University of Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts is the five-campus public university system and the only public research system[5] in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The university system includes five campuses (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and a medical school in Worcester), and a satellite campus,[6][7] with system administration in Boston and Shrewsbury.[8] The system is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and across its campuses enrolls 73,000 students.[9]

University of Massachusetts
TypeState university system
Public university
University system
Established1863 (Amherst campus)
1964 (UMass system)
Endowment$874 million (2018)[1]
Budget$3.4 billion (FY 2019)[2]
PresidentMarty Meehan
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States
CampusAmherst (Flagship Campus)
Medical School (Worcester)
Springfield (Satellite Campus)
University of Massachusetts Locations


The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship and largest school in the UMass system. It was also the first one established, dating back to 1863, when it was founded as the Massachusetts Agricultural College. The University of Massachusetts Medical School was founded in 1962, and is located in Worcester. The University of Massachusetts Boston, originally established in 1964, was merged with Boston State College in 1982. In 1991, the University of Lowell and Southeastern Massachusetts University joined the system as the University of Massachusetts Lowell and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, respectively.

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Massachusetts is the flagship and the largest of the UMass campuses, as well as the first established. Like many colleges and universities, the Massachusetts Agricultural College (as it was originally called) in Amherst was founded as a land-grant college in 1863, receiving initial start-up funding as part of the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act. It became "Massachusetts State College" in 1931, and "University of Massachusetts" in 1947. The library system is the largest state-supported library system in New England with over 6.1 million items. The campus has many architecturally distinctive buildings commissioned by the Commonwealth and designed by world-renowned architects.

Massachusetts offers a variety of academic and co-curricular options. Ninety-two percent of the more than 1,300 full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields. The average SAT score for the 2018 entering class is 1296, and the average GPA is 3.90 on a 4.0 scale. The campus has 21,969 undergraduates and offers 109 bachelor's degree programs. There is a student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1 and 81% of classes have fewer than 40 students.[10] Massachusetts hosts Commonwealth Honors College (CHC) where admission is more competitive with an average SAT score of 1411. CHC offers personalized advising, smaller class sizes taught by professors, and a six building Honors Residential Community, which opened in fall 2013.[11]

Students participate in 240 campus organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, living-learning residence halls, community service, internships, and faculty research. Massachusetts is also part of the Five Colleges consortium, with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, and Amherst colleges, all within a free bus ride of each other using the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority. Students can take classes on any of these campuses and participate in all co-curricular and cultural activities.[11] Kumble R. Subbaswamy serves as Massachusetts's 30th chancellor.[12]

University of Massachusetts Boston

UMass Boston is a research university[13] located in the City of Boston. Located on the Columbia Point peninsula, the University is surrounded by the Boston Harbor, the John F. Kennedy Library and the Massachusetts State Archives. The Boston Globe is also headquartered adjacent to campus, as well as Boston College High School. Subsequently, the university holds many partnerships with its neighboring organizations, providing research and employment opportunities.

UMass Boston is known for its growing and diverse student body of more than 12,000 undergraduates and nearly 4,000 graduate students, making it the third largest campus in the system. The University has five undergraduate colleges and two graduate colleges, with over 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.[14]

The campus is home to more than 100 student organizations — including clubs, literary magazines, newspaper, radio station, art gallery, and 16 NCAA Division III sports teams.[14] Katherine S. Newman is the interim chancellor of the UMass Boston campus.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Located in southeastern Massachusetts, UMass Dartmouth started in 1895 as the New Bedford Textile School, the Bradford Durfee Textile School, and later Southeastern Massachusetts University (SMU). UMass Dartmouth offers a wide array of programs in accounting, finance, management information systems, operations management and marketing, all of which are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. UMass Dartmouth has top ranking engineering and nursing programs.

In addition to the 710-acre (2.9 km2) UMass Dartmouth main campus is, satellite campuses are located throughout the SouthCoast.[15]

With 7,982 undergraduate students and 65 degree programs, the campus has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1 in its College of Arts & Sciences; Charlton College of Business; College of Engineering; College of Nursing; College of Visual and Performing Arts; School of Education, Public Policy, and Civic Engagement; and the School for Marine Science and Technology. The University hosts internships, undergraduate research opportunities, and service learning experiences, as well as an Honors Program.[15]

More than 100 student organizations and 25 NCAA Division III athletic teams provide a strong community beyond the classroom. The buildings of the campus were designed by internationally renowned Modernist architect Paul Rudolph. Dr. Robert E. Johnson is the Chancellor of the UMass Dartmouth campus.[16]

The University of Massachusetts School of Law was opened in September 2010 three miles from the Dartmouth campus.

University of Massachusetts Lowell

UMass Lowell is the product of a 1971 merger between Lowell State College (founded in 1894 as Lowell Normal School) and Lowell Technological Institute (founded in 1895 as the Lowell Textile School). The merged institution became the University of Lowell, with the former Lowell Tech serving as the North Campus and the former Lowell State serving as the South Campus.

UMass Lowell is a comprehensive University with a national reputation in science, engineering, Management and technology, and committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region.

UMass Lowell is located in the Merrimack Valley, close to Boston, ocean beaches, and the mountains of New Hampshire. With a national reputation for education and research in science, engineering, and technology, the campus offers a number of undergraduate and graduate programs. Academic programs include internships, co-ops, service learning, and international education.[17]

UMass Lowell has a total of 18,316[18] students as of fall 2017 and is the fastest growing of the five UMass campuses.[19] The campus offers over 120 fully accredited programs taught by 737 faculty members in five colleges. Most of the 75 bachelor's degree programs offer five-year Bachelor's to Master's programs. The student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1 and half of the undergraduate classes have fewer than 20 students. Ninety-three percent of the full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields.[17]

There are 12 University residence halls located on the campus. There are more than 120 active student organizations on campus, a campus recreation center, 16 NCAA Division I sports teams that compete in the America East Conference, and the ice hockey team that competes in the Hockey East Conference.

Massachusetts Medical School

The University of Massachusetts Worcester, also known as UMass Medical School, is one of the fastest growing academic health science centers in the country and is home to the School of Medicine (SOM) — the Commonwealth's only public medical school — the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), the Graduate School of Nursing (GSN), and a research enterprise that attracts more than $200 million in external funding annually.[20]

Located in the heart of Central Massachusetts on a 63-acre (250,000 m2) campus it shares with clinical partner UMass Memorial Health Care, the region's premier health care delivery system and largest employer, UMass Medical consistently ranks among the top ten percent in the U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of best medical schools.[20]

The work of UMass Medical researcher and 2006 Nobel Prize winner Craig Mello, an investigator of the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute, toward the discovery of RNA interference has launched a promising new field of research. The school is also the home of the Albert Sherman Center, an interdisciplinary, research and education facility that fosters collaboration among scientists and innovation across disciplines.[20] Michael F. Collins is the chancellor of the UMass Medical School campus.[21]

Springfield satellite center

  • UMass Center at Springfield

On August 8th 2013, The University of Massachusetts started requesting proposals for potential classroom and office space to establish a satellite center in Springfield. UMass was looking for 25,000 square feet of space that it would use for classrooms, faculty offices and other uses, with the option of doubling the amount of space at a later date.[22] On November 23rd 2013, Gov. Deval Patrick and University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret announced the selection of Tower Square in downtown Springfield as the university's new satellite center. The university would lease 27,321 square feet on the second floor of the 30-floor building, which is owned by the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. and located at 1500 Main St. UMass planned to establish academic programs at the center starting in the fall 2014.[23]

In 2014, the state of Massachusetts gave $5.2 million[24] to the Springfield satellite center to allow the university to complete construction and buy furnishings. .[25][26]

The satellite center, administered by the Amherst campus, opened in March 2014, registering students for September 2014.[27] Programs include nursing, education, business administration, addiction counseling, and GED classes.[28] Enrollment in the more than 20 courses offered at the center has grown from 250 students in the fall of 2014 when it opened to 850 in the spring of 2016, according to Daniel Montagna, director of operations at the center. From courses leading to bachelor and doctoral degrees in nursing to a master degree in business administration, and from a 180-day teacher certification program to a cybersecurity certificate program fueled by a $5 million investment by MassMutual.[29]



The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center is a joint venture of the University of Massachusetts system, MIT, Harvard, Boston University, and Northeastern to build a shared high-performance computing facility.[30] In 2010, UMass Boston partnered with Dana–Farber/Harvard Cancer Center to collaborate on research aimed at addressing issues of cancer health disparities in disenfranchised populations under U54 Cancer Partnership.[31]

Inter Campus Programs

University of Massachusetts Intercampus Graduate School of Marine Sciences and Technology[32] is a graduate degree program offering Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy and Professional Science Master's Degree.[33] The graduates receive a joint degree from all four of the main UMass campuses.[32]

Finances and faculty pay

The FY 2014 Operating Budget for the UMass system is $2.94 billion representing a 2.6% increase over the current year expenses.[34] Several University of Massachusetts employees are among the highest paid state employees in Massachusetts.[35][36][37]

University president

The president is the university's chief executive officer and works to advance its mission of education, research and public service. Marty Meehan became the 27th president of the five-campus, 73,000-student University of Massachusetts system on July 1, 2015.

Before the 1962 establishment of the Medical School, the president was the administrator of the system's only campus in Amherst. When UMass Boston was organized in 1964, it was headed by a chancellor who reported to the president. In 1970, as part of a reorganization, day-to-day leadership responsibilities for UMass Amherst were transferred to a chancellor, with both chancellors reporting on an equal basis to the president. Today, the President administers five campuses.

Henry F. French1864–1866
Paul A. Chadbourne1866–1867 and 1882–1883
William S. Clark1867–1879
Charles L. Flint1879–1880
Levi Stockbridge1876 and 1880–1882
James C. Greenough1883–1886
Henry H. Goodell1883 and 1886–1905
William P. Brooks1905–1906
Kenyon L. Butterfield1906–1924
Edward M. Lewis1924–1927
Roscoe W. Thatcher1927–1932
Hugh P. Baker1933–1947
Ralph A. Van Meter1947–1954
Jean Paul Mather1954–1960
John W. Lederle1960–1970
Robert C. Wood1970–1977
Franklin K. Patterson1978 (interim)
David C. Knapp1978–1990
Joseph D. Duffey1990–1991
E. K. Fretwell1991–1992 (interim)
Michael Hooker1992–1995
Sherry H. Penney1995–1996 (interim)
William Bulger1996–2003
Jack M. Wilson2003–2011
Robert Caret2011–2015
Marty Meehan2015–

Board of Trustees

The University of Massachusetts is governed by a lay Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees functions as a legislative body dealing mainly with questions of policy. The board is not an administrative or management board. In certain rare instances when required by the Massachusetts General Laws, it may function as an appeal body. The board establishes the general policies governing the University, but has delegated many powers to the President and, through the President, to campus administrators for day-to-day-operations.

The founding Board had fourteen appointed members and four ex-officio members. Formerly, Trustees were appointed by the Legislature or the board itself; currently, members are appointed by the Governor. The size of the board has fluctuated between twelve and twenty-four members. The current Board is composed of nineteen voting members and three ex-officio non-voting members. Seventeen Board members are appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth; at least five of those appointed must be alumni of the University and one must be a representative of organized labor. The other two voting members are students. Overall, the board has five student members, elected for one-year terms, from the Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and Worcester campuses. Voting membership rotates among the campuses: two students are voting members and three others are ex-officio non-voting members.

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