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UMass Amherst was born in 1863 as a land-grant agricultural college set on 310 rural acres with four faculty members, four wooden buildings, 56 students and a curriculum combining modern farming, science, technical courses, and liberal arts.

Today, the flagship campus of the state’s five-campus University system has nearly 1,200 faculty members and  enrolls over 27, 000 students. UMass Amherst is one of the country’s preeminent public research universities nestled in Amherst, Massachusetts—often called the “The top college town in America.” Read more about UMass Amherst.

Maroon and White

Did you know that the very first colors associated with Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1863 were red and blue? The school colors of maroon and white made their first appearance sometime in the 1870s when the college premiered its first football uniforms. We’ve maintained this time-honored tradition ever since.

Sam the Minuteman

Sam the Minuteman is the #1 UMass fan! He holds the record for most athletic events attended in one year, showing up for all home football, hockey, men’s basketball and women’s basketball games and occasionally checking out our soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, baseball and softball as well. See Sam in his ESPN commercial and become one of his Facebook fans.