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Your application for admission is used to determine your eligibility for all merit-based scholarships  awarded by UMass Amherst. If you have been awarded a scholarship then a notification letter was included in your admission packet. Questions about merit scholarships should be addressed to the Admissions Office. Scholarship assistance to transfer students is more limited.
Need-based aid requires submission of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. The deadline for filing the FAFSA is March 1 but the Financial Aid Office  recommends that it be filed by February 15. Need-based award packets are mailed separately beginning in late March. Transfer students must request that a copy of their FAFSA report be sent to UMass Amherst. The FAFSA code for UMass Amherst is 002221.
Please check our Bursar’s Office web site  for the most current tuition and fee schedule.
Each year we admit students from over 70 countries. Our International Programs Office  works with these students throughout their academic careers, assisting with initial immigration advising and documentation, orientation, and ongoing advising and counseling.
Your admission was based, in part, on the course schedule you declared in your application. Therefore, we will approve drops in your schedule only for medical reasons or extenuating circumstances. You can change your schedule, but the change normally must be to a comparable level course, e.g. AP for AP, honors for honors, etc. Any request for a schedule change must be submitted online.
When we review final transcripts in the summer, we check final grades as well as schedule changes. An unauthorized schedule change or extreme drop in grades could jeopardize your admission.
Students interested in teaching must complete a major appropriate to their particular license (early childhood, elementary or secondary education). Once you finish your undergraduate degree, you may apply to a post-baccalaureate program at UMass Amherst or elsewhere to prepare for licensure. For information on the early childhood education major and on licensure in general, please visit the Guide to Educator Licensure Programs .
If you would like to change your major, send an email  to the Admissions Office as soon as possible. Please note that you may have to meet certain academic requirements if you are requesting a competitive major.
Certain majors are highly competitive and we are not able to admit every applicant. If you wish to transfer to your original first-choice major or another program after enrolling, we recommend that you work with your academic advisor to learn the requirements for admission. Please note that it is not possible to transfer into the nursing major.
The academic record and credentials we reviewed did not meet the criteria for your preferred major. You may request re-evaluation if you have new / higher test scores and/or grades and believe these may qualify you for admission to your preferred major by sending an email to email@example.com .
Official AP test scores or IB diploma should be sent directly from the testing agency or school to the Admissions Office. It is helpful to bring a copy of your AP or IB test scores to New Students Orientation. This will let academic advisors know what credits you have earned.
After all college courses are completed, please have the official transcripts sent to us directly from the college. If the courses are transferable, then the credit hours and grades will be added to your UMass Amherst record once you start attending classes in the fall.
If you would like to double major or add a minor you will need to speak with your advisor at New Students Orientation. He or she will be able to instruct you on how to proceed.
You should accept your offer of admission online by May 1 (June 1 for transfers) or within two weeks if you receive your Notice of Admission packet after April 15 (May 15 for transfers). The sooner you accept your offer of admission, the sooner you may sign up for summer orientation, submit your housing request, etc.
Our Office of Information Technology (OIT) will send you information on how to access your OIT account, including the student information system (SPIRE), email, wireless internet, etc. If you need assistance with your NetID or password, please check the OIT web site  for new students.
Yes. Your offer of admission is contingent on successful completion of all courses in progress or planned prior to your entry to UMass Amherst.
Admitted first-year students may apply to defer admission for either one or two semesters. Please review the Deferral of Admission Policy and application form .
Admitted transfer students normally are not eligible for deferred admission and should contact a transfer counselor to discuss their situation.
To cancel your offer of admission please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org  with the following information: