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Freshman Admission

Office: Undergraduate Admissions, Mather Building
Phone: (413) 545-0222
Fax: (413) 545-4312

The Undergraduate Admissions Office processes all freshman, transfer, Stockbridge, and second bachelor’s degree applications to the Amherst campus. It is recommended that students apply online using the UMass Amherst application at or the Common Application. Applications for the Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and Worcester (medical school) campuses must be obtained from their respective Admissions Offices.

The Amherst campus provides students with the option to apply either Early Action or Regular Decision.
Early Action: This option is designed for fall freshman applicants with strong academic records who wish to apply early to the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students submit applications by the November 1 deadline and may receive an early offer of admission.
Regular Decision: This process allows students the maximum amount of time in which to decide that the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the right choice. Students must submit their admission application by January 15.

Application Process
Fall applications for freshmen may be submitted after September 1 of the senior year. There is a nonrefundable application fee of $40 for Massachusetts residents, $50 for other U.S. citizens, and $60 for international applicants. A nonrefundable enrollment fee of $400 with a May 1 deadline is required to confirm a place in the entering class.

Students not currently in high school must assume the responsibility for ensuring that all necessary documents are submitted by stated deadlines.

International students are eligible for fall admission only and their applications are due by January 15. They must also submit TOEFL scores, a sponsor statement, and a bank statement.

Required/Optional Tests
Freshman applicants are required to submit results of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT I) administered by the College Entrance Examination Board or the ACT (American College Test) administered by the American College Testing Program. Fall semester applicants must take the SAT or ACT on or before the January test date unless they wish to be considered on the basis of their junior year test scores. SAT II tests are not required but can be used for placement.

Test results must be sent directly to the University from the College Board Test Center or directly from the high school guidance office. The University’s Amherst campus College Board number is 3917.

Advanced placement and graduation credits will be awarded by most departments to candidates who obtain scores of 4 and 5 on the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Advanced Placement Tests; scores of 3 are given credit on a more limited basis. Candidates seeking advanced placement and graduation credit in foreign languages may also take the SAT II language tests.

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) enables students to earn college credit by examination. Fall semester applicants planning to take CLEP exams should do so no later than April of the year of entrance.

Admission Standards and Decision-Making Process
About 30,000 freshman applications are expected for September 2010 enrollment for approximately 4,200 vacancies. The most important criterion in the admission decision is the high school academic record as measured by the quality of courses, grade point average, class rank, and grade trends. Standardized test scores (SAT I or ACT), an essay, and recommendations are also considered. For Early Action candidates, acceptance letters are mailed mid-December and for Regular Decision applicants, early March. Applicants receive a Personal Identification Number (PIN) and are able to monitor their application review process online.

Candidates’ Reply Date
The university participates in the Candidates’ Reply Date option which permits an accepted applicant to delay notification of intention to enroll until May 1. Details are sent to accepted applicants.

Board of Higher Education Requirements
Massachusetts public universities must consider minimum eligibility for admission in accordance with the published standards established by the Board of Higher Education:

High School Unit Requirements
English 4
Mathematics 3
Natural science (2 with lab) 3
Social science (1 U.S. history) 2
Foreign language 2
Electives 2
Total 16

For exemption details, contact your Guidance Office.

Commonwealth Honors College
The honors college is a campuswide program; students from all majors in every college may earn their way into Commonwealth Honors College. However, each year, a limited number of academically talented students are admitted to the College based upon their high school performance.

Entering freshmen with minimum combined SAT I scores of 1300, high school rank within the top 10 percent, and an A- or higher high school grade point average will be given consideration for admission to Commonwealth Honors College. Those admitted to the honors college are expected to participate in a special orientation program.

High-achieving students may apply to Commonwealth Honors College if they received a grade of B or better in College Writing and after they have completed a minimum of 12 graded credits at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The application process is competitive, and applications are accepted once a year, after grades are posted in May. More information on application requirements and deadlines is available at

New England Regional Student Program

Students who are legal residents of any of the other NEW ENGLAND states (ME, NH, VT, RI, CT) may be eligible for admission under the auspices of the New England Regional Student Program. The NERSP provides an opportunity to earn a degree in approved curricula not offered at the resident’s own state institutions. Eligible students (entering freshmen or transfers) are charged the in-state tuition rate (plus 50%), so long as they remain in a major open to them under the NERSP. The $50 out-of-state application fee must be paid, however. For more information, contact the Admissions Office or the New England Board of Higher Education, 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111.

Part-time Students
Part-time students are those enrolled in fewer than 12 credits per semester. International students on visas are not eligible for part-time status. Students seeking part-time enrollment in the Stockbridge School must contact the Stockbridge School Office.

Applicants with Disabilities
Any information provided by an applicant is confidential and will not adversely affect the university’s admission decision.

For more information on services provided to students with disabilities, contact one of the following offices: Disability Services (includes services for students with learning disabilities), 231 Whitmore Administration Building, tel. (413) 545-0892 or, or Psychological Disability Services, 119 Berkshire House, tel. 545-0333.

Veterans are considered under regular admissions policies. All veterans may submit a copy of the DD214 or 2586 to verify potential credits earned for military experience. Do not submit the original, as this document will be needed at a later date to establish eligibility for GI Bill benefits. If still on active duty, submit the copy when you are released. For more information, contact the Dean of Students Office, tel. (413) 545-2684.

Stockbridge School
The Stockbridge School offers six associate degree programs of study in agriculture and related fields. Applicants must be graduates of accredited high schools or have a GED, and must have a solid background in English, mathematics, and science. Serious interest, demonstrated through related work experience and/or the type of courses taken in high school or at other educational institutions, is taken into consideration. Additional information is available from the Stockbridge School, 110 Stockbridge Hall, tel. (413) 545-2222.