The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Undergraduate Programs

Nursing Major FAQs

Are students accepted directly into the Nursing Major?

Yes. Applicants are reviewed by the Undergraduate Admissions Office for direct admission to the Nursing Major. Because of the limited number of spaces in the Nursing Major, this review process is very selective.

Are transfer students accepted?

No, the Nursing Major does not currently accept transfer students.

How can I finance my education?

Visit UMass Amherst Financial Aid Services for information.

How can I learn more about student life on the UMass Amherst campus?

Visit the UMass Student Life page and the GoUMass page.

Are freshmen allowed to live off campus?

Not usually. Under certain circumstances it is allowed, with permission from the Dean of the College of Nursing and letters of support from parents.

How are students accepted into the Residential Academic Program (RAP)?

The Residential Academic Program offers students in a particular major the opportunity to live and study together. Signup for the Nursing RAP and Nursing Honors RAP is available to nursing majors online after paying a deposit to enroll at the University and also during Summer New Student Orientation sessions until the RAP is filled. For more information, see the UMass Residential Academic Programs page.

What happens during new student orientation?

During summer orientation, students meet with faculty and other advisors, take critical placement tests (mathematics and writing), and sign up for their residence hall. Students receive advising and information about the nursing curriculum, plan of study, and an academic planning grid to assist in picking the correct courses.

How do students register for classes?

Students register in the UMass Amherst student services system, SPIRE.  Training is provided during orientation and there are step-by-step instructions on the IT Support page.

Where do students do their clinicals?

There are over 100 clinical agencies providing a variety of clinical experiences. The following agencies or hospitals are used routinely for clinical rotations: Baystate Health, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Holyoke Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, and several others.