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UMass Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

57.6%
Admission Difficulty for University of Massachusetts Amherst
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage

Can I get into UMass? The school has a 58% acceptance rate. Last year, 24,208 out of 42,043 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 18 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. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1250-1420
Applicants Submitting SAT
85%
SAT Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 640
SAT Math 25th 610
SAT Composite 25th 1250
SAT Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 720
SAT Composite 75th 1420
Estimated Average SAT 1340
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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 18 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1250 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 1160. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1340 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 85 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of Massachusetts Amherst admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1420 and Above Good >70%
1335 to 1420 Avg + 58%-70%
1250 to 1335 Avg - 45%-58%
1165 to 1250 Reach 32%-45%
Less than 1165 Low <32%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
26-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
27%
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
Estimated Average ACT 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. 27 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 >72%
28 to 31 Avg + 58%-72%
26 to 28 Avg - 47%-58%
24 to 26 Reach 37%-47%
Less than 24 Low <37%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as UMass accepts 58% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of Massachusetts Amherst students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 46% Good
3.50 to 3.75 32% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 16% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 5% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 1% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

69% of University of Massachusetts Amherst freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Massachusetts Amherst students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 28%
Top 25% of class 69%
Top 50% of class 97%
Bottom 50% of class 3%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

University of Massachusetts Amherst admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 21,636 20,407 42,043
Accepted 13,029 11,179 24,208
Acceptance Rate 60% 55% 58%
Enrolled 2,423 2,329 4,752
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 21% 20%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2019
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2019.

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.