About the Stockbridge School
110 Stockbridge Hall
Degree: Associate of Science
The Stockbridge School of Agriculture, founded in 1918, is a part of the College of Natural Sciences. Its mission is to offer programs that develop the competencies or applied skills that individuals need in order to be leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs in their chosen occupations. Stockbridge has over 9,000 alumni who are certified arborists, prominent poultry farmers, fruit and vegetable farmers, superintendents of golf courses, landscape contractors, laboratory or field technicians, managers of agricultural businesses, and owners of florist shops or nurseries, to mention just a few careers. Emphasis in all the programs is hands-on field applications of principles and practices.
Arboriculture and Community Forest Management
Faculty are members of the various departments of the university, and teach courses at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels.
Applications for admission are sent to the University Admissions Center for processing and are reviewed by the Stockbridge Admissions Counselor. All applicants must be high school graduates and have taken algebra, geometry, English, and at least one lab science; chemistry would be helpful for those entering some Stockbridge programs. A foreign language is not required. SAT/ACT scores are required. It is expected that applicants have reasonable scores approaching those required in baccalaureate programs. SAT/ACT scores are not required of applicants who have been out of high school more than five years. Transfer students are generally not admitted for spring semester unless the applicant has completed 15 transferable college credits comparable to the first semester’s coursework required by the Stockbridge major. Applications for admission may be obtained from either the University Admissions Center or the Stockbridge School office, or from the website www.umass.edu/admissions/applying.
Anyone interested in taking courses part-time will be allowed to do so on a space-available basis. Part-time students register for courses in the Stockbridge office on the first day of classes during either semester.
Academic Probation and Suspension
A student on Academic Probation will have an academic hold placed on his or her record.
Right to Return after Academic Suspension
Withdrawal (Voluntary and Administrative)
Readmission after Withdrawal from a Baccalaureate Program
The purpose of the Pass/Fail option is to encourage students to be academically venturesome in their elective course selections. Only one Pass/Fail course may be taken in any one semester. Required courses for the major may not be taken Pass/Fail. Students must elect Pass/Fail within the first 14 days of the semester and the coordinator’s signature is required.
Each student is responsible for monitoring progress towards the degree. Program coordinators are available for advice and counseling, not for ensuring that all requirements have been met.
Stockbridge students who receive a semester grade point average of 3.500 or better are appointed to the official Dean’s List at the end of any semester in which they are classified as full-time students.
LEAR (Honorary Scholastic Society)
The Stockbridge Honorary Scholastic Society was established in 1935 to encourage high scholarship. Full-time students who earn a 3.750 cumulative grade point average for three or more semesters are elected to the society in December and May.
Grade Reports and Transcripts
All transcripts are maintained in the Stockbridge Office. One official transcript may be requested without charge. Additional copies cost $3. Requests can be made in person, by fax, or by mail; signatures are required. Checks should be made payable to the University of Massachusetts, and should be sent to the Stockbridge Office, 110 Stockbridge Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003.
The internship enables first-year students to gain practical experience in their field of specialization. Four Stockbridge School majors require a five-month four-credit intership which begins in the middle of March and lasts until classes resume in the fall. The Turfgrass Management major requires a three-credit and Equine Industries a two-credit internship which take place during the summer months. Program coordinators may assist students in finding an appropriate placement, but it is ultimately the students’ responsibility to arrange their own internship. Students are preregistered for internship during the spring semester but grades for participation in the course do not appear on the student’s transcript until the end of the following fall semester.