About Summer College

UMass Amherst Summer College Residential Programs for high school students expand on the successful high school programs UMass has offered for many years in creative writing (Juniper Institute For Young Writers) and the performing arts (Jazz In July). Summer College offers two- or six-week residential academic programs from many majors across the nine schools and colleges that make up UMass Amherst.

Summer College provides achievement-oriented high school students an opportunity to explore areas of interest in depth and in a community of likeminded students, teachers and scholars. Students learn what life is like in a university environment and develop strategies and skills that will help them get the most out of college.

The Details

As a Summer College student you'll enroll in one or more of our intensive and rigorous programs and enjoy the opportunity to work closely with some of UMass’s outstanding teachers and researchers.

All Summer College programs offer you the opportunity to earn college credits. Your credits will be recorded on an official UMass transcript, and can be applied toward an undergraduate degree at UMass or transferred to another school. (Note: The ability to transfer credits to other institutions of higher learning varies according to the rules of accepting institutions.)

To help you in your college search, you will be offered opportunities to meet with admissions staff and attend special workshops with UMass Advisors.

You'll live in a residence hall on campus and enjoy a wide range of fun activities. Summer College staff will be available 24/7 to support you as you tackle your classes, juggle free time and coursework, negotiate life with a roommate, and practice living on your own.

Additional facts about UMass Amherst Summer College

  • Programs run for one, two, or six weeks from July through August on the UMass campus in Amherst, Massachusetts.
  • To be eligible for Summer College, you must have completed your sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school by June 2014. (Check individual programs, for specific eligibility requirements.)
  • Limited scholarship funds are available for some programs. Please review the information on your program of choice to determine whether or not scholarship funds are available and the process for applying. 
  • Explore one or more of the undergraduate majors offered by our nine schools and colleges.
  • Learn the skills that lead to success in college. Discover how to succeed academically, become involved on campus, chose a major, find the information that you need and use the resources that are available to you.
  • Take the opportunity to work on real-world problems in a collaborative learning environment with discovery-based projects that develop multi-disciplinary analytical skills.
  • Experience team-based learning in technologically-rich classroom environments.
  • Engage in authentic research experiences in one of our Research Centers.
  • Immerse yourself in your work as a writer, musician or artist, and share you work as part of a community of artists, teachers and likeminded peers.
  • Enhance your college applications and meet admissions advisors from the Five Colleges (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst).
  • Live, study, and play on one of the nation's most beautiful campuses located in the top college town in North America.
  • Make friends from around the world.

A bit about UMass Amherst

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national research university, recognized for superb faculty and top-notch students.

UMass is one of only 24 college and university campuses nationwide to receive a Gold rating for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. This rating, awarded in 2011, was in recognition of our sustainability accomplishments in areas such as energy and water conservation, transportation and creating a sustainable permaculture garden.

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