The University of Massachusetts Amherst is land-grant and public research university that was founded in 1863 as the Massachusetts Agriculture College. It was not until 1867 that the university opened with 50 students and has since grown to well over 27,000 students. One of the amazing things about the student body is that the students are the highest achieving students in the country as far as grades and test scores are concerned. The university earned the Fulbright Award during the 2008-2009 as a top producer of high achieving students. Another notable aspect of the University of Massachusetts is the faculty. The faculty members received recognition as a top performer in research activities ($140 million per year), recognitions, and rewards.
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges accredit the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The school currently offers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 90 undergraduate and more than 120 graduate programs. The University of Massachusetts has 9 schools and colleges that include College of Engineering, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, College of Natural Sciences, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Education, School of Nursing, Isenberg School of Management, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and Stockbridge School of Agriculture. Additionally, there are two adult and continuing education programs, which include University Without Walls and Continuing and Professional Education.
A few of the departments within the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s colleges and schools are Department of Anthropology, Department of Accounting & Information Systems, Department of Entomology, Department of Finance and Operations Management, and Department of Veterinary & Animal Sciences.
The university offers online degrees in such areas as business administration, hospitality and tourism management, public health and nutrition, and nursing. Students can also take continuing education courses, adult education courses, and individualized degree concentration courses online.