22 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Massachusetts Amherst.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|31 and Above||Good||>74%|
|28 to 31||Avg +||60%-74%|
|26 to 28||Avg -||50%-60%|
|24 to 26||Reach||39%-50%|
|Less than 24||Low||<39%|
Avg. High School GPA3.73
Typical High School GradesA-
You will need very good grades in high school to get into University of Massachusetts Amherst. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Massachusetts Amherst was 3.73 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #15 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as UMass accepts 60% of students who apply.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||19%||22%||20%|
What are the requirements for admission to University of Massachusetts Amherst and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Recommended|
|Credit for Life Experiences||Yes|
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=166629 IPEDS survey data for University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Frequently Asked Questions
87% of students submit their SAT scores to UMass. 22% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
60% of those who apply are granted admission to UMass. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1200 and 1390. 87% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.