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General Admissions Information

Residency Certification
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all applicants to complete the residency statement which is part of the application for admission.

Interviews are not required as part of the admissions process but are available throughout the year. These appointments are for informational purposes and are not used as a means to evaluate an applicant. Please call the Visitors Center to schedule an appointment with a current student, tel. (413) 545-0306.

Visits to Campus
Visits to campus by prospective students and their families are encouraged. Student-led walking tours provide an overview of academic programs and campus life. Tours last about 75 minutes and leave from the Robsham Memorial Visitors Center.

Admissions Information Sessions
Admissions Information Sessions are held at 12:30 p.m. every day except Sundays, Christmas week, Thanksgiving break, University spring break, Commencement Weekend, and legal holidays (including Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends).

Typically, Admission Information Sessions are held in the Bernie Dallas Room of Goodell Building. Check in at the Visitors Center for parking and directions at least 15 minutes prior to the session.

To allow sufficient time for parking, please arrive at the Visitors Center at least 15 minutes prior to the tour. Please park your car in our visitor parking; the receptionist will direct you to the appropriate lot.

To verify dates and times prior to visiting, please check the campus visit website:

Alumni Admissions Council
The Alumni Admissions Council is a network of university alumni, living in different parts of the country, who are available to inform prospective students about the university. They are not “interviewers,” but instead provide interested students with the opportunity to learn more about the University of Massachusetts Amherst. If you would like to speak with an Alumni Admissions Council representative, contact the Alumni Admissions Council in the Admissions Office, tel. (413) 545-0222 for the name of the alum nearest to your home area.

New Students Orientation
All new students attend an orientation/registration program prior to enrollment. Activities include meetings with advisers, academic placement testing and counseling, registration for courses, explanation and selection of campus housing options, and an introduction to social, cultural, and academic opportunities and support services. For additional information, contact New Students Orientation, Mather Building, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, tel. (413) 545-2621, fax (413) 545-9631, website:, or e-mail:

Office of Parent Services
The Office of Parent Services is dedicated to helping families with their transition to the university. The office answers questions, provides timely information and updates, and assists parents and guardians with questions or concerns. For more information, call (413) 577-4444, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m or email

YouMass One Stop: Total Resource Center
The YouMass One Stop website is for students, families, and any members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst community who have questions about finanical aid, tuition and billing, housing, and registering for classes. The site also includes important dates and links to other campus resources: