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Why UMass Amherst?

Revolutionary Engineering

Looking to join a close-knit community of smart, diverse, and motivated students who are out to revolutionize the world?  Want a top-rated education that values hands-on learning in a place where bold ideas are encouraged and opportunities for connection abound?

Whether you’re fascinated by energy systems, autonomous vehicles, or biocompatible prosthetic devices, as a student in the College of Engineering at UMass Amherst, you’ll find endless opportunities to shape the future of engineering. 


We are Number #1

The UMass Amherst College of Engineering is the highest-ranked public engineering program in New England by U.S. News & World Report and one of the top 35 nationally. 

Here are just a few reasons why:


Community-Engaged Students

Our community recognizes that diversity fuels the development of creative and enduring solutions to the world's challenges. As a student here, you’ll work side-by-side with problem-solvers and enthusiastic collaborators, each bringing a unique perspective based on personal backgrounds and life experiences. 

We are a Carnegie Foundation “Community-Engaged University,” blending learning and research with initiatives that help communities — from studying vehicle safety to installing a hand-washing station for nursery school students in Kenya — our undergraduate engineers are making a difference. 

Our students explore and hone their interests through study abroad, undergraduate research, entrepreneurship competitions, engineering living and learning communities, student societies, community service, maker spaces, the Commonwealth Honors College, the iCons program, and much more.

Learn more about Experiential Learning Opportunities


Faculty as Teachers and Mentors

UMass Amherst College of Engineering is home to 109 faculty who are leaders in their fields and committed to providing an exceptional education to all our students. Our faculty use team-based learning, flipped classrooms, and mastery learning to connect classroom learning to real-world challenges. 

Our faculty receive numerous prestigious awards, honors, and grants from the nation’s most respected government agencies and professional societies, including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.


Our Commitment to Career Development and Preparation

Our grads find jobs! UMass Amherst engineering degrees are highly regarded by industry recruiters, including employers such as Google, ExxonMobil, Raytheon, Apple, NASA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, General Electric, and Lockheed Martin. 

The College of Engineering offers career planning assistance, access to co-ops and internships, resume reviews, interview preparation, and invitations to on-campus recruiting events hosted by companies that employ engineers. Within six months, over 80% of each graduating class finds engineering jobs, or goes to graduate school. This is a conservative number, as it counts those who did not report as still looking. 

Learn more about our Engineering Career Development Center.


Our Commitment to an Outstanding and Affordable Education

You deserve to attend a nationally competitive research and teaching institution at an affordable price. Money magazine ranks UMass Amherst among the nation’s “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges, and over 57% of our engineering undergraduates receive financial aid. 

In addition, the College of Engineering awards over $400,000 in scholarships to sophomore, junior, and senior engineering undergraduates. The average award is $1,500. 

How do we compare in ranking and cost to nearby peer institutions? Below are the engineering rankings and stats from U.S. News and World Report 2022 Engineering Undergraduate Rankings.

University

Public or Private

Rank (overall)

Carnegie Research Classification*

Undergraduate Tuition and Fees**

Northeastern

Private

45 (tie)

R1

$57,592

Boston University

Private

52 (tie)

R1

$59,816

UMass Amherst

Public

56 (tie)

R1

$16,439 in-state
$36,964 out-of-state

Tufts

Private

56 (tie)

R1

$63,000

RIT

Private

56 (tie)

R2

$52,756

WPI

Private

63 (tie)

R2

$55,531

UConn

Public

72 (tie)

R1

$18,524 in-state
$41,192 out-of-state

UMass Lowell

Public

114 (tie)

R2

$15,698 in-state
$33,624 out-of-state

URI

Public

131 (tie)

R2

$15,332 in-state
$33,354 out-of-state

Univ. of Maine

Public

147 (tie)

R2

$11,986 in-state
$33,586 out-of-state

WNEU

Private

92 (tie) (no doctorate)***

D/PU

$40,380

* R1 = very high research activity; R2 = high research activity; D/PU = doctoral/professional university
** As reported by U.S. News and World Report Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs rankings
*** Western New England University ranked in a different category for colleges where an engineering doctorate degree is not offered

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Interested in applying to UMass Amherst?

Check out UMass Undergraduate Admissions to learn more about campus visits, application deadlines, and much more. And don’t forget to sign up for an engineering tour too while you are visiting, or sign up for a "Get to Know UMass Engineering" virtual event today!