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Chances of getting into University of Massachusetts Amherst

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
63.8%
Admission Difficulty for University of Massachusetts Amherst
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionLow
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How hard is it to get into UMass and can I get accepted? The school has a 64% acceptance rate ranking it #29 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 26,895 out of 42,157 applicants were admitted making UMass a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 22 percent. University of Massachusetts Amherst typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. University of Massachusetts Amherst is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UMass SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1190-1390
Applicants Submitting SAT
87%
SAT Scores for University of Massachusetts Amherst
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 590
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1190
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 1290

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 26 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1190 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 1090. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1290 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 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 >75%
1290 to 1390 Avg + 64%-75%
1190 to 1290 Avg - 51%-64%
1090 to 1190 Reach 38%-51%
Less than 1090 Low <38%
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UMass ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
26-32 
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 26
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 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 23 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #16 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 22 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 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 >75%
29 to 32 Avg + 64%-75%
26 to 29 Avg - 51%-64%
23 to 26 Reach 38%-51%
Less than 23 Low <38%
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UMass GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

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

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into UMass. 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 64% 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 Competitiveness
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of Massachusetts Amherst admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 22,066 20,091 42,157
Accepted 14,505 12,390 26,895
Acceptance Rate 66% 62% 64%
Enrolled 2,892 2,874 5,766
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 23% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2022
Days left to Apply
115

Applicants have 115 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2022.

Application Fee

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

Admission 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 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.

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?

64% 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 1190 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 26 and 32. 22% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.