The University of Massachusetts is the state’s only public research university system. Five campuses are located in Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and Worcester, and a satellite campus is housed in Springfield. Established in 1863 as the Massachusetts Agricultural College in Amherst, it became the University of Massachusetts in 1947.
The university is currently ranked as the number one public higher education institution in New England. Nearly 73,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in 3,000 academic programs. More than 17,000 degrees are conferred annually.
Approximately $600 million was spent on research and development in 2014 across a range of disciplines including psychology, sociology, political science, engineering, medicine and computer science. Multidisciplinary projects consider issues such as the intersection of biology and physics and the threats of climate change. Other studies work to strengthen relationships between sectors in order to address human and national security challenges. Coalition-building efforts have enabled marine spatial planning for the state’s coastal systems. The university supports the economic wellbeing of Massachusetts communities through industrial partnerships, workforce development, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization and economic and public policy research.