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UMass Chan at a glance

  • UMass Chan was founded in 1962 and accepted its first class in 1970. The School has since grown into a $1 billion enterprise, with major research and clinical components. In 2021 UMass Chan attracted more than $400 million in research funding, 80 percent of which comes from federal funding sources.
  • The ForHealth Consulting division of UMass Chan Medical School is a national model of public service, working with other state agencies and health care organizations to improve the quality, efficiency and access of their programs.
  • UMass Chan enrolls students in the T.H. Chan School of Medicine (~ 440), the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (~ 350) and the Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing (~ 185).
  • UMass Chan has ~3,000 faculty (full- and part-time, and voluntary), including ~320 basic science faculty, ~2,500 clinical faculty and 160 nursing faculty.
  • Other major awards and honors for UMass Chan faculty:
    • 2008 Lasker Award Winner (Ambros)
    • 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (Mello)
    • Four Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators (Dekker, Grigorieff, Mello, Zamore)
    • Three Keck Award Winners (Dekker, Doxsey, Zamore)
    • Eight National Academy of Science Members (Ambros, Davis, Dekker, Fitzgerald, Green, Grigorieff, Mello, Padron)
    • Five National Academy of Medicine Members (Brown, Dekker, Fitzgerald, Green, Ware)
    • Two American Diabetes Association Banting Medalists (Czech, Rossini)
    • Two Gairdner Award Winners (Ambros, Mello)
    • Two Ellison Awards (Doxsey, Tissenbaum)
    • Four Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (Fazzio, Harris, Houghton, Silverman)
    • One Royal Society Member (Davis)
    • One Royal Irish Academy Member (Fitzgerald)
    • One Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science (Ambros)
    • Six American Academy of Arts & Sciences Members (Ambros, Davis, Green, Jacobson, Pederson, Mello)


The University of Massachusetts system at a glance

The University of Massachusetts has been providing high quality educational opportunities for Massachusetts residents and for students and faculty from all over the world for more than 140 years.


The University's mission is to provide an affordable and accessible education of high quality and to conduct programs of research and public service that advance knowledge and improve the lives of the people of the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.


The University was established in 1863 as the Massachusetts Agricultural College, located in Amherst. It became known as the Massachusetts State College in 1932 and in 1947 became the University of Massachusetts. The Worcester and Boston campuses were established in 1962 and 1964, respectively. The Lowell and Dartmouth campuses (previously the University of Lowell and Southeastern Massachusetts University, respectively) were consolidated into the University under Chapter 142 of the acts of 1991.


The University of Massachusetts is governed by:

  •  A single Board of Trustees composed of 19 voting members and three non-voting members.
  • The President of the University (located in Boston) oversees the five-campus system. 
  • Chancellors located at each University of Massachusetts campus:
    • UMass Amherst: Kumble R. Subbaswamy
    • UMass Boston: Marcelo Suárez-Orozco
    • UMass Dartmouth: Mark Fuller
    • UMass Lowell: Julie Chen
    • UMass Chan Medical School: Michael F. Collins



University of Massachusetts funding sources are diverse and consist of the annual state appropriation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, student tuition and fee revenues and research grant funding from federal, state and private sources.

The University generates revenue through:

  • Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property division;
  • UMassOnline; and
  • Continuing and Corporate Education programs.

The University of Massachusetts Foundation manages endowment funds received from private donors and matching funds provided by the state government.


The University of Massachusetts campuses (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and UMass Chan) are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits schools in the six New England states. Membership in the Association indicates that the institution has been carefully evaluated and found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified educators. Many of each campus' schools and colleges are also accredited by discipline-specific agencies.

System Wide Facts and Figures

The University's Institutional Research team compiles several annual publications with detailed information about the UMass system, available here.

For additional information, visit or call the University of Massachusetts Office of the President at 617-287-7000.


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