Summer College Experience

The UMass Amherst Summer College experience is built around three interconnected elements: the academic experience, the campus life experience and the community experience.

Students are registered for UMass courses and receive a UMass ID which allows access to the library, dining hall and their residence hall. UMass Summer College students also are assigned a university email account for the duration of their stay. Students receive a university transcript, which is a permanent record of their academic credit.

One of the core elements of UMass Amherst Summer College is the opportunity for interaction among students, artists and scholars from around the campus and around the world. 

All two-week intensives provide a mix of information, activities and opportunities for individual exploration. Faculty have developed their courses to keep students fully engaged. A typical class day might begin with an introductory presentation and an interactive discussion of a topic or experiment. Hands-on work in specialized labs or facilities will continue throughout the morning. After lunch students might attend a special guest lecture or visit research activities on campus followed by time for small group work on special projects. 

Dinner is ready whenever the students are and students choose how to spend their evenings. They might go to readings or presentations, complete classwork and presentations or engage in social and leisure activities with the residence hall staff and their peers. Other options during the evenings and weekends might include gallery openings, movies, or visits to Amherst, the best college town in America. Students are required to be in their residence hall by 11 pm on weeknights and midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

Classes are generally small — usually no more than 20 students — and many classes, labs or studios will have upper-class undergraduates or graduate students working as teaching assistants. Depending on the nature of the activity, there may be as few as four students with each TA. Specialized shops or labs may have additional lab or studio staff resources. Students will have access to some of the newest and best equipped laboratories, studios and interactive classrooms. And all programs in specialized facilities begin with an orientation and review of safety procedures.

In addition to the regular daily class schedule there will be related field trips across campus and throughout the area. Students might visit Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Basketball Hall of Fame, or Travelers IH Laboratory in Springfield as part of a course. They also might choose to take optional weekend excursions to Six Flags New England or Boston. The trip to Boston includes a Duck Boat tour, lunch at the Prudential Center food court, an option to either visit the Museum of Science or go on a 3-hour whale watch, and dinner and free time at Fanueil Hall

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