How to Get into UMass: Average SAT Scores and ACT Scores

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What does your child need to get into University of Massachusetts-Amherst? This article covers the objective criteria for admission to UMass, including SAT scores, ACT scores and GPA.

How to Get Into UMass: The Admissions Criteria

UMass is one of the more competitive public colleges or universities in the US, with a 59.70% acceptance rate, an average of 1230 on the SAT, an average of 28 on the ACT and an rough average unweighted GPA of 3.7 (unofficial). In order to feel secure when applying to this school, it is incredibly useful to to score higher than 75% or more of US test-takers, above a 1230 on the SAT or a 28 on the ACT. Though of course all schools strive to look at a holistic image of each student, a high standardized test score can give you a competitive edge over other qualified applicants, making sure that admissions is able to focus on the most exciting aspects of your application.

UMass Admissions Scorecard

  • Amherst, MA
  • Public
  • Undergraduate students: 21,460
  • Estimated average unweighted GPA of admitted students (unofficial):  3.7
  • Average SAT Score of admitted students: 1230
  • Average ACT Score of admitted students: 28
  • Subject tests required: No
  • SAT Scoring policy: Superscore
  • ACT Scoring policy: Superscore
  • Scholarships based on test scores: UMass offers several merit-based scholarships in addition to need-based financial aid. They don't specify the test scores needed to qualify.

UMass Average SAT Score: 1230

The average SAT score of admitted students to University of Massachusetts-Amherst is 1230. If you or your child is applying to UMass, scoring above 1230 means the SAT is working in your favor. Scoring below 1230 means the SAT is working against you. Moreover, if your child scores above 1330, the 75th percentile score at UMass, the ACT will significantly help their chances of getting in.

Where does that score leave you? 12% of SAT test-takers score 1230 or higher.

TIP: what if your child doesn’t have a 1230 or higher? Learn what parents can do to help their children reach their full potential on the SAT (or ACT).

Here’s a breakdown of the average SAT scores at UMass by section:

Math Evidenced-based Reading and Writing Total
630 600 1230

UMass SAT Essay Policy

UMass recommends but does not require that applicants submit an SAT Essay along with the rest of the exam. Since the essay is an optional component of the test, students considering UMass should take note of this policy.

TIP: if the essay isn’t required, does that mean your child should still take it? And if so, how do you prepare for it?

UMass SAT Scoring Policy

UMass superscores the SAT, meaning they consider the highest section from each test attempt. This differs from Score Choice, a policy where colleges consider the best SAT total score.

For more about superscoring, read this article.

UMass Average ACT Score: 28

The average ACT score of admitted students to University of Massachusetts-Amherst is 28. That means, if you or your child is applying to UMass, scoring above 28 means the ACT is working in your favor. Scoring below 28 means the ACT is working against you. Moreover, if your child scores above 30, the 75th percentile score at UMass, the ACT will significantly help their chances of getting in.

Where does that score leave you? 12% of ACT test-takers score 28 or higher.

TIP: what if your child doesn’t have a 28 or higher? Learn what parents can do to help their children reach their full potential on the ACT (or SAT).

Here’s a breakdown of the average ACT scores at UMass by the English and Math sections:

Math English Total
0 0 28

UMass ACT Essay Policy

UMass recommends but does not require that applicants submit an ACT Essay along with the rest of the exam. Since the essay is an optional component of the test, students considering UMass should take note of this policy.

TIP: if the essay isn’t required, does that mean your child should still take it? And if so, how do you prepare for it?

UMass ACT Scoring

UMass superscores the ACT, meaning they consider the highest section from each test attempt. This differs from Score Choice, a policy where colleges consider the best ACT total score.

For more about superscoring, read this article.

Whether you’re well underway in the prep process or just beginning, you likely have some questions. We try to answer them in How to Conquer ACT Prep (for Parents). Hint: it’s less complicated than you might think!

Does UMass Require SAT Subject Tests?

SAT Subject Tests are standardized tests of individual academic subjects that some applicants submit to colleges. While some colleges require that all applicants submit a number of SAT Subject Tests, University of Massachusetts-Amherst does not. However, Subject Tests can improve your candidacy and some of UMass's departments may require SAT Subject Test scores in their area of study.

Interested in UMass? You might like these schools too…

If you’re underway in your college search, the schools below might be worth exploring. We’ve categorized each school based on how difficult they are to get into, relative to UMass.

Match Schools

These are schools that are the right fit for your student’s admissions criteria.

University of Maryland-Baltimore County

  • A public university in Baltimore, MD with 9484 undergraduate students, University of Maryland Baltimore County is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.7 GPA and a 1220 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • A public university in Blacksburg, VA with 25213 undergraduate students, Virginia Tech is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.7 GPA and a 1210 on the SAT or 0 on the ACT.

University of South Carolina-Columbia

  • A public university in Columbia, SC with 24382 undergraduate students, Southern Carolina is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.7 GPA and a 1210 on the SAT or 28 on the ACT.

Safety Schools

These are schools where your student exceeds the average admissions criteria.

Michigan State University

  • A public university in East Lansing, MI with 35447 undergraduate students, Michigan State is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.7 GPA and a 1125 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT.

St Mary's College of Maryland

  • A public college in St. Mary's City, MD with 1547 undergraduate students, St Mary's College of Maryland is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.5 GPA and a 1125 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT.

University of Kentucky

  • A public university in Lexington, KY with 20833 undergraduate students, University of Kentucky is one of the more competitive schools in the US; the average admitted student has around a 3.5 GPA and a 1125 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT.

Reach Schools

These are schools that are particularly selective relative to your student’s admissions criteria.

University of California-Los Angeles

  • A public university in Los Angeles, CA with 30343 undergraduate students, UCLA is very selective; the average admitted student has around a 3.9 GPA and a 1315 on the SAT or 31 on the ACT.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • A public university in Chapel Hill, NC with 17869 undergraduate students, UNC is very selective; the average admitted student has around a 3.9 GPA and a 1315 on the SAT or 31 on the ACT.

University of Maryland-College Park

  • A public college in College Park, MD with 26350 undergraduate students, Maryland is very selective; the average admitted student has around a 3.9 GPA and a 1315 on the SAT or 31 on the ACT.
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