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The Early Action (EA) option is designed for those freshman applicants who have strong academic records and wish to receive early notification for the following fall semester. Students who believe that a favorable admission decision may depend on their senior grades or on subsequent test scores typically apply under the Regular Decision option, which has a later deadline.
Early Decision plans are binding. If you are admitted to a college or university under Early Decision, you must withdraw all other applications. UMass Amherst does NOT offer an Early Decision option.
Early Action plans are not binding. Under Early Action (which is the only plan offered by UMass Amherst) you may apply to and be considered by other colleges. If you have been admitted to UMass Amherst under Early Action, you can choose to send your enrollment fee immediately or you can take additional time to consider your options up until the Candidates Reply Date of May 1.
The primary advantage of applying Early Action is that you will receive an admissions decision sooner and can then plan the rest of your college search process accordingly. There is no difference in terms of admission standards, financial aid /scholarship awards, housing, or admission to Commonwealth Honors College or to a selective major.
The disadvantage of applying under EA is that your application must be completed and filed sooner, which means we will not have your senior grades or later test scores to consider during the review process.
The admit rate for EA applicants is slightly higher than for Regular Decision because EA applicants tend to have stronger academic records.
High school grades through the junior year will be included in the review process.
Senior grades (if submitted) will be included in the review process along with all prior high school grades.
SAT and/or ACT test scores taken through October 31 are part of the file review.
SAT and/or ACT test scores taken through January 30 are part of the file review.
January 15 is the priority deadline; applications received after January 15 will be marked “late” and will be considered as space allows.
(this includes official transcripts, standardized test scores, and at least one recommendation from a person who can assess your academic performance)
By the 15th of January
Beginning first week of March and continuing through mid-April
Apply by February 15 to ensure that your application arrives by the March 1 priority deadline.
Beginning about March 15
We will know your intention because you will have checked the relevant box on your application. You can confirm that your application is being reviewed for EA admission on our Application Status Check web page, where you will also be able to see which required credentials have arrived and which are still missing. You will be sent an admissions ID and password to access this page, normally within ten days of when you submitted your application.
The Music and Dance departments have established audition dates which accommodate Early Action applicants. The Studio Art and the Architecture departments are also able to accommodate portfolio review for Early Action applicants. Please check the specific departmental web sites for additional information.
While we understand that people make mistakes or subsequently reconsider their decision, we cannot move an applicant to Early Action once they have been classified as a Regular Decision applicant.
There are three possible admission decisions for Early Action applicants:
Applicants who were deferred from Early Action will receive a second review at the end of March. Make sure that any new academic information (mid-semester grades, higher test scores, etc.) has been sent to us by March 1. Please do not send duplicate information or additional recommendations. Visiting or contacting the Admissions Office will not enhance your chance of being admitted.
Your application and academic credentials will have been reviewed carefully for admission to the major of your choice as well as your eligibility for the Honors College. A second review can be requested if you can present us with new and stronger academic credentials (for example, higher SAT/ACT scores or strong senior grades). To request reevaluation send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org  . Be sure to include your admissions ID number in the email and ensure that your new academic credentials have been sent.
If you are eligible for a non-need (merit) scholarship, this information will be included in your EA admission packet. Need-based (financial aid) awards are mailed in mid-March (provided you filed your FAFSA by February 15). Please note that you must include your Social Security number on your application in order to be considered for financial aid.