Historically Black College/University?
Common States of Residence
- Foreign countries
- New Jersey
- New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
African American: 4%
Asian American: 8%
Native American: 0%
The homosexual community at UMass is quite prevalent. Once a year, a gay pride rally is held at the Student Union, and Mary Lyon Hall, in the Northeast Residential Area, has a floor where gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students can choose to live as a group. Also, the Stonewall Center, a GLBT educational resource center, is very active in supporting the homosexual community and provides resources and runs social events.
The town of Amherst, including the students from the University of Massachusetts, is a very politically active place. Most people here have liberal views and will not hesitate to discuss or argue any important issue. Many political candidates campaign throughout the year at the various UMass auditoriums. The UMass chapter of MassPIRG (Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group) makes great efforts to get students involved in political activity.
Just about every economic class is represented at UMass. At any given moment you could see an El Camino and a Lincoln Navigator stopped at the same red light. The students at nearby Amherst College are very affluent, while UMass students, on average, illustrate a more accurate depiction of middle-class America.
Most Common Religions
The most common religions on campus are Christianity and Judaism. There are many registered student organizations on campus that reflect these and other religions. The Newman Catholic Center and Hillel House offer many resources and events for students.
Minority Clubs on Campus
CMASS, the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (formerly the Office of Programs and Services for ALANA Students), is an educational support agency that serves the needs of UMass's minority population. It's a conglomeration of more than 20 minority clubs that are very active on campus—they regularly hold rallies, speeches, and other events to address and work toward solving problems facing minority students.