The University of Massachusetts Amherst, the flagship of the Commonwealth's five-campus system, enrolls approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students.
Its scenic setting in the traditional New England college town of Amherst lies within easy reach of major metropolitan areas—90 miles (two hours) from Boston, 180 miles (three and a half hours) from New York City, and 300 miles (five hours) from Montreal, Canada. A free bus service links the campus with four local colleges and lively nearby communities.
The local weather is distinctly seasonal. Winter can be cold and summer quite hot. Spring and fall are particularly beautiful in this part of the Connecticut River Valley.
Housing costs on campus and in the Amherst area range from approximately $500/month for an efficiency (single room) to $2,500 for a large house. Visit the links below to find out more about the local areas.