Fall Welcome

Fall and Winter Welcome

Each semester we welcome new UMass families to campus on move-in day for first-year students. Staff, students and parent volunteers are on hand in the Campus Center Concourse to greet families, share resources and answer questions. We also have a special surprise for you to make for your UMass student!


Foster Student Success Fund
UMass Amherst Parents Association Advisory Council, in close collaboration with the Dean of Students Office, has spearheaded the creation of the Foster Student Success Fund. The Foster Success Student Fund is designed to support UMass Amherst students who are currently in foster care, have experienced foster care, or are aging out of the foster care system. The fund helps to ensure that students who have experienced foster care have access to resources that will help them transition to college and achieve academic and career success. Families can make a gift directly to the Foster Student Success Fund. We appreciate your generosity!

Student Care Supply Closets

As part of the Student Care and Emergency Response Fund, the Dean of Students Office hosts five Student Care Supply Closets throughout campus. Supply closets offers free toiletries and other household items for low-income students and/or students facing an unexpected financial emergency.  Students can access these items by meeting with a staff member in the Dean of Students Office, the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, the Student Veteran Resource Center, the Family Resource Center, or the Off Campus Student Center.  Donate to the fund here!

We appreciate your generosity!