Summer Pre-College students stay in a freshman residence hall in the brand-new, fully air-conditioned Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community. Each floor is assigned two Program Assistants (PAs), experienced UMass undergrads who work as RAs during the school year. The PAs act as mentors, get participants situated on campus, lead them in various activities, and give them the scoop on Res Life. A Residence Hall Director lives in the residence hall throughout the program and is on-call at night. The Residence Hall Director is a trained member of the UMass Res Life program and offers support, guidance, and night-time supervision. Residence Hall floors are single sex, and each student is assigned a roommate. We enforce an 11pm curfew Sunday – Thursday and 12am curfew Fridays and Saturdays.
Check out a 360° room tour: http://www.housing.umass.edu/reshall/roomtours/CHCRCDoubleTour/newindex.html
Read about the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community in the UMass Amherst alumni magazine: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/8dfde6af#/8dfde6af/16
- Recreation Center – take a break from the summer heat and enjoy a fitness class, work out in the weight room or on the exercise machines, or try the indoor jogging track.
- W.E.B. DuBois Library – did you know UMass Amherst has the largest academic research library in Massachusetts? With 28 stories, it’s also the 2nd tallest library in the world, and has a special peregrine falcon nest on its roof. The library also features a Learning Commons with computers available for student use.
All UMass Amherst residence halls are locked 24 hours per day, and campus is patrolled 24/7, seven days a week, by the UMass Police Department. Access to the Summer Pre-College residence hall is restricted to Summer Pre-College students and staff only by use of an electronic key. The residence hall security desk is manned from 5pm – 11pm Monday – Thursday, and 5pm – 12am on Fridays and Saturdays. Bed checks are performed nightly after curfew by our Program Assistants.
Our experienced Program Assistants will create weekly schedules of fun & inclusive evening activities – leaving room for impromptu soccer games or dance parties, of course. Sample activities include:
• T-shirt tie-dying
• Visit to downtown Amherst
• Talent show
• Spa night
• Mason jar decorating
• Pizza party
• Board game night
We offer fun-filled weekend field trips for students to take a break from their studies and see New England. There is an additional fee for these trips. Please contact us for more information.
• Six Flags New England – featuring several rollercoasters, thrill rides, and a water park, Six Flags is a summertime classic and makes for an excellent day of relaxation and fun with new friends.
• Boston – a full day of sightseeing in the capital of Massachusetts. A sample itinerary might consist of a Duck Boat tour, lunch at the Prudential Center, a visit to the Museum of Science or a whale watch, dinner at Faneuil Hall and shopping on Newbury Street.
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, July 18th, July 19th; Saturday & Sunday, August 1st, August 2nd.
Summer Pre-College classes run from 9am – 4pm Monday – Friday. Our programs offer a balance of lectures and hands-on learning in classrooms, labs or outdoors. A typical day might look like this:
- 9am – 12pm: Lecture
- 12pm – 1pm: Lunch
- 1pm – 4pm: Project, activity or group exercise based on morning lecture
Or the day might be spent on a field trip, observing the principles of the previous day’s topic in practice.
- 4pm – 6pm: Free time
- 6pm: Dinner (Dining Commons close 8pm)
- 7pm – 11pm: Extracurriculars / College prep workshops / Free time
Amherst, Massachusetts offers the perfect blend of New England charm and cosmopolitan culture and energy – that’s why it’s been named one of the “top college towns in North America.” As a large, bustling university in the heart of a small town, UMass Amherst has the best of both worlds, and summer is the best time to visit. Amherst is home to the Emily Dickinson museum, the Eric Carle Museum, the Yiddish Book Center, and a host of restaurants, independent bookstores and cinemas.