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Would UMass accept you today? Don’t be so sure.

Party school? Safety school? Not so much anymore.

UMass Amherst may not have entirely outlived those nicknames and reputations. But it’s become so surprisingly selective that the alumni magazine ran a story recently titled “Could You Still Get In?”

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