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. 


Campus LocaleSuburb: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio18:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate91%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Doctoral degrees (DNP, PhD, BSN to PhD)
  3. Accelerated BSN
  4. RN to BSN
  5. ADN
  6. Family Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 192
Nursing Education Postbaccalaureate certificate 2
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 11
Nursing Science Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 3
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - professional practice 33

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Westfield State University
22.33 miles away
Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical School
33.66 miles away
Worcester State University
35.77 miles away
Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School
36.25 miles away
Keene State College
39.29 miles away
University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester
39.78 miles away
Fitchburg State University
40.05 miles away
University of Connecticut
42.5 miles away
Porter and Chester Institute Rocky Hill Campus
49.42 miles away
Central Connecticut State University
49.65 miles away


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
09/22/2000 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/22/2000 - Current

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading550 to 650
SAT: Math580 to 680
ACT Composite25 to 30
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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$9,639
30k to 48k$10,975
48k to 75k$14,823
75k to 110k$20,963
Over 110k$25,743
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $663.00 $1,428.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $856.00 $1,645.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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 [...]

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.

More scholarships

Data source: (2015-2016 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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