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Massachusetts, University of

state university system consisting of five coeducational campuses at Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth (in North Dartmouth), Lowell, and Worcester. The main campus, at Amherst, provides a comprehensive array of courses within 10 colleges, schools, and faculties. It offers more than 80 bachelor's degree programs, about 70 master's degree programs, and over 50 doctoral programs; its Stockbridge School offers associate's degrees in six fields. Facilities include a 28-story library and outlying stations for marine and agricultural research. The university is part of the Five Colleges consortium-an educational exchange program with nearby Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges. Total enrollment at the main campus is approximately 24,000.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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