University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Amherst, MA 01003

The University of Massachusetts-Amherst is a public university with both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. It is also part of the University of Massachusetts System, along with five other campuses. The university was founded in 1863 as the Massachusetts Agricultural College. By 1867, the college had still not admitted any students. The university now serves over 19,000 students annually. It is a major research university and the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts System. The campus is on 1,450 acres spread through the town of Amherst, with some buildings in neighboring Hadley, Massachusetts. 

Depending on their past education, nursing students can choose from seven different nursing programs at the UMass-Amherst College of Nursing. Incoming freshman may apply for the traditional BSN program or the ADN program. There is also an accelerated BSN for those with a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field and an RN to BSN program for registered nurses. The graduate-level programs include a BSN to PhD program, DNP program, and a PhD program. All programs are accredited by the CCNE. Students have access to a state-of-the-art simulation lab and gain clinical experience working in area health care facilities and clinics under the guidance of school faculty. 

Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Campus SizeLarge
Student to Faculty Ratio18:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4-year
TypePublic
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate91%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 29 173
Master's degree 3 18
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 1 4
Postbaccalaureate certificate 1 2
Doctor's degree - professional practice 8 45
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 86.2%

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Accreditations

Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
01/01/1932 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
CCNE
09/22/2000 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
CCNE
09/22/2000 - Current

Admission

58%

Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1180 to 1360
ACT26 to 31
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $80
Graduates $75

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$682/credit
In State Students$682/credit
Out of State Students$1,484/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$882/credit
In State Students$882/credit
Out of State Students$1,694/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $30,690 $30,690 $66,780
ADN 70 $47,740 $47,740 $103,880
BSN 125 $85,250 $85,250 $185,500
FNP 50 $44,100 $44,100 $84,700
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 89% of University of Massachusetts-Amherst's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 22% $4,428
Other Federal Grant 18% $470
State Grant & Scholarships 23% $1,557
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 80% $7,142
Federal Student Loans 56% $5,755
Private Loans 8% $15,848

$21,281

Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$11,878
$30,001 to $48,000$12,508
$48,001 to $75,000$16,930
$75,001 to $110,000$23,131
Over $110,000$26,998

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Student Population

23,388

Undergrads

6,952

Graduates

15,162

Women

15,178

Men

80%

Full-time

20%

Par-time

Ethnic Diversity
White
61%
Non-resident alien
11%
Asian
9%
Race/ethnicity unknown
6%
Hispanic
6%
Black/African American
4%
Two or more races
3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
0%

Relevant scholarships

MARILN Professional Scholarship Award

Applicants must be Massachusetts or Rhode Island residents and have lived in Massachusetts or Rhode Island for at least four years before having entered that practical nursing program. They must ...

Massachusetts Long Term Care Foundation Scholarship

Applicant must work in a nursing home or assisted living residence in Massachusetts and must have worked there for at least one year.

American Legion-Massachusetts Scholarship

Applicant must be the child or grandchild of a Department of Massachusetts Legion member in good standing. One award is for nursing only.


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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Massachusetts state board of nursing.

University of Massachusetts-Amherst
374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003
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