Frequently Asked Questions
- What is CMASS?
- What can CMASS do for me?
- How do the CMASS academic support programs advocate for students?
- Can I work with an CMASS staff member for advising?
- What do the cultural centers do?
- Are the cultural centers open daily?
- Are the cultural Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) part of CMASS?
- Do I need to enroll in programs within CMASS?
- Once I am enrolled in an CMASS program, do I have to continue my involvement through all four years?
- How can I find out more about the programs?
The Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success (CMASS) is an umbrella administrative organization for our academic support programs and cultural enrichment programs. We also provide student development opportunities as well as support for institutional diversity on the UMass Amherst campus.
CMASS provides funding for student and professional development, credit for inter-group dialogues as well as events that celebrate the wide-range of racial and ethnic groups on-campus.
Our academic support programs help monitor student progress through their undergraduate career. They work with offices across campus to help with a variety of issues that students encounter along their path toward graduation.
We can help you understand your degree audit, scheduling timelines and give you insight on course difficulty and content, but we strongly encourage students to establish a relationship with Undergraduate Advising or their department advisors.
The cultural centers provide cultural enrichment, social and educational activities to enhance the experience of ALANA students and the UMass Amherst community.
Each cultural center has its own individual schedule. See Locations for more information.
No. The cultural RSOs are advised by the Center for Student Development Advising and Programming unit and funded through the Student Government Association (SGA). Our office collaborates with these RSOs on educational, social and cultural programming. We also offer these RSOs grant opportunities.
Although enrollment is not required, we encourage students to fill out an affiliation card at our offices. This provides us with the information we need to better serve you. If you are applying to UMass Amherst, you may also check off any of the programs listed under Special Interest Programs on the application.
Once I am enrolled in an CMASS program, do I have to continue my involvement through all four years?
No. Participation in CMASS is optional. However, navigating the university becomes easier the longer you are involved with the programs. Also, continued involvement provides opportunities for leadership and professional development.