Maker Technologies and the Internet of Things

The Maker movement support people using technology to create objects, rather than merely consume products created by others. We are moving toward a world in which most things will have an embedded computer that participates in a network with the other objects around it. In this camp, students will make prototypes, using small computers and simple electronics, to explore the culture of making and programming of objects that can collect, exchange, and react to data -- and participate in the Internet of Things.

Why UMass Amherst?

UMass Amherst is a top research university located in the scenic Pioneer Valley.
We offer courses in all kinds of topics with outstanding faculty.
Our facilities are top notch, featuring award-winning dining,
brand-new accommodations,
and cutting edge facilities.  

Comments from Students

I loved everything about it. I made so many friends and made so many great memories.

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I just wish it was longer!

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I loved my teacher.

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We accept applications from rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school who are in good academic standing and have no academic or disciplinary suspensions on their records. High school seniors who will graduate in the spring of 2015 are also welcome. Please check the course descriptions carefully for eligibility requirements.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, but it is best to apply early as programs fill up quickly.

To apply for Summer Pre-College Programs, we require

  • A written statement of interest: a brief, one-page statement describing why you want to attend Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst and specifically the program you have chosen.
  • An unofficial high school transcript (PDF) including grades from fall 2014. Rising sophomores should attach a middle school transcript as well as fall grades from 2014.
  • A letter of recommendation written by a teacher or guidance counselor who can speak to your skills, abilities, maturity level and academic accomplishments that make you a suitable candidate for the program you are applying to.
  • A $35 non-refundable application fee

International students will be asked to provide additional information regarding TOEFL scores.

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Student Life


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:
Read about the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community in the UMass Amherst alumni magazine:


Students can choose from several dining commons and cafes on campus for meals. The University’s award-winning food service provides a variety of choices (including vegetarian and vegan options) for each meal. It’s not unusual at one meal to have a choice between sushi, pho noodles, create-your own stir-fry, pizza, a pasta bar, or the deli station. Not to mention the soft-serve sundae bar. Three meals a day are included in room & board. Students can use their meal card swipes at campus cafes as well as the dining commons.



  • 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 • Frisbee • Karaoke • Visit to downtown Amherst • Talent show • Spa night • Mason jar decorating • Pizza party • Board game night

Optional Trips

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.

Daily Life

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 Area

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.

Program Fees


Application Fee $35 - All Applicants

Fees for One-Week Intensives

  • Program fee (with one academic credit): $725
  • One time Registration fee: $45
  • Housing and full meal plan: $448
  • Total for one week: $1,218

Fees for Two-Week Intensives

  • Program fee (with two academic credits): $1,450
  • One time Registration fee: $45
  • Housing and full meal plan: $871
  • Total for two weeks: $2,366

Fees for Six-Week Research Intensives

  • Program fee (with six academic credits): $4,350
  • One time Registration fee: $45
  • Housing and full meal plan: $2,563
  • Total for six weeks: $6,958

Please Note: The Summer Design Academy and Digital Media in the Visual Arts programs have an additional $100 dollar materials fee to cover the cost of necessary tools and supplies. These come pre-packaged through the Department of Art, Art History & Architecture.

Commuter Option
Students living in or near Amherst, MA may apply to attend as commuter students. Commuter students must have their own transportation to and from campus. A lunch-only meal plan is included. Fees for 1-week programs are $858, 2-week programs are $1,635, and Research Intensives are $4,745.

For UMass Employees
Full and part-time benefited employees of the UMass system are eligible for a tuition waiver benefit for their dependents (program fees only). Full time employees receive a 50% reduction in tuition; part time employees receive a 25% reduction in tuition. The UMass system includes benefited employees at: UMass Amherst, UMass Boston, UMass Lowell, UMass Dartmouth &UMass Medical.

VISA Fees for non-immigrant, non-US residents/passport holders
I-20, SEVIS & Delivery: $350 

Contact us

Please don't hesistate to get in touch! We are easily reachable by email at and by phone at 413-577-2112.

To ask a question or request information about Summer Programs, fill out our inquiry form here.