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Chances of getting into University of Massachusetts Amherst

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
65%
Admission Difficulty for University of Massachusetts Amherst
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into UMass and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at UMass is 65%.  It ranks #30 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. UMass is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 26,335 out of 40,315 applicants were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 20 percent (SAT 1200/1390 ACT 27/32). University of Massachusetts Amherst typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.93. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The UMass application fee is $80 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to University of Massachusetts Amherst. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 87% of students submitted SAT scores and 22% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

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

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 prefers 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 average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1300 out of 1600. UMass ranks #14 in Massachusetts and #125 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 87 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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 >78%
1295 to 1390 Avg + 65%-78%
1200 to 1295 Avg - 49%-65%
1105 to 1200 Reach 34%-49%
Less than 1105 Low <34%
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UMass ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
27-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
22%
ACT Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 25
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 29

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 27 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 15 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #15 in Massachusetts and #115 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 22 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of Massachusetts Amherst admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
32 and Above Good >80%
29 to 32 Avg + 65%-80%
27 to 29 Avg - 53%-65%
25 to 27 Reach 40%-53%
Less than 25 Low <40%
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UMass GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.93
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into University of Massachusetts Amherst?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into UMass. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of Massachusetts Amherst was 3.93 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #5 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 65% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted University of Massachusetts Amherst students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 50.3% Avg +
3.75 to 3.99 19.8% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 21.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 5.7% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 2.5% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 0.6% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.1% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

75% 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 34%
Top 25% of class 75%
Top 50% of class 97%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Massachusetts Amherst admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 21,022 19,293 40,315
Accepted 14,481 11,854 26,335
Acceptance Rate 69% 61% 65%
Enrolled 2,640 2,415 5,055
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 20% 19%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
50

Applicants have 50 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Massachusetts Amherst is $80.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Massachusetts Amherst and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of Massachusetts Amherst Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

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.

FAQs

Does University of Massachusetts Amherst prefer SAT or ACT?

87% of students submit their SAT scores to UMass. 22% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Massachusetts Amherst?

65% 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.

What SAT score is required for University of Massachusetts Amherst?

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.

What ACT score is required for University of Massachusetts Amherst?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 32. 22% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.