Chances of getting into University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
59.9%
Admission Difficulty for University of Massachusetts Amherst
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage

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

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1200-1390
Applicants Submitting SAT
87%
SAT Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1200
SAT Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 710
SAT Composite 75th 1390
Average SAT Score 1300

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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.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Massachusetts Amherst admission chances by SAT score
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%
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UMass ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
26-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
22%
ACT Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst
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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Massachusetts Amherst admission chances by ACT score
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%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.73
Typical High School Grades
A-

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.

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Admission Statistics

University of Massachusetts Amherst admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 21,646 20,044 41,690
Accepted 13,358 11,623 24,981
Acceptance Rate 62% 58% 60%
Enrolled 2,489 2,558 5,047
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 22% 20%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Massachusetts Amherst and what considerations affect admission decisions?

University of Massachusetts Amherst Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Massachusetts Amherst
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
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.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 26 and 31. 22% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.