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Fall Open House Frequently Asked Questions

Is registration for the Fall Open House mandatory?

It is essential that all prospective students register for the event to assist with programmatic planning.

If there are multiple applicants from the same family (twins/triplets, etc.) interested in attending the Fall Open House, does each person need to register?

Yes.  This will ensure all prospective attendees receive a reminder card to help expedite the registration process upon arrival. 

What will be the schedule for the day?

Please visit the schedule of events page here. 

Do I have to arrive at the start of the program or can I show up any time?

We strongly encourage you to arrive for the start of the program, which begins at 8:00 a.m. in the Mullins Center. A resource fair begins at 8:00 a.m. and provides an opportunity to meet all academic departments and student service groups on campus, many of which may not be available later in the day.

Can I leave early from the program?

Yes. You are welcome to attend any or all of the events and leave whenever you choose.  However, please ensure you check in at the Welcome desk located in the north lobby of the Mullins Center Concourse upon arrival.

Will I be able to have an interview with an Admissions Counselor?

While we do not offer one-on-one evaluative interviews with admissions counselors, the admissions office will be hosting two information sessions throughout the afternoon for freshman applicants and one information session for transfer applicants.

I have sisters and brothers.  Can I bring them with me to the Fall Open House?

Yes. Everyone is welcome, though there is no child care provided.

Where is handicapped accessible parking located?

Handicapped accessible parking is located by the main entrance to the Mullins Center (see detailed map).  Please follow the signs for parking and you will see this area. It is reserved for vehicles that have a handicap placard.

Someone in my party has a physical disability.  How can I make special accommodations for the day?

Please contact Julia Pelczarski at 413-545-5374, or indicate your specific need under the special accommodations section while registering online to arrange necessary mobility assistance.

I am looking at graduate programs at UMass Amherst.  Would this event be appropriate for me?

No. The Fall Open House is geared towards prospective undergraduate students. We suggest that you contact the Graduate Admissions office at 413-545-0722 for more information on our graduate programs.

I am a transfer applicant.  Would the Fall Open House be appropriate for me?

Transfer applicants are welcome to attend the Fall Open House. Transfer staff will be available at the Admissions table of the Resource Fair from 8:00-9:30 a.m. There will also be a transfer admissions information session in the afternoon.

I am undecided about my academic major. What resources will be available at the Fall Open House?

We recognize many of our incoming freshman students would benefit from learning more about the many majors offered on campus that may be a good fit for their academic interests and aspirations.  For this reason we have implemented an Exploratory Track Program for all incoming freshman students who would have otherwise entered the University as Undeclared.  There will be opportunities to learn about the Exploratory Track program both at the resource fair in the morning and at informational sessions in the afternoon.

More information about the Exploratory Track program can be found here.  (Please note that Exploratory Tracks are for freshman only - transfer students are required to choose a major at time of application.)

If you have questions that are not relevant to the above Frequently Asked Questions, please e-mail us at

We look forward to meeting you and your family on Sunday, October 16!