Frequently Asked Questions
THE 10 MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
THE APPLICATION AND ADMISSION PROCESS
PREPARING FOR UMASS AMHERST
WHILE ON CAMPUS
THE APPLICATION AND ACCEPTANCE PROCESS
We accept applications from rising 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 2014 are also welcome. A few programs may consider rising high school sophomores provided they are sufficiently mature to benefit from a University environment. Please check the course descriptions carefully for eligibility requirements.
Admissions are made on a rolling basis, but it is best to apply early since programs fill up quickly. It is strongly advised that students submit their application no later than 4 weeks before the start of their chosen program, and that international students submit their application 10 weeks prior to the start of their chosen program.
No. The student should simply indicate on the online application form the programs to which he or she is applying. Please note that students should only apply to programs they plan to attend.
A student must submit his or her completed application form, personal essay, unofficial high school transcript including a half-year progress report for the current academic year, a letter of recommendation from a teacher and their application fee at one time through the online application system. Unofficial transcripts, progress reports and letters of recommendation (PDFs or Word Documents) can be uploaded in the web application. Please remember that your application will not be reviewed for admission until it is complete.
Only one recommendation is necessary. Please be sure the recommendation comes from a teacher who has worked with the student in an academic environment; preferably the subject area of the program the student is applying to.
Standardized test scores are not required for students applying to Summer College.
Very limited scholarships may be available for specific programs. Please check the program descriptions carefully and follow the directions. Do NOT wait until you have received an admissions letter to request a scholarship.
Yes, international students are encouraged to apply. Please check with the International Programs Office for visa information.
Yes, both new and returning students must complete a full summer 2014 application packet with updated materials.
Summer College Intensives offer students the ability to earn college credit. Please check the course description carefully to determine if the credit option is available.
Admissions are made on a rolling basis. Applicants will receive an acceptance or denial e-mail two weeks after their complete application files have been submitted. Please be sure to list a frequently used e-mail address on the application form. Admitted students will be sent a registration packet via email and will be able to download all of the necessary forms in order to register for their programs. These documents include a Medical Permission Form, an Immunization Form, an Occupancy Agreement, a Campus Regulations Form, and a Liability Waiver. These forms must be printed, completed and returned to the UMass Amherst Summer College as quickly as possible. Students who have not completed and returned their forms with payment will not be permitted to enter or stay in UMass Amherst housing or attend any aspect of the program.
The registration material is available on the Summer College website as a PDF and is available for downloading. The packet contains all the forms that students and parents must read and sign.
We assume that all students will attend the program(s) into which they are admitted. A student who decides not to attend should send an e-mail immediately to email@example.com.
PREPARING FOR UMASS AMHERST
UMass Amherst does not provide transfers but can provide information on a reputable local transportation business, The Valley Transporter. Students arriving by air should book flights through Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Hartford, CT. Trains come through Amherst and Springfield, MA and buses come directly to campus via Springfield, MA.
No, students in the Summer College programs are not permitted to bring a car to campus.
UMass Amherst Summer College is an experiential campus experience, and we would prefer all of our students be "residential" and based on campus. However, we recognize that students with a permanent residence in the Pioneer Valley may prefer to continue to live at home and attend the programs. Students from the region should indicate that they wish to be considered a "commuter" student in their initial application form.
On campus housing is required for all students participating in UMass Amherst Summer College. Students must fill out and sign the housing agreement form. Housing assignments will be made by Student Services staff once a family has paid their full fees and returned their registration documents.
UMass Amherst Summer College does not accommodate roommate requests in order to support a true college living and learning experience. Students will meet their roommates on arrival day.
Please see the how to apply and register page.
Due to housing space and supervision, students must adhere to the program check-in and check-out times.
Student learns the residence hall in which they will be staying two to three weeks prior to the start of their programs. All Summer College students will be in the same residence hall and will receive their room assignment at check-in.
Students admitted to Summer College may not miss any class meetings, unless agreed upon in advance with the faculty director. No discounts in tuition, room and board or any related fees will be given, however.
The UMass Amherst Summer College refund policy is as follows.
If UMass Amherst Summer College cancels a course for any reason students receive a full refund of program fees less the $35 dollar application fee.
If a student withdraws from the program refunds are provided according to the schedule below.
Summer College Refund Schedule 2014
Session A1: June 29 - July 5, 2014
Session A2: June 29 - August 9, 2014
Before May 4: 100%
After May 4 but before May 18: 75%
After May 18 but before June 1: 50%
After June 1: No refund.
Session B: July 6 - July 19, 2014
Before May 18: 100%
After May 18 but before June 1: 75%
After June 1 but before June 15: 50%
After June 15: No refund.
Session C: July 20 - August 2, 2014
Before June 1: 100%
After June 1 but before June 15: 75%
After June 15 but before June 29: 50%
After June 29: No refund
Withdrawals must be submitted in writing to:
Summer College Refunds
In Care of
CPE Registration Office
100 Venture Way
Hadley, MA 01035
You may also fax a copy of your withdrawal letter to 413-545-0513 by same date as post-mark date.
Please note: Students may change from credit to audit status by the 2nd day of class (i.e. July 1 for session 1, July 8 for session 2, July 22 for session 3) by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. And notifying their instructor. There are no refunds for changing from credit to audit status.
Students who are dismissed from any Summer College program for any reason do not receive a refund.
Yes, residence halls are air-conditioned. This summer we move into the brand new air-conditioned Commonwealth Honors College Residence Hall complex. Every room is furnished with a bed, a desk, and a chair for each resident. Bookshelves, drawers, and closets are built into the rooms. Residence halls have laundry facilities available to students. Males and females are separated by floor. To read more about student housing, please visit the UMass Amherst Residential Life website.
There will not be regular US Mail delivery to Commonwealth Residence Hall for students participating in the summer program. However, in cases of emergency, items can be mailed using either UPS overnight or USPS priority mail WITHOUT a required signature to:
ATTN: Student Name/Summer College
159 Commonwealth Avenue
Amherst, MA 01003-9233
Students are permitted to engage in the rich and varied cultural life of the university during the summer. For Summer College students in particular, supervision and direction are provided by the Program Assistants and Resident Advisors. Students are encouraged to participate in organized ice cream socials, dances, movie nights, and other activities.
UMass Amherst Summer College programs are academic programs for mature, self-motivated high school rising juniors and seniors. It is not a summer camp and does not provide round-the-clock supervision. Supervision is provided during the following scheduled activities: classes, workshops, craft sessions, Q&A’s, studio courses, and field trips. All students are supervised by their assigned Resident Advisors who live in the residence halls with students and receive extensive training. Background checks are required of those serving as RA or PA.
During meals, free time, and the evening activities in the residential halls, participants may choose whether to engage with the group or spend their time independently. At all times, participants will have access to a program staff member as needed. The ability of participants to follow program, university, state and federal laws, and to act independently in a supportive college setting is required.
Linen service is provided for Summer College students.
Generally, dress is informal. Please be aware that summer in New England is very changeable. It can be very hot and humid one moment and cool and rainy the next. Be sure to bring cool, comfortable clothing and an umbrella or rain gear. A good pair of walking shoes is highly recommended, especially for off-site visits. Laundry facilities are available in residence halls. For programs that have off-site visits, more formal dress is required for both men and women.
Students should plan on bringing a notebook or binder, pens, and pencils. Additionally, students should check the course descriptions for any special books or materials individual instructors may require.
Summer College students may check into residence halls between 3pm and 6:30pm on the Sunday they arrive at on campus. On the afternoon of check-in, students can explore campus and have dinner. Students will then meet at their residence hall at 7pm for a welcome meeting and orientation. Checkout time is 9am-12pm on the Saturday that the student's program ends.
Parents can park next to the residence hall for student drop off and pick up.
Please refer to the campus map.
WHILE ON CAMPUS
A laptop computer is not required, and all Summer College students have library access. However, all students are allowed to bring their own computers to campus. All rooms have access to the internet using an ethernet or wireless connection. Please note: Students are responsible for securing their own personal computers and should take all necessary steps to guard against loss.
Students are not allowed to leave campus overnight unless approved in advance by the Office of Residence Life.
Meals plans are required and included in the program fees for Summer College. Meal plans are for three meals a day for the duration of the program. Meal swipes may be used at all campus dining halls and eateries. Commuter students may purchase a lunch only meal plan. There are no refunds for unused meal swipes.
Yes! Our dining hall menus feature vegetarian items and our full-time Registered and Licensed Dietitian, Dianne Z. Sutherland, can provide counseling, regarding nutrition and individual dietary needs, such as lactose intolerances and food allergies, to students on the meal plan, free of charge. You may make an appointment or ask questions via e-mail.
Yes, students have access to the university Recreation Center.
There are many Bank of America ATM locations around campus including the Campus Center and adjacent to the Isenberg School of Management.
It is the participant’s responsibility to secure and self-administer any necessary medications. Furthermore by signing the consent to treat minor form (if applicable), you may authorize University Health Services and the Center for Counseling & Psychological Health to provide medical and/or mental health care including but not limited to, diagnostic examinations, medical treatment and mental health counseling.
In most cases students will not need to purchase books. Some programs may require texts which can be purchased online; please check course descriptions carefully for more information. Art or studio based courses may require supply kits, which are pre-assembled. Please check the program description and pay along with program fees.
Summer College program locations will be noted in packets students will receive during check-in and will be posted online on the Summer College website.
All Summer College students will receive UCards, which function as student ID and access cards. Students should get their UCards on the first day of classes and carry the cards with them at all times. Please be aware that the UCard Office charges $35 to replace lost cards. Students will also have a digital photo taken at check-in.
There is a $35 dollar UCard replacement fee and the student will need to go to the UCard Office to obtain a replacement card.
For more information, call 413-577-2112.