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Everything about University of Massachusetts Amherst

Everything about University of Massachusetts Amherst

Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 30,318

Institutional Type: Public

Curricular Flexibility: Somewhat Flexible

Academic Rating: 4.5

Top Programs

Business

Communication and Media

Computer Science

Economics

Engineering

English

Political Science

Psychology

Who Recruits

1. Hudson’s Bay

2. BP America

3. Bain & Company

4. United Talent

5. News America Marketing

Notable Internships

1. Uber

2. Nike

3. Lockheed Martin

Top Industries

1. Business

2. Education

3. Engineering

4. Operations

5. Research

Top Employers

1. General Motors

2. Ford Motor Company

3. Google

4. Amazon

5. Microsoft

Where Alumni Work

1. Detroit

2. New York City

3. Chicago

4. San Francisco

5. Washington, DC

Median Earnings

College Scorecard (Early Career): $63,400

EOP (Early Career): $68,700

PayScale (Mid-Career): $112,200

Inside the Classroom

What do you get when you combine one of the best college towns in the country, one of the premier research universities in the world, and stir in a passionate sports scene? The answer is the first public university in the Northwest Territories. Originally dubbed the “Catholepistemiad of Detroit,” it is now known by the catchier name of the University of Michigan. Brilliant teens flock to Ann Arbor for 263 undergraduate degree programs across fourteen schools and colleges, and their success can be measured in countless ways, whether you look at the 97 percent freshman retention rate or the fact that more current Fortune 100 CEOs are alums of the Ross School of Business than any other school on the planet.

All applicants must apply to one of the fourteen schools right off the bat. The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) serves the majority, and those accepted are held to school-specific rather than university-wide academic requirements. However, all Wolverines ultimately end up with broad academic requirements in the areas of English, foreign language, natural sciences, and social sciences. Freshmen in the LSA take a first-year seminar that is capped at eighteen students and affords an immediate opportunity to connect with a professor in an area of academic interest. LSAers also have the option to sign up for a “theme semester” in which major topics such as "India in the World" or "Understanding Race" are explored in-and-outside the classroom through activities such as museum visits, guest lectures, and film screenings.

With almost 46,000 students on campus, including grad students, it’s not surprising that undergrads will end up sitting in some large lecture halls. Michigan sports a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and 18 percent of classes contain fifty or more students, but a solid 57 percent of classes offer a more intimate experience with fewer than twenty students. Opportunities to conduct independent research or work in a laboratory beside a faculty member can be found. Last year 1,300 participated in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. For students in all academic programs at Michigan, study abroad opportunities are taken advantage of at high rates. In fact, the university is fifth in the nation in the number of students it sends to study in foreign lands. In general, the faculty is exceptional and overflowing with award-winning researchers. Michigan finds itself atop any ranking of best public research universities. The Ross School of Business offers highly rated programs in entrepreneurship, management, accounting, and finance. The College of Engineering is also one of the best in the country. By sheer numbers, the school confers more engineering degrees (16 percent) than in any other discipline.

The social sciences are next (12 percent), and encompass incredibly strong majors in political science, economics, and psychology. Computer science, another top-notch offering, attracts 11 percent of the student body. Graduating Wolverines are routinely awarded prestigious scholarships to continue their studies.

Outside the Classroom

Ann Arbor is a prototypical college town, the type you would show to a Martian who wanted to know what a quintessential American college was like. Vibrant, stimulating, and extremely safe, the 3,200-acre campus and surrounding town are ideal places to spend four years. When your football stadium seats more than 100,000, that’s a pretty solid indicator that the sports scene is thriving. Donning the iconic maize and blue jerseys, Michigan’s twentyseven Division I sports teams have enjoyed a ridiculous level of success. A substantial but not overwhelming 12 percent of men and 25 percent of women belong to one of the sixty-two fraternities and sororities on campus. A hard-to-comprehend 1,600 student organizations exist. If you can conceive it, Michigan probably already offers it, and 82 percent of the student body participates in at least one club or activity. Intramural and club sports also enjoy wide participation. The Ginsberg Center for Community and Service is popular, and 54 percent of Wolverines have engaged in volunteer experiences. Only 31 percent live on campus, almost all of whom are first-year students.

Career Services

The University of Michigan Career Center employs fourteen full-time staff members as well as seven peer advisors. Only counting the full-time employees, UM has a student-to-advisor ratio of 2,166:1, one of the highest of any school featured in this guide. Thus, hand-holding is limited, but appointments with peer advisors are available for mock interviews and resume assistance. One-on-one appointments with a professional career counselor can be scheduled to discuss finding internships and jobs. The career center reaches more students through hosting workshops, putting on more than 200 per year with a total attendance exceeding 6,000 undergrads Staffing may be less than desired, but on the plus side, Michigan’s alumni network is one of the largest and most powerful in the nation. With over half a million loyal alums spread across one hundred countries, there is always a fellow Wolverine willing to dispense advice, facilitate a job-shadowing experience or internship, or help you get your foot in the door in the industry of your choosing. Also working in the school’s favor is the fact that Michigan grads are highly sought after by major employers who are happy to travel to Ann Arbor for recruiting purposes. The Ross School of Business alone arranges for hundreds of companies to recruit on campus each year, including all of the big boys:

Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, EY, and Morgan Stanley. At UM, counselors are not going to personally hunt you down take personality inventories and create a killer LinkedIn profile, but large-scale resources are available that will get motivated students on the right path to their next destination.

Professional Outcomes

Within three months of exiting Ann Arbor, 93 percent of the graduates of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts are employed full time or attending graduate school. Health care, research, nonprofit work, and consulting are the four most popular sectors in which LSA alums launch their careers. Ross School of Business graduates fare quite well on the open market; within three months, 98 percent are employed with a median salary of $72k. The companies listed above that recruit on campus are among the top employers along with PwC, Deloitte, and Amazon. Engineering grads have similar success with 96 percent employed or in grad school within six months. Computer science/engineering students, the largest group within the School of Engineering, walk into jobs averaging close to $100k. The companies employing the greatest number of alumni include General Motors, Ford, Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Facebook.

As with employers, elite graduate and professional schools also hold a Michigan diploma in high esteem. University of Michigan grads applying to law school are well prepared, averaging an LSAT score in the 80th percentile and gaining acceptance at a 92 percent clip. Those aiming for medical school average MCATs above the 85th percentile and get accepted at a 54 percent clip, a rate more than 10 percent higher than the national average. In short, if you succeed at Michigan, there isn’t a graduate or professional school in existence that will be beyond your reach.

Students' Voice: Pros and Cons of Location

Pros of Ann Arbor, MI

• “I like the fact that there are more than just students here. You’ll see families walking around and there are events other than college stuff going on.”

• “The fact that it’s near Detroit is pretty nice because a lot of stuff happens in Detroit. I went there for a few baseball games in the fall and there are some co-op opportunities there.”

• “Everyone there is about Michigan. You get that school spirit and community vibe.”

Cons of Ann Arbor, MI

• “I sometimes don’t feel that safe walking around at night because there are people from the city that are not in college. Plus, a lot of people come to Ann Arbor to go to bars so that makes it seem more dangerous for me.”

• “It’s brutally cold.”

• “The bus system in Ann Arbor is usually not on schedule, which is annoying when you want to get somewhere quickly.

Students' Voice: Reasons to attend and not to attend

To Attend

• “There’s a really good support system here for inclusiveness. The university promotes a lot of acceptance and inclusion, so it’s nice to be in a place like that.”

• “It’s very walkable unless you’re on North campus. I’m not an art student or engineer, so I’ve never faced that issue. For the most part, it’s a very accessible place.”

• “There’s something profoundly motivating about being on this campus. I think everyone is very personable and wants to be social while also being very driven academically. I think it inspires you to be more of yourself.”

• “It’s really easy to go abroad.”

• “I think it’s a good combination of people from all over because it is a state school, so there are a lot of Michigan kids, but we have a lot of out of state people. It’s the right combination of international, Mid-West, and coastal.”

To Not Attend

• “It’s a big school. Everything you may want to do, like getting into clubs, is pretty competitive. A lot of the classes are competitive and a lot of the clubs are competitive in terms of getting into them, so that’s one thing that I found is pretty tough.”

• “If you get involved in Greek life, it can be a dominating factor in your life. I only see that now as I’m near the end of college.”

• “If you just want a campus, the city aspect of it might not be great for you.”

• “There is diversity, but they have a long way to go. If you’re looking for diversity, you have to seek it out yourself because it’s very easy to find [affluent White people and stick in that clique.”

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