The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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High School Unit Requirements

Minimum subject matter requirements must be met (see chart below). The rigor of the curriculum is strongly considered. We appreciate applicants who take challenging courses, including honors, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, if available.

When assessing academic achievement, course grades as well as grade trends are important, including course selection and grades in relation to the desired major. A strong senior schedule helps show the applicant’s commitment to higher education. If the high school provides a class rank, that is taken into consideration as well.

Units

  • English: 4
  • Mathematics (Algebra II minimum): 4 including math in the senior year of high school
  • Natural Science (3 labs): 3
  • Social Science (one course in US history): 2
  • Foreign Language: 2 of same language
  • Electives (from areas above, arts and humanities, or computer science): 2

Applicants to the College of Engineering, Isenberg School of Management, or the Computer Science major must have four math units including an advanced math course, such as pre-calculus, calculus or trigonometry. Applicants to the College of Engineering must also have chemistry and physics.